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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Measuring media that matters.
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.
This is part of an ongoing research agenda geared toward understanding the increasingly central role of data in our public and civic lives.
Research by American University provides case studies and best practices for cities to leverage games like Pokémon GO to achieve local goals
A quick snapshot of the documentaries and discussions at AFI Docs held in Washington DC in June 2018.
RT @TomWhite: As we count down to @IDAorg 's #docsgetreal, we're rolling out the #DocumentaryMag content to prep you for the 3-day confab.
RT @CatyBC: Really important read, communication/media researchers, strategists, scholars, thinkers. https://t.co/MgJRyhdngL
RT @IDAorg: Announcing our 2018 #EnterpriseDocFund production grant recipients! This years slate of #IDAsupported #documentaries received
RT @finaldelmilenio: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education https://t.co/ARpjfDZiAR va @CMSImpact #Education
RT @docsinprogress: It's often hard for #documentary filmmakers based outside of film centers to get support. Big shout out to @SouthernDoc
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