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Wednesday, August 17
 

9:00am

ACM National Board Meeting
Wednesday August 17, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Paine

4:00pm

4:30pm

Pre-Conference Party & Open Houses- BIG & BNN

Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) & Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)

(This event has currently reached its max capacity and is no longer available) 

Arrive on Wednesday afternoon to check out the facilities of Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) who will be hosting open houses and a pre-conference party, with support from Broadcast Pix. 

Tour, ask questions, schmooze, snack, try Virtual Reality (VR), and enjoy some free drinks at the bar. Receive a free drink ticket at BNN and a second free ticket at BIG!  

First Stop of the Tour: (5-7pm) BNN has a new beautiful facility in Boston, currently at the MBTA Power Station in Egleston Square, a gorgeous, re-purposed facility with active members and lots of history.  Stop by to learn about their history and current projects, while partaking in delicious appetizers and drinks during your tour, provided by BNN. 

Second Stop: (7-9pm) BIG is just up the road, surrounded on three sides by Boston, embedded at the high school with an innovative new facility. BIG's tour and party will feature food, drinks, tech talk and VR demos!

Transportation: Free shuttles will be provided by BIG and BNN will start at the Westin at 4:30pm; 5 and 5:45pm, returning at 8, 8:30 and 9pm. Attendees also can easily take public transportation and Uber/cabs to both locations.  

Note: Pre-party limited to first 100 registrants! Sign up on your ACM registration form.


Wednesday August 17, 2016 4:30pm - 9:00pm
BIG & BNN Brookline Interactive Group 46 Tappan Street Brookline, MA 02445 & Boston Neighborhood Network 3025 Washington Street Boston, MA 02119

6:00pm

TelVue 30th Anniversary Reception
Wednesday August 17, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Coppersmith 40 W 3rd St, South Boston, MA 02127
 
Thursday, August 18
 

8:00am

Birds of a Feather Meeting Space- Click for details

What's your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.

If you want to organize a "Birds of a Feather" gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org or mherr@allcommunitymedia.org if you would like to put some time on hold.

The current schedule for Thursday, August 18th is:

8:00am-9:00pm
Mentor Network Meet Up

We’ll gather participants in the first class of ACM’s Mentor Network, and talk about mentoring opportunities and how people benefit from taking the time to do informal learning and leadership development.   If you’re interested in applying to have a mentor or be a mentor, join us!

1:00pm-3:00pm

LPFM Radio and PEG- Sabrina Roach & Morgan Jaffe

The ACM is facilitating a gathering of PEGs with new LPFMs so we can create a working group and network for support that will serve the 50 plus new stations going on the air. Come share updates about your radio stations, provide feedback on your needs, and share resources the group can utilize to make their stations successful. This will be a brainstorming and networking opportunity about supporting the national movement to expand community radio.


Thursday August 18, 2016 8:00am - 11:00am
Commonwealth C

8:00am

Registration
Thursday August 18, 2016 8:00am - 7:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Government Transparency and Issues Coverage ($)
How can local government best increase issues understanding and transparency? Does it mean news coverage or open government initiatives? Do you have to be a large government entity to encourage more civic engagement in your community? What kind of tools can you use to increase public confidence in government and local democracy?

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Grabowski

Jonathan Grabowski

Executive Director, Marshfield Community Television
In my ninth year as Executive Director of Marshfield Community Television. In my second term as President of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce. In my second year serving on the South Shore Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee and a member of the Town of Marshfield's Charter Review Committee. | | Talk to me about all of the above or soccer, British guitar bands or anything with at least two wheels and can go fast
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Kathy Lynch

Executive Director, Easthampton Media
avatar for Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch

Boston DoIT Broadband & Cable, City of Boston, MA
Cable administrator for Boston, Mass. | Big advocate of PEG access, LPFM. | Pres-elect for NATOA.



Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

Inspiring Change with Human Centered Design ($)
Want to create conditions for change? How do you bring together your team to sold old and new problems at your organization? What if you could train your team, board members and volunteer to approach problems differently or creatively, be more efficient in system design, or around community involvement? This workshop will teach the basics of human centered design or design thinking. You will learn a basic framework and techniques for understanding how to use this planning method in practice at your organization. The technique can be used to troubleshoot problems you regularly face inhibit community engagement, systems efficiency, sustainable funding and continued creativity.

Speakers
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Ela Ben-Ur

I2i Experience
avatar for Kathy Bisbee

Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group
As the executive director of community media incubator Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) Kathy is a practical implementer of projections, projects and perceptions, and is BIG’s “imagineer,” navigating and planning its future in a changing media landscape. Kathy weaves rich threads of narrative storytelling, media and technology education, and change management, opening new channels for empathy, resourcefulness and creativity. | | She has... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Deepening STORY: Story Slams, TedX Digital Storytelling ($)
Storytelling has power: compelling stories capture the attention of listeners and viewers. New techniques, drawn from rich storytelling traditions, will be shared in this panel and hands on workshop. Methodologies and story techniques from the Center for Digital Storytelling, now known as StoryCenter, TedX, and Mass Mouth will be shared. We’ll discuss how story is changing across traditional and new platforms. Participants will get sample stories, prompts, storytelling workshop tips, learn how to facilitate a basic workshop, give feedback and encourage speaker distribution of stories through various formats.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Kinney

Erin Kinney

Manager of Engagement, Brookline Interactive Group
I recently entered the world of community media by joining the Brookline Interactive Group team as the Manager of Engagement. I manage partnerships with local organizations, orientation tours for new members, community events, marketing, and outreach efforts. | I also have a background in media literacy, and am passionate about encouraging critical thinking about the media we consume and create. | | I'm looking forward to talking to people... Read More →
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Joe Lambert

StoryCenter
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Laura Lovett

Story Slams
avatar for Devin Marks

Devin Marks

Founder, President, MyTEDtalk.com
http://mytedtalk.com/founder/ | | You have an idea worth spreading, right? There is a message you are driven to share with the world. It is an insight of worth that can introduce change for the better. | | But like most folks with an eye on center stage, it is a bit of a struggle to craft a TED, TEDx, or TED-like talk. And that says nothing of the rehearsals, critiques, rewrites, camera work, and the countless other realities that make... Read More →


Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
Commonwealth AB

9:00am

Archiving, YouTube and You ($)

In this workshop, we’ll work with you to increase the online usability of your program archives, discuss the importance of metadata and key terms to enhance search ability online, and show how you can use YouTube and the Internet Archive to increase the impact of your work and reach new audiences in new ways.

Our focus will expand from the past (how to archive your existing video), to the future (how your center can operate in the world of video distribution devices, channels and smartphone apps).

James Jones from Double ACS will demonstrate how his workflow enables upload to both Youtube and Internet Archive and enables downstream projects like smartphone apps and Roku and Apple TV channels.

John will provide examples of before and after metadata from his Youtube -> Archive work that will highlight time efficient improvements you can make to increase the discoverability of your online videos.

Participants will come away with: 

Strategies for how you can improve the discoverability of your station's video.

A specific approach to structuring your metadata and tagging your videos

Checklists to begin your own metadata improvement project


Speakers
avatar for John Hauser

John Hauser

Special Projects Wizard, Access Humboldt
John is an IT consultant, digital media archivist and Special Projects | Wizard from Eureka, CA associated with Access Humboldt. He received the | 2015 Buske Leadership Award for his work promoting video archiving at | the local, regional and national levels of the Alliance of Community | Media. | | He founded the Community Media Archive in 2009, in partnership with the | Internet Archive and Access Humboldt, where public access TV stations... Read More →
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James Jones

Attleboro Access Cable System



Thursday August 18, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom E

11:30am

First Time Conference Attendee Welcome Sponsored by dnr labs
Meet with other first time conference attendees to network, ask any questions, and get a general overview of what you need to know to make the most out of your ACM conference experience.

Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Commonwealth C

11:30am

Exhibit Hall
Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 7:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

11:40am

Tightrope Media Systems Exhibitor Demonstration
Power Your Stories with the Full Tightrope Toolbox

At Tightrope, we’re not a one size fits all solution. We make robust, customizable tools for folks who want to look good while staying true to their mission. Join us to learn more about our complete solutions for scheduling, HD playback, bulletin board, VOD and live-streaming. Learn about our brand new Cablecast Flex video servers with flexible I/O, flexible storage, as well as flexible SD/HD playback of all the most common file types. Cablecast Flex now also ships with Cablecast version 6.1, featuring VOD Chaptering and new and improved reporting functionality. We know that once you start your Tightrope collection, you’ll be resolved to collect them all.

Thursday August 18, 2016 11:40am - 12:10pm
Grand Ballroom C

12:25pm

Comrex Exhibitor Demonstration
Getting live video to air has been a challenge for many Community Mediastations until the advent of cellular bonding solutions that have emerged over the past few years. But using cellular data is not always ideal – especially in crowded locations where thousands of people with cell phones are competing for data. Comrex will discuss alternate methods of connectivity for locations where cellular is not an option. ISM Band radios, private LTE and satellite IP solutions will be discussed along with Comrex’s CrossLock VPN technology and what it means for your broadcast.

Thursday August 18, 2016 12:25pm - 12:55pm
Grand Ballroom C

12:30pm

The Power of Focus: Improving Effectiveness by Getting Better Organized ($)
As community media professionals and volunteers, you invest a lot of time and energy into your work, but are you getting the most out of that effort? This presentation will provide practical, useful strategies to use in managing your time, and all the many hats you wear throughout the day. You may know some great time management techniques, but are you using the right ones for your personality and work style? This workshop will help you change your habits to maximize your productivity and reduce your stress. It will be interesting, and it will be informative – just like the programs you produce!

Speakers
avatar for Maryann Murphy

Maryann Murphy

Certified Professional Organizer, Maryann Murphy, MSW, Professional Organizer & Time Management Consultant
Maryann Murphy, MSW, CPO®, is a certified professional organizer and time management consultant who has spent over 30 years helping people become better organized and more productive.  She holds degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and a certificate as Specialist in Chronic Disorganization.  | Maryann is the creator of “28 Days to Time Management Success” and “Putting Paper in its Place” email coaching programs, and works regularly... Read More →
avatar for Debra Rogers

Debra Rogers

Executive Director/CEO, Falmouth Community Television
Debra Rogers has worked in Community Media since 1982. She is the Executive Director/CEO of Falmouth Community Television, a position she has held since 1996. Through her ongoing involvement with the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), a national trade and advocacy organization, Debra works to advance the cause, and garner support for community media on the state, region and national level. She served on the national ACM board of directors for... Read More →



Thursday August 18, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom D

12:30pm

Local Investigative Reporting on a Shoestring ($)
Most community news operations focus on reporting "breaking news" essentially recounting events for the general public without really digging into the issues surrounding them. Answering the who, what, when, and where questions of stories without addressing the why and how. A big reason for the prevalence of that kind of "this happened" journalism is budget.

It takes time and money to do more in-depth investigative reporting in your city or town. Most PEG access stations can't even afford the professional staff time necessary to manage volunteers to run regular local news roundups, let alone do any independent journalism. So the thought of investing in producing investigative stories is completely off of the vast majority of stations' radar.

However, a new wave of nonprofit reporting initiatives nationwide is showing that it's possible to produce high-quality, in-depth journalism with community support for a fraction of the cost of similar work produced by major commercial and public news outlets. In this workshop, the staff of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalismwill walk you through the basics of how to: put together an investigative reporting unit, identify potential investigative news stories, raise money for reporting, producing the stories, publicize the finished product, and engaging your community in discussing the issues at stake. You'll walk away with a solid idea of how you can take your station from having little impact in community affairs to playing a leading role in shaping public discourse on key events of the day.

Speakers
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Chris Faraone

Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
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Jason Pramas

Network Director, Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
Jason is a photojournalist with over 30 years experience and author of the syndicated column Apparent Horizon. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts and is also an artist, educator, and longtime labor-community organizer.


Thursday August 18, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Commonwealth AB

12:30pm

The Ins and Outs of Franchise Renewal and Competitive Franchising ($)
While the franchise renewal process as guided by Federal Law has not changed, the outcomes of franchise renewal are changing with the evolving business and technology environment. For example, for the first time in many years companies like CenturyLink and Google are seeking initial franchises. How do these new entrants affect the relationship with the incumbent cable company regarding PEG issues during and after renewal? This session will provide answers to questions about needs assessment, HDTV and EPG for PEG access, capital vs operating funding issues, and how to prepare for and maximize your opportunities during renewal and franchising negotiations.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Buske

Sue Buske

President, The Buske Group
For the past 40 years, Sue Buske has represented local governments, Community Media Centers (PEG access), educational institutions, and community organizations in their interactions with cable companies.  Ms. Buske is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the United States on cable policy and local cable programming issues.  She is a highly experienced negotiator who has had success in translating community needs and... Read More →
avatar for Gerard Lederer

Gerard Lederer

Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Gerard Lavery Lederer is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally-recognized telecommunications law firm. | | Mr. Lederer serves as legislative counsel to TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative activity. He... Read More →
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Jodie Miller

Town Square Television



Thursday August 18, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

12:30pm

Birds of a Feather Meeting Space- Click for details

What's your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.

If you want to organize a "Birds of a Feather" gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org or mherr@allcommunitymedia.org if you would like to put some time on hold.
The current schedule for Thursday, August 18th is:

8:00am-9:00am
Mentor Network Meet Up

We’ll gather participants in the first class of ACM’s Mentor Network, and talk about mentoring opportunities and how people benefit from taking the time to do informal learning and leadership development.   If you’re interested in applying to have a mentor or be a mentor, join us!

1:00pm-3:00pm

LPFM Radio and PEG- Sabrina Roach & Morgan Jaffe

The ACM is facilitating a gathering of PEGs with new LPFMs so we can create a working group and network for support that will serve the 50 plus new stations going on the air. Come share updates about your radio stations, provide feedback on your needs, and share resources the group can utilize to make their stations successful. This will be a brainstorming and networking opportunity about supporting the national movement to expand community radio.


Thursday August 18, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Commonwealth C

1:05pm

dnr labs Exhibitor Demonstration
dnr labs will be providing demonstration in 3 areas of broadcast technology that we feel are needed in the PEG community. These solutions will be cost effective and reliable for the PEG market.
1.Headend server automation, live streaming and Video on demand with website integration
2.Live remote broadcast from the field back to the Studio in HD andreal-time reliable
3.Cost effective and easy to use PTZ camera installs for studio, town halls and council chambers

Thursday August 18, 2016 1:05pm - 1:35pm
Grand Ballroom C

1:50pm

Brainstorm Multimedia Exhibitor Demonstration
Since 1993 Brainstorm continues to be the industry leaders in real-time 3D graphics virtual studios and augmented reality presentations with many broadcasters around the world. Come and learn how Brainstorm customers like Pasadena Media in California are using the latest technology in virtual sets and augmented reality graphics to dramatically enhance production value and producing more content while also lowering costs. This is a demonstration you won’t want to miss!

