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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Estlow Center announces 2018 Anvil of Freedom speaker, Real News Day

Kimberly KindyThe Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver has selected its speaker for the 25th anniversary of the Estlow Lecture and Anvil of Freedom Award.

Kimberly Kindy, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, accepted the Estlow Center's invitation Friday, Nov. 17.

Each year, the Center works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award. The Estlow Center invites the honoree to serve as a keynote lecturer at a university-wide event, which recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and democracy, and also to speak with classes and student groups during his or her visit to campus.

Kindy's name initially came to the attention of the Estlow Center as a news leader in the Post's 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on police shootings. The award in the "National Reporting" category — which the Post has won three times in the past three years — recognized the newspaper for "its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be."

In a letter inviting Kindy to deliver this year's Estlow lecture, Center director Lynn Schofield Clark cited the reporter's "outstanding commitment to coverage of issues related to race, gender, and civil rights. Through your work in reporting on sexual harassment in Congress, your ongoing coverage of hurricane relief efforts, and your coverage of the rise of white nationalism and the abiding interest in Confederate monuments, in addition to your renowned work on reporting data related to police shootings, your work has provided invaluable insights to politicians, policymakers, and to the general public."

Recently, Kindy has covered for the Post former congressional staffers who are calling for policy changes and for sexual-harassment training in the U.S. Capitol. She has also reported on the ongoing climate-related crises in Florida and Houston, holding the Federal Emergency Management Agency accountable for keeping its promises to flood and hurricane victims, as well as the scrutiny of Confederate monuments and the rise of white-nationalist movements.

"You have been and continue to be an important role model for our journalism students and aspiring journalists," Clark wrote to Kindy in the invitation.

Kindy's lecture will take place at the University of Denver on Friday, April 27, which is being recognized this year as Real News Day in partnership with the University and the Denver Press Club. Real News Day will consist of a series of events related to journalism and media nationally and in Denver, including a panel discussion on the #MeToo phenomenon featuring Kindy and representatives from the University and the Denver Community, and the Denver Press Club's annual Damon Runyon Awards dinner. This year the Denver Press Club will be presenting the prestigious Damon Runyon Award to Washington Post editor Martin Baron.

The Estlow Lecture began in 1993, and the Anvil of Freedom award was first presented in 1997. The award recognizes superior leadership and commitment to ethics, integrity and democratic freedoms, especially the protection of the First Amendment. The event forges interdisciplinary and cross-institutional connections and enables the University of Denver to serve as host for a fulsome exploration of the state of journalism and its evolving relationship to the democratic self-governance so central to U.S. identity.

The selection of this year's Anvil of Freedom speaker was an especially important choice, as 2017-18 represents the 25th anniversary of the lecture series. For more than a dozen years, the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies has been home to the Estlow Center, whose mission is to contribute to the public good by improving the understanding of how people make meaning out of journalism, digital media and popular entertainment.

The Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media seeks to explore the ways in which the traditional roles of journalism — information-sharing, knowledge-gathering, serving as a watchdog on power, providing the means for democratic participation in collective life and promoting public good — are finding new forms of expression and experimentation in the online digital environment. It does this by hosting events and seeking external funding for the sponsorship of research projects, both of which provide the means to bring researchers, professionals and students together for learning opportunities. It had its beginnings in the early 1980s, when DU alumnus Edward W. Estlow, a journalist for the Rocky Mountain News who eventually became president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Co., first joined the DU Board of Trustees. An endowment at the University was established upon his retirement in 1986. Thanks to this fund, the University was able to welcome its first Edward W. Estlow lecturer during the 1992-93 academic year. In 1997, the Anvil of Freedom Award was established to recognize the Estlow lecturer's leadership and commitment to the First Amendment, and the two events were combined.

"Your professional commitment to crafting compelling interventions that contribute to the public's understanding and to holding those in power accountable have made you an ideal recipient of this honor," Clark wrote to Kindy in her invitation letter.

Click here for more information about Real News Day and the 25th Annual Anvil of Freedom Award Lecture: Real News Day 2018.

25 Years of the Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Award Lecture

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media's Anvil of Freedom Award lecture! Stay tuned for exciting updates about upcoming events to mark the date.Edward Estlow and his daughters

For more than 13 years, the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies has been fortunate to house the Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media. The Center's mission is to contribute to the public good by improving our understanding of how people make meaning out of journalism, digital media and popular entertainment.

The Estlow Center seeks to explore the ways in which the traditional roles of journalism — information-sharing, knowledge-gathering, serving as a watchdog on power, providing the means for democratic participation in collective life and promoting public good — are finding new forms of expression and experimentation in the online digital environment. It does this by hosting events and seeking external funding for the sponsorship of research projects, both of which provide the means to bring researchers, professionals and students together for learning opportunities.

Our Vision

To provide leadership in exploring the ways that journalism's traditional role — as a watchdog on power — is finding new forms of expression and experimentation in the digital environment.

Our Mission

To support these emergent watchdog practices of journalism as they are marshaled for the purposes of enhanced civic engagement and efforts toward improved human rights for all. We do this by participating in and providing support for research, teaching, networking, mentoring and recognizing outstanding media professionals engaged in helping us to better understand journalism's new forms.

The media industries are undergoing tremendous changes. With the Internet, youtube, blogs, online gaming, digital television, satellite radio and cell phones, people are actively creating their own news and entertainment experiences like never before. Yet at the same time, the global media conglomerates continue to grow in size, swallowing up newcomers and reducing the opportunities for diverse programming while also shrinking news staffs in the interests of profit. The industries are investing huge resources into developing new models for delivering media products in the emergent digital environment.

Thankfully, many both inside and outside of those industries are striving to understand what these changes mean for our collective lives together and for the future of democratic engagement. We participate in this rethinking with collaborators and affiliates from around the world.