Weekly News from the President: What’s Your App?
There’s still time to register for our December 1st Webinar on Apps and Community Media. We’ll talk with four PEG organizations that have deployed mobile applications in the last year. Each is using them differently so you’ll get the chance to learn how your organization can use apps to increase your reach and engagement.
Joining us will be:
Mike Johnson, NWCT, Brooklyn Park, MN
James Jones, AACS, Attleboro, MA
Derrick Kenny, Montgomery County, MD
Brian Scott, Berkeley Community Media, Berkeley, CA
The webinar will be Tuesday, December 1st at 3:30pm ET. You can register here.
$20 for non-members
$5 for individual members (w/ code INDMEMBER)
Free for organization members (w/ code ORGMEMBER)
The Heart of Local Media in Hartford
It was great to catch up with members in the Northeast Region this past week at the ACM regional conference in Hartford, CT. I spoke on several panels and had the chance to hear keynote presenter Martha Bautista Fuentes from UMass talk about the need for connecting local communities. And last but not least I was able to meet with the regional Board of Directors to listen to their concerns and priorities, and to give them an update on ACM National plans for 2016.
I love the energy of ACM NE. I guess that may be why we’ll be in Boston for the National Conference and Trade Show next summer! Mark your calendars for August 18-20!
Expanding Access through Community Radio
One of the great success stories of community media this past year is the expansion of community radio services on top of the television platform. There are about 60 ACM member organizations that are either radio license holders or who have construction permits for LPFM. That means more and more organizations like our friends are operating multi-platform community media centers that go beyond distribution on cable and the web.
In the DC area, I’ll be celebrating the expansion of community media at Arlington Independent Media on December 6th when they flip the switch on their new radio operation, WERA. It’s really exciting, and promises great things ahead – both for the local community and also for our developing field. If you’re in the DC area, I hope you’ll stop in – you can find information on their launch party here.