Caty Chattoo

Center for Media & Social Impact, American University School of Communication
Participates in 1 Session
Caty Borum Chattoo is Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), housed at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., where she also serves in a full-time faculty appointment as Executive in Residence. She is an award-winning producer and strategist who works at the intersection of social-change communication, media effects research, and documentary production. Her documentary book, The Blackfish Effect & Other Stories: Documentaries & Social Change in the Information Age, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. 

Her social-change storytelling, strategy and research work has been featured in USA Today, NPR, Business Week, The Huffington Post, and PBS Media Shift, and her social justice documentaries have aired on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), PBS World, Link TV, and KCET. She has produced two theatrical documentary feature films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and The After Party), a TV documentary and transmedia series funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj), half-hour documentary TV specials, a seven-part documentary TV series (Sierra Club Chronicles), and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to climate change to HIV. As a lead strategist for the Gates-Foundation-funded ViewChange project, she produced a global poverty TV series and architected and directed social-impact campaign partnerships with international humanitarian organizations including Save the Children, Oxfam America, Bread for the World, and more. As a writer on the social impact of storytelling, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Documentary magazine. Internationally and nationally, she is an invited speaker about social influence and media storytelling, including the Skoll World Forum, Tribeca Film Festival, Frank conference for social change communication, Media That Matters, and other convenings. Peer-reviewed research focused on documentary, entertainment storytelling and social change is featuring in leading journals and outlets in communication and the humanities, including Journal of Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication and Society, International Journal of Communication, Oxford Bibliographies in Communication, and more. 
Previously, she was Senior Vice President in the Social Impact practice group at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., where she served on the senior leadership team for a national White House teen drug campaign that won the communication industry’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil (Public Service). In Los Angeles, she was a longtime collaborator with legendary TV producer and philanthropist/activist Norman Lear as a founding director of Declare Yourself, a national youth civic engagement organization; and Special Projects Director & Senior Producer at the USC Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy center that examines the social impact of entertainment on society. She also served as Program Officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program, where she managed HIV-awareness partnership programs, TV specials and PSA campaigns with MTV and BET; Project Director at the Center for Media Education; and Fellow in civic journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Sessions in which Caty Chattoo participates

Tuesday 27 September, 2016

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