Events | Spring Conference


Join us!

Wisconsin Community Media and the
Midwest Region of the Alliance for Community Media


2018 Spring Conference
and Best of the Midwest Media Fest!

Where: Oshkosh Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center, 1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901.

Hotel reservations:  Hotel room rate is $97.99 for a single or double plus taxes and fees.  Parking is free.  Reservations must be made by April 18, 2018 to receive this discounted rate.  Make your reservation by calling 1-855-230-1900 and ask for the Wisconsin Community Media conference discounted rate.

Registration fee:
Full Conference (WCM & ACM MEMBERS) includes the Banquet & Fest:  $190
Late Registration (MEMBERS ONLY):  $210 begins Friday, April 27
Full conference Non-members:  $260.
Single day Thursday (includes the Banquet & Fest):  $135 members/$155 non-members
Single day Friday: $115 members/$135 non-members

Media Fest Banquet and Show:  Tickets:  $45.  The Best of the Midwest Media Fest will be held on Thursday evening, May 10.  Banquet attendees, please call before registering after Sunday, May 7. Our final count is due to the hotel on Monday.
For more on the Fest go here.



Scholarships:  Conference Scholarship Application  WCM is extending 3 scholarships to 3 volunteers or staff members from a Wisconsin community access television center or to someone who is working to set up a community access center.  To qualify, your center must have a budget under $50,000 and not have received a scholarship in 2017.  The scholarships reduce the price of a full registration to $120. Applications due Thursday, April 13.



 Pre-conference Sessions (2 hours)

Session 1:  Marketing 101 Class
Learn the essential concepts behind marketing and how to devise and implement a marketing plan with the biggest bang for your time and effort.

Session 2: Long-term Strategic Planning
Learn how to develop a long-term strategic plan that sets in motion multi-year do-able action plans based on your priorities and your budget for staff, operations, and capital equipment. 

Session 3:  LPFM Radio Meeting

 Opening Luncheon General Session
How Community Television Can Partner with Local Government to Meet Local Challenges (Panel)
 Thursday Workshops (50 minutes; 3 tracks to pick from)

Getting Comfortable with Advocacy -- Promoting what you do on the state and local levels

What Works!  Do you have an idea?
Bring something that's been working for you -- a piece of equipment, a new training process, a new app, a new program format -- and share your succcess.  (Roundtable format.)  Tell Us About it Now!

How to Get a Cable TV Station Started at Your School

The State of the Cable Industry and the Competition

Tech Tools that Boost Public Access Production ActivityDo you have an idea?
Have you hit upon something that makes it easier for people to contribute to the community conversation through PEG or social media?  Tell Us About it Now!

Careers in Public, Education, and Government Access Television

A New Perspective on Outreach -- Looking In from the Outside

Apps You Should Know About Do you have an idea?
Are you using an App for production or distribution that's just the bomb?  Tell us About it Now!

Television Pre-Production Planning

We'd like to include your ideas!  Just Click Here to go to a simple form where you can explain your idea.  Have more than one idea?  You'll use the same form for all of them.  The facilitator for the workshop will follow up with you via phone or email. 

Breakfast General Session

Beyond Cable TV -- a Survey of Alternative Platforms Your Media Center Should Know About

 Friday Morning General Session
 The ADA and PEG's Legal Obligation to "Effectively Communicate" with All Americans
 Friday Workshops (40 minutes; 2 tracks to pick from)

Pushing Your Audiences Home. Creating a "Landing Platform" where audiences converge

Managing a Professional Community Media Center Starts with Written Policies

Network Options for Backing up High-Resolution Programs and Important Raw Footage

Revamping Public Access TV Operating Policies to Include Social Media Production

 Closing Luncheon General Session

Annual Meetings of WCM and the ACM - Midwest Region

Update on Federal Government Activity

The Best of the Midwest Media Fest

is on Thursday evening, beginning at 5 pm with the Exhibitor Reception. 
The Banquet starts at 6:30 pm. 
Show to follow.

This Year's Exhibitors!
(There's still time to register! Click Here to Exhibit!)



This Year's Sponsors!
(There's still time to register! Click Here to Sponsor!)


Opening Luncheon Sponsors:

Media Fest Show Sponsors:



Friday Breakfast Sponsors:











































































Take a look at some of our previous conferences:

2017 Spring Conference in Milwaukee
2016 Spring Conference in Madison
2015 Spring Conference Brochure - Milwaukee
2014 Spring Conference Brochure - Madison
2013 WCM-ACM Conference - Milwaukee
2012 WCM Conference - Marshfield
2011 WCM Conference - Waukesha