Empowering Media That Matters

About Us

The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) 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. Focusing on independent, documentary, entertainment, and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact and effects, public policy and audience engagement. The Center produces resources for the field and academic research; convenes conferences and events; and works collaboratively to understand and design media that matter.

As part of the American University School of Communication, the Center offers research assistantships, screenings, master classes and volunteer opportunities to SOC students. The Center also has fellows associated with funded projects, but has no stand-alone funding for fellows.

The Center’s work has been supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Gates, MacArthur, McCormick, Surdna, Rockefeller and Wyncote Foundations. Additional funding for CMSI has come from Atlantic Philanthropies; D.C. Humanities Council; Fledgling Fund; Independent Television Service (ITVS); Link Media; National Endowment for the Arts; Odyssey Networks; Participant Media; Univision & Fusion Networks; and Working Films.

Contact Information:

Center for Media & Social Impact

American University

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20016-8017

Center for Media & Social Impact
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016-8017