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Wednesday, July 10


Opening Address
Chair of the ACM Board Keith Thibault and Chair of the F/ACM Board
Jo Ellen Kaiser
Conference Co-Chairs Martin Jones and Donna Keating
Local Elected Officials
What is the State of Community Media?
President and CEO Mike Wassenaar

Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Atrium Ballroom


First Time Conference Attendee Welcome
If this is your first time attending an ACM National Conference we encourage you to come to this event to network with other first time attendees and ACM board members as we give you an overview of the conference and answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:45am - 12:15pm
Pavilion East


Opening Reception
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Opening Reception to network and connect with our exhibitors and other community media professionals as we kick off the 2019 Annual Conference - New Paths!

Wednesday July 10, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza Foyer


F/ACM Fundraising Event
Join us after hours for a fundraising mixer for the ACM Foundation. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s leadership programs.

Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Jack London Revue 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Thursday, July 11


Plenary Discussion: What Can We Learn from Engagement Journalism?
What can we learn from Engagement Journalism?

One of the most interesting developments in journalism in the last few years has been a turning toward audience as collaborators and co-creators. Broadly defined as “engagement journalism”, we are seeing a host of experiments to break down walls between creators and audiences to build lasting relationships and different relationships between people and media institutions. The effort may seem like “Back to the Future” for some people in community media – which theoretically is devoted to meeting the information needs of local
audiences. That said, what can we learn, adopt or work with in this growing field? Are there willing collaborators in the field who want to “dance” with community media groups? Join us for a discussion of what’s possible.
Speakers: Andrew DeVigal; Jesse Hardman; Andrea Faye Hart
Moderator: Mike Wassenaar, ACM President & CEO
Andrew DeVigal is an Emmy-award winning visual storyteller and innovative
strategist who builds bridges by connecting ideas and people together to
produce meaningful, interactive, and engaging stories. He is the associate director of the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at the University of Oregon’s School
of Journalism & Communication.
Jesse Hardman is the founder and director of the Listening Post Collective, a national community journalism project run by the INGO Internews. Hardman reports for NPR and various print outlets, and helps run the L.A. based youth led community news outlet Boyle Heights Beat.
Andrea Faye Hart is a media-based organizer, social entrepreneur and interdisciplinary educator. Andrea is a Co-Founder and the Director of Community Engagement for the Chicago-based journalism lab City Bureau. Since 2011 she has designed civic journalism projects for media outlets as well as leading youth media organizations.

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Andrew DeVigal

Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, UO-SOJC's Agora Journalism Center
DeVigal holds an endowed chair in journalism innovation and civic engagement and is the associate director of the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication... Read More →
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Project Director, Listening Post Collective / Internews
I run a national community journalism initiative that studies how people get and share news and information, and then supports existing outlets and community groups establish strategies and projects that create journalism that is representational and accessible.
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Andrea Faye Hart

Co-Founder, City Bureau
Andrea is City Bureau's community engagement director, formerly of Free Spirit Media, where she created the nonprofit organization's Real Chi Youth program.

Thursday July 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Atrium Ballroom


ACM Awards Luncheon
The Dirk Koning - George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication
The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity
Buske Leadership Award
Emerging Leader Award

Thursday July 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Atrium Ballroom
Friday, July 12


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00am - 11:00am
Plaza Foyer


Wrap Party (Optional)
Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wieden + Kennedy 224 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209