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Weekly News From the President: Come for the Conference, Stay for the Alternative Fats

Come for the Conference, Stay for the Alternative Fats 

This year’s Annual Conference is set for Minneapolis the second week of July, and we have a packed schedule of education sessions, discussions and celebrations of community media.  On top of that, we’ll be offering some side trips to Saint Paul as well.

The Tuesday evening before the conference, my alma mater Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) will be hosting an open house at their new facility in the Midway Creative District.  The evening will also feature a tour of production trucks from Twin Cities access facilities.

We’ll close the conference week out with a Friday night tour of the television production of Saint Paul Saints baseball: including food and a game!  If you don’t know the Saints, they are celebrating their 25th year of mixing fun with baseball.  Every year the team names a pig as their mascot. This year’s ball-pig is “Alternative Fats.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

CTN Studios in Coon Rapids has been producing television coverage of the Saints for the last ten years and distributes it on Twin Cities access channels.  They are sponsoring the evening, and will give a behind the scenes tour of their production before the game.

It should be a blast. I hope you join us!
Digital Media Research Published

At last year’s conference in Boston we hosted a conversation led by Angela Siefer of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Colin Rhinesmith of Simmonds College, who are researching outcomes for digital learning.  This last week, Colin and Angela published their findings in a study supported by the Benton Foundation.

It’s great to see this work moving forward, particularly because it can help provide frameworks for digital learning centers to evaluate their work, and educate funders and policymakers so they can better support our work.  You can find out more about the study here.

Free Press to Host Call on Net Neutrality

Our colleagues at Free Press are organizing reaction to last week’s FCC vote rolling back Net Neutrality protections protections that help independent producers and independent channels on the Internet.  They are hosting an organizing call tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23) and you can join them by registering here.
Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO