Media has proven to be the most compelling channel of communication in the 21st century and has dominated all other mediums in it’s ability to produce profound change in individual knowledge, behavior, politics, and society. With dozens of productions already completed, USC’s Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) is honored to participate in creating social change.

MISC aims to be a leader in advancing thought, discussion, and experimentation of how various forms of media can be utilized most effectively to influence maximum social impact. In addition to content creation, MISC provides industry education for Hollywood, original research, events, and offers USC students a film minor in media for social change.

MISC is a non-profit, Emmy Award winning organization focused on promoting the use of media for positive social change through content creation, scholarships, education and research to present and future media content creators.


  • EDUCATE emerging and established filmmakers and media professionals who are interested in shaping stories that address world problems.

  • SUPPORT media makers in integrating awareness messaging into their storytelling.

  • CREATE cinematic content that allows audiences to experience social issues in an entertaining way.

  • MEASURE SOCIAL IMPACT of pro-social issue media on popular culture in order to influence the expansion of such content

  • PARTNER with organizations and individuals who share our objectives to explore social issues and use the power of media influence to address social challenges

  • DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES for finding and building audiences for pro-social issue media content across all media platforms

  • MAXIMIZE THE PRESENCE OF PRO-SOCIAL ISSUE MEDIA in existing and future content by becoming a center of excellence that links issue experts to professional content creators.