In the last weeks of summer, the Center is working furiously to launch a full schedule of activities for the fall semester--including our Human Rights Film Series with its sterling films and filmmakers. We're also thrilled with the news of the latest DMCA exemptions, which make it easier for doc filmmakers, teachers, and students to access DVDs to make new work. On a personal note, I was touched with the news that I'll be honored in October with a Woman of Vision Award from DC's Women in Film and Video chapter. I'll be joining an amazing group of women. Meanwhile, I may see you at the University Film and Video conference, and I always hope to see you at the movies!
The Center at University Film and Video Association Annual Conference
If you're going to the University Film and Video Association's annual conference, August 10-14, look for the Center's Pat Aufderheide and Claire Darby. We will be hanging out with other School of Communication folks, including our dean Larry Kirkman, at coffee breaks sponsored by the School on Wednesday and Thursday. We will also be on a panel on copyright and fair use. Darby will debut the Center's new teaching toolkit on fair use, which will also be available after that point at centerforsocialmedia.org/fair-use. The tools include a slideshow for a lecture on fair use, assignments for learning how to include and identify fair used material in production projects, a rubric for grading assignments, and exercises for in-class discussions.
CSM Scholarships Available for Public Knowledge's IP3 Awards
At the annual IP3 Awards hosted by DC public interest think tank Public Knowledge, you can meet leaders in public policy advocacy on a range of cutting-edge issues, from net neutrality to cell phones to broadband policy. The IP3 awards will take place October 13, 2010, and CSM is proud to sponsor three tickets to this event for American University students. Just write an email telling us why it would be valuable to you to attend, send to firstname.lastname@example.org, and make the subject line PK.
11th Annual Human Rights Film Series
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In collaboration with our partners at Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, we are happy to announce the line-up for this fall's Human Rights Film Series. All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Filmmakers and advocacy experts will be on hand to participate in discussions after the films.
Screenings take place at American University's Katzen Arts Center from 5:30--8:00pm.
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The Public Media Corps Gathers Steam
Just launched in late June, the Public Media Corps beta test is already gaining notice and generating new insights about how public media can better serve and connect low-income communities. Read more>>
Connecting with Stories: Bagwell on Public Media
"At this moment in public media you can and must go beyond the making of stories," Ford Foundation's Orlando Bagwell told the newly minted Public Media Corps Fellows on June 21. He urged them "to connect people to each other with them, to have the kinds of conversations they need to have." Read more>>
Putting the "So What?" in Social Media
CSM Research Director Jessica Clark reports back from a set of summer presentations about the role of Web 2.0 tools in politics, public media and social change. "Instead of 'Gee whiz!' and 'No way!' I'm hearing a lot more 'For who?' and 'So what?'," she writes. Read more>> New Pew Report Disputes Claim that Web Makes Us Dumber
Are we all doomed to paddle around in "the shallows
" as education and public discourse move online? Not according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which predicts that human intelligence will increase as a result of technology use. Read more>>
How Can Creative Policymaking Support New Forms of Public Media?So far, 2010 has been a banner year for analysts and policymakers concerned with the role of media in democracy. But now, we're in a bit of a holding pattern, waiting on two major reports from the FCC and the FTC. Will the agencies seize the opportunity to help construct a more innovative, participatory media system, or will they hang back? Read more >>
Call to Action from Games for Change
CSM Associate Director Angelica Das reports from the annual G4C Festival, which showcases the latest in games for social impact. Hot topics included games designed to increase users' skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); the rise of transmedia campaigns, and the role of emotion in game design. Read more >>
Public Media 2.0 Showcase
This month in the Public Media 2.0 Showcase, CSM Research Fellow Erin Roberts explores how news-focused public media projects are tracking their impact with a series of interviews with leaders from innovative journalism projects. Each of the profiled projects represents a different model for engaging users-strategic decisions that in turn affect the ways in which project leaders define and measure success. Read more >>
WBUR iPhone and iPod App Now Available
WBUR's app for iPhone and iPod is now available. The app was developed by PRX, one of the Center's partners in the Ford Foundation's Future of Public Media initiative. Read more >>
StoryMarket Project From PRX is Knight News Challenge Winner
Congratulations to PRX, recently selected as one of the 2010 Knight News Challenge winners for its StoryMarket project, which offers a way for local public radio stations, producers, and listeners to find and fund documentaries and stories on important local issues. Read more >>
Fair Use Victories on the DMCA
Another victory for common sense and fair use comes from the Librarian of Congress, acting on recommendations from Copyright Office. The latest ruling on exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act greatly expands access to encrypted, copyrighted works for fair use purposes. Read more >>
Cory Doctorow and the Future of the Internet
Cory Doctorow lit up the room at the New America Foundation June 28. Talking to a packed roomful of passionate policy-wonk devotees, he argued that big entertainment media companies are trying to torque the future of the Internet in order to make it safe for them to use an outmoded business model. Read more >>
Fair Use Question of the Month: Right to Privacy vs. Fair Use
In this month's Fair Use Question of the Month, a video-maker wonders whether a celebrity's right to privacy trumps her right to claim fair use. The answer: not if you're correctly using fair use. Read more >>
Feminist Frequency on Critical Commons
This month on Critical Commons, feminist cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian adds a fair use supplement to her website Feminist Frequency highlighting a collection of clips analyzing the gender politics in evidence on commercial television ranging from Roseanne to Gossip Girl. Read more >>
Making Your Media Matter
Silverdocs Conference--Launches and Pitches
The Silverdocs International Documentary Conference again brought together producers, funders and brokers of all kinds to track hot issues and changing trends. The event featured challenges facing people who aspire to make media that matters. Read more >>
Social-Issue Films at Silverdocs--Well Crafted, Well Targeted
Can the well-crafted social-issue film survive in an increasingly polarized production environment, tending toward the scrappy YouTube video on one end and the IMAX special on the other? Read more >>
Distribution Dialogues at Silverdocs
CSM Associate Director Angelica Das sat in on two film distribution panels at the 2010 Silverdocs International Documentary Conference and came away with some valuable advice on strategy for filmmakers: develop a festival roadmap, know your audience, and think like a small business. Read more >>
Making Your Media Matter Conference Videos, Podcasts and Rapporteur Report Available Online!
The 2010 Making Your Media Matter Rapporteur Report--recapping everything from the conference--is up on our site, along with videos and podcasts of all of the day's presenters. We hope you take advantage of the wisdom and experience that our panelists and attendees brought to the day! Read more >>
Documentary Ethics at the American Library Association
During the American Library Association annual conference this June, Center director Pat Aufderheide spoke with librarians at the Alexander Street Press breakfast. The capacity crowd, mostly avid documentary watchers, heard about the Center's documentary ethics research. Watch the speech here.
Happy Anniversary, Media That Matters
To celebrate 10 years of showcasing short, social-issue videos, the Media that Matters film festival (part of media arts center Arts Engine) hosted a day-long conference on ...what else? Media that matters. CSM Director Pat Aufderheide chaired a panel on impactful social documentary. Read more >>
Two Center Proposals Selected for SXSW Voting
The prestigious 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival selects its panels in part by popularity, so come August 9 we'll be trolling for your votes for two panels that were preselected: "Transmedia Translations: From One Screen to Another" and "Fair Use Face-Off: Blogging Meets MSM." Look for our email blast and Twitter/Facebook reminders!