The 2018 ACM-NE Conference and Trade Show is taking place this year at Proctors in Schenectady, NY from October 11th – 12th.
$280 non-Members – $250 Members
Single Day Pass (Trade Show Thursday or Workshop Friday)
$175 non-Member Rate – $150 ACM Member Rate
Go to our traditional registration engine at this link.
SPECIAL FULL REGISTRATION EVENT PERKS
THURSDAY from 5:00 – 7:00pm: PARTY AT MEXICAN RADIO: Included in your full registration is access to a super-fun party at the glorious Mexican Radio restaurant! You will get to enjoy delicious heavy appetizers and one drink on us per person (with the drink ticket). What a hookup!
THURSDAY at 8:00pm: A FREE THEATER EVENT! You will get one free ticket to the Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems. Found Footage Festival hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) take audiences on a guided tour of their all-time favorite VHS finds. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Contains adult content!
WORKSHOP & VENDOR SCHEDULE
While the ACM-NE Conference Planning Committee is working hard to solidify our workshops, keynote speakers, etc, take a sneak peak at what we have confirmed:
WEDNESDAY, October 10, 2018
6:00pm-8:00pm: Registration (location TBD – ground floor)
THURSDAY, October 11, 2018
- 8:30AM-5:00PM Registration Table Open
(location TBD – ground floor)
- 9:00AM-10:30AM BREAKFAST
(Exhibit Hall – Key Hall)
- 9:00AM-4:00PM TRADE SHOW and PRESENTATIONS
(Exhibit Hall – Key Hall)
- 10:00AM Comrex presentation: 5G Technology: Everything ”They” Want You to Know about 5G…and some thoughts from Comrex on the topic
- 11:00AM Cablecast Community Media presentation: Is Your Content Making the Best Impression Online?
- 12:00PM Found Footage Fest – Public Access presentation
- 12:30PM Box Lunch (Exhibit Hall – Key Hall)
- 1:30PM TelVue presentation: Video Broadcast and Internet Streaming with Graphics, Live switching, and Automatic Closed Captioning
Panel discussion TBA
- 2:30PM CASTUS presentation: Moving your channels into the future with CASTUS
- 3:00PM: *Tech Talk: Boost civic engagement affordably and efficiently with MNN’s NYXT platform with Greg Sutton & Jesse Lerman
- 5:00PM-7:00PM PARTY at “MEXICAN RADIO” – 325 State Street
- 8:00PM Found Footage Fest Full Performance (Proctors – location TBD)
- 8:30AM-5:00PM Registration Table Open
- *Tech Talk at 3pm: Boost civic engagement affordably and efficiently with MNN’s NYXT platform powered by TelVue
In 2016 Manhattan Neighborhood Network launched NYXT.nyc, an innovative cable channel and website designed to convert viewers into participants by encouraging civic engagement with New York City based non-profit organizations. This one-of-a-kind platform combined an expensive array of a separate CMS, Branding Engine and Automation System to create the on-air user interface and website experience that is the hallmark of the project’s success. Now MNN and TelVue are developing ways to duplicate the initiative with affordable technology powered by TelVue making the NYXT media platform accessible for PEG stations nationally. Hear about their progress so far at this workshop that can lead to a transformational moment for your stations. Presenters: Greg Sutton (MNN) and Jesse Lerman (TelVue)
FRIDAY: October 12, 2018
7:30AM-12:30PM: Registration Table Open
8:00AM-8:50AM: Breakfast and Welcome Plenary
- Working With the Internet Archive: (in the Delack Guild Room – 2nd floor) me basics of working with the Internet Archive as well as many other details including how to start a collection, get admin access to established connections, upload videos, auto-derive from HD source media, use the archive as a source for other video for your channel, add metadata, search functions and much more. Presenter: John Hauser
- Building a Youth Media Program as a Community Builder & Revenue Stream: (in the GE Theatre – 1st floor) How do you build and sustain a youth media program in your community? We’ll look at different models for programs that work with youth to create media and invest in their future and talk about factors that funders are looking for in successful youth programs. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to begin or expand youth media work at your center. Presenters: Heather McCormack, Somerville Media Center, Prince, Proctors and Branda Miller, Arts & Education Coordinator, The Sanctuary for Independent Media & Professor of Media Arts, RPI
