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Weekly News from the President: 2016 ACM Leadership Award Winners

I’m really excited to hear from the 2016 ACM Leadership award winners at this year’s National Conference in Boston. They represent a true commitment to community, and both long term service and new spirit in our field.

Senator Edward Markey is the winner of this year’s Koning-Stoney Award for his continued service to communities across the country as well as his native Massachusetts. The Senator has long been a leader in national telecommunications policy and a strong advocate for PEG community media.

Rob Brading is the winner of the Buske Award for his service supporting our field through his work at MetroEast Community Media in Gresham, OR. Rob recently retired, but has been a longtime volunteer with ACM and the Alliance for Communications Democracy.

Bepsie Perry of West Hartford, CT is the winner of this year’s Jewell Ryan-White Award for her work supporting multicultural and multilingual communication. Her work with Hello! West Hartford helps to support the communities that speak more than 70 languages in their city.

And Connor Donovan is the recipient of this year’s Brian Wilson Scholarship. Connor is a communications major at U Mass Amherst who got his inspiration for communications through his work at WACA TV in Ashland, MA.

The Awards will be presented at our closing luncheon on Saturday, August 20 at the ACM National Conference in Boston. It should be a pretty inspirational event as we contemplate our achievements and our inspired by our future. I hope you’ll join us then!

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I’m also eager to see some of the “Birds of a Feather” sessions that are developing for the Conference. We’ll have one organized by Sabrina Roach of Brown Paper Tickets that will bring LPFM licensees together, and another coordinated by Erica Jones and Jane Regan of Somerville about their Hyperlocal News Research and the prospect of building more local journalism in PEG.

What’s your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.

If you want to organize a “Birds of a Feather” gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email me at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org