Today, there are simply more documentary films in existence than ever before due to the rise in the independent and documentary film industry, widespread use of digital video cameras by the general public, and the rise of documentary-style television. This presents many advantages for teaching and learning, as well as new forms of activism informed by scholarly research. Innovators in the field of documentary are also exploring the ways that filmmakers might begin to incorporate the idea of impact into their film and social media projects.
In the section that follows, we include interviews with award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dawn Porter, as well as many other contributions from people thinking critically about the role of documentary in the landscape of scholarly communication for the public good. in ways that traverses scholarship, activism, art, and journalism.