Conference 2010

Community Media Conference 2010

Power of Partners”
New Brunswick, NJ • May 13-14, 2010

The Alliance for Community Media Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Regions and The Jersey Access Group have partnered to present a conference that will pool the resources and expertise of all three groups to provide two days of learning and sharing. The conference is designed for staff and volunteers producing and disseminating community media. The theme “Power of Partners” will be the focus from the moment you arrive at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick ( This town is the home of Rutgers University with many restaurants, two professional theatres, a comedy club, and bars featuring some of the best music in the state.

Events planned to focus on partnerships.

The Jersey Access Group will host a “Meet and Greet”,  complete with a billiards room, a PS3 and Wii video game systems, TVs everywhere, lots of food, and the Hyatt’s famous “Beer Tower”. This will be a time to make new friends, share ideas, build new partnerships and renew and strengthen relationships with old friends.

On the next day plan to spend time with the partners that provide the products and services that make it possible for community media to exist. This is a one day trade show with over 40 exhibitors presenting the newest technology focusing on the needs of PEG stations. There will be presentations throughout the day demonstrating the latest in system applications and hardware that will have just been release weeks before at The National Broadcasters Association Conference. Special training workshops are also being planned.

Through partnerships with vendors there will be a full production studio consisting of the latest equipment being exhibited at the trade show. The studio will be taping programs throughout the day with ample time for attendees to examine the equipment.

Our partnering will reach out to the educational community to include the area high schools, vocational schools, colleges, and universities. Students interested in media will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a day-long program that will include time to visit with the exhibitors.

day of workshops will follow, focusing on the partners that keep community media a vital element in our society. Staffers and volunteers will hear from experts on subjects of technology, operations, and production. From concept to completion workshops will discuss skills to increase the quality of programs, workflow, distribution, and community involvement. Don’t plan on a lot of lectures. Many workshops will invite attendees to participate and share their knowledge and experience.

Value out weighs cost.

Full conference registration includes the “Meet and Greet,” breakfast with the vendors the first day and a breakfast plenary the second day, lunch with guest speakers both days, and an amazing banquet complete with cocktail hour, a Portuguese Rodizio dinner, beer and sangria, dessert buffet, live music and dancing. The Hyatt has agreed to provide free parking and free internet. These represent a value of over $250 but will be available to members for the early bird price of $200. And if you can get four others from your center to join you the price is just $160 each. There will also be many door prizes valued at over $5,000. Hotel accommodations are $119.00 per night. Rooms are available for the entire week. Train to New York City and Newark Liberty Airport are just two blocks away. Why not make it a vacation?

So tell your staff, volunteers, and
friends of community media to save the date
and join us for two days as we celebrate
the “Power of Partners.”

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