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Social Doc in Real Time: It Begins at Conception

It’s difficult to imagine what a woman might say after giving birth, but few of them immediately declare that they want to make a documentary film. American University professor Brigid Maher is currently working on “The Mama Sherpas,” a film that explores how doctors and midwives work together in a hospital system, known as collaborative care models. The Center for Social Media will be featuring a series of posts on the film, exploring how documentary films are born, raised, and shaped into successful agents of social impact.
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Howard Dean and the Electoral Machine: Daniel Kreiss Reveals the History of the Democrats and New Media

Daniel KreissObama and Romney own 2012 – they essentially bought it – having spent record sums of money on advertising and campaign stratagems designed to magnetize our attentions and motivate them towards a desired set of actions. As year end features and retrospectives squeeze their way into our nation's newspapers, one worn out phenomenon will predictably dominate the annual backward glance: the election. Read more...

User-centric Public Media, WBEZ’s Call to Action

User-centric journalism creates new challenges for journalists, about accountability, fairness and accuracy. But it also offers public media, as we noted in our white paper Public Media 2.0, great opportunities. Now, Chicago public radio station WBEZ’s CEO Torey Malatia issues a challenge to all creators of public media, and disentangles engagement from advocacy.  (It was triggered by his decision to yank a show he found tilting toward advocacy.) Read more...

Signal and Noise: What's Wrong with Polling

What kinds of information help us connect to each other on the most important issues of our day? Not polls, says Center co-director Matt Nisbet in his latest blog post. In fact, they’re hurting, not helping. It’s polling addiction that is keeping important issues like climate change off media’s radar—until, say, a hurricane takes out New Jersey. Read more...

Election Day 2012: What Does a Facebook ‘Like’ Really Mean?

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What can the latest analytics reveal about social networking trends in the 2012 election? With more Americans active in social networking than ever before, new social media analytics are uncovering trends among candidates' supporters with unique insight about the candidates themselves.