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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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MFJS Showcase


  • The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies was selected for this year's Community Engaged Department of the Year Award at DU's Pioneer Awards! 

Student activities

  • Oanh Le, Marteene Diaz, and Stefan Wisnoski (all MA '17) have founded SUM Media House, a full-service video production company based in Denver. Check it out!
  • Mario Fierro (BA '15) is working with international recording artist Todrick Hall, and has posted some of his behind-the-scenes footage. Watch the video.
  • Frazer Lockhart (BA '11) is this year's recipient of AHSS's Service to Alumni award. Read more about Frazer in this quarter's Alumni Spotlight.

FACULTY updates

  • Renee Botta:
    • will present a paper at the International Communication Association's conference in Prague this summer.
    • will assist Project WASH in founding a women-run clinic in Haiti this summer.
    • Is working on a chapter for Lynn Schofield Clark and Erika Polson's book on Media and Class.
  • Lynn Schofield Clark:
    • attended a the Mobile Socialities Symposium in Lund, Sweden, with Carlos Jimenez and Erika Polson.
    • Angel Hinzo and Lynn Schofield Clark at the Colorado State Capitol Buildinghas been collaborating with IRISE postdoc Angel Hinzo, and the two of them have an article being published this summer, two papers accepted for two international conferences, and will be presenting their work to two DU graduate classes this spring.
    • is working on a book on Media and Class for Routledge with Erika Polson.
  • David Coppini
    • has published a new article:
      • Coppini, D., Alvarez, G., Rojas, H. (2018). Entertainment, News, and Inequality. How Colombian media shape perceptions of income inequality and why it matters. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1651-1674.
    • Received the University's Maglione-Sie travel grant to work on a study of media coverage of immigration issues in Italy this summer.
  • Jeremy Dehn:
    • hosted renowned film editor Keith Fraase during his Advanced Editing class on April 24, sharing both editing expertise and career advice with aspiring student editors.
    • his Directing class was visited on February 27 by Julie Keck, Head of Education and Outreach for the crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark, who gave a presentation on using social media to raise funds for films and other creative endeavors. Keck was sponsored by the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program.
    • is working on a feature film project tentatively titled "Beasts Undiscovered".
  • Christof Demont-Heinrich: is working on a book chapter on media imperialism.
  • Carlos Jimenez:
    • received a DAIS award for a study called "Self-documenting the Everyday Life of Day Laborers" which is a collaborative study with Associate Professor Marty Otañez in the University of Colorado Denver's Department of Anthropology. The proposed project examines, through visual and mobile phone research strategies, the livelihoods of day laborers in the Denver Metro Area.
    • attended the Mobile Socialities Symposium in Lund, Sweden, with Erika Polson and Lynn Schofield Clark.
  • Andrew Matranga:
    • is teaching a class on digital graphic design, where the students are producing the best work he's seen in five years
    • his online visual journalism class is audio reporting on local issues
    • hosts a podcast, Sticker Stories, which is doing well
  • Erika Polson:
    • Professors Carlos Jimenez, Erika Polson, and Lynn Schofield Clark in front of a restaurant in Swedenattended a conference in Lund, Sweden, with Carlos Jimenez and Lynn Schofield Clark.
    • is working on a book on Media and Class for Routledge with Lynn Schofield Clark.
  • Derigan Silver
    • has published a new book chapter and is working on an article.
    • his textbook, Mass Media Law, has been accepted for another edition.
  • Margie Thompson
    • is working on her book, which is under contract.
    • is focusing on adultism in one of her courses, looking specifically at the student activists from Parkland, FL.