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Media That Matters 2015 Rapporteur's Report

This year’s conference, “Tools of the Trade,” focused on impact and measurement. It also marked a leadership transition at the Center for Media & Social Impact, celebrating Pat Aufderheide's achievements as she moves on to new pursuits and welcoming Caty Borum Chattoo and Brigid Maher as our new Co-Directors. 


Media That Matters 2014 Rapporteur's Report

This year’s conference, “Building the Story Experience,” marked the 10th anniversary of Media That Matters. It highlighted the Center’s important role serving as a resource for social impact media makers while celebrating the community’s ongoing success and innovation.


Media That Matters 2013 Rapporteur's Report

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.


Media That Matters 2012 Rapporteur's Report

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.


Media That Matters 2011 Rapporteur's Report

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.