Workshops

WORKSHOPS AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

DESCRIPTIONS AND SPEAKERS

2-26-18

 

 

IN-DEPTH SEMINARS:

 

 

Thursday, March 15:  1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Story Circles: Empowering Voices and Bridging Communities

 

How can community media centers engage widely diverse residents in telling stories that forge bonds, build empathy, and lay the groundwork for local problem solving?

Story Circles are intimate gatherings where participants tell stories from their own experience, focusing on a common theme. As each person shares a story, a larger, richer and more complex narrative emerges. By the end, people see both real differences and commonalities in their stories. They feel heard, connected, and respected -- often across divides. The experience generates new perspectives and greater motivation to make change.

This participatory workshop covers how to design and lead Story Circles. We’ll start by engaging the group in a Story Circle to experience how it works. Then we’ll delve into the Story Circle process and logistics, from developing story prompts to facilitation strategies to event design. We’ll wrap up with a discussion of how you can use Story Circles in your community media work. You’ll leave with a list of resource guides and next steps.

 

Workshop Leaders:           

 

Jesikah Maria Ross,

Senior Community Engagement Strategist

Capital Public Radio-Sacramento

Fellow/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Sacramento, California

jmross@ucdavis.edu

 

Mina Para Matlon, Managing Director

Imagining America

Davis, California

mmatlon@ucdavis.edu

 

 

Thursday, March 15:  1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Expanding and Diversifying Funding

 

As a result of state franchising, local budget cuts, and the reality that community media funding from cable operators could be reduced or eliminated in the future, CMC’s are innovating to raise more and more of their funding.  CMC’s are creating new and non-traditional media and business services.  Production services, development of new donors with diverse interests, and creating innovative strategic partnerships are just a few of the activities underway in CMC’s that are thinking strategically.  This in-depth training will help prepare you and your Board for the future with earned income models and messaging models, ways to think more entrepreneurially (without compromising core values) and build relationships to support the new realities in community media.

 

Workshop Leaders:           

 

Matt Schuster, Executive Director/CEO

       Public Media Network

       Kalamazoo, Michigan

       executive@publicmedianet.org

 

      Michael Shur, Director of Finance

      MetroEast Community Media Center

      Gresham, Oregon
      mike.shur@metroeast.org

 

      Workshop Materials:

 

      Matt Schuster ACM West 2018 Funding.pdf

 

      Mike Shur ACM West 2018 Funding.pdf


 

Thursday, March 15:  1:00 – 4:00 pm

 

Building and Maintaining Boards that Work

 

The Board of Directors should be a source of strength of an organization, by providing community connections, providing resources, and furthering the mission of the organization.  Often a new nonprofit starts with an energetic mission-driven board, but that focus and energy gets lost after a few years and much of the work of the Board falls on the Executive Director/CEO.  How do you keep that original energy and drive as the organization moves to its next phase of development?  Whose job is it to recruit new board members, to raise funds, and to raise the profile of the organization among the “movers and shakers” in a community?  This interactive in-depth training is designed for both board members and the executive management of the community media centers.  It will address a broad range of topics designed to help community media centers reshape their Board, and look at the tools needed to develop a healthy and resilient Board of Directors.

 

Workshop Leaders:      

 

Mike Johnson, Executive Director

Northwest Community Television

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

mjohnson@nwct.org

 

Kim Tucker, Executive Director

Impact Foundry

Sacramento, California

ktucker@impactfoundry.org


 

PLENARY PANELS:

 

 

Friday, March 16:  9:00 -10:15 am

 

Plenary Topic:  Last Bastions: Community Media Centers in the 21st Century

 

It’s 2018.  While the FCC has freed commercial broadcasters from public interest obligations and obliterated cross-ownership rules, Community Media Centers (CMCs) find themselves simultaneously fighting for their futures, while serving as the last bastion of brick-and-mortar media in many communities.

How did we get here, and more importantly, where are we going?

