Letter From The ACMNWR Chair

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Andrea Capere, ACMNWR Chair

Hello!

Greetings from Northwest Community Media, an affiliate of the Alliance for Community Media. We are a nonprofit organization working to facilitate connection, knowledge, and resource sharing among community media practitioners in the Alliance for Community Media – Northwest Region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The local media landscape has changed significantly in the Pacific Northwest. In previous years, we’ve focused primarily on public, educational, and government (PEG) television operations in our work. We’ve realized that the spectrum of community media practitioners is much more broad than our focus. Now we work to forge connections between colleges/universities, activist groups, libraries, digital equity and inclusion efforts, community radio/Low Power FM (LPFM), and community media centers. The mission is to create a more democratically engaged, informed populace by supporting citizen journalism and media literacy.

Providing avenues of continued learning is an important part of our mission. As such, we hope you will consider joining us for the 2018 NW Media Summit: Access the Future. We are excited to bring you a two-day summit on empowering the public and preparing for the next phase of community media in society.

Programming will center around professional development for the next generation of community media leaders, emergent production techniques, better practices for reaching underserved communities, and ideas for working better with youth.
Our summit will also include an awards program. 2018 Best of the Northwest Awards: Red Carpet with Castus is a chance for you to showcase your exceptional media programs. This prestigious awards contest honors outstanding programs produced by community media and other non-commercial media in the region. We encourage you to enter your programming into this contest by February 2 by visiting our Film Freeway page.

Maybe you’ve never been to an regional conference, or perhaps its been years since you’ve renewed your membership. Between now and March 31, the Alliance for Community Media is offering a 25% discount on organizational membership for new and lapsed members (a lapsed member organization hasn’t been a member for three years).

We want to hear from you. We have much to share with you, and I am certain there’s a lot we can learn from you, as well. Please consider adding your name to our mailing list and following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also learn more by emailing us directly. If you have any questions about membership, attending the summit, or board service, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Andrea Capere
Chair
Alliance for Community Media – Northwest Region

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