Documentary Films and Grassroots Engagement for Immigration Justice

A Study of the Stories Beyond Borders Initiative

Storytelling and Social Justice in Action

Leveraging Documentary Films to Strengthen Local Movement Building

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources

A Guide for Authors, Adapters & Adopters of Openly Licensed Teaching and Learning Materials

Resource Guide on Documentary Storytelling for Community Enagagement

Using Documentaries to Start Conversations on Racism, Racialized Trauma and Racial Violence

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Spotlighting Storytelling and Social Change

The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) is a creative innovation lab and research center that focuses on media for equity and social justice. Our work bridges boundaries between scholars, media producers, social justice organizations, and communication practitioners.

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Documentary & Independent Media

CMSI chronicles the crucial issues facing independent, documentary and public media – as well as the dynamic evolution in the contemporary media era.

Participatory & Civic Media

CMSI investigates and reports on the ways in which media storytelling sets the public agenda, impacts audiences and shapes the future around the pressing social issues of our time.

Entertainment & Popular Culture

At CMSI, we believe that all forms of entertainment have the potential to shape culture. Through our research, we strive to demonstrate the ways in which the media can be a force for public good.

Fair Use Library

CMSI develops tools to better understand how to employ fair use, the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances.