The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, formerly the Center for Social Media, is an innovation lab and research center that studies, designs, and showcases media for social impact. Focusing on independent, documentary and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy and audience engagement. The Center produces resources for the field and academic research; convenes conferences and events; and works collaboratively to understand and design media that matters.
The Center’s activities include:
The Center was founded in 2001 by Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor in the School of Communication at American University and is currently under the leadership of co-directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Brigid Maher. As part of the School, the Center offers research assistantships, screenings, master classes and volunteer opportunities to SOC students. The Center also has fellows associated with funded projects, but has no stand-alone funding for fellows.
The Center’s work has been supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, MacArthur, McCormick, Surdna and Rockefeller and Wyncote Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Center for Media & Social Impact
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8017
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