Last Bastions: Community Media Centers in the 21st Century

Friday, March 16 at 9am

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

Kim Nalder, Prof. Political Science
California State University
Executive Director California Speaks Opinion Research-
Institute for Social Research
Sacramento, California

Hitting the “Reboot” Button on Your Community Media Center

Saturday, March 17 at 9am.

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
The Buske Group
Sacramento, California

Plenary Speakers:

Justen Harn, Executive Director/CEO
Open Signal Community Media Center
Portland, Oregon

Chad Johnston, CEO
CreaTV San Jose
San Jose, California