2019 ACM Award Winners Announced

July 10, 2019

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media (F/ACM) announce four recipients of ACM Award winners. Awards will be presented to the winners during the ACM’s 2019 Annual Conference, July 10 – 12 in Portland, Oregon.

Emerging Leader Award
Seth Ring, MetroEast Community Media

Seth is a local Oregonian with passion for nature and civic engagement. A field biologist turned filmmaker at Montana State’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking M.F.A. program, he joined community media because of its power to captivate hearts and minds. He spearheaded MetroEast’s Rockwood DIY (Digital Inclusion and Youth) program to provide training, technology and internet connection to underserved groups in the Rockwood area of Portland.

The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication
Open Media Foundation

Ann Theis

Community-based Media has been an intrinsic part of Ann’s life ever since she attended Antioch College to become a documentary filmmaker. During her time at Antioch she discovered the importance of community media under the guidance of Chris Hill, Bob Devine and Anne Bohlen, and learned that teaching people to express their own voice was more important than merely documenting them.

Ann started her community media career at Manhattan Neighborhood Network as a Production Assistant and then became the Director of Production and Education. For the last 12 years, Ann has been guiding the Open Media Foundation's community media efforts with Denver Open Media and its user-driven tools that minimized staffing and operations costs. Youth Media has been a passion of hers and she has mentored hundreds of youth both at MNN and at DOM over the last twenty years. Ann has also served on the ACM Western Region and National Boards.

Tony Shawcross

As the founder and Executive Director of the Open Media Foundation, Tony has launched dozens of initiatives aimed at democratizing the tools for shaping public awareness and public policy. Tony developed and launched the visionary model for community media that became Denver Open Media. Recent efforts include Denver Open Media’s new Community Radio stations, and a Nation-Wide Transparency Service for Streaming and Archiving state and local govt video at www.Open.Media.

This year, Tony was recognized with the Colorado Press Association’s annual “Friend of the First Amendment” award for his work as a “passionate advocate of First Amendment rights, freedom of the press and open government.”

Buske Leadership Award
Anthony Riddle, BRIC

Anthony Riddle has served in a variety of national leadership roles, including a life-long association with Public Access television. He previously served as Executive Director for three major market Public Access organizations— Atlanta’s People TV, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Riddle represented the field in Washington, DC as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Media and later served as General Manager for Pacifica Network’s WBAI FM in New York. As a consultant, he set up the Media Justice Fund of the Funding Exchange and directed the renowned Maysles Institute for Albert Maysles in Harlem. Riddle also served on an international advisory panel set up by President Carter to assist the former Soviet States in establishing democratic media. Riddle is currently Vice-President of Community Media at BRIC in Brooklyn.

The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity
Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel

Shannon Gee is a producer, editor, photographer and writer with 20-plus years of experience in the field of television and print/digital media. She is the general manager of Seattle Channel, the City of Seattle’s award-winning government-access channel, where she has worked for over a decade. Shannon joined Seattle Channel to create and launch Community Stories, a documentary series with a focus on inclusion, diversity and equity topics. Her work at Seattle Channel has earned her seven Northwest Emmy Awards and the Kaleidoscope Award, a national honor that recognizes television stations for outstanding achievement in the coverage of diversity.  

Prior to Seattle Channel, Shannon was an independent producer of documentaries for cable and national and local public television. Her documentary work has also been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, a National Park Service Affiliated Area and the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and the Museum of History and Industry.