- DIY Technology for Small Stations: (in the Hearst Education Center – downstairs) Learn low budget techniques from small operations where extra paid staffing is not available. Find out what a low budget Maine station is doing to produce content with one camera operator, editor and producer. Streamlining production using templates and Yankee ingenuity. Then learn more about the art of the Single-Camera Shoot! This is a 30-minute workshop on one-camera shooting to enable editing so as to hide the fact it was a one-camera shoot. Presenter: JP Fortier
- Strategic Revisioning of Media Centers & Channels: (in the Fenimore Asset Management Gallery – 2d floor) How do you engage your community to help envision and build the future of your PEG access or community media organization? In this workshop, panelists will explore old ideas, new practices and strategic planning to sustain and grow community media organizations in the long term. You’ll see examples of how centers are re-inventing themselves in the areas of: program distribution, membership, fundraising, community outreach, non-profit & business partnerships and more. You will also learn the value of maintaining both strong and weak ties to a variety of groups and individuals from across your community, and how those ties can help insure the future, by sustaining the vitality of your media center. Please bring your own ideas and questions! Presenters: Jeff Hansell, Belmont Media Center, MA and Greg Sutton, Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
10:45AM – 12:15PM
- Metadata and the Future of Video in an Online World: (in the Delack Guild Room – 2nd floor) As video delivery shifts from television transmission to an online world, what changes do you need to make to keep current? 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. Presenters: John Hauser, James Jones or Kayla Creamer
- Fostering Local Journalism and News Productions on a Shoestring: (in the Fenimore Gallery – 2d floor) How can we help bolster local journalism in our cities and towns? What actions are community media and grassroots news organizations taking to work with local journalists and community volunteers to develop their own journalistic efforts? Join us for a lively discussion of what community-based news organizations are doing to address news partnerships, best practices, funding models, reductions in local news, underrepresented communities and to help alleviate the crisis in local journalism all while maintaining the reality of funding being a major concern and driving factor for success. Presenters: Chris Faraone from Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism & Dena Schumacher, Studio Production Mgr. + Sibylla Chipaziwa – LMCTV The Local Live
- The Cord Cutting Age – Redefining Membership & Diversifying Non-Cable Revenues: (in the GE Theatre – 1st floor) This workshop will examine ways in which stations can partner with other organizations and businesses to leverage exposure of their operations and open new forms of revenue for the cord cutting age. (PSTV & LMCTV). NewTV uses anotherageproductions.com to raise revenue with its professional production services, ISAAC – a cloud based asset management tool product for community media stations, and event and screening room rentals to round out its revenue sources. Come to learn, be inspired and share your own creative ways to prepare for strengthening your community media centers. Presenters: Shelley Wolfe, PSTV, Matt Sullivan, LMCTV and Bob Kelly, NewTV
- Creating Compelling iPhone (Smartphone) Videos on a Shoestring Budget: (in the Hearst Education Center – downstairs) Learn how to master the tools of mobile production through different applications and add-ons for your handheld device! Mobile devices have created a space for people to create content and share it instantly with others. Some users may even consider themselves citizen journalists. The importance of having instant access to information and sharing this with others is a way to connect and build community. Through the use of mobile storytelling, journalists, activists and media makers can now expand beyond their story with the ability to show their neighbors–locally and globally – the action as it happens. You can get live shots without attracting attention, and you can get inside settings that are cramped or crowded. This workshop will show you how to pre-produce, produce and edit your movie, all using your smartphone. Presenters: Amy Davies
12:30PM-1:45PM – Keynote Luncheon & Panel Discussion:
- Keynote Speaker: New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara
- The Spirit of Community Media—Can It Adapt to Any Change?
