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ACE Update - April 2018

Dear ACE Colleagues,

Come early and stay late. That’s my plan for the 2018 Ag Media Summit August 5-8 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

On tap are two great preconference tours and an equally great post-conference workshop.
The preconference tours on August 4 feature Arizona agriculture. One tour will visit vegetable, fruit, and olive producers in three stops. The other will visit a dairy, a research farm, and a cotton and forage producer. Both include on-farm meals.

The post-conference session on “Multidimensional Diversity” will review research and best practices regarding diversity in communications, from online to print to visual. I look forward to seeing you there!

In between are 80 sessions from 124 speakers to meet your professional development needs.

Also – have any fun photos from ACE meetings past? Please send digital copies to Diane Johnson. They are celebrating the 20th Ag Media Summit with picture of their past meetings, and want to see ours, too. Send them to dianej@flash.net.

Suzanne Steel, ACE president

ACE/AMS Conference Registration to Open May 1

Registration for this year’s conference with the Agricultural Media Summit, “Everything Under the Sun," opens May 1.

Go to http://agmediasummit.com/register.php to sign up. Early registration ($385) ends June 22; after that, full conference registration will be $525 through July 29.

If you haven’t yet renewed your ACE membership, there’s an option to do so with the conference registration, just choose "Registration including annual ACE membership” for an extra $120 to pay your ACE membership dues with the conference fee.

The conference begins August 4 with AMS-organized agricultural tours and ends August 8 with an ACE-organized workshop on diversity in communications materials. The tours and the workshop have additional fees. See the conference schedule online at http://agmediasummit.com/programs.php. 

Post Conference Workshop: Multidimensional Diversity

Are you looking for strategies to communicate effectively with diverse audiences?

Extend your trip by booking a later flight, or stay an extra day in Scottsdale to attend the 2018 post conference called Multidimensional Diversity: Inclusive Communication in Science and Agriculture.

The post conference will take place on August 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dawn Gilpin, an associate honors professor of public relations and social media for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will discuss the role communication materials play in constructing organizational identity. She will also provide strategies for developing inclusive content.

Her presentation will review current research and best practices about diversity in materials created for print and online formats. Gilpin aims to provide participants with information to help them construct inclusive communications strategies by providing examples through hands-on exercises with a focus in agriculture and higher education. This workshop priced at $50 is limited to 50 participants.

The workshop will be cancelled and registration fee returned if fewer than 25 people register by the early registration deadline of June 22. Be sure to register for the conference early and sign up for this workshop. Registration opens May 1.

What’s new with you?

Part of the benefit of being an ACE member is finding out about developments with your colleagues across the country. Please feel free to share your news with Holly Young for inclusion in our monthly ACE Update. 
So, what’s happening? Perhaps you are retiring, being promoted or maybe you recently experienced an Elvis sighting. If you think your ACE friends would like to know about it, please share your good news. You can send Holly your news updates at Holly.Young@unh.edu

Beth Forbes, ACE membership director

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