Weekly News From the President: April 3
Central States & Northwest Regional Conferences
A big thank you to the Central States and Northwest Regions of the ACM for inviting me to be a part of their regional events the past two weeks. It was great connecting with people and organizations from so many states that came together in Cincinnati and Portland.
The Board of Directors also made a point to visit our members and colleagues in Portland who gathered at Open Signal for the Northwest Media Summit. That visit is part of an ongoing commitment the ACM leadership has to keep connected with our diverse members across the country.
What’s Open Signal? Well, it’s the newly rebranded Portland Community Media, which is looking to reinvent and reinvigorate community media work in the City of Roses. More information is on their website at www.opensignalpdx.org.
Open Signal’s Executive Director, Justen Harn, had an interesting discussion with Marty Jones, another new leader of a longstanding Portland-area community media organization, Metro East Community Media at the Summit. You can watch a video on their discussion about re-visioning community media work on YouTube. It’s worth the look!
New Memberships & Member Benefits
I want to welcome all the organizations who’ve joined the Alliance so far this year as part of our membership drive!
Appalachian State University, Department of Communications – Boone, NC
Batavia Access Television – Batavia, IL
BCAM – Braintree, MA
Bloomfield Community TV – Bloomfield, MI
Cambridge Community TV – Cambridge, MA
Cape Cod Community Media Center- Dennisport, MA
Chippewa Valley Community Television – Eau Claire, WI
City of Diamond Bar, CA
City of Fairborn, OH
City of North Liberty, IA
City of Ottawa, KS
City of Wilmar, MN
CMCCC – Westminster, MD
Eagan Television, – Eagan MN
Gorham Community Access TV – Gorham, ME
Greenbelt Access Television (GATE) – Greenbelt, MD
KCAT – Los Gatos, CA
Marblehead Community Access and Media – Marblehead, MA
Mashpee TV – Mashpee, MA
Medfield Community Access – Medfield, MA
Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission – Portland, OR
Natick Pegasus – Natick, MA
Northbridge Community TV – Northbridge, MA
Novato Community Television – Novato, CA
Pittsburgh Community TV – Pittsburgh, PA
RAYCAM – Rayham, MA
Sun Prairie Media Center – Sun Prairie, WI
Whitman Hanson Community Access – Whitman, MA
WMCT – Marlborough, MA
Be sure to take advantage of your organizational membership! Read the section below on our Listserv for more information.
Be sure to take advantage of member discounts of educational events, training and conferences. Our next webinar on Library Partnerships is this Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00 pm ET. See webinar section below for details.
We’re a third of our way to our fundraising goal for the 2017 Grassroots Scholarships. You can make a donation and encourage other people to give by going to www.gofundme.com/2017ACMGrassroots
Just as importantly, you and others can APPLY for the Scholarships. We want to encourage young leaders and people from smaller organizations to apply. Applications are available online.
President & CEO