- Register for Media That Matters
- Doc U: An Evening with Julia Bacha
- Dec. 8 at New America Foundation
- From Selma to Soweto
Future of Public Media
- Public Media 2.0 MediaShift Series
- Lessons from Public Media Camp
- Research on Public Media and News
- IMA May Help Public Media 2.0 Transition
- Momentum Builds for Policy Reform
Fair Use and Copyright
- Fair Use and European Exceptions at IDFA 2010
- Euro Filmmakers and Fair Use
- Research Librarians and Fair Use
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
- Fair Use Question of the Month
- Critical Commons Fair Use Example
- Footage into Film and "Slow Cinema" at IDFA 2010
- Pull Focus Series Interviews
- Media That Matters Registration
SM Fellow Launches Rutgers Institute
- AU Students Win CINE Awards
- NAPT AIROS Podcasts
- Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney
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|December 2010/January 2011
CORRECTION: Sorry! We listed the incorrect location for our upcoming Doc U event. Please find the correction below. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
From the Director:
As you head into the holidays, we hope that you take a minute to register for our Media That Matters conference, Feb. 10-11. As always, space gets tight at the last minute, and we want to see all our friends there! It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival at Amsterdam) --please check out my film pics and other IDFA news.We’ve also got great new resources on public media in the Public Media Showcase and about filmmaker practices in the Pull Focus series. Also, we’re launching two new fair use works before February: a report in December on the problems faced by research librarians who try to employ fair use, and in January a new code of best practices in fair use--this time for poets.
See you soon!
2011 Media That Matters (MTM) Conference Registration Now Open!
Our 2011 Media That Matters conference (formerly known as Making Your Media Matter) will take place on February 10-11 in conjunction with our friends at Arts Engine, Inc. This year's theme, "Storytelling across Platforms," focuses on today's evolving media world in which publics can engage with creative projects across platforms such as radio, the web and mobile devices, as well as film and TV. Register now...
Doc U: An Evening With Julia Bacha (Correction_
Join us on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:30pm at the West End Cinema
2301 M Street, NW Washington, DC, for conversation and clips with a key member of the creative teams behind the award-winning documentaries Encounter Point, Control Room and her latest, Budrus. More....
Dec. 8 at the New America Foundation: International Broadcasting and Public Media
Center for Social Media Fellow and Rutgers Law professor Ellen Goodman and the Center’s Research Director, Jessica Clark, have been working with Shawn Powers of Georgia State University and Knight Media Policy Fellow Tom Glaisyer of the New America Foundation to organize this December 8 event examining the transformation of global news coverage. We hope to see you in person, or on the live stream. More...
From Selma to Soweto
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day, join CSM for a screening of “From Selma to Soweto,” Story Five of the Have You Heard From Johannesburg series by Clarity Films. Story Five follows the dramatic events and extraordinary individuals that made the United States a key staging ground for the global anti-apartheid movement. This student screening will be Tuesday, January 18 at 5:30 pm in Wechsler Theater on American University’s campus. Details and directions...
Public Media 2.0 MediaShift Series: Public Media Goes Digital
Wondering how public media makers and reporters are adapting to the ever-evolving digital age? Check out the week-long Public Media 2.0 series on the PBS Mediashift site. Beginning November 18, the Center sponsored a set of articles, videos and news reports, curated by the Center's Future of Public Media Project Director Jessica Clark. More...
Lessons on Engagement from Public Media Camp
In late November, the Center hosted the second national Public Media Camp with PBS, NPR and iStrategy Labs. There, Associate Research Director Katie Donnelly and researcher Christopher Ali presented the Center’s latest research about public media news experiments. Read on for attendees’ responses. More...
Center’s Research on Public Media and News
Have you missed some of our recent analyses of public media news experiments? For your reference, we’ve gathered them all in a post on the Public Media 2.0 Showcase. Discover how few PBS stations are offering daily newscasts, how new projects like WHYY’s NewsWorks are working to engage publics, and more.
Revamped IMA May Help Transition to Public Media 2.0
A webinar hosted by the Integrated Media Association (iMA) on November 3 unveiled plans for the organization to act as a connection point for the public media sector. Under new leadership, the organization aims to push the boundaries of innovation on all viable platforms and create a collaborative community—goals that might help public broadcasters to transition to a more participatory, public media 2.0 mode. More...
Momentum Builds for Reforming Public Media Policy
Calls to rethink the policies that undergird public media are on the rise, matched by an increase in the pace of innovation by traditional public broadcasters. Learn more about related events, articles and recent FCC submissions from the Center’s researchers. More...
Fair Use and European Exceptions at IDFA 2010
The European Documentary Network, which has its annual meeting at the International Documentary Festival at Amsterdam, featured a workshop cosponsored by the Federation of European Film Directors (known by its French acronym, FERA) on the implications of the U.S. fair use movement for Europeans. More...
European Filmmakers and Fair Use
David Van Taylor, a leading American documentarian, recently carried the news of the U.S. fair use movement to Europe, at the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival. We share his report with you in this blog entry: “I was invited to speak about Fair Use and its overseas potential at the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival. A small collection of lawyers, scholars, and documakers have been looking into the possibilities for fair use — or the "right to quote" as it's known over there” More...
Research Librarians and Fair Use
The Center has been working with the Association of Research Libraries and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law to investigate the problems that research librarians have in employing fair use. How much material can professors post to their electronic course platforms? How many articles from the same journal can be requested from Inter-Library Loan? When is it OK to screen some or all of a video digitally? Librarians confront these and other questions in the report, which has an expected release of December 15, 2010.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
Working in conjunction with the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute of the Poetry Foundation and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law, the Center will issue another code of best practices in fair use in January 2011. The code was developed by poets across the country, who distilled their interpretation of fair use regarding the use of poetry in classes, in public performances, in epigrams, and more.