Today’s CMC staff and board must address a wide range of problems, from economic projections and technical shifts (such as cord cutting and migration to OTT), to legislative and policy battles in a post-franchise world, to teaching 21st Century media literacy and journalism skills in a country where the role of the Fourth Estate is greatly diminished.  All, of course, on incredibly lean budgets! 

Come learn about some of these challenges and how we as a field are rising to meet them.

 

Plenary Speakers:            

 

Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director

Access Humboldt

Eureka, California

sean@accesshumboldt.net

 

Kim Nalder, Professor of Political Science

California State University

Executive Director California Speaks Opinion Research-

Institute for Social Research

Sacramento, California

klnalder@csus.edu

 

Jay April, President/CEO

Akakū: Maui Community Media 

Maui, Hawaii

jay@akaku.org

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  9:00 – 10:15 am

 

Plenary Topic:  Hitting the “Reboot” Button on Your Community Media Center

 

To keep pace with the rapidly changing media world we occupy, we must be constantly evolving and redefining our work.

Learn how community media centers have re-imagined themselves to ensure sustainability and relevancy while staying true to the spirit of their missions.

 

Panel Moderator:             

 

Sue Buske, President                     

The Buske Group

Sacramento, California

sue@thebuskegroup.com

 

Plenary Speakers:           

 

Justen Harn, Executive Director/CEO

       Open Signal Community Media Center

       Portland, Oregon

 justen@opensignalpdx.org

 

Chad Johnston, CEO

 CreaTV San Jose

 San Jose, California

 Chad.Johnston@creatvsj.org


 

TRACK 1:  POLICY AND LEGAL ISSUES

 

 

Friday, March 16:  10:30 – Noon

 

The Hill, the FCC, and the Courts:  Big Issues from 2017 and Bigger Issues for 2018

 

Our panel of experts will assess how 2017 affected policy and practice on key PEG access and communications issues affecting PEG, and will provide their views of what may be coming in 2018 - and how community media centers can prepare.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:          

 

Mike Wassenaar, President/CEO

Alliance for Community Media

Washington, D.C.

mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org

 

Speakers:                         

 

Gail Karish, Partner

Best Best & Krieger

Los Angeles, California

Gail.Karish@bbklaw.com

 

Jim Horwood, Senior Partner

Spiegel & McDiarmid

Washington, D.C.

james.horwood@spiegelmcd.com

 

Workshop Materials:

 

Karish ACM West 2018 FCC.pdf

 

Horwood ACM West 2018 FCC.pdf

 

Friday, March 16:  2:00 - 3:30 pm

 

A Primer on Lobbying and Grass-Roots Organizing

 

Learn from the experts.  This session will provide a primer on working with state and federal legislators and agencies, including:  (1) How to get and keep their attention on our issues; (2) Demystifying the Federal Communications Commission and the California Public Service Commission; (3) Understanding the rules of the road and how to effectively participate; and (4) How to organize an effective grassroots campaign.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Mike Wassenaar, President/CEO

Alliance for Community Media

Washington, D.C.

mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org

 

Speakers:                          

 

Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director

Media Alliance

Oakland, California

tracy@media-alliance.org

 

Ana Montes, Director of Organizing

The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

       Oakland, California

       amontes@turn.org


 

Saturday, March 17:  10:30am - Noon

 

21th Century Media Literacy

 

In 2018, the number of people who consume media digitally has increased dramatically. People have access to more readily available technology -- at a younger age -- than ever before, yet often aren't exposed to the information about how to understand and interpret what they view until they are much older.  Add to that concerns about online privacy, “fake news,” and media manipulation, and what we've got is a 21st-century recipe for distrust and misinformation.

