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We regularly provide events, seminars, workshops and lectures for our students, faculty, alumni and the broader DU community. Check the events page to see what's happening.


Announcing "Real News Day"

Kimberly Kindy and Martin Baron headshots

The Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media is proud to announce that, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Center's Anvil of Freedom Award and in conjunction with the Denver Press Club, April 27th will be honored by the Denver Press Club and the University of Denver as Real News Day

Real News Day will consist of a series of events related to journalism and the media nationally and in Denver. The Estlow Center and the Denver Press Club will also play host to two special guests from the Washington Post: reporter Kimberly Kindy will receive the Estlow Center's 25th Anniversary Anvil of Freedom Award and Washington Post editor Martin Baron will receive the Denver Press Club's prestigious Damon Runyon Award

Real News day will open with a breakfast panel on Friday, April 27th, on the #MeToo campaign, featuring Kindy and representatives of the University of Denver and the Denver Community, and hosted by the Estlow Center, in partnership with the University of Denver Departments of Media, Film & Journalism Studies and Communication Studies, the DU Center for American Politics, and the Colorado Women's College. 

Kindy will be presented with the Anvil of Freedom award during a luncheon lecture at the University of Denver. 

Baron will be the featured speaker at the Denver Press Club's Damon Runyon Award dinner later that evening. 

Click here for more information on Real News Day and the associated events, including registration opportunities: Real News Day 2018


Regular Events

Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Award

Each year, the department's Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow Lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award. The honoree is invited to serve as a keynote lecturer at a University-wide event which recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and democracy and also speaks with classes and student groups during his or her visit to campus, thus providing opportunities for deepened learning among students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. 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 Estlow Lecture began in 1993 and the Anvil of Freedom award was first presented in 1997. The award is given to the Estlow Lecturer in recognition of his or her superior leadership and commitment to ethics, integrity, and democratic freedoms, especially the protection of the First Amendment. In some years, it is also given in conjunction with the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture.

Find out more about this year's honoree

Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer

Beginning in 2015, the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture has been given each year in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine that he co-founded, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His series of news stories exposing controversial U.S. reclamation projects in the Riverton, Wyo., area in 1952 won him that nomination.

Prior to the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Denver School of Communication and the Denver College of Business presented the prestigious Morton Margolin Prize recognizing Distinguished Business Reporting in Colorado from 1980 until 2008. A group of Margolin's friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

Find out about this year's honoree. 

InShort DU Film/Video Showcase

Every spring we showcase the final projects of students in our experimental or documentary film sequences. These screenings are free and open to the public and are a great chance to see the creative work of our film studies and production students

2016 InShort DU Film/Video Showcase (and past productions)

Marsico Visiting Scholars Program

Throughout the year, faculty coordinate special lectures and workshops in cooperation with the University's Marsico Visiting Scholars Program. This program allows MFJS faculty to bring to campus guests with specialized background in topics of interest to our students. Watch the Upcoming Departmental Events page for details.