Fair Use Question of the Month
In this Fair Use Question of the Month, a woman embarking on a scholarly research project in communication writes in to ask about whether or not screening an episode of a popular television show to a focus group is covered under Fair Use. More...
Critical Common’s Fair Use Example: The Economics of Seinfeld
The academic website Critical Commons showcases the importance of fair use for media studies scholars. This month’s example looks at Linda Ghent, Chair of the Department of Economics at Eastern Illinois University, who for the past three years has been working with her colleagues Alan Grant and George Lesica to use clips from popular culture to illustrate theories of economics on their website, The Economics of Seinfeld. Now, Ghent's team has begun exercising its fair use rights by posting dozens of relevant clips on Critical Commons, making the media more readily accessible to those wanting to teach economics via popular culture and illustrating abstract concepts such as "opportunity cost" and "depreciation of capital" through everyday social situations.
Footage into Film and “Slow Cinema” at IDFA 2010
Be sure to check out Center Director Patricia Aufderheide’s blogs about her experiences at the 2010 International Documentary Festival at Amsterdam:
“Three of the most interesting films I saw at the International Documentary Festival at Amsterdam in mid-November depend upon “found footage”—video found in archives, captured by mobile phones or surveillance cameras—to tell a compelling piece of history.” More...
“A couple of the more provocative films—one by a first-timer and one by a veteran—that I watched at the International Documentary Festival at Amsterdam (IDFA) this year employed the “slow food’ approach to cinema in ways that provoked not boredom but critical reflection.” More...
Pull Focus Series: Visiting Filmmaker Interviews
Our Pull Focus series gives you the inside scoop on the perspectives and approaches of accomplished filmmakers making an impact in the field:
Susan Koch is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker whose most recent film, The Other City (2010), explores a Washington, DC that visitors rarely see; a city ravaged by HIV/AIDS. October 14, Susan joined us at American University to screen and discuss The Other City. Before the screening, we sat down with her for this interview. More...
In its 2010 list of 25 New Faces in Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine tagged Rebecca Richman Cohen as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film." This October we brought Rebecca to campus to screen War Don Don as part of our 2010 Human Rights Film Series. We interviewed her before her screening. More...
Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest share their experiences from the making of the 2009 Silverdocs WITNESS Award winner, Good Fortune. We bring you their approach to filmmaking, their outlook towards documentaries and "a lot of lessons ... learned the hard way.” More...
Lessons in Getting by: Filmmaking Advice from Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet
When Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, makers of The Way We Get By, first met, they were both living in Michigan, working at (different) TV news stations, and hoping to become filmmakers. It was on Gita’s first trip to Aron’s childhood home in Maine, to meet his mother when they fell into their first filmmaking opportunity. Lauren Donia highlights some of the lessons they learned in this blog post. More...
Media That Matters (MTM) Registration now open!
Our 2011 Media That Matters conference (formerly known as Making Your Media Matter) will take place on February 10-11 in conjunction with our friends at Arts Engine, Inc. Register now...
Center for Social Media at Sundance
Look for the Center’s associate director, Angelica Das, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Angelica will be hosting a session at the Outreach Table in the Filmmaker Lodge on Saturday, January 22. Stop by to say hello and check out our latest news and publications. Go to the CSM Blog in January for additional details.
Fellow Launches New Information Policy Institute at Rutgers-Camden
Ellen Goodman, a Center for Social Media fellow and law professor at Rutgers-Camden, is now a co-director of the newly established Rutgers Institute for Information Law and Policy (RIIPL), which takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the production, distribution, consumption and regulation of information. The institute will serve as a forum for discussion and research by leading thinkers in fields such as journalism, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment, as well as DC policymakers.
American University Students Win CINE Award
Among the student winners of the CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Fall 2010 competition are two American University students. Find out who they are. The Spring 2011 Golden Eagle competition will open January 15, 2011.
NAPT (Native American Public Telecommunications) AIROS Podcasts Gain Traction
NAPT recently surpassed half a million (500,000) audio downloads from its AIROS podcasts, produced by students training to work in media. AIROS has expanded its number of series introducing a speech series called Native Word as well as Native Sounds which features interviews with Native musicians ranging from up and coming Hip-Hop artist Chase Manhattan to music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. Because of their popularity AIROS is also distributing to radio stations through PRX and Native Voice One (NV1). Listen now...
Reel Journalism™ with Nick Clooney
Reel Journalism™ features The Pelican Brief and a discussion with Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 pm at the Newseum. “The Pelican Brief” (1993) stars Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington and Sam Shepard and is based on John Grisham’s novel. The film pairs a crusading journalist and a law clerk in a dangerous search for the murderer of two Supreme Court Justices and a college professor who wrote about them. The screening will be followed by questions from the audience.
What's Your Calling?
What's Your Calling? is an engagement campaign affiliated with the upcoming PBS documentary miniseries, "The Calling," which follows the stories of seven Catholic, Evangelical Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Americans who are training for religious leadership. It takes viewers into the unknown world of seminaries, revealing the real people "behind the robes" and telling entertaining and compelling personal stories of how faith is lived today. Through a growing series of interviews, videos, and articles, What's Your Calling? pushes the notion of "calling" to explore all of the stuff that makes us human: our values, our passions, our doubts, and hopes. Profiling individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Center Director Pat Aufderheide, What's Your Calling? shares what people have been called to do with their lives and how they hope to change the world, whether that be through what they do, who they are - or both. More...
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