Media literacy -- the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media -- has long been a core component of what Community Media Centers (CMCs) teach. What and how we teach – to youth, to their parents, in partnership with other organizations -- also needs to change. How prepared is your center? This workshop will explore concerns about media literacy today, and highlight strategies and resources CMCs can use to bring to their communities.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

Davis Media Access

Davis, California

autumn@davismedia.org

 

Speakers:                          

 

Lisa Levine, California Chapter Leader

Media Literacy Now

Oakland, California

lisalevinephoto@yahoo.com

 

Heather DeSmidt, Senior Program Manager/Digital Literacy

Community Technology Network

San Francisco, California

heather@ctnbayarea.org

 

       Angela Angel, Chief Production Officer

       Olelo Community Media

       Honolulu, Hawaii

       aangel@olelo.org

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  1:30 - 3:00 PM

 

Legal and Practical Issues Regarding the Uses of PEG Funding

 

Issues associated with how PEG funding can be used – if it is provided as the result of local franchise negotiations or state franchising rules -- are frequently the topic of discussion and debate.  California’s state franchising rules include no black and white answers to the question of whether the use of PEG funds is limited to only capital and equipment purchases, or can PEG funds be used for other PEG-related purposes.  These same issues sometimes arise in states and communities where the ability to negotiate local franchises exists.  Is there one definition of capital and equipment that is broadly acknowledged as “accurate”?  This workshop will address the legal and practical issues regarding uses of PEG funding.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Sue Buske, President

The Buske Group

Sacramento, California

sue@thebuskegroup.com

 

Speakers:                          

 

Gail Karish, Partner

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Los Angeles, California

Gail.Karish@bbklaw.com

 

      Workshop Materials:

 

      Sue Buske ACM West 2018 PEG Expenditures Classifications.doc

 

      Karish ACM West 2018 PEG Fee Handout.pdf


 

TRACK 2:  OPERATIONS, PARTNERSHIP, AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

 

 

Friday, March 16: 10:30 – Noon

 

Maximizing Your Community Media Center’s Efficiency and Workload Management Strategies

 

Community media centers typically have broad missions and small staffs.  Without good workload management strategies in place, mission and goal creep is an all too likely outcome.  From an organizational perspective, how do centers manage recurring big projects so they cause minimum disruption to everyday workflow?  From a production standpoint, the amount of distribution outlets -- each requiring its own format and workflow -- borders on untenable.  How do you meet content coverage goals, crosscheck them against fundraising, training, other capacity building goals, and allocate resources to effectively meet those goals?  Come hear from media centers that are engaged with this process.

 

Facilitator:                        

 

J Robertson, Executive Director

Hoike Community Television

Lihue, Kauai

jrobertson@hoike.org

 

Speakers:                          

 

Michael Eisenmenger, Executive Director

Community Media Center of Marin

San Rafael, California

michael@cmcm.tv

 

Tina LeGarde, Community TV Operations Specialist

Burnsville Community Television

Burnsville, Minnesota

tina.LeGarde@ci.burnsville.mn.us

 

Michael Shur, Director of Finance

MetroEast Community Media Center

Gresham, Oregon

mike.shur@metroeast.org

 

Workshop Materials:

 

Mike Shur ACM West 2018 Maximizing Workload Management.pptx

 

 

Friday, March 16:  2:00 – 3:30 pm

 

Measuring Your Organization’s Impact

 

How many people watch your channel?  Is the activity at your CMC growing – or losing ground?  How many different organizations in the community are using the CMC?  Is that number growing or shrinking? What about hours of local programming produced, as compared to the past?  Without this information, how do you illustrate the value of your access center to the community, the franchising authority, or your Board - as well as existing and potential funding sources?  How has the media produced at your CMC been used above and beyond channel playbacks?  

