PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | June 28, 2021
ACM National Conference THIS WEEK!
ACM’s National Conference is here this week – it’s actually everywhere virtually – and will be taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12noon-5pm ET with participants across four time zones.
If you’ve registered, check out the Whova app to participate in the conference, meet up with other attendees and visit our sponsors. We’ll also be giving away prizes for participation on the app – including a full Conference registration for 2022’s National Conference scheduled for Chicago! It’s been fun seeing pre-Conference traffic the last few days and getting to know first time participants in the Conference through Whova.
If you haven’t registered, there’s still time to sign up to join colleagues for workshops, speakers, demonstrations and fellowship with community media practitioners from across the US. If you miss something on the schedule the next few days, we’ll make recordings available to registered attendees for the next six months.
AND as an ACM member you or your organization will receive discounts for registration – AND group registration discounts are still available.
One of the fun things about attending a Conference like ACM is you don’t know precisely what comes out of the connections you make. Want an example?
Someone on the Whova app expressed interest in setting up a Discord server for community media chat, audio and connections. So we’re experimenting with it at the Conference to see what we can develop and grow.
Do you have a great idea you want to share? Well, now is your chance – I hope to hear from you at the Conference.
Hometown Media Awards Celebration Wednesday, June 30
I’m looking forward to this year’s Hometown Media Awards celebration on Wednesday evening at 7pm ET – you can watch the ceremonies hosted by the ACM Foundation. All you need to do is join the Premier Watch Party above! Make sure to add it to your calendar as well.
I’m also looking forward to my conversation on Wednesday morning with PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel, whose book Dare to Speak outlines the need for free speech in our communities, and ways to protect it while combating online abuse and disinformation.
I’m looking forward to ACM members talking about ACM’s Strategic Plan at our membership meeting on Tuesday. The membership meeting is taking place during the conference and registered attendees will be able to stream it from Whova. However, this meeting is open to all members and those not registered for the conference are invited to join the membership meeting via this zoom link.
Actually, I’m looking forward to it all – and to seeing you there!