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Reports

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

Caty Borum Chattoo Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact Executive in Residence, American University School of Communication with The International Documentary Association...

Beyond the hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice

This research report examines the Black Lives Matter Movement’s uses of online media in 2014 and 2015.

The Journey to the Academy Awards: An Investigation of Oscar-Shortlisted and Nominated Documentaries (2014-2016)

What does it take for a documentary film and its director and producer to make it to the top—the Oscars shortlist, the nomination & the win?

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?

Diversity in Independent TV Documentaries: Is Public TV Different?   Table Of Contents Results Background Methods Conclusion Authors Results Minorities Independent Lens and POV, which have...

Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power

Many of the issues most important for our society to recognize and discuss are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want made public. Non-fiction filmmakers who tell truth to...

Entertainment, Storytelling & Social Change in Global Poverty

Entertainment, Storytelling & Social Change in Global Poverty An Impact Evaluation of Stand Up Planet FEBRUARY 2015 Click here  to view or download a PDF of the Executive Summary. Click...

Field Report: Land of Opportunity

Field Report: Land of Opportunity February 2015 Report by: The Center for Media & Social Impact Contributors: Stephanie Brown Luisa Dantas Josh Freund Ada McMahon Andrea Olson Laine...

Assessing the Social Impact of Issues-Focused Documentaries: Research Methods & Future Considerations

October 2014 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Caty Borum Chattoo, Creative Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University Angelica Das, Associate...

Documentarians, Fair Use, and Best Practices

Report by: Pat Aufderheide, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University Aram Sinnreich, Assistant professor, School of Communication and...

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