This workshop will showcase both soft and hard outcomes, such as recognized media training programs, strong community partnerships, utilization of online and video-on-demand statistics, and how to track participation, program production and facility usage.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Randy Van Dalsen, Vice President

The Buske Group

Sacramento, California

randy@thebuskegroup.com

 

Speakers:                          

 

Chad Johnston, CEO

CreaTV San Jose

San Jose, California

Chad.Johnston@creatvsj.org

 

Matt Schuster, Executive Director/CEO

Public Media Network

Kalamazoo, Michigan

executive@publicmedianet.org

 

Workshop Materials:

 

Matt Schuster ACM West 2018 Measuring Impact.pdf

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  10:30am - Noon

 

Developing and Maintaining Partnerships

 

How can you use alliances to extend your media center’s capacity, broaden your reach, and develop creative content?  How can partnerships (and even mergers) increase visibility and recognition in the community?  Learn how to build dynamic and mutually beneficial collaborations with the organizations and businesses within your community.  Get inspired with examples of CMC partnerships with library systems, youth programs, collaborative work/art spaces, etc., and how to nurture these partnership on a continuous and long-lasting basis. 

 

Workshop Facilitator:      

 

Keri Stokstad, Executive Director/CEO

MidPennisula Community Media Center

Palo Alto, California

kstokstad@gmail.com

 

Speakers:                        

 

Darick Simpson, Executive Director

Long Beach Community Action Partnership & PADNET.TV

Long Beach, California

dsimpson@lbcaa.com

 

Richard Turner, Executive Director

Carroll County Community Media Center

Westminster, Maryland

ACM National Board Member

rturner@carrollmediacenter.org

 

Rory O’Farrell, General Manager

Tahoe Truckee Community TV

Truckee, California

channel6@ttusd.org

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  1:30 - 3:00 PM

 

Getting to Yes:  HD Channels and EPG for PEG Access

 

In today’s world, delivery of programming content in HD that is accessible on the electronic program guide is a basic service that cable viewers expect to receive.  Where are community access channels being delivered in HD?  Who has managed to get their community program listings included in the electronic program guide?  How have they accomplished these feats?  This workshop will cover the broad range of issues associated with HD and EPG.

 

Facilitator                          

Keith Thibault, ACM National Board/Chair

Director of Television Services

Director, Fall River Community Media

Fall River, Massachusetts

keith.thibault@bristolcc.edu

 

Speakers:                          

 

Chris Verdugo, Interim Director

Contra Costa Office of Communications & Media

Contra Costa TV

Martinez, California

chris.verdugo@contracostatv.org

 

Jon Funfar, Communications Program Manager

City of Pasco

ACM National Board Member

Pasco, Washington

FUNFARJ@pasco-wa.gov


 

TRACK 3:  TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

Friday, March 16:  10:30 – Noon

 

Metadata and the Future of Your Video in an On-Line World

 

As video delivery shifts from television transmission to an online world, what changes do you need to make to your metadata?  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of metadata and keywords to enhance discoverability online, demonstrate how to increase the online usability of your program archives, and show how you can use YouTube and the Internet Archive to increase the impact of your work and reach new audiences.  Join us for a master class on archiving, metadata and how to improve the discoverability of you online video.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:          

 

Jon Hauser

Access Humboldt & Internet Archive

Eureka, California

jhauser@pobox.com

 

Workshop Materials:

 

Metadata_Workshop_files_for_ACM_Website.zip

 

 

Friday, March 16:  2:00 – 3:30 pm

 

Mobile Production Opportunities (cell phone, IP, production vehicles)

 

Mobile productions are the backbone of most CMC’s.  Whether you have a mobile production vehicle or are using your cellphone, this session will address the variety of ways that CMC’s and community producers are creating mobile and field productions.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Todd Thayer, Broadcast Engineer

Coastal Media Group

Calabasas, California

toddpthayer@yahoo.com

 

Speakers:                          

 

Kat Tracy, Director of Education & YBEAM

Akakū: Maui Community Media 

Maui, Hawaii

kat@akaku.org

 

Bryan Harley

Community Media Access Collaborative

Fresno, California

bryan@cmac.tv

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  10:30am - Noon

 

New and Successful Training Classes and Techniques for CMC’s

 

Some CMC’s are noticing a decline in the number of people signing up for production training classes.  The type of training provided by CMC’s must evolve as the ways community members use media evolve.  At this workshop, staff from several CMC’s will share the new and innovative training classes and techniques that they have developed to meet community needs and demand.  Training on DSLR cameras and effectively using cellphone cameras, virtual sets, social media marketing, and podcasting are just a few of the training classes and techniques that will be discussed in this session.

