Weekly News from the ACM President, Mike Wassenaar

ACM Recognizes US Senator Tammy Baldwin

Published June 19, 2017

ACM Recognizes Senator Tammy Baldwin
The ACM Special Recognition award recipient of 2017 is U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin for her dedication to community media in her public service work in Congress.  During our Annual Conference, ACM hosts an Awards Luncheon to honor the recipients. Due to her busy schedule, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin won’t be able to attend our conference. Last week, several ACM board members and I met with her at her Washington DC office and presented the award to her in person.

During our conversation we talked with the Senator about the continued need for channels with vital local information, and the reduced number of journalists that are serving communities in Wisconsin and other states. She observed that even in the time she has been in Congress, the number of Wisconsin reporters covering federal issues in DC has been reduced to one, making the need for civic information is now more important than ever.

We will share some of Senator Baldwin’s thoughts at our Awards Luncheon on Friday during the 2017 Annual Conference. 

Keynote Excitement
I hope you’re making arrangements for the Conference – there’s a lot to look forward to next month, but I’m really excited to hear from our Keynote speaker Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark of the project Green Card Voices (GCV).  Tea’s experiences as an immigrant from Yugoslavia, a country which tore itself apart because of ethnic hatred, has informed her media work as she connects people’s stories with their neighbors.We will feature one of GCV’s media installations at the conference. It’s a great example of the work we can all be doing to create media that builds community and bridges understanding: one of the key themes of this year’s event.  

SPNN Open House and Welcome
I’m also looking forward to checking out Saint Paul Neighborhood Network’s (SPNN) new facility. I worked in the city for many years in some crazy conditions (the train station where there was no heat in a Minnesota winter comes to mind). That’s all changed now with the new facility they’ve moved into this last year in the Saint Paul Creative Enterprise Zone.The Open House and Welcome will be on the eve of the conference, Tuesday, July 11th from 6:00-8:00pm. There will be appetizers, cash bar and there will be food trucks AND production trucks from Twin Cities area access centers at the event you can tour as well!Mark your calendar, and we’ll see you in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media

Join the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment Published June 13, 2017
MassAccess Legislation & More Published June 6, 2017

May 2017 Messages

Come for the Conference, Stay for the Alternative Fats Posted May 22, 2017
Tribune Bought by Sinclair Group in 3.9 Billion Dollar Deal Posted May 8, 2017
Antonin Scalia and Frederick Douglass Probably Disagree with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Posted May 1, 2017

April 2017 Messages

Carroll Country Community Media Center & More Posted April 24, 2017
Early Bird Conference Registration Posted April 17, 2017
Awards & Scholarships Posted April 10, 2017
Emerging Leader Award added to list of ACM Awards Posted April 3, 2017

March 2017 Messages

Welcome to Spring! Posted March 20, 2017
Resilient Organizations: The Future of Public Media Posted March 13, 2017
Local news and PEG survey Posted March 6, 2017

February 2017 Messages

Webinars, Policy and More Posted February 27, 2017
President’s Day Message Posted: February 20, 2017
FCC Updates & More Posted: February 13, 2017
2017 Webinars & Contacting Your Local Congressional Office Posted: February 6, 2017

January 2017 Messages

Upcoming Public Policy Calls Posted: January 30, 2017
Ajit Pai as new FCC Chair? Posted: January 23, 2017
The FCC Seeks Comments on ACM’s Petition Posted: January 16, 2017
115th Congress Meets in Washington Posted: January 9, 2017

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