A century later, CU officially remembers Lucile

Polly McLean, our associate professor of Media Studies, has spent years digging through historical archives across the country to uncover the story of Lucile Berkeley Buchanan (Ger’18), who was CU’s first black female graduate 100 years ago, but was not allowed to walk at graduation. McLean says, "A desire to understand the university’s reasoning for dismissing her achievement motivated me to dig deeper, and thus began my search for Lucile."

In the Field

Zoe with dogs

Racing to deadline

Flagging down a bush plane in the middle of the Yukon, grad student Zoë Rom (MJour'18) discovers that in journalism, learning on the fly is half the fun.

Cheryl with Lauren

Covering the games

From being lifted up by U.S. bobsledder Lauren Gibbs to visiting the Demilitarized Zone to developing a taste for dumplings, reporters Cheryl Preheim (Comm’95) and Alex Stone (Jour'03) recall their most memorable experiences covering the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Illustration by Josh Cochran for the Coloradan

Life after death on the Internet

Assistant Professor Jed Brubaker wants to make death "a little bit kinder to people." A founding member of the Department of Information Science, Brubaker helped develop Facebook’s Legacy Contact to enable users to determine the postmortem fate of their profiles.

Beyond the Classroom

Erin at her internship

On the record: Advertising student Erin Baptiste interns with local music label

Junior Erin Baptiste has an eclectic group of interests: media, design, history and music. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Baptiste is the type of person who looks both backward and forward. As a dual major in Strategic Communication (in the Media Design track) and History, she informs her ideas for the...

Nick Mundinger

Audio explorations

Update: Nick Mundinger, now a graduating senior, is the 2020 William W. White Outstanding Senior for the Department of Critical Media Practices. Chosen by department faculty, this award recognizes academic merit, professional achievement and service to the college. Meet more students from the Class of 2020 » Nick Mundinger pulls...



A Boulder look

Students envision new flags for the city.


Trending: Spring 2018

Now trending: Reporters are awarded for uncovering a racial bias in pedestrian citations, students participate in a cutting-edge course on an advertising trend that's revolutionizing the industry, and a librarian and graduate student team up to improve Wikipedia articles about female artists.