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University of Denver

Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

The 2019-2020 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecturer: Cindy Carcamo

Cindy CarcamoThe Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media was proud to host Anvil of Freedom Lecturer and Honoree, Cindy Carcamo. Ms. Carcamo is a journalist with the Los Angeles Times covering immigration issues. Previously, she was Arizona bureau chief and a national correspondent for The Times, focusing on border and immigration issues in the Southwest. A Los Angeles native, she has reported in Argentina and Mexico during her time as an Inter American Press Assn. scholar and as a reporter for the Orange County Register. She's also reported from Guatemala and Honduras where her coverage was part of a team Overseas Press Club Award. She is also the recipient of the French-American Foundation's 2012 Immigration Journalism Award and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Journalism and 2011 Livingston Award.

Ms. Carcamo's gave her Anvil of Freedom Lecture as the kickoff event for the first ever Colorado Migrahack on Friday, September 27, at 8:30 a.m. on the University of Denver's campus. More information about the Colorado Migrahack, is available on the Colorado Migrahack website

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

2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media's Anvil of Freedom Award lecture! 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.