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In addition to the Media, Film & Journalism Studies website, you can keep current on University of Denver news and events by watching DU Magazine and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences newsletter, expressions.

  • Grace Carson was the recipient of this year's University of Denver Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club.
  • Grace Carson has written a 5-part series for the DU Clarion titled "DU While Native" about her own experiences on campus as a Native student. Read the series.
  • Nina Petrovic, 3rd year Journalism student, has won the Society of Professional Journalism's 2019 Helen Verba Award. 
  • Carolyn Coles (MA '17) will be attending the University of California Irvine this fall as a member of their Criminology, Law & Society doctoral program. 
  • Grace Carson wrote an academic article with a professor in India titled "Access to Legal and Constitutional Rights: Cultural and Religious Norms Versus Education (A study of Varanasi Women)" which will be published this year. 
  • Rod Buxton presented the following exhibits: 
    • Buxton, R., "Photographic Portfolio Review," Colorado Photographic Art Center Month of Photography, McNichols Building, Civic Center Park (March 23, 2019).
    • Buxton, R., "Stanley Arts Festival", Art - Arts Festival, Stanley Marketplace and Cherry Creek Arts, Aurora, Colorado USA (September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018).
    • Buxton, R., "Artists in August in Lowry", Art - Arts Festival, The Lowry Foundation, Denver, Colorado USA (August 26, 2018).
  • Lynn Schofield Clark published the following book chapters: 
    • Clark, L. S., & Golan, O. (2019). From designed to spontaneous: Technologically enhanced learning communities (An introduction). In Yael Kali, Ayelet Baram Tzabari, & Amit Schejter (Eds.), Learning in a Networked Society. New York: Springer.
    • Clark, L. S. (2018). Storytelling the self into citizenship: How social media practices facilitate adolescent and emerging adult political life. In Zizi Papacharissi (Ed.), The Networked Self: Birth, Life, Death. New York: Routledge.
    • Clark, L. S., & Brites, M. J. (2018). The challenge of extending youth rights in families: Differing approaches to cultivating citizenship. (2018th ed.). Nordicom Review. Gothenberg, Sweden.
    • Clark, L. S. (2018). Sketching a research agenda on families and technology in an era of migration. In Jennifer Van Hook, Susan M. McHale, & Valarie King (Eds.), Families and Technology: The 25th Annual Symposium on the Family. New York: Springer.
    • Clark, L. S., & Gillespie, M. (2018). From Scandinavia to the world. Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia.
  • Lynn Schofield Clark published the following encyclopedia entry:
    • Clark, L. S., & Walker, S. (2018). Popular Culture. Encyclopedia of Religion.
  • Lynn Schofield Clark published the following journal articles:
  • Lynn Schofield Clark published the following program manual:
    • Kennedy, H., Dorsey, C., Anyon, Y., & Clark, L. S. (2018). YELL @ Denver program manual. Denver, CO: The Bridge Project, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
  • Nina Petrovic, 3rd year Journalism student and Arts & Life Editor for the DU Clarion has had an article published in Westword about the Turn Over a New Leaf program run by the City of Denver that's working to expunge marijuana convictions. Read the article.
  • Lynn Schofield Clark presented at the Journalism Audiences conference in Amsterdam in January.
  • David Coppini is the recipient of a PROF (Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty) grant.
  • Nadia Kaneva published the following blog articles: 
  • Nadia Kaneva published the following book chapters: 
    • Kaneva, N. S. (2018). Nation branding: Toward an agenda for critical research. In Hong Fan & Yu Hu (Eds.), Nation Image: The Belt and Road Initiative and Nation Branding. (pp. 157-179). Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.
    • Kaneva, N. S. (2018). Neoliberal development and nation branding: Lessons from post-war Kosovo. In James Pamment & Karin Wilkins (Eds.), Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy: The Politics of Foreign Aid. New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nadia Kaneva was a keynote panelist at a conference at Loughborough University in the UK in March titled "Promoting the Nation in Troubled Times." Dr. Kaneva's talk was called "Globalizing Nationalism? Transnational Commercial Media and the Remaking of the National."
  • Erika Polson published the following book chapters: 
    • Polson, E. (2019). Information SuperCalle: Fixed mobility on Havana's WiFi streets. In Rowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin, & Heather Horst (Eds.), Location Technologies in International Contexts. New York, NY / London: Routledge.
