ACM National Conference Recap

It was a whirlwind three days of last week’s virtual conference – and it was great to connect with so many people around the country at the event!  One of the curious things about holding an online conference is you can track numbers for how people are interacting.  For example, we had 339 attendees, who sent 4500 messages across the Whova event platform, created over 100 different topics of discussion, and left over 84,000 sponsor impressions.  


So, while last week didn’t have all the benefits of being in person at an event, it did have lots of upside, especially for people who couldn’t travel.  Be sure to let us know what you think by filling out your evaluations if you haven’t done so already. By completing the evaluation, you can be entered to win a 2022 ACM Conference registration. 

A couple of other notes for you post-Conference: The Hometown Media Award celebration and my interview with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel are both available on YouTube to share.   

If you registered for the Conference, content and messages will be available on the Whova platform for the next six months. 

We set up a Discord Server to support different types of community media discussions . Click here to join the conversation and suggest topics. 

We’re beginning the process for planning the 2022 Conference in Chicago next June. If you would like to volunteer to be involved with the Conference Committee, please contact me by email at

We postponed last week’s Public Policy Call because of the Conference (but my thanks to everyone who was involved in the Federal and State Policy discussions last week) – and we’ll hold this month’s call THIS THURSDAY 7/8 at 4pm ET.  Contact me if you would like to join the invite list. 

And my thanks to our staff, our sponsors and all the volunteers who made the conference a success!  

2021 Emerging Leaders Institute

Now’s the time to apply for the ACM Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Institute. The training will take place on four Fridays this October in a virtual format, and is meant for young leaders in our field and for people who are considering or new to leadership positions.  The Institute will be led once again by Paula Manley and Toni Tabora-Roberts (who lead a great conversation on leadership at this year’s Conference). 

The cost is $200 for the Institute. 

Good luck!