If you’ve got a piece of media work that you’re particularly proud of, shouldn’t you try submitting it to the Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Media Awards?
The Alliance for Community Media is a non-profit organization that works to promote free speech and expand civic engagement through local media. The organization liaises with the FCC, acts as a lobbying force for PEG (public access, educational and government) stations and develops programs and conferences. It is a membership-based organization that acts as trade association for stations around the country that are similar to RCTV. Rochester Community TV is a member station.
The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) also sponsors an awards program, known as the Hometown Media Awards that is open to any producer whose program was first telecast on a local cable access channel or their initial stream/web distribution on or between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. (Note: Some categories require specific criteria to be met in order for an entry to be eligible. Be sure to read the category descriptions carefully so that your entry will not be disqualified.)
They present these awards in numerous categories to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.
Award recipients receive national recognition on the ACM website, a segment of their work will be shown and the awards will be presented at the ACM’s national conference that takes place in Philadelphia, PA on August 7, 2014 and winners will receive beautiful plaques. (P.S. We’ll also recognize winning local members at the RCTV Annual Meeting, for their achievement!)
So, if you think you’d like to submit a piece of work, here’s all you have to do:
- Visit the Awards page of the website to read the full rules and determine the category within which your work fits.
- Register for an account.
- Complete the online registration.
- Upload an 8 minute segment in .wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .wma, .wav, .mp3 format, send a youtube or vimeo link, or send a DVD to ACM (please note: there is an additional $20 fee for DVD submissions).
- Pay the submission fee of $50 for ACM Member or $75 for Non-member (plus $20 if the submission is via DVD).
- Make sure your submission is received on or before April 28, 2014.
If you’ve got a terrific piece of work, we hope you will enter, and we wish you the best of luck!