Stronger Together: Northwest Media Summit Welcomes Public Media Advocates and Practitioners

The Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region invites local media makers and organizations to attend a conference on the state of community and public media in our region. The focus of the summit will be to encourage collaboration and partnerships that will sustain our work for years to come.

Sessions will include panels in which members of the community, public media organizations, and city staff will describe the various collaborations they’ve worked on. Small group sessions of strategy mapping will follow, focusing on the planning and implementation of campaigns and partnerships tailored to organization-specific needs.

Notable organizations participating in the event are KPLU, which will present on the topic of Public Radio Day and joint fundraising for all Seattle public radio; KBCS, which will present on their partnership with the City of Bellevue; Seattle Public Library will discuss their emerging partnerships with community media; and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will talk about their partnerships with numerous ethnic media outlets in Seattle.

The summit promises a day and a half of collaboration and connection between various stakeholders in community and public media. Leaders from national groups that represent community radio and TV will share important perspectives on local and national policy changes that impact us all. Speakers include National Alliance for Community Media President Mike Wassenaar, and Ann Alquist from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Attendees will be encouraged to share what resources and skills they can provide in addition to what resources and skills they are lacking within their organizations. Interested organizations will be paired with one another, thus connecting everyone’s networks.

In addition to the summit, the ACMNWR hosts an annual media awards program, the Best of the Northwest Awards, which recognizes and honors exemplary non-commercial video, radio, podcast, and transmedia content from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Alberta, and British Columbia. Winners are presented with a plaque noting the title of the work, the producer, and the nature of the award.

The Northwest Media Summit takes place at the Doubletree Suites from March 27-28, 2015 at Southcenter at 16500 Southcenter Parkway Seattle, WA. The event is presented by the Alliance for Community Media Northwest, and is sponsored by Castus Corporation. Interested parties can register through Brown Paper Tickets.

Learn more about the ACMNWR, and the Northwest Media Summit by visiting Facebook or Twitter. Attendees are invited to participate through social media by using the hashtag #NWMedia and #BOTNW2015 during the awards ceremony.

This post originally appeared on the ACMNWR blog.


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