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Public engagement and documentary at Silverdocs

Every year, there’s more to learn than you can absorb at Silverdocs, between the conference, which is organized by Diana Ingraham of US Independents, and the superb curating, by Sky Sitney. One of my conference faves was the workshop that Dennis Palmieri from Independent Television Service (ITVS) ran about outreach strategies. He linked goals (start a conversation, see action, change the world) with strategies, tactics and types of partners. If you didn’t make it, his Powerpoint is here.Read more...

Public TV's Future at Silverdocs

Will public TV survive into an era when everyone is a digital native? That was the question of the day at a panel I chaired at the conference the Silverdocs film festival (aka SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival) hosts every year. Answer? Probably, with some work.Read more...

Public Media in Brazil: Taxpayer Incentives Work

At the International Communication Association meeting in Montreal in May, Brazilian communications scholar and activist Luiz Fernando Santoro talked about the challenges of expanding public media in Brazil. Read more...

Indians with Cameras

The retrospective this month of the Video in the Villages project at the National Museum of the American Indian was an extraordinary demonstration of the power of grassroots storytelling. The project, founded by Brazilian activist Vincent Carelli and Corr�a, has shared the realities of lowlands Amazonian cultures for more than two decades. Read more...

Spanish-language news: Doing well, doing good

Can commercial platforms provide media for public knowledge and action? Take a look, says journalist Joe Mathews, currently a New America Foundation fellow, at Latino broadcast news. He’s been comparing news offered by Univision and Telemundo in California with network affiliates, and Spanish speaking viewers are winning. They get longer, more deeply reported issues on important local issues than ABC, NBC and CBS stations’ local news offers. Read more...