 

Facilitator:                         

 

Jeff Shaw, Production Manager

Davis Media Access & KDRT

Davis, California

jeff@davismedia.com

 

Speakers:                          

 

Roneicia Harris, Director of Production & Training

Access Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Roniecia.Harris@ accesssacramento.org

 

Rebecca Burrell, Director of Strategy & Development

Open Signal - Portland Community Media Center

Portland, Oregon

rebecca@opensignalpdx.org

 

 

Saturday, March 17:  1:30-3:00 PM

 

Developing and Sustaining Community News Programs

 

It’s often easier to learn what’s happening in another country than what’s happening in your own community.  With newspapers cutting back on local coverage and the FCC’s elimination of the requirement that broadcasters maintain a local studio, there is a growing void that needs to be filled in our communities.  Community media centers are in a key position to step in and provide important information for citizens, community groups and neighborhoods.  Learn how several CMC’s are filling this void and doing it in a way that generates community support, empowers voices, and bridges communities.

 

Speaker/Facilitator:           

 

Gary Martin, Executive Director

Access Sacramento

Sacramento, California

garymartin@accesssacramento.org

 

Speakers:                          

 

Donna Keating, Media Services Manager

Montgomery County, Maryland

ACM National Board Member

Rockville, Maryland

Donna.Keating@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

Jo Ellen Kaiser, Executive Director

The Media Consortium

ACM National Board Member

Chicago, Illinois

joellen@themediaconsortium.com


 

ROUNDTABLES:

 

Friday, March 15:  3:45 – 4:45 pm

 

LPFM & CMC’s Roundtable

 

A meet-up for CMC’s that currently or are about to operate a LPFM radio station.  Share tips and information about equipment, funding, services, and engaging the community. 

 

Discussion Leaders:   

 

Autumn Labbe-Renault, Executive Director

Davis Media Access & KDRT

Davis, California

autumn@davismedia.org

 

Jeff Shaw, Production Manager

Davis Media Access & KDRT

Davis, California

jeff@davismedia.org

 

Shaggy Jenkins, KAKU Program Director

Akakū: Maui Community Media 

Maui, Hawaii

shaggy@akaku.org

 

 

 

Technology Roundtable

 

An opportunity to discuss and brainstorm technology and tools challenges with experts and your colleagues.  Share tips and information.

 

Discussion Leader:    

 

Todd Thayer, Broadcast Engineer

Coastal Media Group

Calabasas, California

toddpthayer@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Closed Captioning: Explore Captioning Solutions from Expensive to DIY with Free Tools

 

Bring your questions and our team of experienced access practitioners and consultants will discuss everything from the professional (but expensive) solutions to the "DIY with Free Tools" approach, as well as the quickly-changing world of Artificial Intelligence captioning systems. Don't let fears over risks or costs shut down open access in your community when affordable solutions exist.

 

Discussion Leaders:   

 

Daniell Krawczyk, Founder

Municipal Captioning, Inc.

Raleigh, North Carolina

dkrawc@gmail.com

 

Justin Cowgill, Director of Facilities & Technology

CreaTV San Jose,

San Jose, California

Justin.Cowgill@creatvsj.org

 

Jon Hauser

Access Humboldt & Internet Archive

Eureka, California

jhauser@pobox.com

 

Workshop Materials:

 

Captioning_Roundtable_files_for_ACM_Website.zip

 

Captioning Costs 2018 ACM West.xlsx

 

Krawczyk Captioning Doc.pdf