President's Messages

Weekly updates from President & CEO Mike Wassenaar.

ACM Thankful

11/23/2020  
On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the things I have and mindful of the privilege to work with ACM members.

ACM Workshop on Youth Programs & Public Policy Donations

11/16/2020  
If you’re thinking about beginning a youth media program or fine-tuning the program you run, I’d like you to join ACM this Wednesday, November 18 as talk about approaches and design for youth media program work. We’ll be joined by folks from Ph

ACM Election Coverage, Bob Devine & Giving Tuesday

11/9/2020  
I hope you are recovering from this year’s election coverage – and perhaps your organization is doing election analysis programming still.

ACM Election Coverage & New Board of Directors

11/2/2020  
I want to thank all our members for their local election coverage this election season. From voter guides and candidate forums, to public service announcements on registration and voter safety, ACM members have been doing essential work for local...

Copy of Mass Access Recap on Closed Captioning & Cast Away

10/26/2020  
I caught up with folks at Mass Access this last week to chat about closed captioning rules for PEG channels – so I thought it’s a good opportunity to give you a quick refresher:

Celebrate Community Media Day and Join us Wednesday for Community Partnerships in Times of Trauma

10/19/2020  
It’s the fifth annual celebration of Community Media across the United States tomorrow, 10/20! Both Minnesota and Massachusetts have issued proclamations celebrating the day in each state.

Community Media Day is Next Week and Don't Forget to Join us on Wednesday for Earned Income Solution

10/12/2020  
It’s still not too late to organize an activity or promote Community Media Day next Tuesday, October 20.

Earned Income Solutions, Community Media Day & Join Mike at the Water Cooler!

10/5/2020  
The 2020 edition of the ACM Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Institute led by Paula Manley and Toni Tabora-Roberts kicks off this Friday with an expanded class of 22 students from around the country! My thanks to all the individual donors who helpe

Cablecast's Partner Presentation this Thursday Building Better Boards & Community Media Day!

9/21/2020  
I’m a diver – I love scuba and try to find an opportunity to get underwater when I can. I’m also a non-profit leader – I work with Boards of Directors in my professional and personal life (as a volunteer on other boards).

Help the ACM Foundation, Small Operations Workshop & Telvue's Partner Presentation

9/15/2020  
It’s my birthday on Tuesday – and I’m celebrating. I’m taking the day off – I’ll go for a morning swim, maybe go for a hike and later have a nice romantic meal with my wife.

Antoine's reflections on the Community Media Directory Project, ELI & Community Media Day

9/8/2020  
My thanks to Antoine Haywood and everyone who has helped us put together the Community Media Directory this summer – we have over 1600 organizations listed around the country – including PEG channels in all 50 states. I asked Antoine to put together

The Last Week of Summer, The Community Media Directory Project, Alan Bushong & September's Public Po

8/31/2020  
This is the last week of the summer – at least for this Minnesotan. We’d always mark the end of the summer with Labor Day and the end of the Minnesota State Fair. I know there will be some among you who will want to claim 9/22 and the Autumnal Equin

Democratic National Convention & The American University Study on Covid-19

8/24/2020  
I didn’t watch much of the Democratic National Convention last week, but the highlight for many people was the roll call of states from the nomination of Presidential candidates.

American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact Survey Results & IEE Events

8/17/2020  
American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact has released its survey and study on how PEG community media is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. The report “PEG Access Media: Local Communications Hubs in a Pandemic” is based on surveys an

Lorenzo Milam, IEE Caucus Upcoming Events, The Engaged Journalism Exchange

8/10/2020  
There are two Friday events I’d like you and other people in your organization to put on your calendars this week and next: The Inclusion Equity and Engagement Caucus of the Alliance will be hosting a virtual event Friday, August 14 at 3 pm ET

Susan Fleischmann, IEE Annual Meeting

7/27/2020  
I received word last week that Susan Fleischmann, one of the quiet stars in the community media world – is retiring early next year as Executive Director of CCTV in Cambridge, MAtogether for the Hometowns in Chicago, we wanted to bring people togethe

Documenting COVID-19, FCC Update, jesikah maria ross, & KatMeow Garcia's ACM Award

7/21/2020  
How are you documenting your organization’s response to Covid-19? Here’s a great way to do it: Create content. Adam McCune at Goffstown TV in Goffstown, NH told that story for his community and it’s a heartfelt and well done eight minute vi

Hometown Media Awards Recap, Thursday's FCC Open Meeting & Matt Sullivan's Award

7/14/2020  
Major kudos go to everyone who made last week’s Hometown Awards Watch Party a success – Deb Vinsel, Stephanie Purcel, Kim Gilsrud, Alease Annan, Michele Alimoradi, Tony Campos, Scott Mercer and Jena Arcangel Miller all worked to make the party a fun

Mark Glaser, ACM Sweet Home, Stay at Home, Rep. Nita Lowey, Mary Van Sickle & HMA Watch Party

7/7/2020  
Many observers have talked about how the Covid-19 pandemic has amplified conditions of inequality that already exist in America.

Hometown Media Awards Virtual Watch Party & ACM's Annual Meeting

6/29/2020  
I brushed off my tux and got together with friends from across the United States last week to record a virtual Hometown Media Awards. We figured since we would not be together for the Hometowns in Chicago, we wanted to bring people together to sho

Sign up for Sweet Home, Stay at Home, ACM National Awards and Water Cooler Anyone?

6/23/2020  
My thanks to all the folks who joined us last week at our podcasting webinar and our partner presentation with Comrex. We’ll continue the partner presentations this week on June 25 with NewTek. We will start our 2020 workshops on Wednesday with Tony

Sweet Home Stay at Home, Academic Survey, Re-Opening Conversation, Summer Intern, HMA

5/26/2020  
Registration is now open for our virtual conference workshops and presentations – we’re calling it Sweet Home/Stay at Home. We’ll be featuring partner presentations from exhibitors starting in July and will feature 10 workshops and seminars for virtu

Annual Conference Update, Filed Suite against the FCC & Reopening Plans

5/18/2020  
After a lot of discussion and deliberation, the Alliance for Community Media and our Foundation decided to cancel our National Conference which was set for Chicago this summer. We will return to Chicago in a future year.

State of the Industry Survey & COVID-19 Impacts

5/11/2020  
We’ve gotten results of our flash poll of how ACM members are weathering the Covid-19 crisis. Here’s a look:

US Senate Back to Work & QCTV's Work During COVID-19

5/5/2020  
The US Senate has returned to work in Washington DC today – and now is as good a time as any to remind your US Senators of the value of the work your organization is doing during the Covid-19 outbreak to help people on a day-to-day basis – and to ask