The Sound of Healing

Sean Winters, a lecturer in the Department of Critical Media Practices, is part of a team of developers creating a new virtual reality experience with a unique purpose: helping patients undergoing medical treatment.

Audra Barber presents during TedxCU in April 2022. (Photo by Kimberly Coffin)

#TunedIn: Spring 2022

Explore CMCI research and creative work with #TunedIn, curated for your reading and viewing pleasure. Dive in!

Mark Harris for Propublica

Al Nakkula Award: Injustice in Juvenile Courts

An investigative reporting series about the juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, won the 2022 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. Produced by Nashville Public Radio’s Meribah Knight and ProPublica’s Ken Armstrong, the series revealed systemic injustice, sparked reform and demonstrated expert reporting on a secretive system.

Memorial Wall by Ross Taylor

A Healing Lens

Assistant Professor Ross Taylor turns a lens toward healing as the Boulder community recovers from the mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers on March 22, 2021.

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Snap if you tried online dating during the pandemic! It turns out you were in good company. Vicki Shapiro (Comm’93) gives the inside scoop on how dating applications found success when dating seemed impossible.

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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.

Stacks of books

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.

Chuck Plunkett


From CU Boulder Today: With several scenes shot on CU Boulder’s campus, the new documentary, News Matters, centers on efforts of CU News Corps Director Chuck Plunkett and a group of Colorado journalists to fight back against profit-driven hedge funds which have squeezed the life out of U.S. newsrooms.

Beau Evans with camera on cliff

#TunedIn: Spring 2021

A curated list of CMCI research and creative work for your reading, watching and listening pleasure. Dig in!

 Daniel Zender, special to ProPublica

#TheNYPDFiles: ProPublica’s Series on NYPD Impunity wins 2021 Al Nakkula Award

ProPublica’s 10-part series, “The NYPD Files,” earned first place in this year's Al Nakkula Award for police reporting. It's a searing investigation into how the country’s largest police department maintains impunity from public oversight and the toll that impunity takes on the city’s civilians––especially those who are marginalized and most at risk.