Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media
Democratic Engagement in a Digital Environment
The importance of journalism's role as a watchdog on power has remained consistent, but the practice of journalism is evolving. As media industries find new forms of expression and experimentation in emergent digital environments, the Estlow Center aims to be a leader in studying how journalism can enhance civic engagement and uphold human rights for all.
We do this by participating in and providing support for research, teaching, networking and recognizing media professionals who are working to advance a better understanding of journalism's many forms. Together with collaborators and affiliates from around the world, we strive to understand what these emergent digital environments mean for our collective lives together and for the future of democratic engagement.
What We Do
The Estlow Center hosts lecture events and secures external funding for the sponsorship of research projects, which bring researchers, professionals and students together for learning opportunities. Each year, Estlow works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award.
Lynn Schofield Clark, Estlow Director
Lynn Schofield Clark is a professor and director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver and coauthor of Young People and the Future of News (Cambridge University Press 2017). Her research focuses on how the everyday uses of media shape how people experience their social identities in the context of widening income inequality in the U.S. Clark has served as the director of the Center since 2006.Learn More
Margie Thompson, Estlow Fellow
Margie Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communications & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. Her research and creative interests include racial and gender justice issues, multicultural and global implications of new media, social and political activist movements among feminists/women and youth, alternative media, immigration and human rights. Thompson has served as the Estlow fellow since 2014.Learn More
Estlow Research Teams
Young People and News
Exploring how young people relate to civic life and to the news media.
Journalism and Activism
Researching how digital spaces shape communication power.
Focusing on how the newsroom can better reflect the diverse communities journalism serves.
Journalism and Technology
Developing the Open Book Classroom Model.
"I've had a very highly satisfying life and the secret is to treat people as an equal."
— Edward Estlow, 2013
The History of the Estlow Center
Established in 2000, The Estlow Center has embraced a commitment to democracy through research initiatives, awards programs, and outreach and education programs.
DU alumnus Edward W, Estlow, a journalist for the Rocky Mountain News and later president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Co., first joined the DU Board of Trustees in the 1980s. Thanks to an endowment, DU was pleased to celebrate excellence in journalism by welcoming its first Estlow lecturer in 1992. In 1997, the Anvil of Freedom Award was established to recognize the Estlow lecturer's leadership and commitment to the First Amendment.
- Center on American Politics
- Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning
- Center for Multicultural Excellence
- Center for World Languages and Cultures
- Department of Political Science
- DU Clarion
- DU Media
- DU Piocast
- Emergent Digital Practices
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Korbel School of International Studies
- The Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer
- Office of Internationalization
- Office of Teaching & Learning
- Project DU F.I.L.M.
- City of Denver's Youth Advisory Council (Office of the Independent Monitor)
- Colorado Media Project
- Colorado Public Radio
- The Colorado Sun
- Journalism that Matters
- Open Media Foundation
- Posner Center for International Development
- Rocky Mountain PBS
- South High School
- University of Colorado's Center for Media, Religion and Culture
Colorado Media Project
Colorado Media Project upholds democracy by strengthening and sustaining local journalism. The Project consists of students, journalists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders and community members from a range of backgrounds and geographic locations. What unites us is an investment in the future of news and information in Colorado.
The Cable Center
Located on the University of Denver's campus, the Cable Center provides leadership and expertise in issues related to the telecommunications industries.
The Estlow Center co-hosted the Colorado Migrahack in 2019.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has consistently provided the most accurate and intriguing research available on the uses of new media in the U.S. context. The Estlow Center was a partner host for AoIR in Denver in 2013, and the Center's executive director, Lynn Schofield Clark, serves as the 2019-2021 President of AoIR.
The Association of Internet Researchers
This Association brings together the world's experts in new media research. The association hosts an annual meeting and has a vibrant online presence.
International Communication Association
The International Communication Association aims to advance the scholarly study of human communication by encouraging and facilitating excellence in academic research worldwide. Denver is the host city for the 2021 conference.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
This association is the largest gathering of those teaching courses in journalism at universities and colleges in the United States.
Colorado Press Association
The state's premier association of professional journalists.
Journalism & Women Symposium
This organization supports women in journalism through various professional and networking opportunities.
The Society for Newspaper Design
The Society for Newspaper Design administers the SNDies, awards that recognize outstanding examples of multimedia use within news. The Estlow Center is a past host to the awards judging process.
The Colorado High School Press Association
This organization oversees all high school journalism programs in the state of Colorado.
Journalism That Matters
Journalism That Matters is a nonprofit that convenes conversations to foster collaboration, innovation and action so that a diverse news and information ecosystem can thrive. The Estlow Center was Host to a JTM conference in 2012.
Online News Association
The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists. ONA's mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, academics and students who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.