Luncheon Panel Discussion with Mike Wassenaar (ACM President & CEO), Philip Morris (Proctors Executive Director), Greg Sutton (MNN Managing Director of Access Services), and Tony Riddle (BRIC Vice President of Community Media) will give us their insights on the adaptability of Community Media in the changing landscape of telecommunications technology, legal and public policy considerations, alternative forms of local information distribution and a fresh look at partnerships and allies to build for the future. Moderator Tony Arrien (ACM New York Chair) will then open it up to questions from the audience. We hope that it will engage you and be the perfect segue to the afternoon workshops.
2:00PM – 3:30PM
- The Power of Crowdsourced Media: Creating Opportunities for Collaborations: (in the Fenimore Gallery – 2d floor) Come to this workshop to gain a better sense of how your community media center can expand their community engagement through Crowdsourced Media Projects. In 2015, Provincetown Community Television began #ptown24 a crowdsourced media project with the goal of documentary a 24-hour period in a small town at Lands End. The project is almost exclusively user generated with PTV staff posting some seed images and video throughout the day. They have a growing group of loyal followers and think the project can be replicated in almost anywhere in the world. We will also hear from Easton Community Access TV about their innovative and fast-paced 100-second film festival. The 100-Second Film Festival is a very simple project: to create, watch and share films that are 100 seconds or less in length. Since 2005 the project has been replicated in a number of communities and has fostered participation from local and international filmmakers alike. Presenters: Amy Davies, Provincetown Community TV & Jason Daniels, Easton Community Access TV.
- Creative Fundraising – How to Research and Write a Grant: (location TBD) Fundraising has become very competitive, and funding sources can be difficult to find (and keep). This session provides tips and tools for the novice grant writer. Learn the elements of successful grant seeking and grant writing in this session; the importance of “grant readiness”; where and how to find grant prospects that match your organization; elements of successful proposals; and cultivating and stewarding funders. Presenter: Ellen Gugel, GPC; Grants & More
- Ask the Experts: Legislative Updates, Franchise Agreements, Public Policy and More: (in the Delack Guild Room – 2nd floor) This workshop will answer your legal questions about Franchise Agreements, National Public Policy matters, and legislative issues that may affect your Community Media operations. The presenters will update you on the status of FCC rulemaking proceedings affecting local governments and PEG, and initiatives in Congress that affect local governments and PEG, and will give their views on the likelihood of initiatives being implemented or enacted and their likely effect on PEG. Presenters: Jim Horwood & Mike Wassenaar
3:45PM – 5:15PM
- Using Marketing, Content, and Partnerships to Expand Your Reach: (in the Delack Guild Room – 2nd floor) How can you use strategic alliances to help extend your media centers’ capacity, broaden your audience reach and develop creative content? Partner marketing is mainly about leveraging the power of relationships to grow in a way that’s sustainable and not pushy — a way that feels good. In this workshop members of BRIC’s Community Media team will talk about how they use partnerships as part of their long term strategy and best practices for marketing execution. Please be prepared with some real-life challenges at your media center to brainstorm possible solutions with the BRIC Community Media team. Presenters: Julie Sturm, Alease Annan and Charles Hailer (BRIC Marketing and Partnerships)
- Cable Cord Cutting Reality Check – State Public Policy & Local Survival Strategies: (in the Fenimore Gallery – 2d floor) This workshop will show the reality of the cord cutting phenomena and how it is impacting franchise fee revenues. We will explore State Public Policy Strategies for PEG advocacy and also alternatives to funding your operation when franchise fees wane or disappear. For government or independent operation we will discuss alternative funding schemes including monetized internet distribution and Roku as a way to keep local content on the air independent of the cable box product. Presentations and Q&A interaction with the attendees. Presenters: Tony Arrien (NY -moderator), Zebulon Schmidt (NY), Melinda Garfield (MA), Lisa Byer (VT), Tony Campos (VT)
5:30PM-8:00PM: Dinner Break at the eating establishment of your choice.
