Jake Pemberton

Jake Pemberton

I am a Junior here at DU, double-majoring in Criminology and Journalism, with a minor in Psychology. I enjoy playing basketball, music, hiking, camping, and fishing. I'm not totally sure what I want to do as a career, but I haven't experienced much traveling, so anything that would allow me to travel would be cool.

Ride Club Freeride

May 15, 2017 – Club Freeride, a ski and snowboard organization at the University of Denver, wins the “Red Bull Bracket Reel Snow” challenge, a competition of the best skiing and snowboarding videos between teams of college students nationwide.

Despite the victory, Club Freeride, a first-year club that was founded August 2016, is still facing the heavier challenge of gaining traction as a well-known organization at DU. Romi Kristl, co-founder of Club Freeride, understands the lack of school publicity due to the organization’s lacking amount of members.

“Currently right now Club Freeride has about 50 members, but we’re hoping to expand to 60 or 70 next year, ” Kristl says. “We have a solid group of ten members who are dedicated to competing every year.”

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Ride with DU skateboarders

We all notice the students skateboarding to class, landing tricks in the middle campus, or just attending class holding a board. The skate life is prevalent at the University of Denver, but what lies behind the curtain of everyday use are people who skate for a deeper reason. People who skateboard as a muse.

Three students at DU describe the skateboard culture, explaining why they love to skate and why it is such an important aspect in their lives.

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Improv at DU offers comedic relief

My audio slideshow represents a night when Skintight Outrage, an Improv group at the University of Denver, performs for DU students. It includes audio from members of the club as well as laughter and voices of the audience. Members of the Improv group describe why they love Improv and what being on the team means to them on a deeper level. Through the photos in my slideshow, I attempt to tell the story of a night when Skintight Outrage performs. Beginning with short rhetoric’s from members of the club describing why they like Improv in general, I want my audience to understand what the slideshow will be about. I then end the introduction with a picture of a “Skintight Outrage” sign, paired with audio from Andrew, a member of the group, saying “Enjoy the show!”

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Journalism dying or transforming?

There is a common idea that journalism is dying; newspapers are read less, journalists are finding it more difficult to find careers in traditional journalism, and newspaper industries are running out of business. In the slideshow, I discuss facts and ideas that have cultivated the belief of the death of journalism, and use photos to describe the journalism industry as well as the attitudes of DU students about such a belief. I incorporate quotes and thoughts from the interviewed DU students, whether they are journalism majors or not, to understand how the generation that will be the world’s next career-seekers feel about their futures post-graduation.

The slideshow also discusses the declination of enrollment in the journalism field within universities. Contrast from the article, where I only explain the turmoil of journalism as a career, the slideshow includes a perspective of the journalism hardships in education as well. This allows viewers to understand the scope of what people involved in journalism are challenged with, whereas the article restricts readers to only considering life after college.

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Should journalism students be worried?

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Denver Post lobby – Courtesy of Jake Pemberton

Over the years, traditional media has been experiencing a decline in audience, revenue, and sense of importance. The rise of the digital world, such as the Internet and social media, can take most of the responsibility for such a decline. Nowadays, consumers are one click away from accessing any and all information with the touch of a finger, which discourages those to continue getting information for a price. Due to the recent decline of traditional media, critics and journalism professionals have described the journalism industry as “dying”.

Despite the negative perspective of the industry’s future, journalism students of the University of Denver interviewed for this story say they are still optimistic about their lives post-graduation.

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