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Faculty Now: Fall 2021

Updates from our all-star faculty of professors, researchers, producers and innovators for fall 2021.

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We Are the Stories We Tell

CMCI faculty Lisa Flores, Angie Chuang and Harsha Gangadharbatla remark on how stories—those we tell, pay for and reimagine—intersect with our identities and industries.

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Connecting Through Trauma

Samira Rajabi, assistant professor of media studies, spent years battling a brain tumor. Her experience of trauma and finding support through social media inspired research she hopes will help others.

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#BreakTheScript

Ever felt like your doctor’s questions missed the mark? Carey Candrian (Comm’04; MComm’07; PhDComm’11), associate professor of health communication at the CU School of Medicine, shares why healthcare needs to be reimagined one sentence at a time.

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What We’re Reading Now

Our summer reading list is full of new books by CMCI faculty scholars on topics including media and religion, technology and trauma, video activism and citizen-centered journalism.

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CU Boulder Center for Environmental Journalism Welcomes 25th Class of Fellows

The Center for Environmental Journalism is proud to welcome its 25th class of Ted Scripps Fellows, who will spend nine months at CU Boulder and CMCI working on long-term, in-depth journalistic projects and reflecting on critical questions.

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CU Boulder CMCI Scholars Take Top Awards and Present Research at AEJMC 2021

CU Boulder CMCI students and faculty from four departments represented 16 divisions and interest groups during this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.

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Designing Tech with Mortality in Mind

It’s inevitable that at some point we must all “get our affairs in order,” and when we do, there are checklists, policies and professionals to help create everything from wills and trusts to advance directives. But a key element—guidance surrounding technology and end-of-life planning—is missing. Assistant Professor Jed Brubaker will work to close this gap through a five-year research project supported by a prestigious NSF CAREER grant.

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Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret

Film scholar Hunter Vaughan spent years scouring through film archives and directors’ reports, touring studio lots and interviewing execs and local film crews. He discovered an industry culture in which extravagance and waste have been not only allowed but celebrated, even as other industries have been pressured to conserve.

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Rerooted: An Artist’s Journey

While preparing her master’s thesis, Autumn Tyler (MMediaSt’20) traveled 4,395 miles and took over a thousand photographs of Black LGBTQ+ artists for an exhibit called Roots. Self. Gaze. Now earning her PhD in media studies, Tyler writes that the experience taught her that, in order to move forward and grow, sometimes you must return to your roots.

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