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AU's Center for Social Media Hosts 2008 Beyond Broadcast – Mapping Public Media Conferen


Washington, D.C. -- April 14, 2008


Core News Facts


  • American University’s Center for Social Media will host the 2008 Beyond Broadcast Conference on June 17 in the Ward Auditorium on the University’s main campus.
  • The theme of the conference is Mapping Public Media, which will explore how media makers are using participatory mapping and graphing tools to tell stories, unite communities and mobilize publics around issues.
  • Roundtable discussions and demos will also show how such visualizations can reveal the emerging landscape of interactive media for public knowledge and action.
  • Previously hosted by Harvard and MIT, Beyond Broadcast has become a can't-miss event for innovative media makers, scholars and policy experts seeking to understand the evolution of public media.


Who Will Be There:


  • Keynote speaker Larry Irving, of the Irving Information Group
  • Cutting-edge creators of participatory public media from organizations like the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Center for Locative Media, the National Minority Consortia, New America Media, and PRX
  • Public media leaders like NPR CEO Dennis Haarsager, and CPB Board Member Ernest J. Wilson III, plus participants from PBS, NPR, ITVS, P.O.V., American Public Media, WGBH and more
  • Media scholars like Henry Jenkins from M.I.T., Jan Schaffer from J-Lab, and the Center for Social Media's own Pat Aufderheide
  • Policymakers and advocates concerned with universal internet access, supporting public media, and fair use issues.



What: 2008 Beyond Broadcast – Mapping Public Media conference
When: June 17, 2008, 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Ward Room 1, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC

Registration Fees:
Early-bird registration-by April 30: $100
Regular registration: $125
Students: $50
Limited scholarships are available-contact Jessica Clark for details: jessica@buildtheecho.net.




  • Pat Aufderheide, director, Center for Social Media:
    Maps are becoming key tools for public knowledge and action. We are only seeing the beginning with sites such as EveryBlock.com and Google Earth, of how these maps can be used to bring people, places and social issues together. This conference brings the discussion of online participatory media to the heart of our democratic society.
  • Jessica Clark, director, Future of Public Media Project:
    More and more, online maps are serving as platforms for telling stories, interfaces for presenting audio and video, and tools for uniting communities. Beyond Broadcast will demonstrate how public media makers are using mapping tools—and through media maps we’ll will also show how public media is transforming. We thank the Ford Foundation for supporting this exploration of public media futures.
  • Barbara Abrash, Center for Social Media Research Fellow:
    Digital technologies are creating a dynamic new terrain of public media. Beyond Broadcast is a unique showcase of mapping and visualization tools that bring the patterns and players of this emerging world into focus and provides a valuable opportunity to explore the potential of these technologies to serve media for public knowledge and action.

Please contact 1 (bowman@american.edu), Center for Social Media, to arrange an interview and/or for additional quotes.


About The Center for Social Media

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes strategies to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action. Led by media scholar Pat Aufderheide, It focuses on social documentaries for civil society and democracy, and on the public media environment that supports them. The Center is part of the School of Communication at American University. For more information about The Center for Social Media, please visit our website at www.centerforsocialmedia.org.



About Beyond Broadcast

Since 2006, the Beyond Broadcast conference has served as a lively forum for scholars, media-makers, policy experts and programmers interested in the intersection of media and democracy. The 2006 conference, Reinventing Public Media in a Participatory Culture, took place on the Harvard campus; the 2007 conference, From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy, took place at MIT. This years conference is planned by AU’s Center for Social Media, in collaboration with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and History, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and The National Minority Consortia. For more information about Beyond Broadcast, please visit our website at www.beyondbroadcast.net.


About American University

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and nearly 150 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world. For more information about American University, please visit our website at www.american.edu



Media Contact Info

Maggie Barrett American University Media Relations: Phone: 202-885-5951 Email: barrett@american.edu

For Registration questions:
Please contact the Center for Social Media at 202-885-3107 or socialmedia@american.edu.


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