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Celebrating New Leadership at CMSI

The CMSI Team at MTM 2015, Left to right: Pat Aufderheide, Angelica Das, Caty Borum Chattoo, Brigid MaherThe Center for Media & Social Impact officially welcomes new co-directors Caty Borum Chattoo and Brigid Maher, who have both been actively involved in programming over the last year. You can rely on the same great programs and content you’ve come to love, including the 2015 Human Rights Film Series, the 2016 Media That Matters conference, field reports, and fair use guides, to name a few. You’ll also be hearing in coming months about exciting new projects in social documentary and media, impact assessment, production incubation projects and more.

Chattoo and Maher are both faculty members in the School of Communication at American University (AUSOC) with distinguished backgrounds in film production, social impact media, and social-change communication strategy. Read more...

Dangerous Documentaries and Online Journalism

Nonny de la Peña, fellow at USC School of Cinematic Arts and founder of immersive journalism VR company Emblematic Group, speaks at the 2015 ISOJ on the University of Texas-Austin campus, Apr. 18, 2015. Mengwen Cao/Knight CenterGuest post by Andrew Lih

The insights of CMSI's Dangerous Documentaries project connected with a number of news projects at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas this year, showing the risks visual storytellers are taking in reporting important societal issues and the emerging challenges in the new genre of immersive documentary making. Read more...

Pat Aufderheide to be Honored with Stoney Award

Pat Aufderheide moderating An Afternoon with George Stoney at the National Gallery of ArtThe Center is proud to announce that founder and longtime director, Pat Aufderheide, is the recipient of the 2015 "George C. Stoney Award for Outstanding Documentary Work" from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA). From UFVA: The award is "given annually by the UFVA's Documentary Working Group caucus to an individual (or production team) who demonstrate(s) the values that George Stoney promoted throughout his career--stories that represent the poor, the lesser known, the working class, and as a hallmark, engage social injustice themes." Read more...

Fair Use Question of the Month: Art from Logos

planeDear CMSI,

I am mounting an exhibition that involves art that features reproductions of many corporate logos. Do I have to license all these logos? And do I have to blur them out on the images representing the exhibition on my website? Read more...

Fair Use in the Visual Arts: The News Spreads

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual ArtsSince the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts launched in February, it has begun conversations in libraries, archives, editorial offices, and classrooms. (Need a refresher on that code? Check out this video!) Now, it's picking up fans.

The Society of Architectural Historians has just endorsed the Code and other organizations have also expressed their enthusiasm. Read more...