About the Center for Media and Public Affairs

The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. CMPA’s goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media coverage and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies.

Since its formation in 1985, CMPA has emerged as a unique institution that bridges the gap between academic research and the broader domains of media and public policy. Our scientific approach sets us apart from self appointed media “watchdog” groups, while our timeliness and outreach distinguishes us from traditional academic researchers.

Among our many activities, CMPA campaign news studies have played a major role in the ongoing debate over improving the election process. Our continuing analysis of political humor provides a lighter look at major news makers. CMPA is also one of the few groups to study the role the media plays in communicating information about health risks and scientific issues.

CMPA operates as a tax-exempt nonprofit group under a 501(c)(3) designation of the Internal Revenue Code. Since 2004 CMPA has been an affiliate of the George Mason University, where CMPA President Dr. Robert Lichter serves as Professor of Communication. Donations to assist CMPA’s activities are tax deductible. For more information on CMPA’s funding, click here.

If you would like to subscribe to CMPA publications, please send your email address to slichter@gmu.edu