Best of the Northwest Awards

The 2017 Best of the Northwest Awards (BOTNW) is now accepting entries! The BOTNW honors exceptional programs produced in calendar years 2015 and 2016 telecast on community television channels/outlets in the Northwest Region of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). Non-commercial programs originally produced to play on PEG access centers, local-origination cable channels, or for independent, online distribution during calendar years 2015 and 2016 are eligible to enter.  The Awards will be presented as part of the Regional gathering on March 31-April 1 in Portland, OR.

More information on the awards can be found here; the deadline is February 1, 2017, so enter today!

Northwest Community Media leader wins Buske Leadership Award

Rob Brading, recently retired CEO of MetroEast Community Media in Gresham, Oregon is the winner of the 2016 Alliance for Community Media’s Buske Award for his service to our field.  Rob has as been a longtime volunteer with ACM and the Alliance for Communications Democracy.  In addition to his work for the national ACM, Rob has been a wonderful leader for the ACM Northwest Region for nearly 25 years.

The Buske Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the Alliance for Community Media, leadership within the organization within the last three years, a high degree of involvement in the organization nationally, regionally and at the chapter level, and continuing service to the ACM.

The ACM awards will be presented at the closing luncheon on Saturday, August 20 at the ACM National Conference in Boston. More information on the ACM National Conference can be found here.

Congratulations Rob!

Annual Conference Schedule

Check out the conference schedule for the Alliance for Community Media’s Annual Conference in Boston this August! The conference will offer an exciting agenda filled with informational sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, an awards luncheon, regional membership meetings, the annual ACM membership meeting, and an exhibit hall filled with vendors you will want to see!  The conference will run August 18-20 at the Westin Boston Waterfront; early-bird registration is open now.


Celebrate George Stoney’s Birthday July 1

Courtesy of ACM President Mike Wassenaar:

Film maker Mike Hazard has made his documentary on George Stoney “Happy Collaborator” available to be aired on July 1st this year – the 100th Anniversary of Stoney’s birth.

“Happy Collaborator” portrays George Stoney as a filmmaker, teacher of film, and media activist. George is widely known as “the father of public access.”  “Happy Collaborator” includes clips from 17 films, interviews with collaborators who worked with George in front of and behind the camera, and intimate recordings with him.

We’d like access channels across the United States to be a part of a celebration this year by airing the documentary. You can download files at the Internet Archive here: MPEG or MP4

Telvue has also made the file available on their Media Server. Let’s have a celebration July 1st!

Registration Now Open for ACM National Conference

ACM_2016_conference_logoRegistration is now open for the National Alliance for Community Media Conference August 18-20 in Boston!

Join community media professionals from across the country at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel on August 18-20th as we celebrate and explore the meanings of making media that’s related to place, and to our communities. We all have a yearning to belong, to understand our world, and to share our stories; to build community, to make a living, and make a life. At our best, community media reflects the world of our towns and communities, and speaks to the needs of their future. We will be exploring this theme of “Our Town” further in Boston and we hope you will join us.

Click here for more information and to register!

Would you like to attend this year’s National Conference but do not have the funding available to support your registration and travel? The IEE Caucus wants to help! We are hoping to award 10 Grassroots Scholarships to applicants who may not otherwise be able to attend the National Conference, but have a demonstrated interest in leadership and building better practices in community media. Click here for more information or to apply. The application deadline is June 6th.

Alliance for Community Media Brian Wilson Scholarship

The Brian Wilson Scholarship
This scholarship of $1,000 is offered annually by the Alliance for Community Media to promote the values of former Board of Directors Chair Brian Wilson by providing financial support to an individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program in media arts, broadcast journalism, community & public service, government administration, public education administration or teaching.

Click here to apply for the Brian Wilson Scholarship by May 6!