8:00PM: THE DUST BOWL FAERIES ̶ alternative experimental performance art troupe with cool visuals (GE Theater inside Proctors)
SATURDAY, October 13, 2018
11:15AM-12:00PM: Nor’easters Video Festival Opening Reception (GE Theater)
12:00PM-2:30PM: Video Festival & Special Awards Ceremony
The workshop schedule as we knew it in August is in the EnvisionFuture-mailer, but check back for additions and amendment as we progress!
The updated schedule PDF for all weekend events is here –> Trade Show & Conference Schedule-10/06/18
Hotel blocks absolutely, positively closed on Friday, September 21.
DoubleTree is two short blocks away from Proctors, but it’s close to filled up. Try this link, use ACM for the member rate. DoubleTree phone: 1-518-393-4141
Hampton Inn is out of rooms.
Here are some other suggestions:
The Landing Hotel: http://thelandinghotelny.com/
$145+ Thursday night; Friday only $270
$224+ both Thursday-Friday
Courtyard Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor: link
$159 Thursday night; no Friday-only available
Homewood Suites by Hilton Schenectady: link
$179+ Thursday; no Friday available
Motel 6 Schenectady (7-minute drive from Proctors): link
$66.64 Thursday; $69.99 Friday
10 Best Hotels ranked by Tripadvisor: link
Some have free parking.
Wednesday, October 10th
Wednesday evening: Welcome
Thursday, October 11th
Trade Show and Presentations
Friday, October 12th
Workshops and Special Events
The updated schedule PDF for all weekend events is here –> Trade Show & Conference Schedule-10/06/18
About Proctors & Schenectady
Do you know about the beautiful historical Proctors Theatre? Keep reading! Schenectady has long been known as the city that lights and hauls the world, but it also holds an auspicious place in television history. Beginning with test broadcasts in 1928, W2XB, located three miles from Proctors, was one of the first experimental television stations in the world. Later, as WRGB, it had one of the few pre-WW2 commercial licenses, and is still the CBS affiliate located in Schenectady today. On May 22, 1930, Proctors hosted the first public demonstration of television when—under the direction of General Electric broadcast pioneer Ernst Alexanderson—a pit orchestra played to the image of a conductor sent from the nearby GE Realty plot. Schenectady’s City Hall is within view of Proctors. The state capital, Albany, is 15 miles straight down State Street/Central Ave, putting Open Stage Media in the political cross-hairs of those making decisions that directly affect public programming. Schenectady doesn’t just light and haul the world—Schenectady educates it, entertains it and eagle-eyes, it too.
ACMNE Trade Show & Vendor Information
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – the Northeast Region’s Trade Show runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm, with time for special presentations and tech talks in the morning and afternoon.
This year’s exhibitors
- Comrex – Platinum Sponsor
- Cablecast Community Media by Tightrope Media Systems – Gold Sponsor
- CASTUS – Gold Sponsor
- TelVue – Gold Sponsor
- Access AV
- Barbizon Light of New England, Inc.
- B&H Photo Video
- Com Tech, Inc.
- D2 Productions
- ENCO Systems
- Hunt’s Photo and Video
- Integrated Solutions Group
- JVC Kenwood
- Municipal Captioning, Inc.
- Ross Video
- Tape Services, Inc.
- Unique Media Systems
Thank you for your support of the ACM-Northeast! We look forward to seeing you in Schenectady!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13:
Stay for the
NOR’EASTERS VIDEO FESTIVAL AWARDS
and ACM-NE SPECIAL AWARDS PRESENTATIONS
Winners list and your invitation
to the celebration are now ready here!
At the GE Theater (inside Proctors)
Luncheon begins 11:15am and the ceremonies at 12noon!