ABOUT THE PROJECT
WHAT IS THE CIVIC MEDIA FELLOWSHIP?
The Civic Media Fellowship, based at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab with amazing support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, empowers artists, creators, storytellers, organizers, and others working at the intersections of media, technology and culture to further hone their practice through 9.5 months of exploration and collaboration with a dynamic, diverse, and amazing cohort of Fellows.
The Civic Media Fellowship supports participants as they level-up existing skills and develop new ones, build shared capacity for social and community impact, and have a positive impact on the world locally, nationally and globally. These new leaders and the resources we develop collectively to empower them also help to strengthen and expand the field of civic media—the use of today’s technologies to create and harness media that connects with communities, inspires action, builds civic capacity and helps sustain social change efforts—by pushing the boundaries of what it can be.
WHO ARE THE CIVIC MEDIA FELLOWS?
Fellows come from different backgrounds, modes of engagement, strengths and perspectives, but those who have perspectives, voices, and issues which have been historically under-represented are prioritized.
Fellows are artists, organizers, makers, storytellers, and others using media and technology with participatory practices that advance social progress in ways that defy easy categorization. During the fellowship they invest in learning with and from each other, explore new modes of expression, and push their practice into unexpected places. Fellows also join the program at a stage where they are able to reflect on their practice, open to new ways of working, and have the space to engage other people and work, whether planned or serendipitous.
Find out more about the Civic Media Fellowship and the Fellows here.
WHAT IS THE CIVIC MEDIA TOOLKIT?
The Civic Media Toolkit is an evolving resource that captures the Fellow’s insights, experiences, and questions related to their understanding of Civic Media. As it grows, we hope the toolkit will, in turn, help us develop a more robust understanding what civic media is, as understood through the work and experiences of practitioners.