The Center for Social Media is expanding in exciting ways, thanks to support from American University. School of Communication professor Matthew Nisbet, a leading scholar on the role of communication in shaping policy debates, is joining the Center as co-director. (Take a look at his thoughts on how to frame climate change information in ways people care about, on NPR and the RWJF Public Health blog.) This lets us partner with many of our colleagues at American University who are doing fascinating research on media and social issues ranging from
climate change to political polarization to bioethics. We’ll be showcasing the results of this research at the Center, both in traditional and in innovative ways, employing social media, interactive video and games. This innovative research will enrich our work on social-issue media, which we annually showcase at the Media That Matters conference.
Helping People Make Media That Matters
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. More...