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Weekly News from the President: BRIC Arts Media “B Free Awards”, Upcoming Events and Knight News Challenge

I was privileged to attend the BRIC Arts Media “B Free Awards” in Brooklyn, NY this last week. I was there to present an award named in honor of George Stoney to several community producers. The energy at “B Free Awards” was amazing, and it was great to see the power and creativity of programs being produced by the people of this amazing city. But what blew me away was the opening of the ceremony: Five speakers stood on stage to recite the First Amendment in five different languages spoken in Brooklyn. The moment was electric, and was a great reminder of how diverse is our work, and that we are building common traditions every day. Thank you, BRIC!

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If you are in the Northwest region, I hope you can join us this week in Tukwila, WA for the ACM Northwest Community Media summit on Friday and Saturday.  The event will feature broad-ranging discussions of how to build and strengthen community media across different media platforms, and will feature a host of radio start-ups in the Seattle area.

And if you are in the Southeast, I’ll be talking distribution strategies for PEG community media at the SEATOA conference in Savannah, GA on March 31. I hope to see you there!

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A number of ACM members have proposed Knight News Challenge projects on voting and democracy, and the national organization is proposing a multi-year effort to promote democratic participation in historically low turnout voting districts. If you want to take a look at our project, Voting Matters, go here

https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/elections/entries/voting-matters-leveraging-community-media-centers-to-reach-voters-in-low-turnout-areas

We’ll keep you posted on our progress, and if our members projects get promoted to the next round. Good luck everyone!