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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Mara Gonzalez, Sarah Leiser, and Tidi Haileselassie at the 2017 summer graduation picnic.

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Student Showcase

Our students apply classroom learning in a variety of personal, professional and creative projects throughout the year. From student-produced videos to classroom-designed strategic plans to online magazines, our students demonstrate their communication proficiency in many different ways. 

Beyond the classroom, our students shine in their own rights, making significant contributions to the world at large.

Class Projects

From video projects to strategic communication plans, our students regularly contribute to the academic, cultural and professional community through personal and classroom work.

  • DU Clarion Special Issue: The Racial Climate Edition: In Fall Quarter 2017, Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark's Multicultural Journalism class produced a special issue of the DU Clarion  focused on he racial climate at the University. Read the articles published in the special edition here:
  • Strategic Communication Seminar:
  • Intro to Field Production and Editing: Students in Dr. Sheila E. Schroeder's Introduction to Field Production and Editing class write, produce, shoot and edit a short, six shot film based on a six word story they write. All films are completed during the final three weeks of the quarter. View the short films here: 
  • Fact Lab: Launched in 2014, the interdisciplinary Fact Lab course offers a hands-on approach to fact checking in the newsroom. Students hear from faculty across the University as well as editors from the Denver Post and learn to analyze all aspects of political messaging for accuracy and objectivity. Learn more here:
  • MFJS Reporter: Students in Professor Christof Demont-Heinrich's Newswriting & Reporting classes write news articles about current events, ultimately building an online newspaper called the MFJS Reporter. Take a look at the most recent publications here:
  • Online & Visual Journalism: Students in Professor Christof Demont-Heinrich's Online & Visual Journalism Course build an active website as part of the course. The website, produced by journalism students, focuses on all aspects of college life and aims to tell compelling, multimedia stories about college and university life. Read Daily College Life
Student Involvement

Opportunities for involvement across DU are available to Media, Film & Journalism Studies students hoping to hone their journalism, media, and film skills outside of the classroom. Our students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, working with classmates, faculty, and alumni to gain experience and have fun.

  • The Clarion Student Newspaper: The Clarion has been the main source of DU news for the University's campus since 1899. It is staffed entirely by DU students with MFJS's Professor Andrew Matranga as the faculty advisor. Read The Clarion
  • Project DU F.I.L.M.: Initiated in 2015 by Professor Sheila Schroeder, Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) aims to pair existing Film Studies and Production students with professional alumni mentors to produce, shoot, edit and distribute a short fiction film shot on location in Colorado and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the process. Their first film, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, has won awards at the Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Front Range Film Festival in Longmont, CO. Learn more on the Project DU F.I.L.M. webpage and Facebook page and check out the Happy F-ing Valentine's Day website
Student Impact 
  • Media, Film & Journalism Studies students are placed in roughly 100 internships every year, giving them incredible access to mentors, networking opportunities, and real-world experience in the field.

    Find out more about the internship program and current opportunities here