Empowering Media That Matters


The View from the Top: P.O.V. Leaders on the Struggle to Create Truly Public Media

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking PBS documentary series P.O.V., the Center for Media & Social Impact (formerly the Center for Social Media) interviewed several of...

The New Deal: Version 1.5, Monetizing and Mission

The New Deal: Version 1.5, Monetizing and Mission is the Center's annual report on the nuts and bolts of digital distribution deal-making. Curious about who's making these deals? Average percentages...

Documentaries on a Mission: How Nonprofits Are Making Movies for Public Engagement

March 2007 Click here to view or download a PDF of this report. Report by: Karen Hirsch, Writer, Filmmaker, Consultant With an introduction by: Matt Nisbet Assistant Professor, School of...

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Doc Storytellers

Leaders of documentary teaching and training programs across the U.S. came together in September to share their stories. They surveyed the range of programs taking advantage of the growth in interest...

Appalshop Calling: From Video to Digital Storytelling

A Presentation Prepared for Making Media Work for Social Change Nairobi, Kenya, September 11, 2006 Sponsored by the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern Africa  Mimi Pickering/Appalshop, Whitesburg,...

Digital Futures: A Need-to-Know Policy Guide for Independent Filmmakers

What policies are good for independent filmmakers?

In the Battle for Reality: Social Documentaries in the U.S.

December 2003 Report by: Pat Aufderheide, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University               With substantial funding from: The...

What Keeps Social Documentaries from Audiences–and How to Fix the Problem

“What happens to social documentaries after a brief television airing?”

“Documentaries: Making an Impact,” at the 25th IFP Market in New York City

A discussion of how social issue films and videos are working across borders, platforms, and communities.

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