Thursday August 18, 2016 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Grand Ballroom C

2:35pm

CASTUS Corporation Exhibitor Demonstration
Revamp Like a Champ! Join the CASTUS Crew as we share inside tips and solutions to make your channel shine. Whether you’re a broadcast beginner or a playout pro, you’re sure to take something away from this informative class.

With CASTUS, having the dazzling channel you want IS possible. In addition to our intuitive workflow, CASTUS offers features like graphic overlays, text crawl, automatic background music and schedule autofill, all out of the box, that will keep your channel looking and sounding great.

We will be demonstrating our playout server functionality along with our scalable video on demand and live stream system. Come see our new functionality and why CASTUS has become a popular solution for broadcasters. Come see why CASTUS if right for you.

Thursday August 18, 2016 2:35pm - 3:05pm
Grand Ballroom C

3:00pm

Break
Thursday August 18, 2016 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:15pm

Region Meeting- Central States
Includes: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Commonwealth C

3:15pm

Region Meeting- Midwest
Includes: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois 

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom E

3:15pm

Region Meeting- North East
Includes: New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom AB

3:15pm

Region Meeting- North Western
Includes: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom D

3:15pm

Region Meeting- Unaffiliated States
Includes: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma.

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Commonwealth AB

3:15pm

Region Meeting- Western States
Includes: Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado

Thursday August 18, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom C

4:15pm

Break
Thursday August 18, 2016 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

4:45pm

Opening and Keynote Address
The Call for Democracy and Journalism in Our Town

John Nichols argues that America is in a democratic crisis in no small part because of the death of journalism in towns and communities throughout the United States.  The answer is a media devoted to the needs of people and a reinvigoration of journalism in our town.   He calls on us to respond to that crisis.

Nichols is the National Affairs Correspondent with The Nation magazine and associate editor of The Capitol Times in Madison, Wisconsin.   He writes regularly on politics and media for In These Times and The Progressive, and appears regularly as a commentator on MSNBC.  

With Robert McChesney, Nichols co-founded Free Press, the national media reform advocacy group which has championed media diversity, net neutrality and online privacy in the past decade.   The author of many books, his most recent work with McChesney is People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy

(Nation Books, March 2016).

 

Speakers
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Curtis Henderson

Boston Neighborhood Network
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John Nichols

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its national affairs correspondent. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. | | Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have... Read More →
MV

Mary Van Sickle

Dakota Media Access Inc.
avatar for Keith Thibault

Keith Thibault

Fall River Community Media
avatar for Mike Wassenaar

Mike Wassenaar

President, Alliance for Community Media
All Things Community Media. Seriously. | | Active ACM volunteer since 2003, I began working for ACM last year. | Trained as a journalist and film/tv historian, I started working in radio when I was 14 (yay, youth media!). Worked in community radio for a decade in Madison and Minneapolis, then was lucky enough to work at SPNN in St Paul.



Thursday August 18, 2016 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom AB

6:00pm

Opening Reception
Thursday August 18, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00pm

Foundation Fundraiser- Harpoon Brewery Beer Tasting

This event has sold out!

The Harpoon Brewery in Boston on August 18 at 8pm at the ACM Foundation Benefit Beer Tasting.    We'll combine things that we love:  Friends, Cold Beverages, and Community Media.  

The tasting will feature the wares of great local brewery (take a look here to see what they offer  http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer/available-now) and the proceeds of every ticket will go to the ACM Foundation, which invests in young people in community media, and developing and growing our field.

Tickets to the beer tasting event are $50.00 each (not included with a full conference registration). This is a 21+ event and the Harpoon Breweryis just a 15 minute walk from the Westin Boston Waterfront.

About Harpoon:
Harpoon was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. They were three friends who loved beer and loved drinking beer together but found the beer choices at the time to be limited. Traveling through Europe and experiencing the rich traditions of European brewing and beer drinking enhanced their love of beer and opened their eyes to the rich beer culture they wanted back home. They decided to build a brewery so that they could brew the beers that they wanted to drink, and invite their friends to the brewery to drink it with them.

In June of 1987 a warehouse space on the Boston waterfront was transformed into a brewery and the first Harpoon Ale was brewed. Fresh, local craft beer began making its way out to Boston beer drinkers.  It was hard to imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today.

 



Thursday August 18, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Harpoon Brewery 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

9:30pm

Tightrope After Party

Thursday August 18, 2016 9:30pm - 11:55pm
Lucky's Lounge Speakeasy 355 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
 
Friday, August 19
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Friday August 19, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Birds of a Feather Meeting Space- Click for details

What's your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.

If you want to organize a "Birds of a Feather" gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org or mherr@allcommunitymedia.org if you would like to put some time on hold.

The current schedule for Friday, August 19th is:

8:00am-9:00am
Connecting with Government Access Channels- Donna Monacci
An opportunity for government access communicators to network and share best practices. Discuss HD conversion, closed captioning, and production experiences with your counterparts from across the country.

9:00am-10:00am

Little Public Media, Less Local Journalism - an Overview of Hyperlocal News Research presented by Jane Regan and Erica Jones
The fact that advertising-funded journalism – on television, in newspapers and online, magazines and on the radio – is in crisis is no secret. Layoffs, consolidation of newsrooms, reinventions, rebranding, new models, and a seemingly endless and sometimes panicked search for new revenue. These are the headlines of the U.S. journalism ecosystem. As commercial media struggle for revenue models, however, until recently PEG access centers have been isolated from at least some of the market pressures, and have had a remarkably steady revenue stream and have been pumping out free speech-inspired talk shows, live cable- and webcasts of city council meetings, nascent journalism experiments and other examples public interest programming. But changes in franchising rules and cord-cutting are loom on the horizon.  As PEG centers search for relevance – and new funding streams – in a converging mediascape, an increasing number are experimenting with hyperlocal news programming, on the channels, online and even as audio programming. Variously staffed newsrooms – made up of professional journalists, self-taught community media employees, interns and volunteers – turn out bimonthly, weekly and even daily content. In this brief "Birds of a Feather" session come hear about what Jane Regan (Salem State University) and Erica Jones (SCATV) have learned through their survey of seven different newsrooms, interviews with experts and extensive theoretical research, and chime in with questions, criticism and feedback. The final report will be published in scholarly and media-related journals and also made available to the larger Alliance for Community Media network. Hopefully some healthy discussion will take place during this BOF session as well as helpful recommendations for those working in our field.

11:00am-12:00pm
Public Access North of the Border- Catherine Edwards 
Ms. Edwards will share 'what's new in public access north of the border.  As in the US, traditional public-access TV stations are on the one hand suffering in an environment of intense media ownership concentration in which cable funding for public access is diminishing.  On the other hand, the digital environment offers many opportunities for public access organizations.  Ms. Edwards will share how Canadian community programmers have recently come together for research and consultation with academics and with other community media (community radio, online community media and change-oriented gamers) to propose a new policy approach to support community media in the digital environment

See presentation for this session in documents below.

