The Center for Media & Social Impact, based at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C., is an innovation lab and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact.
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Journey to the Academy Awards: 2018 Documentary Film Diversity Report
Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement: Documentary Films & State and Local Public Policy in the United States. Volume 2, Films & Public Policy Series
The Laughter Effect: The [Serious] Role of Comedy in Social Change
When Movies Go to Washington: Documentary Films & Public Policy in the United States (Vol 1)
The State of the Documentary Field: 2016 Survey of Documentary Industry Members
Connecting Audiences with OVEE, an Online Screening Platform: An Assessment of The Homestretch PBS Documentary
Beyond The Hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklives examines the #Blacklivesmatter movement’s uses of online media in 2014-2015.
An examination of the (2014 - 2016) of Oscar-shortlisted, -nominated and -winning documentary films.
This report examines risks and resources for filmmakers challenging the status quo.
Visual arts community launches Code of Best Practices in Fair Use!
Public TV remains leading source of diverse programming.
“Stand Up Planet” Impact Evaluation Demonstrates Power of Comedy for Change
Our latest report takes an in-depth look at the range of media impact tools currently available.
The sky is black with chickens coming home to roost for the platforms and apps that once loved to launch at SXSW.
SXSW seemed to take diversity more seriously than in the past. There were more women on panels and keynoting...
I am a YouTube addict who dabbles in video making of my own. I’m worried though as some of my videos have included copyrighted material.
RT @CMSImpact: Join us April 11 for this screening of IN THE EXECUTIONER'S SHADOW, from our @AU_SOC colleagues Maggie Stogner & Rick Stack.
RT @MediaShiftOrg: Filmmakers at @SXSW are working to change the ecosystem for documentary work. See what advocacy groups are focused on in
RT @JInnovationCity: VR has its limits and AI its perils, but sophisticated visual design is becoming essential to documentary film-making,
RT @mediashiftpod: Whats new in documentary film innovation? @paufder checks out some of the trends at @SXSW. https://t.co/vUZNNmj0xn http
RT @MSIdeaLab: Filmmakers at @SXSW are working to change the ecosystem for documentary work. See what advocacy groups are focused on in thi
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