October 2013 Issue No. 30
Keylight Updates 

Dear Central States Region Alliance for 

Community Media Members,    


Bringing about change in an uncertain environment can be a nerve wrecking endeavor. We must not be afraid to adjust to the ever changing world we live and work within.


The beginning of October 2013 brought about our annual media competition the Philo Festival of Media Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which was co-hosted with Public Media Network. The media festival is a good example of our region conducting experiments with technology and management structures of how to grow over time with changing methods of doing business.


This year we partnered with region ally corporation Leightronix Inc. to host the video entries online. While there were some growing pains to using their PEGVault and PEGCentral services we appreciate the opportunity to work hand in hand with the many talented people of Leightronix on any project.


Our next regional event is the Flights of Expression conference being planned for May 1-3, 2014 in Dayton Ohio with DATV as our co-sponsor media center. 



Please enjoy this newsletter to keep you informed with regional involvement. 

Elizabeth Lord 
CSACM Chair 
2013 Highlights 
Laurie Cirivello


This year's annual conference was hosted by Allen County Public Library
in Fort Wayne, IN and was held in April. Sessions included 
Image Copyright & You, Speaking With Your Legislator, Interviewing Techniques, Low Power FM Radio 
and much more. View

At the conference, Laurie Cirivello was presented the 2013 Roxie L. Cole Leadership Award! As the executive director of Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Cirivello has plenty of accomplishments and challenges with a 25-year-old organization that includes a television station GRTV, radio station WYCE, nonprofit IT provider GrandNet, the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy and Wealthy Theatre. To learn more about Cirivello and what she has done for PEG Access visit the Roxie L. Cole Award's page. If you wish to nominate someone for the 2014 award, we are now accepting submissions


The annual Philo Festival of Media Arts Video Competition was hosted by Public Media Network in Kalamazoo, MI in the beginning of the month. With 217 submissions, it took 11 judging centers to judge all the videos on time. We want to thank all the judges and participates for making this years Philo Festival a huge success! View all  Philo Festival winners & finalist online. 


Congratulation to the 2013 excellence winners: 


Excellence in Cinematography- Village Players 90th, Steve Rota, Matt Winne & Sally Savoie, Bloomfield Community Television, MI

Excellence in Editing- Festifools and FoolsMoon, Ann Arbor Michigan, April 2013, Dave Chappell, CTN Ann Arbor, MI

Excellence in Directing- Special Feature #236: Life As A Zebra, HOMTV, Okemos, MI The_Buzz_WLND, WLND, Dave

Excellence in Sound Design- 2012 Lotus World Music Festival-Fatoumata Diawara, Community Access Television Services Bloomington, IN

Best Series Program- Soup & Company, 

Steve Rota, Director & John Prepolec, Bloomfield Community Television, MI

Best of Show- Driver Fatigue, Jan Mitchel and Carl Suchomel, Miami Valley Cable Council, OH

George C. Stoney Community Activism Award- March of Dimes "Jail & Bail", Senyk, Kovatch, Orrell, Schuler, Shay, Stafforst, Wendt, Yielding, CPHS, Port Huron, MI



ACM Hometown Winners 
The Hometown Awards recognize the best community media programming of 2012, and includes student, independent producer and access center professional categories. We wish to congratulate the following centers on winning a 2013 Hometown:

Overall Excellence in Governmental Access-
The OMNI Centre for Public Media
Carmel, IN


Overall Excellence in Governmental Access-
Louisville Metro TV
Louisville, KY


Cultural Perspectives-
Crying for Peace
Cambridge Community Television


Livonia Curbside Recycling PSA
City of Livonia - Livonia Television


Community Events-
2012 Dragon on the Lake
ONTV, Lake Orion, MI


Government Activities-
Cincinnati Youth to Work (Y2WK)
Torrance CitiCable 3


Chapter Events  
The Michigan Chapter ACM invites you to join them on

Wednesday, March 12 at the annual Great Lakes Broadcaster Conference & Expo hosted by Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The MI Chapter will meet for lunch and information sessions to follow. 


The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC) is the Midwest's premier educational and networking conference for radio, television and media professionals.
Designed to give you the "biggest bang for your buck", GLBC features a packed day full of national caliber speakers and trainers. GLBC also features over sixty vendors in the FREE exhibit hall that showcase the latest in products, services and technology
. In addition, the MAB Foundation's High School and College Broadcast Awards and the professional Broadcast Excellence Awards are part of this exciting day.   



Registration TBA. For more information contact 


Nonprofit News
Central States ACM Logo

Central States Region Alliance for Community Media began the process of applying with the Internal Revenue Service for a federally recognized distinction as a 501(c)6 Non-profit trade organization in November of 2012. After searching for the most fiscally efficient method the region hired Nickolas Hursh with Shambaugh, Kast, Beck, & Williams of Fort Wayne, IN on this matter.


In August 2013 region chair Elizabeth Lord received the official letter from the IRS granting that status. This puts our region, Central States, as the first region within the Alliance for Community Media to obtain independent non-profit status. This helps grant the region some financial stability and enables us to engage in our regular activities with proper legal and tax accommodations.


While a 501(c)6 status does not grant our members or contributors the ability to donate monies to the region tax free, it does enable us to be active within trade of Community Media business and have more flexibility to be active in legislative matters that affect our members.

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In This Issue
2013 Highlights
ACM Hometown Winners
Chapter Events
Non-profit News
Save the Date!
Where: Dayton, OH
When:May 1-3, 2013
Host by: DATV
Michigan Chapter Meeting:
Where: Lansing, MI
When: March 12, 2013
Hosted by: Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
More information TBA.