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University of Denver

Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Estlow Center announces 2018 Anvil of Freedom speaker

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.

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."

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.

The Estlow Center has tentatively scheduled the lecture to take place Friday, April 27, and also will ask Kindy to speak with students as part of a special event that afternoon. The center also is coordinating with the Denver Press Club, which will play host to Washington Post editor Marty Baron for its annual Damon Runyon Awards dinner.

25 Years of the Estlow Center

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media! 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.