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.
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.
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.
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.