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Center for Social Media

Center for Social Media Director Pat Aufderheide addresses the 2009 Making Your Media Matter conference

Making Your Media Matter

Center for Social Media Director Pat Aufderheide addresses attendees at the 2009 Making Your Media Matter conference

Helping people make media that matters

The Center for Social Media showcases ways to use media as creative tools for public knowledge and action. It focuses on social documentary films and on the public media environment that supports civil society and democracy. In addition to hosting film festivals, conferences and working groups, it maintains a Web site that serves as a clearinghouse of resources for filmmakers, activists and scholars.


"We investigate, showcase and set standards for socially engaged media-making. We organize conferences and convenings, publish research, create codes of best practices, and incubate media strategies."