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ACM-NE report: day one

Posted on May 21, 2009 by billsimmon in Digital Culture, Free Speech, Life of Bill, people I want to get drunk with, social media, VCAM, vermont | 0 Comments

So I’m at the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Regional conference at Champlain College today hanging with my PEG access peers from around the region. We’re actively trying to encourage community media folks, most of whom have been active in user-generated content for many years (since way before YouTube), to embrace social media as a means of furthering their missions, their outreach sphere and their relevance in general. After all, “community media” really just means media created by and for the “community,” however you wish to define it, and that certainly includes audio, video and text that is shared online. Community media centers really ought to be leaders in this space, and slowly, I think that’s what they’re becoming.

In pursuit of this goal, a few of us have banded together and are evangelizing social media around this conference. We’ve agreed on a metatag for online posted media (“acmne09″) and the awesome folks at Found Line have built a little aggregation site (like the one they made for Vermont’s Town Meeting Day) that helps you organize all of the material coming in.

After having a miserable time trying to follow all of the SXSW tweets in March, it’s clear that this sort of page (and a diversification of relevant tags) is what that conference could have used.

Even if you’re not attending the conference this week, tune in and follow all the hot community media action! (The oening night party with a cash bar is tonight at VCAM so look for inappropriate photos tagged acmne09 on Flickr tomorrow!)

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