About The Center for Media and Social Impact
The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), based at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C., is an innovation lab and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact. Focusing on independent, documentary, entertainment, and public media, CMSI bridges boundaries between scholars, producers, and communication practitioners who work across media production, media impact, social justice, public policy, and audience engagement. The Center produces resources for the field and research, convenes conferences and events, and works collaboratively to understand and design media that matter.
About The Report
This report was written by CMSI’s Aras Coskuntuncel (lead researcher), Caty Borum Chattoo, and David Conrad-Pérez. Varsha Ramani, CMSI communications and program manager, facilitated operations and communication support. This research was funded by a grant from Working Films.
CMSI would like to thank the organizers and representatives from five Georgia-based nonprofit organizations who shared their experiences and stories: Erika Curtis, Caroline Durham, Kate McNeely, Charles Stephens, Kimya Trotter. We also want to thank Working Films, particularly Gerry Leonard, Impact Coordinator, and Anna Lee, Co-director, for their support throughout this research.
Working Films would like to thank the organizations and individuals that participated in the Putting Films to Work program and the funders that made the program possible: Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Katybelle LLC, and Participant Media.