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Local Connections: It's All Community Media 
Presented by the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region
Hosted by MetroEast Community Media


Deborah Vinsel 
Conference Coordinator 



Friday April 27, 2012  
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday April 28, 2012
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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Friday, April 27
McMenamin's Edgefield
2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale OR 97060 

Saturday, April 28
MetroEast Community Media 
829 NE 8th Street
Gresham, OR 97030  


ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you wish to make hotel accommodations, we recommend McMenamins Edgefield, our Friday venue, or the Best Western Pony Soldier in Gresham, a short walking distance to MetroEast Community Media

McMenamins Edgefield Reservations
(800) 669-8610 

Best Western Pony Soldier Reservations
1060 NE Cleveland Avenue
Gresham, Oregon, 97030-5739
Toll Free Reservations: 888-766-9476.  


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail or call Deborah Vinsel, dvinsel@tctv.net  or 360-956-3100. 




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Register Now!Full Conference registration includes lunch both days and
Best of the Northwest Video Awards
Friday Only includes lunch / Saturday Only includes lunch &
Best of the Northwest Awards

ACM - WATOA/OATOA - NFCB members $99 full conference / $65 one day.
Non-member $150 full conference / $85 one day 


About the Conference

Media consolidation has led to a loss of local voices.  Partisan infotainment has replaced ‘news we can use’.  Commercial programming flows one-way to consumers instead of information being shared among citizens.  A vibrant community based media system is needed now more than ever!  

Community radio, local blogs and on-line news sources, PEG access television, and indie media create Local Connections:  It’s All Community Media! 

But, how do we create and sustain a space for citizen use of communication resources, a local media commons where creativity is nurtured, independence is valued, diversity is cultivated, and all voices are welcome?   Join us  for two days of learning and sharing to build stronger connections with fellow community based media organizations in the Northwest.   Whether you’re into community radio, write a blog, run an access television center or work in indie media, this conference welcomes your participation in the conversation. 


Conference Details 

Friday, April 27, 2012  at  The Edgefield Blackberry Hall


9:00 AM  - Welcome 

9:15 - A Local Media Commons: Creating a Place for All
Community based radio, television, on-line publishers and independent media producers have a lot in common.  Our missions are similar.  The challenges facing us are not unique.  What ties us together is our ability to empower our communities.  Representatives from community radio, PEG access, indie media, broad band and the regulatory arena will discuss the future of our respective services, identify challenges on the horizon, and share insights on how we might work together to support our missions.  The morning is designed to be highly participatory, inviting attendees to share stories, explore new ways to connect our community and serve our constituents, and challenge the status quo in order to protect the public interest in the information age.

Confirmed speakers:  Tony Perez, NATOA; Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland; Michael Huntsberger, Linfield College; Alan Bushong, CCTV Salem, OR.

11:45 -  Networking Lunch:  Small group discussion continues during lunch - visit our sponsor displays. 

1:00 -  Sustaining Our Work – After lunch, nonprofit consultant, Susan Howlett, shares her considerable expertise with us in a fun, information packed afternoon.  Are you worried about having the funding to do the robust programming your community deserves?  Do you see government, foundation and corporate funding shifting all around you?  Learn how to create a diversified, sustainable funding plan that will support your important work for years to come.  You’ll get not only clear strategies, based on recent research, but also practical new tactics that fit into your busy schedule and your comfort zone.  Leave refreshed and hopeful about fundraising, which will be likened to good sex!    

5:00 – Mix and mingle with conference attendees


Saturday, April 28, 2012 -  MetroEast Community Media

8:00 AM        Registration Open

9:00                Welcome 

9:30                Workshops
                       1. Sponsor Showcase - TBA
                       2. Making Media Made Easier:  Eliminating Barriers                                           3.  DSLR Film Making

11:00              Workshops
                        4.  Sponsor Showcase - TBA

                        5.  An Organic Approach:  Project Funding, 
                             Crowd  Sourcing & Distribution for Independent Media
                        6.  Event Audio – Tips and Techniques

12:15              MetroEast Cookout!  and
                       The Great Production Truck Show & Tell

2:00                Workshops
            7.  HD/Tapeless Transition 

                        8.  Making Media for Multiple Platforms

3:15                Moving Forward

4:30                Best of the Northwest Video Awards
                        4th Street Brewing Company

                        77 NE 4th Street, Gresham, OR