President's Message | April 20, 2020

PEG Channels Responding to Local Needs


One of the most encouraging things I’ve seen from the Covid-19 crisis is how PEG organizations are responding to local needs – it’s a part of our DNA. The immediacy of the crisis has spurred innovation across the country.  

Take for example what’s going on at Akaku on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Molokai.  The station is now combining Governor and Mayor announcement for their county with correspondent reports, interviews and daily news updates to produce The Maui Daily. Here’s an example from this past Friday.

That project and others may be eligible for emergency support funding.  

The Facebook Journalism Project is accepting applications this week for Covid-19 relief grants. Channels that are doing local emergency coverage would be eligible for grants of $25,000-$100,000.  View the application here. 

april webinar recap

In case you missed the webinars earlier this month, here are the videos from our presentation on how PEG channels are responding to the Covid-19 crisis and Best Practices for Remote Meetings. 

The next ACM Webinar is on May 20 at 3 pm ET. This webinar will be on podcasting. Join us by signing up here. 


Join me at the WaterCooler!

I’ll be hanging out at the WaterCooler this week Tuesday through Friday at 5 pm ET.  I hope you’ll join me! I’m sending out invitations each day on the ACM Listserv, so please sign up for the list if you want invites (or updates from colleagues across the country!).

Mike Wassenaar

President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media