3:00pm-4:00pm

EPG Implementation Facts- Glenn Axelrod, Axelrod Broadcast Solutions 

Your station needs to be in the cable Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for viewers to find your programming. The FCC mandates the availability of EPG data in broadcast television signals. Cable and satellite services rely on it as well, but haven't included most PEG channels. The facts you need to know and solutions are presented so everyone has the same information for franchise negotiation.
* How a program schedule gets to a viewer.* Real and imagined technical barriers to EPG implementation.* EPG channel neighborhoods and the effect of HD on channel and brand.* Operational requirements to support EPG.




Friday August 19, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Commonwealth C

8:00am

Exhibit Hall
Friday August 19, 2016 8:00am - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Registration
Friday August 19, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Community Engagement Strategies for Community Media
Community Engagement is a process by which organizations and people build ongoing, lasting relationships in order to apply a collective vision for the benefit of a community. In this panel, we’ll see real life examples of how community engagement strategies can create better media. Learn ways to bring about change within your organization by building a culture that meets the needs, is responsive to, and is involved in dialog with communities.

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Morgan

Fiona Morgan

Journalism Program Director, Free Press
At ACM, I'll be talking about Free Press' News Voices project in New Jersey, a pilot project in community engagement around journalism. I lead deliberative dialogue between community members and reporters who serve them. I started my journalism career at Salon.com and was a staff writer at the INDY Week in Durham, NC, for 8 years before earning a Master of Public Policy degree at Duke in 2011. I'm working on a book about information gaps in... Read More →
avatar for Al Williams

Al Williams

Executive Director, Northampton Community TV
P. Al Williams works at the intersection of community, art, and technology as Executive Director of Northampton Community Television - www.northamptontv.org - a forward-seeking community media organization whose projects include Paradise CIty Press, a community journalism and storytelling project; co-founding the Public VR Lab, an all new collaborative for public virtual reality literacy, production and the commons; Crowdsourced Cinema, in... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

New Tools: Shoot High and Fly Straight (Drones, DLSRs and 4K)
We’ll talk new technology tools – Drones, DLSRs and 4K. Close to half million people have registered with the FAA’s new drone registry since it went live late last year. Livestreaming by drones? Municipal ordinances? What do you need to know to legally register and use drones, and keep you staff and volunteers safe and flying high? How are consumers and content creators creating media in 4K and beyond? What new DLSRs and other equipment are available to generate new and interesting content at your media center?

Speakers
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Roland Boyden

Production Manager, Brattleboro Community Television
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Ben Brown

Brookline Interactive Group
avatar for Thomas Lerra

Thomas Lerra

Research & Development Prototype Manager, WGBH Boston
As the R&D Prototype Manager at WGBH, Thomas is responsible for the digital prototype and innovation team whose mission is to define, develop and deploy the next generation of digital products/experiences for WGBH's national and local television and radio productions. Thomas also provides private consultancy to clients who want to harness two decades of digital production, strategy and operations experience. Thomas embodies a team-first... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McClung

Melissa McClung

Filmmaker, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Melissa McClung is a filmmaker, writer and educator. Melissa's short film, Sports: An Inspirational Story (8 min., 2014), won Best Original Drama/Comedy at the 2015 Hometown Media Awards. Her most recent film, Gale and the Fish (17 min., 2016), was produced with a Northampton Community Television production grant and features an all-Western Massachusetts cast and crew. During the school year, Melissa teaches HDSLR video production to high... Read More →
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Dave Newland

Production Coordinator, Northampton Community Television
David Newland has worked in Massachusetts community media since 2006 and currently works as the Production Coordinator for Northampton Community Television. In addition to producing video for NCTV he teaches classes in cinematography, DSLR video production, audio, lighting, After Effects and aerial videography. Outside of community media he has worked on various short films and music videos as director of photography and editor.


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Commonwealth AB

9:00am

Developing Youth Media Programs
Are you running a youth summer camp and want to engage more young people? Want to raise revenues for fee-based education program? Recruit more students to your media center? Want to start an after-school program or add media literacy curricula to your classes? Be inspired, ask questions and share best practices as we discuss developing sustainable youth media programs. Topics will include: funding, recruitment, equipment choices, incentives, classroom conduct and policies, building allies and partners, meeting the educational needs of your community, and training staff. Learn from developed programs and bring questions to develop your own.

Speakers
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Sophia Postans (student)

My name is Sophia Postans and I am an eighth grader atHartland Elementary school. I love to be with my friends,shopping, jumping on the trampoline with my older brother,playing with all my pets, reading, music, and much more. Ijoined CATV because our school has an activity period afterlunch with 20 or more activities you can pick from everydayand CATV is one of them. I have CATV on Mondays andThursdays and there are many jobs you can choose... Read More →
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Sydney Read (student)

Sydney Read, 14, from Hartland,Vermont just graduated from eighthgrade at Hartland Elementary School. Inthe fall. she will be a freshman atHanover High School. The past twoyears she has been working with theCATV group at her school where she haslearned how to make different types ofvideos and use her creative mind tomake something spectacular. CATV hasinfluenced her to enter local videocompetitions. She has won first place inthree out of the four... Read More →
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Michelle Cove

Executive Director, MediaGirls
Michelle Cove is the Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS®, a nonprofit organization that teaches girls how to critique the way girls and women are portrayed in pop culture with an emphasis on creating empowering content. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and author whose projects have been featured on numerous national platforms including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Katie Couric’s talk show “Katie,” “The Today Show... Read More →
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Bob Franzoni

Executive Director, CATV
Bob has been the Executive Director ofCommunity Access TV (CATV) for 23years. CATV serves the states ofVermont and New Hampshire and is theonly station in the United States toreceive funding for both states. I havebeen priviledged this year to work withthe Hartland 7th and 8th graders onvarious video projects this year. Theyhave entered contests against high schoolstudents and won on various events. Wehave appeared on our CBS affiliatechannel 3... Read More →
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Susan Malone

Executive Director, Wide Angle Youth Media
Susan Malone has been at the intersection of Baltimore’s community arts and education for nearly two decades. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Along with her background in arts and management skills, Ms. Malone flourished in the leadership role of Program Manager at Wide Angle Youth Media that led to her promotion to Executive Director in 2010. Since she took over the helm, she has tripled the number of... Read More →
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Cara Berg Powers

Executive Director, Press Pass TV
Dr. Cara Berg Powers is an author, educator, organizer and learner with a commitment to youth, media and justice. She is Executive Director at award-winning youth media organization Press Pass TV, an organization dedicated to using media arts and culture to solve community challenges and empower youth. Cara holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change with a focus on Media Studies and Adolescence, as well as an MA in Transformative... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Federal Policy Priorities
2016 is a big election year – what will 2017 bring for telecommunications and local communities? We’ll try to predict what the next year holds for federal policy priorities, and get your input on what should be the priorities we work on with coalition partners across the United States.

Speakers
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Gerard Lederer

Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Gerard Lavery Lederer is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, he was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally-recognized telecommunications law firm. | | Mr. Lederer serves as legislative counsel to TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative activity. He... Read More →
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Steve Traylor

Executive Director, NATOA
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Mike Wassenaar

President, Alliance for Community Media
All Things Community Media. Seriously. | | Active ACM volunteer since 2003, I began working for ACM last year. | Trained as a journalist and film/tv historian, I started working in radio when I was 14 (yay, youth media!). Worked in community radio for a decade in Madison and Minneapolis, then was lucky enough to work at SPNN in St Paul.