    • Polson, E. (2018). 'Doing' Local: Place-based travel apps and the globally networked self. In Zizi Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self: Platforms, Stories, Connections. (vol. 2). Routledge.
  • Sheila Schroeder's screenplay Hunting Season, has been accepted at the following film festivals: 
    • LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival – May, 2019 – Finalist/Table Read
    • Broadcast Education Association – April, 2019 – Award of Excellence (2nd place)
    • Independent Talents International Film Festival – January, 2019 – Semi-Finalist
  • David Coppini participated in a panel with Megan Verlee of CPR News and Seth Masket of DU's Center on American Politics on the topic of "Fake News or Freedom's Defenders? Trust in Political Media,"
  • Christof Demont-Heinrich has had a paper accepted at ICA (the International Communication Association).
  • Carlos Jimenez presented a series of short films about Denver day laborers at "Life and Work Among Day Laborers in Denver: An Evening of Theater, Research, and Digital Storytelling" on Thursday, March 7. The project was a collaboration between Dr. Jimenez, Marty Otañez of CU Denver, Rebecca Galemba of DU, Jim Walsh of CU Denver, the Romero Troup, El Centro Humanitario, and the workers featured.
  • Carlos Jimenez Has a book chapter coming out soon:
    • "Radio Indígena and Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers in Oxnard, California" in Digital Activism and Indigenous Community Media in Latin America. Edited by Cheryl Martens, Cristina Venegas, and Esta Franklin Sharupi Tapuy. Forthcoming.
  • Nadia Kaneva hosted Dr. Katja Valaskivi from the University of Tampere in Finland in November. Dr. Valaskivi gave a lecture to graduate students from the MEPC and IIC programs on the topic of hybrid media events and the global media coverage of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks. 
  • Nadia Kaneva presented a paper titled "Too Beautiful to Work? Post-socialist Reinventions of 'Women's Work' in Popular Media" at the annual conference for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston, MA in December.
  • Nadia Kaneva will be presenting at the Mediation of Nations conference later this spring.
  • Andrew Matranga's podcasting class this fall created 6 new shows around original ideas. His fall editorial design class worked on creating magazine concepts.
  • Sheila Schroeder has started the groundwork for a third film to be produced by Project DU F.I.L.M.
  • Derigan Silver is working on the 21st edition of Mass Media Law.
  • Current students from across campus, including sophomore journalism student Adam Snow, have founded a university startup called PocketChange. PocketChange is currently a Google Chrome extension that you access from your computer It adds a button to Facebook, google news, the New York Times, the Denver Post, etc. that allows you donate to impactful charities whenever you see an article that inspires you to make a difference. Find out more about PocketChange at
  • Adam MohrbacherMichal Varga, and Carley St. Clair, all graduates of our MA program, were featured by! Click their names to read their interviews. 
  • Geoff Renstrom (MS '11) and Marisa Pooley (BA '14), both alumni of our strategic communications program, have been elected to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors for the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Read more
  • Christianne Hedtke (BA '04) is a staff writer on Netflix's "The chilling Adventures of Sabrina," a retelling of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Find out more about the show.
  • Andy Black (MA '00) is a writer/executive story editor for season 3 of Narcos.
  • Paul Keables (BA '07) is a writer for Seasons 1 and 2 of National Geographic's MARS series. 
  • Jim Danger Gray (BA '03) will be an executive producer for the "Game of Thrones" prequel. Read more.  
  • IIC alumna Maureen (Pacheco) Maycheco (MA '13) has launched a podcast through One K Creative (a creative agency out of Boulder, CO) called Good and Social. The podcast consists of a series of conversations with social and environmental innovators from across industries. Find the podcast on YouTube and on Google Play
  • Dr. Derigan Silver is the new Director of DU's Center for Innovation in the Creative and Liberal Arts (CICLA). 
  • Trace Reddell's book, "The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film" is now available from the University of Minnesota Press
  • Dr. David Coppini presented a paper on political tolerance at the annual AEJMC (Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications) conference.
  • Dr. David Coppini will be an affiliate with the Center on American Politics with a research award to study urban-rural polarization in the US. 
  • Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark published an article for the London School of Economics and Political Science's Parenting for a Digital Future section titled, "Banning kids from having smartphones misses the point." Read the article
  • Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark was featured in the University of Denver's Engaging Ideas video series, discussing "How the under-18 generation is redefining news." Watch the video
  • Associate Professor Nadia Kaneva was interviewed by about the MA in Media and Public Communication program. Read the interview

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