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Student Updates

  • T. Michael Boddie (2nd year MA in Media & Public Communication graduate student) led more than 170 DU students, many of whom are MFJS majors, to provide research for Colorado Public Radio’s 2020 voter’s guide.

Alumni Updates

  • Jim Gray (BA ’03) will be the show runner for a new TV series based on the film MIMIC
  • Mario Fierro (BA ’15) is now a videographer for Cardi B

Faculty Updates

  • Professor Joe Brown had two short documentaries selected for screening at film festivals: 
    • his short documentary film, "The BeeVangelist" was selected for screening at the 10th Annual Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City, Los Angeles, and virtually.
    • his short documentary film, "City Swim," was selected for screening at the 2020 Better Cities Film Festival in Detroit, Michigan and online. 
  • Professor Lynn Schofield Clark is President of the Association of Internet Researchers, a 21-year-old professional research organization that is the largest gathering of internet researchers in the world. The association held its first virtual annual conference in late October 2020, with more than 600 registrants who attended events held across three time zones. The organization held its first regional conference hosted in South America in September with events simultaneously translated into Portuguese and English, which was another first for the international organization.
    • Clark and Professor Carlos Jimenez created a 3-minute video about the research they conducted with young people of Denver during the summer of 2020. The research and video are titled, Creating Productive Disruptions, and it was screened as part of the international Association of Internet Researchers conference.
  • Professor Kareem El Damanhoury published a recent study titled: “Entertainment-Education Versus Extremism: Examining Parasocial Interaction among Arab Viewers of Anti-ISIS TV Drama."
  • Professor Lauren J. DeCarvalho:
    • Published the following article: DeCarvalho, Lauren J. 2020. “Visible Only Behind Bars: How Indigenous Australian Women Reframe and Reclaim their Experiences on Wentworth.” Women’s Studies in Communication, DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2020.1781314.
    • Become Faculty Director for DU's Social Justice Living and Learning Community (SJLLC). This quarter she partnered with The Gathering Place and lined up two additional speakers. One (Nadia Martínez-Carrillo, PhD from Roanoke College) will discuss her work on the media coverage of femicide in Mexico and the other (Kweighbaye Kotee) will discuss her experiences as an immigrant who came to the U.S. as a war refugee and who has since founded the Bushwick Film Festival to make film festivals more inclusive and diverse.
    • Co-authored paper that she will be presenting at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association this upcoming November. The title of that paper is called “Hoping for a Hail Mary: A Critical Feminist Analysis of the NFL’s Post-Rice Tactics.” Additionally, that paper was already been accepted for publication in Journal of Sports Media and will be published officially in 2021 (due to a backlog in printing at the journal).
  • Professor Erika Polson was involved in various international collaborative research projects during the summer, co-editing (and also contributing an article for) a Special Issue on "Digital Placemaking" for the journal, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, which will be published in Spring 2021. She also contributed book chapters to two edited volumes, the Routledge Handbook of Mobile Socialities, and the Routledge Handbook of Media Geographies, both coming out in 2021.


  • The MA in Media & Public Communication program (MEPC) is welcoming its largest class this year since the redesign and relaunch of the program in 2015. 
  • Project DU F.I.L.M. has a new website! Visitors can watch both completed films, our behind the scenes films and listen to our podcast there.
  • Hunting Season, the third screenplay for Project DU F.I.L.M. has been accepted to the following festivals this academic year: 
    • Hollyshorts Film Festival – September, 2020 
    • Deep in the Heart Film Festival – August, 2020