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2015 Media Rise Forum: Social Change Agents Arise

On Saturday October 3, 2015, CMSI attended the 2015 Media Rise Forum at Impact HUB DC, which was the final event of the festival. The event began with challenging group exercises, followed by panels of social change agents who shared their passions and purposes. The last portion of the forum consisted of breakout sessions, where attendees and panelists met in different rooms for a more intimate communication setting. 2015 Media Rise FestivalRead more...

USC Annenberg Hosts Virtual Reality and Immersive Journalism Hackathon

Nonny de la Peña talks with participants of the hackathon about virtual reality storytelling“What does it mean to experience a story all around you versus experiencing a story in a box?”

That was the question Nonny de la Peña, immersive journalist and the “godmother of virtual reality” posed to the room full of female journalists, technologists and filmmakers at “Hack the Gender Gap”, a virtual reality hackathon hosted by the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and MediaShift. The event was focused both on emerging virtual reality technology and issues of women working in tech.Read more...

Wikipedia at 15: Room to Grow

Andrew LihAt Wikipedia’s annual conference, Andrew Lih’s keynote pointed to exciting new areas of growth, into multimedia (virtual reality!), enriched news, expanded partnerships, less sock puppetry, and a kinder, friendlier way to welcome newcomers.Read more...

What Documentary & Social Change Funders Want: Inside Scoop from the Investigative Film Festival

The importance of risk, storytelling and truth took center stage at the inaugural Investigative Film Festival: Double Exposure in Washington D.C. on October 1 and 2, 2015. In addition to screenings of acclaimed films, the festival featured a two-day symposium that convened filmmakers, journalists, funders, students and commissioning editors to exchange ideas, resources and best practices.

(From Left): Caty Borum Chattoo, John Cardellino, Lauren Pabst, Richard Logan

A particularly important issue for documentary filmmakers, investigative journalists and non-profit organizations alike is funding from the philanthropic community – major foundations, family foundations and other support organizations. CMSI Co-Director Caty Borum Chattoo led a conversation with panelists representing the Sundance Documentary Film Program, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Foundation as they discussed their funding strategies and insights for potential applicants.


Whistleblower Reunion: Edward Snowden Meets the COINTELPRO Burglars

At 100Reporters’ “Double Exposure” symposium in Washington, D.C., whistleblower Edward Snowden (via proxy servers), who released information on NSA spying, got to meet some of the team that broke into FBI headquarters in 1971 and released information on the infamous COINTELPRO operation. It was hard to tell who was more impressed with whom. Read more...