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Ford Foundation Initiative – Fostering Experimentation for Tomorrow’s Public Media

The Ford Foundation’s Future of Public Media initiative brings together an alliance of leading nonprofits whose work forges the public media structures and projects of tomorrow. The group continues to introduce new, experimental practices that redefine the role of public media in the future. Here are some of the projects that they’re working on this month:
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Listen to the Made in LA discussion podcast

As a part of the 2007 AFL-CIO DC Labor Film Fest and in partnership with ActiveVoice, the Center for Social Media screened the film, Made in LA (2007), which follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.’s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. Directed by Almudena Carracedo. Read more...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Guidelines bring common sense to online video content protection

The Center has endorsed a sensible and much-needed set of guidelines from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for managing the use of copyrighted material in online video. Online video has become territory for First Amendment brawls, as content companies have demanded "takedowns" of videos that use some copyrighted material--even when it might be perfectly legal to do so under Fair Use. Read more...

ProPublica – A Breath of Fresh Air?

As news publishers across the nation struggle to meet budgetary demands, cutting investigative journalism programs from their repertoire along the way, the launch of ProPublica, announced earlier this month, is being met with great anticipation. Read more...

Storymapping, Mapumentary and More

2007 may well be heralded as the "year that put maps on the map." Free tools for mapping and visualizing have exploded online, and a wide range of amateurs, nonprofits and media outlets are harnessing these new technologies to make public media.Read more...