Friday August 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom E

10:30am

Break
Friday August 19, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:40am

TelVue Corporation Exhibitor Demonstration
TelVue’s newest professional quality broadcast equipment and cloud video services allow video operators to do more broadcasting with less hardware! Join TelVue in unveiling the HyperCaster-AIO (all-in-one) Series and learn how to enhance your digital broadcasting workflow with a single, powerful box. Also, learn about TelVue Connect with CloudCast video streaming options and TelVue GoToAir for live meeting and sports production. This year, TelVue celebrates 30 years of video broadcast innovation - join us in celebrating our newest products and services!

Friday August 19, 2016 10:40am - 11:10am
Grand Ballroom C

10:45am

Alliance for Communications Democracy Meeting
Friday August 19, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Paine

10:45am

Equity in Our Town (IEE Session)

In this roundtable group discussion, we will address what equity is and how it plays a role within PEG centers. We will also come up with strategies on how to improve. 


Speakers
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Beth Mitchell

Beth Mitchell is the Programming Coordinator at Public Media Network (PMN) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds a B.A. degree in journalism and mass communication from Olivet College where she was Station Manager of WOCR 89.1 FM for three years. Before coming onboard full-time at PMN, Beth worked for Midwest Communications Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Beth is very active with the Alliance for Community (ACM) and currently serves as the Central... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 10:45am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom D

11:20am

RueShare Exhibitor Demonstration
Find out how to build, engage and re-engage your membership using RueShare. You’ll see how members can take ownership of their center by creating their own classes, signing up for existing ones, creating productions and requesting reservations with their own RueShare account. With crew scheduling and crew calls, members can stay in contact with current crew and recruit qualified members for new crew positions without any administration.Administrators and employees can track and report on everything that happens at your center from reservations and expiring memberships to crew calls and classes. See how Rueshare can transform and energize your center.

Friday August 19, 2016 11:20am - 11:50am
Grand Ballroom C

11:30am

Inclusion, Equity, Engagement (IEE) Caucus General Meeting

Come see what ACM has been doing to encourage and facilitate conversations, programs, and activities that promote diversity and inclusion within community media.  The IEE Caucus will also be releasing the revamped Inclusion, Equity, and Engagement Resource Guide.

Annual business meeting. This is a time for membership to voice concerns or questions about IEE activity and involvement. We will also be holding elections during this time. 


Speakers
avatar for Beth Mitchell

Beth Mitchell

Beth Mitchell is the Programming Coordinator at Public Media Network (PMN) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds a B.A. degree in journalism and mass communication from Olivet College where she was Station Manager of WOCR 89.1 FM for three years. Before coming onboard full-time at PMN, Beth worked for Midwest Communications Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group. Beth is very active with the Alliance for Community (ACM) and currently serves as the Central... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom D

12:00pm

Break
Friday August 19, 2016 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

12:15pm

ACM Membership Meeting Lunch

Leaders will report on the activity that’s been ongoing since last year’s annual meeting in Pasadena, CA.  Hear from committee leaders for Member Relations, Communications, Fund Development, and Nominations as well as business reports from Mary Van Sickle, Board Chair; Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO; and Alan Bushong, Treasurer.  The annual Board nominations period will come to a close at the conclusion of this meeting.


Friday August 19, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Grand Ballroom AB

1:45pm

Break
Friday August 19, 2016 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

2:00pm

Virtual Reality Tools: Why Gaming, Art and Storytelling Matter
We’ll explore new tools and expose you to Virtual Reality through panelists and VR makers who are using headsets and controllers to create art, develop STEAM curriculum games and to tell stories in community. Hear from practitioners who have implemented VR tools at their media organization, school or business and who are creating games, art, media and storytelling in VR and augmented reality.

Speakers
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Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group
As the executive director of community media incubator Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) Kathy is a practical implementer of projections, projects and perceptions, and is BIG’s “imagineer,” navigating and planning its future in a changing media landscape. Kathy weaves rich threads of narrative storytelling, media and technology education, and change management, opening new channels for empathy, resourcefulness and creativity. | | She has... Read More →
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Cindy Bishop

digital artist + coder, VR Doodler/MIT
Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and digital creative. Originally a software developer and a painter, her work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression to realizing immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. She received her MFA in Dynamic Media at Massachusetts College of Art in 2013, and is continuing to explore the intersection of art, video and technology at MIT with a fellowship at the... Read More →
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Rick Cody

Team Future
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Al Williams

Executive Director, Northampton Community TV
P. Al Williams works at the intersection of community, art, and technology as Executive Director of Northampton Community Television - www.northamptontv.org - a forward-seeking community media organization whose projects include Paradise CIty Press, a community journalism and storytelling project; co-founding the Public VR Lab, an all new collaborative for public virtual reality literacy, production and the commons; Crowdsourced Cinema, in... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Commonwealth AB

2:00pm

Emergency Response and PEG
How can community access television respond in times of emergency? We’ll take an overview of the emergency management and homeland security framework in local, state, and federal government. Participants will learn how to engage their local community responders, citizens, and cable access partners to build capacity for citizens to prepare for, respond to, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters.

Examples of programs already operating will be presented, and time will be allocated during the workshop to develop a take home action plan. Come and engage with your fellow professionals and prepare to return home to be a positive force for your community’s response to emergencies.

Speakers
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Lillian McDonald

Twin Cities PBS
Lillian McDonald is the Managing Director for Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach (ECHO), a partnership and program of Twin Cities Public Television, dedicated to collaborating with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed by providing multi-media and multi-lingual educational and emergency response programs and services for limited English proficiency families and supporting... Read More →
avatar for Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

Production Manager, Peabody Access Telecommunications
Jim Palmer has been involved in community media since the late 90’s where he started as a volunteer for then Peabody Cablevision through the high school’s volunteer TV Club program. After receiving a degree in TV/Video Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA he went on to work for Danvers TV for nearly 8 years until accepting a position in his hometown in 2010. He is currently the Production Manager at Peabody Access... Read More →
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Debra Rogers

Executive Director/CEO, Falmouth Community Television
Debra Rogers has worked in Community Media since 1982. She is the Executive Director/CEO of Falmouth Community Television, a position she has held since 1996. Through her ongoing involvement with the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), a national trade and advocacy organization, Debra works to advance the cause, and garner support for community media on the state, region and national level. She served on the national ACM board of directors for... Read More →
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David T. Vieira

State Representative, State of Massachusetts
State Representative and Eagle Scout David T. Vieira was born and raised in Teaticket, MA.  He is married to Rebecca Vieira a print artist and former Art department head for the Falmouth Public Schools.  They reside in East Falmouth with their daughter Emma Marie.  David graduated as the Roll of Honor student from Falmouth High School in 1993, received his BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from The... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom D

2:00pm

Digital Equity, Inclusion and Community Media
Local communities across the United States are increasingly looking at using franchise negotiations to solve the equity and inclusion issues associated with the Digital Divide. As cable providers now call themselves broadband providers, will PEG centers begin to identify themselves as centers for digital inclusion? Or is that work being done elsewhere in the community? This is a key question for program development and strategy for community media. Join us as we discuss why community media needs to be a part of this discussion in every community.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Schwieger

Anne Schwieger

City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology
Anne Schwieger works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City of Boston in advancing access to affordable broadband connectivity, up-to-date digital tools, and the digital skills that Bostonians need to engage in the educational, economic, and civic pursuits critical to a future of equity, innovation, and opportunity for themselves, their families... Read More →
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Angela Siefer

Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela Siefer is the Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. She envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. Since 1997 Angela has worked on digital inclusion issues with local community organizations, the National Telecommunications Information Administration, state governments, and the Schools, Health & Libraries... Read More →
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Mike Wassenaar

President, Alliance for Community Media
All Things Community Media. Seriously. | | Active ACM volunteer since 2003, I began working for ACM last year. | Trained as a journalist and film/tv historian, I started working in radio when I was 14 (yay, youth media!). Worked in community radio for a decade in Madison and Minneapolis, then was lucky enough to work at SPNN in St Paul.
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Lauren Wilson

Legal Advisor, FCC


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom C

2:00pm

Facility Planning for the Future
We’ll hear from community media centers which have recently built out new facilities and embraced new strategies to grow their mission. Production, exhibition, distribution, training and convening are all possible ways that media centers can envision their use of space. Come to talk about the possibilities and share your ideas!

