ACM West Region Conference & Trade Show – Feb 18-20

By Eva Barrows

The annual ACM West Region Conference & Trade Show will be held this year at the Embassy Suites in beautiful Monterey Bay, February 18 to 20th. This year’s conference theme, “Riding Waves of Change,” will address best practices and strategies to help community media centers navigate the ever-changing media landscape.

Midpen Media staff will head up and participate in several exciting workshops. Executive Director Keri Stokstad will speak at the keynote session on meeting funding challenges and how she is working on setting Midpen Media up for continued success. She will also facilitate a discussion on how to focus community media center boards on raising funding while also fulfilling the organization’s mission. Marketing and Communications Manager Joanne Sperans will facilitate the workshop “Up Your Social Media Game,” and Production and Marketing Assistant Emily Parent will share her podcasting expertise in a workshop aimed at helping media centers set up their own podcasting studio and training.

Word has it that Midpen Media producers have been nominated for 14 WAVE awards! The much-anticipated WAVE awards ceremony is the last event of the conference and will showcase the dedication, skill, and creativity of community producers. If you’re nominated for an award or want to find out how you can make a difference in community media, you’re welcome to attend the ACM West Conference. For tickets and details visit