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Craig Aaron to Moderate Closing Plenary at Alliance for Community Media’s 2012 Conference & Exhibition

Contact: Andy Schwarz




2012 ACM National Conference, July 31 – August 2, 2012, in Chicago

(McLean, VA, June 27, 2012) –   The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) is pleased to announce that Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press, will moderate the closing plenary at the 2012 ACM Conference & Exhibition  in Chicago on August 2.  Craig will help conclude the conference by leading a panel discussion about national public policy initiatives of importance to community media.

Craig took the leadership of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund in April 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country on media, Internet and journalism issues. Craig is a frequent guest on talk radio and is quoted often in the national press. His commentaries also appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

The Alliance for Community Media 2012 Conference & Exhibition will take place in Chicago July 31-August 2, 2012.  The conference will be focused on the growth of business opportunities for community media centers, and attendees will explore key issues affecting public, educational and government access organizations and community media centers.  Educational programs will address critical industry topics such as technical issues, government management, nonprofit management, growth and diversification of community media centers, crisis management, and coalition building.


About the Alliance for Community Media:  Founded in 1979, the Alliance for Community Media is a national, non-profit membership organization committed to ensuring access to electronic media for all people.  The Alliance for Community Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource for the more than 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable channels nationwide. For more information, visit ACM’s new website at

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