Speakers
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Jay April

President & CEO, Akaku: Maui Community Television
Jay April is an early adopter of public access and a founding member of the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers, the predecessor of ACM. He is a television producer, director, video journalist and filmmaker whose work has been featured on many national networks and won awards from film festivals worldwide. Credits include special correspondent to CNN’s Environmental Unit, the much acclaimed PBS series,The 90s, the successful start up... Read More →
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Chad Johnston

Executive Director, St. Paul Neighborhood Network
I have been the Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) in St. Paul, MN since 2013. Previous to SPNN, I was the Executive Director of The Peoples Channel and Durham Community Media in Chapel Hill/Durham, NC for 9 years. I've worked as an activist and advocate for media reform since the late 1990’s, working in print, radio, public access and online activities. I'm a graduate of Antioch College with a double BA in theater and... Read More →
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Bob Kelly

NewTV
NewTV Executive Director Robert S. Kelly has served as an Executive Director in the Community Media cable television industry since 1990. He is the immediate Past Chair of Massachusetts Community Media, Inc. (dba MassAccess), a non-profit membership based organization. He is a proven advocate in protecting the First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech while continuing to raise awareness of Community Media on the national level.Kelly is a... Read More →
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Jackie Steven

Director of Community Programming, Arlington Independent Media
A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in community media for over 30 years. She has been on staff at Arlington Independent Media since 1986 and currently serves as the organization's Director of Community Programs. Jackie has served on both the regional and national board of directors of the Alliance for Community Media and is currently vice chair of the organization’s Inclusion, Equity and Engagement (IEE) caucus.


Friday August 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom E

3:30pm

Break
Friday August 19, 2016 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:45pm

Exhibit Hall Raffles
Friday August 19, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

4:30pm

Building Documentary Programs
Community media has a place in documentary traditions and history, but recently community media centers have created programs that systematically seek to build the tradition in their communities. Some have created filmmaking programs, learning cohorts, film festivals and other ways to support documentary practice. We’ll talk about how to develop these programs, what works, and how these programs contribute to social change, community building and supporting local film communities.

Speakers
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Skyelar MacLeod

Associate Director, Media Education, BRIC
Skyelar MacLeod is a filmmaker and educator who is passionate about helping people tell their story. An interdisciplinary media producer of sorts, Skye enjoys seeing the relationship that develops between the documentarian and the subject. Over the years Skye has trained students and educators from all over the world in documentary filmmaking and digital storytelling techniques. He is currently the Associate Director of Media Education at BRIC.
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Anthony Riddle

Director of Community Media, BRIC Brooklyn Public Network
Anthony Riddle has a long history of working with community media, in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York City, and in 2013 joined the staff at BRIC Arts Media in Brooklyn, New York.  Prior to his work at BRIC, he had worked with the Maysles Institute, the Pacifica Foundation, the Funding Exchange, and some group called the Alliance for Community Media, where he is a lifetime member and has served both on the Board of Directors and as... Read More →
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Bonnie Schumacher

Community Access Director, St. Paul Neighborhood Network
I lead the Access team which takes care of the center, teach basic and advanced workshops, lead our documentary filmmaking program for low income adults (which is the thing that excites me the most about my job), and partner with HECUA to offer a class for college credit. In addition to the Access Center I also program our access channels, manage the website and work on communications. In my off time I love spending time outside with my two... Read More →
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Micheal Sheridan

Director, Community Supported Film
Michael Sheridan founded Community Supported Film in 2010. CSFilm strengthens the documentary filmmaking capacity in crisis and post-crisis communities where the dissemination of objective and accurate information is essential. Local women and men are trained to produce stories on their community’s socioeconomic issues. The films are screened in public engagement campaigns to influence local and international perspectives on sustainable... Read More →



Friday August 19, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

4:30pm

STEAM and Media Arts
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is an educational framework for understanding how things relate to each other in school and in life. STEAM benchmarks are commonly used in education and can be harnessed by media centers to develop youth programs, leverage new sources of funding,, and build stronger relationships with schools and educators. Learn more about STEAM and how STEAM trainings and programs can provide opportunities for growth, new revenue and new ideas for your school or media center.

Speakers
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Gail Breslow

Director, Computer Clubhouse Network, Museum of Science Boston
For over 20 years Gail Breslow has led the Clubhouse movement – a global network of community-based centers where youth create projects based on their interests using a variety of tools and technologies, with the support of mentors. Under her leadership the Clubhouse won the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and has grown from a single location in Boston to 100 Clubhouses in 20 countries. Previously Gail spent 12 years as a... Read More →
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Randee Deich

STEM Coordinator, Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED, STEM Coordinator
In the 23 years of service to the School Board of Broward County, Randee Deich has experience in teaching and learning with elementary and secondary students. Minecraft, Game Development, and Entrepreneurship for underrepresented students have been the focus of his work for the past three years at Lauderhilll 6-12, a title 1 combo school in Broward County.
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Nettrice Gaskins

STEAM Lab Director, Boston Arts Academy
NETTRICE GASKINS, Ph.D. majored in Visual Art at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY. She earned a BFA in Computer Graphics with Honors from Pratt Institute in 1992 and a MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She received a doctorate in Digital Media from Georgia Tech in 2014. Her model for ‘techno-vernacular creativity’ is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics... Read More →
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Laura Nooney

Brookline Interactive Group
I am the education chair on the board of the Brookline Interactive Group, which is Brookline’s community media center. My primary goal at BIG is to connect the children and families of the school community with the resources and opportunities at our media center. We want children to become empowered media makers, who are able to communicate their passions and ideas effectively. | | My interest in STEAM developed through 15 years of... Read More →



Friday August 19, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom D

4:30pm

PEG and New Entrants

Competitors and over-builders continue to enter the Multichannel Video market.   New entrants such as CenturyLink and Google Fiber hope to compete with cable incumbents and are offering video - and are offering local PEG solutions.  Do they pose a danger or an opportunity for communities to consider?  And how will the traditional cable industry react?  What are areas that PEG operators and communities need to consider?  We'll talk about several communities that are facing these issues and how PEG operations should consider future services.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley

Partner, Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC _x000D_
Mike is an attorney, with over 20 years of experience, practicing in the area of cable franchising and telecommunications. He is the founding partner of Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC, a law firm based in the Twin Cities and Special Counsel to the Seattle-based law firm the Lighthouse Law Group . Mike has represented the City of Minneapolis and many other cities with CenturyLink’s applications for competitive cable franchises. He has also... Read More →
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Sean Taketa McLaughlin

Executive Director, Access Humboldt
Digital ecologist Sean Taketa McLaughlin serves as executive director of Access Humboldt (http://accesshumboldt.net) - a community based organization providing local access to media channels, broadband network connections, digital media production resources, training and support for local communities, including governments, tribes, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and residents of Humboldt County on the Redwood coast of... Read More →


Friday August 19, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom E

4:30pm

Developing Strategy and Strategic Plans
We’ll walk through the ins and outs of developing a strategic plan. This session will allow you to work with a professional strategic planner to develop and start the process of creating a roadmap for your organization’s future.

