Lori BergenWhen I met alumnus Carl Cannon (Jour’75) for lunch in Washington, D.C., last fall, he was still nostalgic for the J-school. I shared my vision for the college and we talked about current faculty research and student projects.

Since that lunch, Carl has joined us in Boulder to talk to students about a career in political journalism, offered to mentor students in D.C. for internships and joined us at several events. Carl is a great storyteller and shares his thoughts on his time on campus in the mid-’70s, why he became a journalist and reconnecting with CU. “As I think about it now, of course I realize the School of Journalism needed to be rethought,” he writes.

Yes, the J-school is gone, but we are actively engaged in educating the next generation of journalists, communicators and media makers, and creating new knowledge. Having the Department of Communication and the new departments of Information Science and Critical Media Practices join journalism, advertising and media studies has formed a college that is committed and better equipped to evolve as times change.

From Colleen Campbell (Comm'18), who was the volunteer speaker coordinator for TEDxCU last year, to Leysia Palen, who is tackling the nature of human cooperation and coordination in the field of crisis informatics, our students and faculty are passionate about what they take on.

And this is a characteristic I often find among our alumni. I recently met Gerardo Ortiz (Advert’10) on a visit to the ad agency 72andSunny in Los Angeles. I was struck by how committed he is, not only to his creative work, but in supporting the next generation of creators.

I hope you enjoy these stories and the rest of this issue of CMCI Now, and I’d ask you to let us hear from you as well. Send us your updates, follow us on social media, attend one of our events and let us know when you plan to be in the area.

All the best,
Lori Bergen
Founding Dean
College of Media, Communication and Information

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