DU Media Launches New Website: Student Work Repository
In the spring of 2020, DU’s Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies launched DU Media, a multimedia outlet designed to showcase students’ work to a broader audience. This winter, thanks to current faculty lead Christof Demont-Heinrich, Ph.D., DU Media has launched its own website: DU-Media.com. The website centralizes more than 100 top videos and articles produced by DU Media, Film and Journalism Studies students across the last two years.
Previously, DU Media content was available exclusively via several social media platforms -- Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. DU Media content will continue to be available via these platforms and/or promoted via these platforms. But with the launch of DU-Media.com there is now a central portal for all of the content.
“With the site now up, all of the DU MFJS student-produced content that was dispersed across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube can all be found in an easy-to-track-down and centrally accessible place,” noted Demont-Heinrich.
DU Media was created in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by Kareem El Damanhoury, Ph.D., to make student work more visible to potential employers. He described it as “a collaborative project that brings Media, Film and Journalism Studies faculty and students together to publicize students’ work and help them with experiential learning.”
“Students produce fascinating projects in their classes and beyond, and they often end up on a hard drive. One of DU Media’s goals is to have students get credit for projects they work on by adding those to their resumes and portfolios before they go on the job market,” he said.
DU Media stands out from other media outlets on campus because of its focus on faculty-student mentorship. According to El Damanhoury, “DU Media is faculty managed and student led, which means that the outlet has a very intricate relationship with the curriculum. Faculty engagement offers students a laboratory experience while featuring top projects in media, film and journalism classes.”
One of the benefits of collaborating with DU Media is access to award opportunities from a range of media organizations. Over the past two years, DU Media has submitted dozens of student created videos to a multiple competitions, including the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA), the regional Emmys, the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) and the Telly Awards, and several students have taken home top awards. All award winning content can be found on the DU Media website on the “Award Winning Content” page: https://storylab.du.edu/dumedia/category/award-winning-content/
Demont-Heinrich hopes that the new website continues to inspire even more students to publicize their work with DU Media.
“The website stands as truly wonderful repository of some of the best DU MFJS student created content over the past two years,” he said. “It is a great resource for current students to view content created by their fellow MFJS majors as well as a great place for them to showcase their own content in an online place that will remain active for a long time to come. In addition, DU Media and DU-Media.Com are great places and spaces and vehicles for prospective DU students to view the content creation opportunities they will have if they, themselves, choose to attend the University of Denver and become a major within the MFJS Department.”
Interested students can have their work published by DU Media in a number of ways. They can indicate their interest in DU Media to their DU MFJS professor. They can also contact Demont-Heinrich directly at email@example.com. There is also a DU Media Content submission form that students download, fill out and submit to Demont-Heinrich. The form is available for download here: https://storylab.du.edu/dumedia/du-media-content-submission-form/
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