Empowering Media That Matters

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The Center for Media & Social Impact is an innovation lab and research center that studies, designs and showcases media for social impact.

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Early registration is open for Media That Matters 2015: Tools of the Trade!

How can we make collections containing orphan works available to the public? These guidelines are a good place to start. 

Our latest report takes an in-depth look at the range of media impact tools currently available.

Just Released! Public TV remains leading source of diverse programming.

Three case studies of social issue docs demonstrate how outreach campaigns can enable publics to form around social and political issues.

Media That Matters

Indie Caucus Petitioning WNET Over Schedule Changes

WNET POV ILWNET is making headlines over pulling documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV from its main channel. The Indie Caucus, an informal group of independent filmmakers organized in support of the public media mission, has responded with a statement and Change.org petition.


Interactive Comic Book Fights Violence Against Women in India

“Priya’s Shapriya_logokti” (translated to “beloved’s power”) is a new augmented reality comic book and art exhibition, fighting abuse against women in India and around the world. The project, which was produced by “Rattapallax” and debuted early December, combats gender based violence by combining art, storytelling and technology.


Just Released: Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works

Best Practices for Orphan Works

At a live webinar on Thursday, Dec. 4, UC Berkeley and American University researchers released a new statement on best practices in the use of orphan works by libraries, archives and other institutions.

Over the last several years, libraries, archives and other institutions have recognized that copyright law poses a significant obstacle to digital preservation of—and online access to—large segments of their collections. This problem is especially acute for archives and collections that contain orphan works–i.e., works for which it is difficult or impossible to find rights holders who might give permission for their use.


Brian Winston: Is Clicktivism Enough?

Brian Winston

"The last thing I want to do is develop media to get in the way of person-to person interchange because... I think all communication should end with either a handshake or a kiss." This quote from George C. Stoney, pioneer of public-access television, highlights the importance of encouraging participation on the production side of media – and also served as the focal point of Brian Winston's recent lecture at American University, "Is Clicktivism Enough?"