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What’s Public Media These Days?

The latest Media Impact Funders (MIF) event, “Remaking Public Media,” showcased the evolution of what we called “Public Media 2.0” in the 2009 white paper that launched a field-wide discussion. In a user-centric environment, legacy public media institutions are key collaborators, and they also depend on many other institutions and relationships to make and distribute media. It’s not about institutions any more, but the “ecosystem,” to use a word of MIF head Vince Stehle.  Read more...

Media That Matters, Making a Difference

At the latest Media Impact Funders (MIF) event, “Remaking Public Media,” the short- and long-term impact of public media was never far from the discussion. Synergy between legacy and social media was a mantra. Read more...

FCC Seeks Comments on Open Internet

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission has opened the door for public comments on how to regulate Internet service, the issue widely known as “net neutrality.”  Many public interest organizations are urging citizens, especially media makers, to contribute.

Internet service providers such as Verizon and Comcast can, both in theory and practice, favor some kinds of traffic over others for their own purposes.  Read more...

The Craft of Cinéma Vérité: SXSW and Tribeca

Ne Me Quitte PasWhat’s “real” cinéma vérité? Two recent festival films show us the real thing.

A great work of cinéma vérité makes it easy for you to believe that you’ve been given a window into someone else’s reality, and to be grateful for that opportunity. An experience that seemingly simple takes a lot of craft, as well as a respect for and trust in both subject and audience. Read more...

DOCUMENTED: The Dream and the Reality

Jose attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, IowaWhen Jose Antonio Vargas’ New York Times article confessing his illegal immigrant status surfaced, it was just the beginning of the journey told in "Documented," which starts its theatrical release May 2.

Vargas intended to launch a campaign on immigrant rights with his own story. He didn’t count on going through his own crisis of identity at the same time. Read more...