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Making Your Media Matter 2008 Podcast and Discussion Forum

Audio podcasts and power points from the 2008 Making Your Media Matter conference are now available! Please click on the mp3 or ppt files next to each part of the conference below to hear the full audio recording or download the power point. Audio files can also be downloaded by PC (right click, save as) and Mac (option + click).

In addition, we welcome your comments and thoughts about the conference in our discussion forum at the bottom of this page.

You can also read the Rapporteur's Report here.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Welcoming Remarks:

Pat Aufderheide, Director, Center for Social Media

Larry Kirkman, Dean, School of Communication, American University

Orlando Bagwell, Ford Foundation



Panel 1: Games for Social Change: How games and video are playing well together:

How are online games mobilizing audiences around social issues? This panel will explore how video games can double as tools for conflict resolution, and maybe even save the environment!

Moderator: Suzanne Seggerman , Games 4 Change


Friday, February 8, 2008

Opening Remarks:

George Stoney, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University



Panel 2: Plight Entertainment:

Sometimes the most uncomfortable stories are the most important ones to tell. What's the process for pitching and telling stories that don't have Hollywood endings? Then what?

Moderator: Leena Jayaswal, American University, School of Communications




Byron Hurt & Sonya Childress, Beyond Beats and Rhymes & Firelight Media

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a film that deftly explores issues of manhood, misogyny, violence and creativity in hip-hop. Join filmmaker Byron Hurt and community outreach campaign strategist Sonya Childress as they continue to inspire and engage!


Panel 3: Crossing Cultural Boundaries:

How are filmmakers and organizations using media to promote intercultural understanding? Amazing stories of media projects as agents of change in areas traditionally wrought with conflict.

Moderator: Frederick Thomas, MHz Networks


Panel 4: Short Shorts and Hot Platforms: Emerging Formats and Distribution Strategies:

What used to be just virtual space has become a powerful tool for making media that matters. What is the latest thinking on the best approaches to audience engagement?

Moderator: Daniel Hartman, See3 Communications, dogooder.tv


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