Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media | 10:10 a.m. (March 7)
The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live. What happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.
Speakers: Rina Risper, President and Publisher, The New Citizens Press
and Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism
Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques | 11:30a.m. (March 7)
Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways money can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what about grants? First, how do you find them and second, how do you write an award winning grant? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and help navigate where to find sources of revenue.
Speakers: Matt Schuster, Executive Producer, Public Media Network
Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling | 2:30 p.m. (March 7)
The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips. We no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who can help share their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience and their story through social. In this session you will learn how to engage community members through various digital techniques.
Speakers: Erin Cornett, Social Media Specialist, Meridian Township,
Kevin Neil Smith, Multimedia Producer, Independence Television and
Michelle Oliver, Multimedia Journalist, WDIV
Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA | 4:00 p.m. (March 7)
Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content with One Tool | 4:00p.m. (March 7)
An increasing number of facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can you meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping communities informed? In this season, you will learn 101 ways to repurpose content; including a handout showing how easy it is to share one story 101 different ways using one tool.
Speakers: Brandie Yates, Executive Producer, HOMTV and
Sherri Powers, Director of Marketing, TechSmith Corporation