It's pell-mell into the school year for us here at the Center, and we hope fall has that same shiny-new-shoes feeling for you. Try out some of our new teaching tools for fair use, created by our outgoing grad fellow Claire Darby.They're in Beta, and awaiting your feedback! Scroll down to find more news, including a survey of styles of participatory journalism. Mark your calendars for our Human Rights Film Series (with a chance to meet the filmmakers). And thank you so much for voting for our fave panel proposals for the next SXSW film fest!
See you at the movies!
Future of Public Media
Public Media 2.0 Showcase
Each year, the Center for Social Media supports selected American University graduate students in producing research that pertains to the future of public media. This year, the Center supported two graduate students, Carl Yussi Pick and David Norton, who tackled two very different public media issues: political engagement through mobile channels, and tracking memes, respectively. Katie Donnelly highlights Pick's work in this month's Public Media 2.0 Showcase. She also explores the expansion of KQED News this week on MediaShift. Read more....
FOCAS 2010 Event Reveals Competing Concepts of Civic Engagement
In mid-August, the Aspen Institute hosted its annual Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), exploring the theme of "News Cities: The Next Generation of Healthy Informed Communities." Official topics included the future of local journalism, public media reform, universal broadband, new literacies and public engagement. But over the course of the three-day event a clear additional thread emerged: generational differences about how to conceptualize users' relationship to news. Read more...
Pop and Politics Blog Becomes Converged Radio Project
These days it's not so unusual for a public radio program to boast a companion blog. But few shows begin online and move to broadcast. Hosted by Farai Chideya, Pop and Politics Radio is the exception. CSM Research Director Jessica Clark profiles this forthcoming public media experiment. Read all about it at PBS.org.
An Information Community Case Study in Washington, D.C.
CSM Associate Director Angelica Das collaborated with colleagues at the New America Foundation to develop an Information Community Case Study right here in Washington. Read More...
Open Video Conference: October 1-2, 2010 in New York City
Join CSM and colleagues in New York City for the Open Video Conference, October 1-2, 2010 presented by the Open Video Alliance. Open video is the movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video. OVC is a two-day summit to explore the future of video on the web.
Innovate / Activate September 24-25, 2010 at New York Law School
Join the Center for Social Media at Innovate / Activate, a two-day unconference for IP practitioners and activists to share ideas and experiences to transform the landscape of activism, presented by the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School. Read more...
New Fair Use Video! Chipmunk Speaks!
Our newest Fair Use video by AU Alum Kristian Perry features The Dramatic Chipmunk. Check it out!
Fair Use at UFVA
At the annual University Film and Video Association conference this August, professors from across the country gathered on the well-appointed campus of Champlain College to discuss, among other things, fair use in film education. Read more...
Fair Use Question of the Month:
In this Fair Use Question of the Month, a professor wants to know if the re-mix assignments her students made can be shown outside the classroom. The answer lies in how well they adhered to fair use principles. Read more...
Fair Use Teaching Tools
The Center for Social Media has created a set of teaching tools for professors who are interested in teaching their students about fair use. The tools include powerpoints with lecture notes, guidelines for in-class discussions and exercises, assignments and grading rubrics. We hope you'll find them useful! Read more...
Critical Commons Compares Cinematic Adaptations of Shakespeare
Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, is using Critical Commons for a comparatist project on cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare. Critical Commons employs fair use to facilitate critical cultural scholarship. Rowe's project, titled "Remember Me: Technologies of Memory in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet," incorporates clips from Almereyda's Hamlet, along with Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in order to analyze the ways cultural practices based on older technologies, such as playtexts and writing, persist in and shape newer forms, such as film and video.
Making Your Media Matter
Michael Tucker at 2010 Woodstock Film Festival
Kudos are due to documentarian Michael Tucker who is scheduled to participate in the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival in Hudson Valley, NY (September 29 - October 3, 2010). Learn more about Tucker and partner Petra Epperlein's approach to filmmaking in our Pull Focus report.
MYMM 2010 Conference: Videos, Podcasts and Rap Report
Want more insight into making media with measurable social impact? If you haven't already, make sure to take advantage of online resources from our 2010 Making Your Media Matter Conference.
NCME Seeks Feedback on New Community Engagement Pipeline
The National Center for Media Engagement has redesigned their Community Engagement Pipeline to provide public media content and community-led initiatives to stations so that they can better engage their users. New features include streaming video, ways to connect with program-specific social media outlets, and opportunities to discuss content. Visit the Pipeline (still in beta mode) to give them your feedback...
Help WITNESS Hone Their Video Advocacy Planning Toolkit
Human rights media training powerhouse WITNESS is refining a new toolkit for citizen videographers, and wants your help. Learn more...