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The Estlow family, AHSS Dean Danny McIntosh, and MFJS professors Dr. Margie Thompson and Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark with 2017 Anvil of Freedom winner Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media

Archived Lecture Footage

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Award and lecture series, archived footage of past Estlow lectures has been made available to the public for the first time. Enjoy these clips, brought to you by the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver.

2019 Estlow Lecture: Alexander Heffner

Heffner held a discussion for students, faculty, and members of the DU community on "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship." 

2018 Estlow Lecture: Kimberly Kindy

Kindy spoke at the Anvil of Freedom luncheon during Real News Day, a day of programming to celebrate journalism and journalists put on by the University of Denver and the Denver Press Club and recognized in a proclamation marking the event by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. She spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and representatives of the Denver Post about telling the truth in news, and the fight to keep local, fact-based news alive.

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2017 Estlow Lecture: Julianne Malveaux

Malveaux spoke about the economic outcomes we can expect from the current administration and calling upon journalists to speak for the underrepresented and to aspire to honesty in each publication. She tied the discussion back to the theme of the Diversity Summit, encouraging students and other attendees to speak out and to seek out new voices, asserting that we cannot build better communities if we do not work to communicate better with one another.

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2002 Estlow Lecture: Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser, Pulitzer-Prize winning editor for the Des Moines Register, syndicated journalist and Stanley Foundation trustee, received the 2001 Anvil of Freedom Award on October 22, 2001, at the University of Denver. Overholser accepted the award presented by Edward W. Estlow and gave a speech titled "What Good is Journalism?"

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Geneva Overholser, 2002 - What Good is the News

Overholser examines how journalism continues to be a major daily influencer in everyday life and answers the question, "What good is the news?"

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Geneva Overholser, 2002 - Society's View of Journalism

Overholser examines the question, "What good is journalism?" and how its reputation has plummeted as a result of a shift in how the public views the media.

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Geneva Overholser, 2002 - International News Coverage

Overholser discusses how the press has failed to inform the public about international events and how it neglected to report incidences that hinted at a possible terrorist attack on American soil.

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Geneva Overholser, 2002 - Conflicting Roles of Today's News

Overholser discusses the challenges the news faces in trying to fulfill its role as an informer of the public, particularly now that an emphasis is placed on turning profit and pleasing shareholders rather than providing good coverage.

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Geneva Overholser, 2002 - 9/11's Influence on Journalism 

Overholser discusses how journalism was influenced by 9/11

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1998 Estlow Lecture: Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, columnist, correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International, received the 1998–99 Anvil of Freedom award. She presented the Estlow Lecture on October 15, 1998.

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Helen Thomas, 1998 - Truth in Journalism

Thomas discusses how the media used to once value accuracy and accountability and made it its ethical obligation and goal to seek the truth.

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Helen Thomas, 1998 - The First Amendment in Journalism

Thomas discusses the importance of the first amendment in journalism and the presidents' views of the press.

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Helen Thomas, 1998 - Shedding Light on the Political Landscape

Thomas discusses how we are all connected and defined by our nation's actions and how journalism has the power to shed light on issues without notoriously ruining reputations.

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Helen Thomas, 1998 - Importance of Informing the Public

Thomas explains how keeping a constant spotlight on public officials reduces the risk of corruption.

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Helen Thomas, 1998 - Events of the 20th Century

Thomas talks about significant events she covered in her years as a journalist.

1997 Estlow Lecture: David S. Broder

David S. Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, national political writer for the Washington Post, accepted the 1996–97 Anvil of Freedom award and provided the Estlow Lecture on April 2, 1997. He earned a mention in two books chronicling the media's coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and George McGovern, including Timothy Crouse's The Boys on the Bus and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72. Broder's work was also cited in two autobiographies by key figures in the history of The Washington Post: Personal History by Post publisher Katharine Graham in 1997 and A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in 1995. More recently, Broder was included in former Post columnist Dave Kindred's 2010 book on the paper's struggles in the changing media landscape: Morning Miracle: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life. Broder is also mentioned in President Bill Clinton's biography First in His Class by David Maraniss. Upon Broder's death, President Barack Obama called him the "most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation."

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David Broder, 1997 - Political Journalism

Broder warns what would happen should the media coverage of state government continue as is and not improve.

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David Broder, 1997 - Lack of Coverage Regarding Government

Broder examines how journalism has failed to inform the public of the decisions being made by government.

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David Broder, 1997 - Journalism's Role to Inform the Public

Broder discusses how the media influences the minds of voters, new and old alike, in order to advance political agendas.

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David Broder, 1997 - Challenges of the Press

Broder discusses the challenges that the media and press face with regards to their role of informing citizens on current and pressing issues.

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