Empowering Media That Matters


A Real Solution to YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY? How a Documentary Series Is Mobilizing Millennials to #PutAPriceOnIt

Leaving “Poverty Porn” Behind: Changing the Development Narrative

A recent report shows how incorporating a new storytelling framework in videos can build public support for international development.

Community Voice Project Digital Stories Screening, October 26th

Last week on Wednesday, October 26th, the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University hosted the Community Voice Project’s Screening of Community and Student Digital Stories. This was...

A New Vehicle for Change: Can Virtual Reality Drive Conservation?

In one week, hundreds of world leaders will come together in Morocco to address the global challenge of climate change at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22). However, unlike meetings before, 40...

Building Empathetic Narratives at Story Movements

Ever since I found out about the Story Movements conference, I had been looking forward to attending a conference focused on story-led movements for social change. It’s not every day that you get...

Avi Mograbi: Activist and Filmmaker

  The award-winning Israeli documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi thinks of himself first as a political activist, and he doesn’t believe his hard-hitting—and often bleakly funny—films are...

Filmmaker Courtney Hermann Weighs In On Dangerous Docs

At last year’s University Film and Video Association annual conference, filmmaker and Portland State University professor Courtney Hermann spoke about her own work in relation to CMSI’s...

Community Voice Project Screening

This coming Wednesday evening, October 26th, the Center for Media and Social Impact will host a special community screening of seven digital stories or self-told, short autobiographical films...

CMSI Study is the First to Evaluate a Social-Issue Documentary Using ITVS’ OVEE Viewing Platform: What Did We Learn About Emmy-Award-Winning The Homestretch and OVEE?

What is the social impact of watching a documentary with other people—if each person is watching from a different computer or phone?

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