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Weekly News From the President: Community Media Day 2017

Community Media Day Recap 

It was great to see the celebrations across the country on Community Media Day this past Friday!  Open houses, film screenings, lectures, concerts, and special messages and testimonials from community members who love community media were all on tap.   If you search the hashtag #CommunityMediaDay on social media you’ll get a sense of the celebrations.

I had the honor of joining around 250 people in Philadelphia at this first Cammy Awards, which celebrates special achievements by producers at PhillyCAM’s community television and radio stations.  There was an amazing sense of culture and community at the event, testimony to the work the organization does representing Philadelphia by and for Philadelphians.

The event took place at Taller Puertorriqqueno, a community center serving one of the city’s historic Puerto Rican neighborhoods.  Philadelphia is a diverse, urban community, but you wouldn’t know that necessarily if you just tuned in to dominant media.

That’s one of the great virtues of our work around the United States. It was a consistent theme of what I saw on this year’s Community Media Day.  When we are at our best, we help communities authentically see and hear each other.

Thanks again for being a part of this year’s celebration!   Be sure to mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 for next year’s celebrations!

ACM Webinar: Advocacy for Non Profit and Government Agencies

I hope you’ll join me this week as we review rules of the road for non-profit and governmental advocacy work.    There are a lot of misunderstood perceptions and confusion about what we can and cannot do to advocate our needs in front of elected officials.  This webinar is meant to lift any misconceptions and help you, other staff and volunteers more effectively make your case, whether it be before a town board or Congress.  Be sure to sign up here.

ACM Northeast Regional Conference & Tradeshow

And I’m looking forward to speaking at next week’s ACM Northeast Regional Conference in Falmouth, MA.  I’ll be there on Friday, so let me know if you want to catch up.  It should be great!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media