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

Regardless, I would like to know what your organization has done this year to help local communities participate in the elections and understand the impact of elections locally.  That information helps ACM tell the story of our collective impact.  Send me links to your coverage or summaries in the coming the week by emailing  

And let me know if you want a copy of the presentation I gave this past week on our Public Policy call. We talked about potential impacts of the elections on our work in Washington, DC with Congress and the FCC

Bob Devine

I note with sadness that Bob Devine has died. Bob’s presence is felt in so many things that community media organizations do across the United States. If you don’t know Bob’s work, take a look at some of his writings in Community Media Review or talk with the scores of people he mentored in our field – either from his work as a teacher and leader at Antioch College, or from the many organizations he had a hand in forming and leading (including Manhattan Neighborhood Network).   

To paraphrase our friend Fred Johnson, Bob was divine.  I got to know Bob when we both volunteered for the national ACM Board some fifteen years ago.  I will miss his wisdom, wit and charm.

Giving Tuesday

 Save the Date: December 1 is #GivingTuesday – and the ACM Foundation will be asking folks to make tax deductible donations to continue our leadership development work in 2021.  Gifts from ACM members have helped us EXPAND our leadership training this last year even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic – and we want to deepen that work with emerging leaders in the coming year. 

So mark your calendar!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO
The Alliance for Community Media