Hometown Media Awards

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Previously named the Hometown Video Awards, the name change to Hometown Media Awards reflects the wider array of media being used by Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable television channels.

The Hometown Media Awards honor and promote community media and local cable programs that are distributed on PEG access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way. Programs entered must have had their first telecast on a local cable access channel or their initial stream/web distribution on or between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015

The deadline to submit entries for the 2016 competition was
April 21, 2016.

View Rules & Information     View 2016 Entry Categories

Updates: After receiving feedback from past participants ACM has made some adjustments to help improve this year’s competition. Updates include the following:

  • There is a new category called “Community Impact” in which clips should be submitted for programs that generate community involvement & have a tangible impact on an issue or area of concern. Entrants will also provide support materials (such as a news article) that help demonstrate the impact of their submission on the community.
  • Radio programming has become a new, more broad “Audio Programming” category for news, talk, music or entertainment audio broadcast from an access center on the radio, internet, or as a podcast. Submissions should be 12 minutes in length.
  • The website categories have been eliminated

You can view all categories and their descriptions by clicking here.

Interested in becoming a judge for the Hometown Media Awards? Click here to learn more or contact Jake Reins at jreins@allcommunitymedia.org. Judges can sign up until April 21st.

Save the date for the Hometown Media Award Celebration that will be held on August 19th in conjunction with the ACM Annual Conference being held at the Westin Boston Waterfront. View photos from the 2015 Hometown Awards Celebration that was held in conjunction with the 2015 ACM National Conference in Pasadena, CA.

View the 2016 Winners

View the 2015 Hometown Media Award winners