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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Alexander Heffner speaks at the 2018-2019 Anvil of Freedom Award Lecture


Center Director & Fellows

Center Director

Lynn Schofield ClarkLynn Schofield Clark is a professor and director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. Her research focuses on how the everyday uses of media shape the ways that people experience their social identities in the context of widening income inequality in the U.S. She is the author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2012, which Choice selected as an Outstanding Academic Title) and From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003/2005, recipient of the Best Scholarly Book award from the National Communication Association's ethnography division) and is a co-author of Media, Home, and Family (Routledge, 2004), editor of Religion, Media and the Marketplace (Rutgers, 2007) and co-editor of Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media (Columbia University Press, 2002). Her new book, Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism with coauthor Regina Marchi, is due out from Cambridge University Press.

Clark has served as the director of the Center since 2006. The directorship is a half-time appointment for a full-time faculty member at the University of Denver.

Estlow Fellow

Margie ThompsonMargie Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communications & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She also has worked for 18 years as a multicultural journalist and photographer in Central America and worldwide with women's independent media, most recently with Escribana, a women's news agency based in Costa Rica. Her research and creative interests include racial and gender justice issues, multicultural and global implications of new media, social and political activist movements among feminists/women and youth, alternative media, immigration, and human rights. She has published several book chapters and also articles about communication and international journals, including the Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Quarterly, Gender & Development, Development and Cuadernos de Comunicación, the Journal of UNESCO and the Pontifica Catholic Mother University in the Dominican Republic, and a book chapter in Honduras: Refounding & Weaving an Emancipatory Social Fabric in Resistance. She has also published numerous journalistic productions, as well as photographic exhibitions, galleries and multimedia productions. She is currently writing a book on multicultural journalism.

Dr. Thompson has served as the Estlow fellow since 2014. 

About the Estlow Fellow Program

The Estlow Fellow program seeks to build upon the Center's strengths by supporting a member of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies during a one-year fellowship that provides a course release for the pursuit of a research or creative work endeavor. Faculty members can apply for and receive the fellowship every other year. Fellow are expected to contribute a 300-word report on what was completed during the time of the fellowship for archiving on the Center's website. The fellow also might be asked to give a brief talk about the project at an event.

Details Regarding Administration of the Estlow Fellow

The Estlow fellow will be selected in the winter term each year for the following academic year. Selection will be made by a committee of three faculty members inclusive of the Center's Director and the previous year's Estlow fellow. Selection is according to three criteria:

1. The strength of the proposed research or creative work endeavor (no more than 750 words or one page to be submitted as a narrative by January 5 of each year).

2. The potential for the Fellowship to enable the Fellow to advance to the next stage of his/her academic career (e.g., completion of a book or creative project to enhance the candidate's consideration for promotion to associate/tenure or promotion to full).

3. The synergy between the project's goals and the Center's commitments so that the project can be highlighted through the Center's annual event of the year, through the Center's website and in relation to the Center's efforts to seek external funding.