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Contact: Maralee Csellar, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952

WASHINGTON, DC (March 26, 2007) - American University professors Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, experts on fair use of copyrighted material, have received a $600,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to tackle one of the thorniest issues in their professions: how can educators teach students how to analyze mass media without the threat of lawsuits and massive rights clearance costs every time an image or sound bite or video clip is used in class?

Discussion at American University's Center for Social Media; Nov. 9

Who: Akwe Amosu, Open Society Institute, former BBC journalist, blogger

Chuck Lewis, journalist-in-residence, American University; founder, Center for Public Integrity; president, Fund for Independence in Journalism

Mike Litz, director, OneWorld.net

Jan Shaffer, director, University of Maryland J-lab

Moderator Pat Aufderheide, director, American University's Center for Social Media

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Contact: Clark Gregor, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935;

Randall Cole, ITVS Media Relations, 415-356-8383 ext. 254

SILVER SPRING, MD (June 12, 2006)-American University's Center for Social Media released today, at the SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, a new report entitled, The New Deal: How Digital Platforms Change Negotiations between Public Media and Independent Producers. The study, co-produced with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), reveals current business practices around new digital distribution in television.

Many to Many: Public Media and the Blogosphere by Martin Lucas

Released by American University's Center for Social Media

Contact: Clark Gregor, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935, gregor@american.edu

Contact: AU Media Relations, 202-885-5950

WHO: American University Professors:

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, School of International Service, Peacebuilding and Development Institute

Pat Aufderheide, School of Communication, Center for Social Media

Gary Weaver, School of International Service, Intercultural Management Institute

WHAT: Discussion of the Cartoons in Denmark, "Freedom of Expression or Blasphemy?"

Contact: Clark Gregor, 202-885-5935

WHO: Pat Aufderheide, Director, Center for Public Media, American University

Byron Hurt, documentarian (I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America)

Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

Simon Kilmurry, COO, P.O.V.

Gordon Quinn, public television producer (Hoop Dreams)

Sandra Ruch, Executive Director, IDA

Judy Tam, COO, Independent Television Service

Jack Walsch, Co-Executive Director, NAMAC

Contact: Maralee Csellar, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952 or csellar@american.edu

Maralee Csellar, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952
Kathy Thompson, AU WCL Public Relations, 202-274-4279 


WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 3, 2004) - A new report by two American University professors finds that restrictive interpretations of copyright law are distorting the films they do make and changing the kinds of films documentary filmmakers choose to make. 

Contact: Maralee Csellar, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952;

Kathy Thompson AU WCL Media Relations, 202-274-4279

WHO: Jim Gilliam, producer, Robert Greenwald Productions;

Grace Guggenheim, producer, Guggenheim Productions;

Jeff Tuchman, writer/director, Documania Films;

Peter Jaszi, professor, American University Washington College of Law;

Mike Madison, professor, University of Pittsburgh Law School;

Joseph Turow, professor, University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication;