The day-long conference on January 30, 2006, "Making Your Documentary Matter: Public Engagement Strategies that Work," which drew 200 people to American University, explored innovative ways in which independent documentary filmmakers are working with non-profit organizations, grassroots groups, and public institutions to expand the reach and use of independent films in fostering civic dialogue and social action.Read more...
If you missed the February 7, 2005 workshop "Making Your Documentary Matter: Outreach and Impact Strategies That Work," or if you just need a reminder, read this summary document of the discussion for key points.
On February 12-13 2009, the Center for Social Media (CSM) hosted its 5th annual MAKING YOUR MEDIA MATTER conference. Read this Rapporteur’s Report to learn about the topics discussed and watch videos from the conference. The videos within this report are just part 1 of each panel. If you want to continue on, you can click on the links below the video.
On Feb 7 and 8, 2008, the Center for Social Media brought together a group of filmmakers, non-profit communication leaders, new media developers, foundation executives, and game developers to participate in a broad-ranging discussion about the future of media designed to engage the public and create a social impact.
In 2010, the Center for Social Media (CSM) hosted the 6th annual MAKING YOUR MEDIA MATTER (MYMM) conference in on May 12 after being forced to postpone the date in February due to a now infamous snowstorm. Read the Rapporteur's Report to learn about the topics discussed and see images from the conference. Check back later to see video from the panel discussions.
Compelling stories translate universally across mediums. Storytelling is a powerful element of change-making through media and fundamental to the Center for Social Media’s annual Media That Matters conference at American University. This year’s conference focused on the art and methods for “Storytelling across Platforms” for socially engaged media. It showcased the evolving media world in which publics can engage with creative transmedia projects that incorporate radio, the Web, mobile devices, film and TV.
The conference highlighted several successful projects that work across media platforms, introduced ways to generate revenue, addressed ethical dilemmas in wildlife filmmaking , explored the role of collaboration, and demonstrated innovation in radio storytelling.
This year's Media That Matters conference, "Change for Good," featured conversations about how independent social change filmmakers can execute integrated campaigns that are strategic, action-oriented, and have enduring impact.
On February 15, scores of documentarians, nonprofit community leaders, funders, students, and professors funneled into Katzen Auditorium.They came to discuss the future of socially engaged documentary in the age of information and the utility of impact measurement in the reign of Google Analytics.The Center’s ninth annual Media That Matters Conference, themed Measure for Measure, provided them the perfect setting.