Empowering Media That Matters

Documentary, Independent & Public Media

CMSI chronicles the crucial issues facing independent, documentary and public media – as well as the dynamic evolution in the contemporary media era. Through reports and investigations, CMSI highlights analysis of independent, documentary and/or public media projects, identifies technology and policy trends, and discusses topics necessary to tackle issues central to our democracy.

The State of the Documentary Field: 2016 Survey of Documentary Industry Members

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Connecting Audiences with OVEE, an Online Screening Platform: An Assessment of The Homestretch PBS Documentary

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Documentaries & Diversity

Although social-issue documentaries are increasingly being shown on cable networks, this 2014 study finds that public television remains the leading source of programming that represents diverse creators and characters.

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Public Media Showcase

The Showcase highlights analysis of emerging public media projects, identifies technology and policy trends, and discusses standards to support publics with the content and contexts necessary to tackle issues central to our democracy.

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White Papers

The "Public Media FAQ" and "Public Media 2.0" white papers offer frameworks for envisioning the future of public media.

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Articles

Examine articles from the Future of Public Media project, tracking the evolution of media for public knowledge and action in a digital, participatory era.

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Field Reports

Field reports profile innovative media for public knowledge and action. Published as part of the Center’s Ford Foundation-supported Future of Public Media project, these case studies explore how publics form around participatory and multiplatform media projects.

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Reports

Documents

Showcase

Beyond Broadcast

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