Speakers
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Sue Diciple

Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission
Sue Diciple, principal at Sue Diciple Group, designs and facilitates collaborative planning, organization development and issue resolution processes.  In her 30-year practice she has served over 300 clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors, much of that work focused on strategic planning.  She authored the first curriculum on Strategic Planning offered by the State of Oregon community college system in the 1980s; in her... Read More →
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Marc Goldberg

SCORE
A retired seasoned executive, Marc brings over 40 years of experience to his SCORE volunteer work, his marketing and small business seminars.  During the past four decades, he has worked in all facets of domestic and international marketing and General Management.  He has devoted himself to maximizing the results attainable through performance measurement.  For almost 30 years his company, Marketech360 specialized in exhibitor... Read More →
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Tina Wilson

Community Television Operations Specialist, Burnsville Community Television


Friday August 19, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Commonwealth AB

6:30pm

Hometown Media Awards Celebration Sponsored by dnr labs
We are proud to announce our 2016 Hometown Media Award winners! The Hometown Media Awards recognize the best community media programming of 2015, and include student, independent producer and access center professional categories. Our judges scored over 1,000 entries that were submitted from around the country. To view a full list of winners, please click here.

This year's Hometown Celebration will feature special hosts Jimmy Tingle and Veronica Robles as well as music from students at Berklee College.

Join us at 6:30pm for a reception in the Westin Pavilion, followed by the awards ceremony and video clips at 7:30pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Robles

Veronica Robles

Veronica Robles Cultural Center
Veronica Robles is currently a multimedia producer, TV host and a teaching artist. She is vice-president of LTV Productions Corp., and Founder and Executive Director of Veronica Robles Cultural Center. | | Recently she was appointed by Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh to serve on the cultural leadership board for the Boston Creates Cultural Initiative, she is also co-chair on the East Boston Cultural Team. She is a member on the board of directors of... Read More →
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Jimmy Tingle

Jimmy Tingle is a comedian, commentator, activist and entrepreneur. He has worked as a humorist and commentator for "60 Minutes II" and MSNBC and has appeared on "The Tonight Show," CNN, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross and in his own HBO half-hour comedy special. For more information visit www.jimmytingle.com.



Friday August 19, 2016 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Westin Pavilion and Grand Ballroom AB
 
Saturday, August 20
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Production Van/Truck Rodeo

Just outside of the Westin near the registration area on D Street, various local centers will be setting up small displays with their production vans and will have some logo swag giveaway items. Attendees are encouraged to visit vans to see their equipment, ask questions, and enter for chances to win various prizes!


The following centers are currently planning to participate:

Norwood Public Access TV 
http://www.npatv.org/

Belmont Media Center 
belmontmedia.org

Athol-Orange Community TV 
http://www.aotv13.org

Dracut Access TV
http://www.dracuttv.org/

Boston Neighborhood Network
https://bnntv.org/

Foxboro Cable Access
https://www.fcatv.org


Thank you Belmont Media Center for your efforts in coordinating this event! 

Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
D Street (right outside of registration area)

8:00am

Birds of a Feather Meeting Space- Click for details

What's your big idea? We want to know and we want you to bring people together at the Boston Conference to promote the network learning that makes us stronger and more innovative.

If you want to organize a "Birds of a Feather" gathering in Boston, let me know so we get the ball rolling for August! Email mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org or mherr@allcommunitymedia.org if you would like to put some time on hold.

The current schedule for Saturday, August 20th is:


9:00am-10:00am
Stories of Change- Antoine Haywood
Whether it’s building skills for jobs or learning how to make media to overcome a disability, many people get involved in community media to experience some form of transformation. This birds of a feather session is a designated time for community media practitioners to exchange and record short stories about personal and social transformations they have witnessed through community-based media making. The primary goal of this activity is to begin building a current archive of narratives that exemplify the social impact qualities of our work.

10:00am-11:00am

Communication Breakdown: How should the ACM talk about itself and how should it being talking about YOU?- Michelle Alimoradi, ACM Board of Directors & Communications Committee 

The ACM Communications Committee is looking to focus and grow its efforts.  Join us to discuss current and future goals and find out how you can get involved to help. We will break down the details of the Community Media Database project and plans on how to further develop and use it. We will also talk about reinvigorating the ACM knowledge share infrastructure (Listserv, Community Media Review, etc.). We also want to hear from you, the members, on how you think the ACM should be presenting itself as well as how it should be representing its individual members.

11:15am-12:15pm

State Legislation and Massachusetts

What can be done to organize at the state level for success in the legislative arena? Talk with Massachusetts PEG activists about their recent work and let's strategize about ways to build community media in your state.


Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am - 12:30pm
Commonwealth C

8:00am

Registration
Saturday August 20, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Film: 'Happy Collaborator: George Stoney'
On the 100th Anniversary of the birth of George Stoney, we get a chance to see this new documentary on his work as a media maker, teacher and access instigator. Directed by Mike Hazard, “Happy Collaborator: George Stoney” "" includes clips from many of his films, interviews with collaborators who worked with George in front of and behind the camera, and intimate recordings with him. We’ll follow the film with Q&A with two of his initial interns in the early 1970s at the Alternate Media Center, which helped spawned the Alliance for Community Media!

Speakers
avatar for Sue Buske

Sue Buske

President, The Buske Group
For the past 40 years, Sue Buske has represented local governments, Community Media Centers (PEG access), educational institutions, and community organizations in their interactions with cable companies.  Ms. Buske is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the United States on cable policy and local cable programming issues.  She is a highly experienced negotiator who has had success in translating community needs and... Read More →
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Randy VanDalsen

Vice President, The Buske Group
Randy VanDalsen has had a long and successful career in cable access management, production, and research. With nearly 20 years of hands-on management experience and another 25 years as a consultant, VanDalsen brings a unique perspective to the issues faced by community media centers and local governments. | | VanDalsen is a partner at The Buske Group, a cable communications consulting firm that is widely acclaimed by government officials... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom AB

9:00am

Community and Local News Programs: Filling the Gap of Local News in Your Community
As resources dwindle for commercial local news organization, so does coverage of important issues. You can get a weather forecast for your neighborhood, but consistent news about what’s happening close to home can be hard to find.
How do resource strapped community media organizations fill the void?

In this show and tell community news panel, you will hear from a few different media centers who will share more about the importance of cultivating networks through social media explore aggregating and distributing content through mobile apps and how to optimize story selection, timing and increase your understanding of what interests audiences.

