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An MNN Staffer Spoke at a Global Nonprofit Technology Conference. Check out His Inspiring Message!

Community Media, Events, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

As the largest community-media organization in the country, MNN tends to find itself at the forefront of shifts in the tech landscape. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art studios and production equipment, our pro-level training, and our website that streams every minute of programming online, reflect a true investment in meshing the latest technologies with MNN’s mission to give people a free, uncensored platform for their views.

Something we ask ourselves every day: As a network with roots in broadcast and cable TV, how do we not just maintain, but grow our reach in an ever-changing, increasingly connected media landscape? That was the topic of an Ignite talk that MNN Digital Media Manager Craig Sinclair gave at a recent global gathering, the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C.

The number one takeaway from the conference? It’s all about collaboration. Craig talked about how small nonprofits...

Take a Peek Inside MNN's April Newsletter

Community Media, Events, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Packed with exciting tidbits about community-driven TV programming and events, MNN's monthly newsletter is as dynamic as the organization itself. Here's a peek into the update we just sent out; to receive future newsletters in your inbox, just take one minute to sign up! Click here.

From the MNN El Barrio Firehouse to the Apollo Theater!

The MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center last month hosted one of its most energetic and inspiring events yet: a preliminary round of Urban Word NYC’s 16th Annual Teen Poetry Slam. The contest featured performances by some of the hottest teen poets, lyricists, rappers and writers in New York, who competed to advance to semifinals, and to the final round at the Apollo Theater in Harlem (the last poet standing gets a free trip to Philadelphia to compete at nationals!).

Celebrate National Poetry Month at The Firehouse!

On Friday, April 4 at 6:30 pm the...

Producers: Submit Your Work for the 2014 Hometown Media Awards By April 30!

Community Media, Events, MNN Youth Channel, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

It’s that time again! The submission deadline for this year’s Hometown Media Awards is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Entries will be considered for recognition in dozens of categories and celebrated at the awards dinner in Philadelphia this August. Our network’s Community Producers will pay a reduced submission fee of $50 for being affiliated with MNN!

Sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), a national nonprofit that supports free speech and civic engagement through local media, the Hometown Media Awards is the largest competition for public-access programming. The awards honor shows that address community needs, foster involvement and offer viewers a TV experience that breaks from the conventional commercial format.

Last year, MNN nabbed four awards out of more than 1,000 submissions: "The Chris Gethard Show...