Grantee Profile

American University, School of Communication, Center for Media & Social Impact

Grants to American University, School of Communication, Center for Media & Social Impact

  • $400,000

    2017 (Duration 2 years)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) at American University is an innovation lab and research center that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact. This grant supports CMSI to plan and execute its bi-annual conference, Story Movements, which brings together a range of media makers, from documentary film and journalism to issue-based movement communications, community activism, game design, and popular culture. CMSI is also using funds to develop a series of research papers, blog posts, and workshops focused on the role participatory civic media – media created by individuals and small groups to influence culture and policy – plays in social change. This work is designed to build a base of knowledge around the emerging discipline of participatory civic media and its connections to the broader media ecosystem.

  • $75,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —

    The Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) housed at American University is an innovation incubator and research center that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact. This grant supports CMSI’s annual convening, which brings together filmmakers and producers, academics and NGO leaders, and social justice and social change communication and issue professionals to examine platforms and storytelling genres to advance social change. This year’s conference, Story Movements, which builds upon CMSI’s 10-year history in convening thought leaders in documentary film and public media, has been expanded to include the full range of media creators engaged in social change, from documentary film and investigative journalism to games and media-led social movements. It is designed to spark new collaborations and identify new approaches to using storytelling for social change. 

The MacArthur Foundation awarded American University, School of Communication, Center for Media & Social Impact $475,000 between 1978 and 2018.