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North By MidWest Microbudget Film Festival Open for Submissions

Kalamazoo, MI, September 5, 2017– Public Media Network of Kalamazoo, Michigan is proud to announce the 4th annual North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival. Small-budget filmmakers are invited to submit their films in five categories: Feature, Shorts, Documentary/Profile, Animation and MicroCam. Entries are now being accepted through November 6, 2017. 
NxMW honors video and film creators ()

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Call for Proposals for 2018 National Conference

The Alliance for Community Media will be holding its Annual Conference and Trade Show  at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore, MD on July 11-13, 2018.   The event will gather approximately 600 community media practitioners and volunteers working in Public Educational and Government Access media, youth media, community radio, podcasting and other community-based media production, distribution ()

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Weekly News From the President: Net Neutrality Deadline is Wednesday

The FCC has extended the reply comments deadline in their Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding to this Wednesday, August 30th.
The proceeding would void the rules put forward by the Wheeler Commission to ensure that access to content is protected regardless of the commercial priorities of internet service providers. So while you could call also call it ()

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Weekly News From the President: New Member ListServ

We’re Moving!
We are moving the Alliance Members Listserv to a new platform to provide more features and functionality and help members better connect with one another. If you’re signed up for the Listserv already, you should have received instructions on how to subscribe to the new list on Groups.io.
What’s new? For one thing, you’ll be ()

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Join ACM’s Capitol Hill Day – November 8, 2017 in Washington DC

ACM is organizing a Capitol Hill Day with visits to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Congress. Our presence and focus in DC will reiterate the importance of PEG community media to our law makers and we hope you will join us! ACM will also arrange the FCC visits.
We will provide education materials and assist ()

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Weekly News From the President: Community Media Day Celebrations

That’s the date of the Second Annual Community Media Day: a national celebration of the good work that’s done by community media organizations in big cities and small towns from Maine to Maui (maybe I should say from Kauai to Kennebunkport instead).
I’ll be in Philadelphia for the First Annual Cammy Awards, organized by PhillyCam as ()

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Weekly News From the President: National Endowment for the Arts

Building documentary arts programs is an increasing focus of some community media organizations. It is also an area of practice we are trying to support at ACM. Now, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued a report highlighting one of those programs while looking at the State of Documentary in America.
State of the ()

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Vermont Public Utilities Commission denies Comcast’s appeal against providing schedule information for state PEG channels

August 3, 2017 – A statewide victory for Vermont public, educational and government (PEG) access channels is capturing nationwide attention with the July 27, 2017 announcement that The Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) denied a motion filed by Comcast.
Review the order, Docket No. 8301 PDF
For several years, against Comcast’s legal obligations within the state’s guidelines, ()

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Weekly News From the President: October 20 is Community Media Day

The first is Friday, October 20, Community Media Day.  This will be the second year for this annual celebration across the country.  The day is meant to be a national event where community media organizations of all kinds celebrate the work that happens the other 364 days of the year.  Last year’s kick off had ()

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Weekly News From the President:National Federation of Community Broadcasters 2017 Conference

 A big thanks to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for inviting me to speak at their national conference in Denver last week. Some of the challenges facing community radio are different from those of PEG, but some of the similarities are eerie.
For example, look at this “innovation“: It’s a public place where community members ()

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