Speakers
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Nannette Hobson

Content and Operations Director, Montgomery Community Media
Nannette Onley Hobson is the Director of Content and Operations for Montgomery Community Media in Rockville, Md. A proven leader and manager, Nannette has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing multimedia and broadcast television content. | Prior to Montgomery Community Media, Nannette was News Director at New England Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news operation, owned by NBC Universal. Nannette also spent eight years as... Read More →
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Mike Johnson

Executive Director & General Manager, Northwest Community Television
Mike Johnson has been the General Manager of Northwest Community Television (NWCT) since it began operations in 1982. In addition, Mike also serves as the Executive Director of the Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission (NWSCCC). Both entities serve nine municipalities in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis serving a population base of 327,000. Mike attended his very first Community Media Conference in Denver, Colorado in the summer... Read More →
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Erica Jones

director, Membership & Outreach, Somerville Community Access TV
Connect, create and communicate. These three words are Erica's mantra. Both at her position with SCATV and as a board member on the Alliance for Community Media-NE, she works hard to build on and expand engagement efforts with other organizations, residents and media centers in greater Boston area and in the Northeast. In 2008, she began working in the community media field while in Albuquerque, NM, working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at ABQ's... Read More →
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Chris Lovett

News Director, BNN News, Boston Neighborhood Network
Community journalist covering news in Boston for 40 years, full time with BNN since 1987. Work in television, print, photos. How to be informed about the community, extending reach of new coverage beyond cable TV to social media platforms.


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Commonwealth AB

9:00am

Youth Take the Lead: What does it mean to engage with Youth? Part 1
This two part workshop is led by youth from Somerville’s Center for Teen Empowerment. Learn directly how to better engage youth in your programming. Discover new strategies and activities that help build young people’s leadership capacity. What does it mean to “empower” youth? How can youth take the lead? By the end of the workshop, participants will create their own Youth Engagement Plan to bring back to their communities.

Speakers
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Heather McCormack

Youth Media Coordinator & Boston Free Radio Manager, Somerville Community Access TV
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

Ask the Lawyers
Come with questions from several attorneys who have experience working with PEG operations, local franchises and non-profits. No questions too small or too large, it’s an opportunity to get some perspective on issues you should be considering with your operations.

Speakers
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Bill August

Epstein & August LLP
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Jim Horwood

Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
Jim Horwood is a partner in the Washington, DC law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP.  He has over 4 decades of practice specializing in matters covering a wide range of communications and energy law.  Jim advises local governments and nonprofit organizations on all aspects of telecommunications, including cable franchise renewal and enforcement, PEG access issues, and municipal ownership and operation of infrastructure.  He has... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom D

9:00am

Outcomes Based Evaluation for Digital Inclusion
Colin Rhinesmith and The Benton Foundation are convening organizations around the U.S. who are involved with Digital Inclusion work to determine evaluation-needs and help organizations develop program models that will help organizations get support from philanthropies and government programs.

Join us as we discuss challenges organizations face when they are asked to evaluate their work, and help us determine what outcome-based tools can be used to solve these challenges. The discussion will help build models that can be used to build better cases for community media and digital inclusion.

Speakers
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Colin Rhinesmith

Senior Lecturer, Simmons College
Colin Rhinesmith is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and a Faculty Research Fellow with the Benton Foundation.
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Angela Siefer

Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela Siefer is the Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. She envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. Since 1997 Angela has worked on digital inclusion issues with local community organizations, the National Telecommunications Information Administration, state governments, and the Schools, Health & Libraries... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom E

10:30am

Break
Saturday August 20, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

Truck Rodeo Prizes/Annoucements
Step out of the Westin on D Street and gather near the Belmont Media production van for a plaque presentation to those centers that participated in the "Truck Rodeo". Also, find out if you will be drawn as one of the winners for prizes that will be given away!

Saturday August 20, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
D Street (right outside of registration area)

10:45am

Mining Minecraft for STEAM
We’ll explore three different approaches to using Minecraft as a foundation for STEAM project-based learning in school and media center environments. Use these ideas as a springboard for devising a program that works for your community and organization in this hand on session. We’ll talk curriculum and program design for this innovative and fun area.

Speakers
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Randee Deich

STEM Coordinator, Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED, STEM Coordinator
In the 23 years of service to the School Board of Broward County, Randee Deich has experience in teaching and learning with elementary and secondary students. Minecraft, Game Development, and Entrepreneurship for underrepresented students have been the focus of his work for the past three years at Lauderhilll 6-12, a title 1 combo school in Broward County.
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Zev Seltzer

Technical Manager and Lead Architect,, Minecraft Northampton
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Jeromie Whalen

Project Manager, Northampton Community TV
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Al Williams

Executive Director, Northampton Community TV
P. Al Williams works at the intersection of community, art, and technology as Executive Director of Northampton Community Television - www.northamptontv.org - a forward-seeking community media organization whose projects include Paradise CIty Press, a community journalism and storytelling project; co-founding the Public VR Lab, an all new collaborative for public virtual reality literacy, production and the commons; Crowdsourced Cinema, in... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Grand Ballroom E

10:45am

Breaking Out of the Box: Innovation Solutions for Community Needs
What opportunities can we offer individuals and non-profits who don’t have time for the standard training and do-it-yourself production model? How can we address unmet programming needs, like local news and event coverage? Staff from community media centers in Boston, Cambridge and Easton MA will share a variety of practical offerings to address these and other community needs. Share your solutions as well.

Speakers
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Jim Atwood

Operations Manager, Boston Comm. Access and Programming Foundation
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Jason Daniels

Executive Director, Easton Community Access Television
Content creator, collaborator and curator. Currently working on short films, live tv production, fiber infrastructure, animation and visual projections.
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Sean Effel

Associate Director, CCTV Cambridge
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Frank Morris

CCTV Cambridge


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Grand Ballroom D

10:45am

Youth Take the Lead: What does it mean to engage with Youth? Part 2
This two part workshop is led by youth from Somerville’s Center for Teen Empowerment. Learn directly how to better engage youth in your programming. Discover new strategies and activities that help build young people’s leadership capacity. What does it mean to “empower” youth? How can youth take the lead? By the end of the workshop, participants will create their own Youth Engagement Plan to bring back to their communities.

Speakers
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Heather McCormack

Youth Media Coordinator & Boston Free Radio Manager, Somerville Community Access TV
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin... Read More →


Saturday August 20, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Grand Ballroom C

10:45am

PEG Application Development
Why should you think about applications as a way to reach more audience? How can your organization deploy apps to complement the work you’re already doing or expand your mission? We’ll talk with PEG practitioners who’ve developed applications to expand audience, reach new people and increase mission.

Speakers
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Steve Brockhaus

Events Director/Producer, Northwest Community Television
Steve Brockhaus is currently the Mobile Production Director/Producer for Northwest Community Television (NWTC). Along with his responsibilities of running the production truck, he also developed and manages the mobile APP as well as heads NWTC's social media efforts (Facebook and Twitter). Prior to working at NWTC, Steve was a Director at ShopNBC for eight years as well as a Technical Director at WCCO, a local CBS affiliate for four years.
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James Jones

Attleboro Access Cable System
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Derrick Kenny

Digital Media Manager, Montgomery County Government



Saturday August 20, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Commonwealth AB

12:15pm

Break
Saturday August 20, 2016 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

12:30pm

2:45pm

Q&A with the producers of The Folklorist at NewTV
(This event has currently reached its max capacity and is no longer available) 

Join NewTV's Original Programming team as they discuss the process of producing and distributing original programs at a  community media center. The discussion will feature a behind the scenes look at the making of The Folklorist, a Q&A with it’s producers, and a tour of NewTV.



Saturday August 20, 2016 2:45pm - 5:00pm
NewTV 23 Needham Street Newton Highlands, MA 02461