2015 Faculty/Staff Kudos

Dec. 18, 2015

Celeste González de Bustamante received a Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) Faculty Small Grant for a research project that examines the factors that have influenced violence against journalists, and investigates how journalists have responded to attacks in Mexico. The research will result in an academic book.

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton appeared on a “Crush Your Internship” podcast, giving advice to students on how to land internships in journalism. Check out her podcast page at http://crushyourinternship.com/2015/12/14/006-renee-schafer-horton-journalism/ or go directly to her tips at http://crushyourinternship.com/?powerpress_pinw=129-podcast

Carol Schwalbe co-authored and edited an article that appeared in the November newsletter of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The article describes the history of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, which was the first online divisional journal, and suggests avenues for future research. 

Maggy Zanger’s JOUR 412 class put out a 56-page El Independiente magazine that marked South Tucson's 75th birthday. It includes stories on Southside Presbyterian Church, the vanishing Chinese market, transgender detainees, a hotline for families of missing border crossers and the All Souls Procession.

Nov. 27, 2015

Maggy Zanger was the recipient of this years Excellence in Global Service by UA Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). Zanger also was an invited panelist speaking on the Kurdish media at a symposium on Freedom of the Press in the Middle East, Nov. 14, sponsored by Boston College and Peace Island Institute. Noam Chomsky was the keynote speaker.

Mort Rosenblum will be honored as a MOCA “Local Genius,” along with Andrew Weil, Ofelia Zepeda from Linguistics, and water harvester Brad Lancaster  https://www.moca-tucson.org/lga2016/. He will be honored at a black-tie dinner/auction in April ($275 a person). Rosenblum also saw his op-ed, “Stand up to the smear and fear peddlers,” about the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, published in the Arizona Daily Star. http://tucson.com/news/opinion/mort-rosenblum-stand-up-to-the-smear-and-fear-peddlers/article_6ab9bba4-90df-58a8-aac6-f49c64671cc0.html

Linda Lumsden served as commentator on a panel about "The Nation in Southern History" at Southern Historical Association convention in Little Rock on Nov. 13. 

Bill Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey coordinated and oversaw the third film, “Broadcast News,” in our “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema on Nov. 12. Alessandra Stanley, former television critic of The New York Times, answered questions after the movie and also spoke to some classes earlier in the day.

Bill Schmidt and alum Brett Fera, interim Student Media director, organized a free screening for students and faculty of “Spotlight” at the El Con theater Nov. 18. Alum Richard Gilman was publisher of The Boston Globe when its “Spotlight” team uncovered the Catholic church abuse scandal that won the Pulitzer Prize.

Oct. 26, 2015

Celeste González de Bustamante took part in three journalism events in the last month. On Oct. 5, she was a panelist in a discussion titled, “Brazil now/Brasil hoje: a conversation about the recent events and the crisis in Brazil.” She spoke about U.S. and Brazilian news media coverage at the event, organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies. … On Oct. 14, she gave a public talk at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, titled, "To publish and die in Mexico: Violence against journalists south of the U.S.-Mexico Border," and also spoke to Latino Studies and history of Mexico students. … On Oct. 22, she was a panelist at the Association of Internet Research conference on "Examining the Digital Imaginary Across Cultures: A Roundtable on Researching Diversity, Journalism, and Social Media.”

Michael McKisson’s Online News Association club reached its Kickstarter goal to buy equipment to start making immersive videos. He and students tested their first piece, a 360-degree camera rig, and will do its first story on Tucson’s All Souls Procession. Additional funds raised will go toward travel expenses to send students to the U.S.-Mexico border to create immersive experiences documenting the borderlands.

Bill Schmidt gave a talk, “Covering Sadat: The Middle East After the October War,” on Oct. 30 for the Fall Colloquium Series, put on by the School of Journalism and School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

Kim NewtonBill SchmidtElena Stauffer and the Center for Border and Global Journalism organized an exhibit of photos by the late Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus at the Union Gallery at the UA Student Union. A reception/auction was held Oct. 22 for the exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 6.

Mort Rosenblum introduced winner Kathy Gannon at the Oct. 23 Zenger Dinner, contributed to class discussions and talked at the reception for Niedringhaus. Thanks to Maggy Zanger for the class flier!

Susan Knight organized a Student-Faculty mixer Oct. 15 at Magpies Pizza, where students from various Journalism clubs introduced themselves along with faculty and staff.

Oct. 12, 2015

Director David Cuillier was elected to the board of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at its meeting Oct. 10 in Denver. He also was awarded on Sept. 26 a Sunshine Award by the Phoenix Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in freedom of information.

Linda Lumsden received a $1,250 Joseph McKerns Research Grant from the American Journalism Historians Association. It will fund research at the Huntington Library on the Sierra Club Newsletter, founded in 1893, as part of her book project titled,  Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter

Jeannine Relly’s research with political scientist Rajdeep Pakanati will receive more than $4,000 in funding from O.P. Jindal Global University in India. The research will be conducted in cities throughout India and will focus on challenges facing journalists in the country.

Oct. 5, 2015

Professor Kim Newton was invited to present images of recent work taken in summer trips to Italy and the United Kingdom at the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) meeting in Tucson on Oct. 1.

Professor Jeannine Relly was invited by the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy Program to serve as a reviewer of JSTOR’s prototype “democracy workbench” tool, designed to facilitate the study of democracy.  Relly will be reviewing a draft taxonomy that is the foundation for the tool. http://www.ssrc.org/programs/anxieties-of-democracy/

Professor Bill Schmidt moderated a Q-and-A with New York Times editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton after the Oct. 8 showing of “The Paper,” the second film in the school’s “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema. The next film is “Broadcast News,” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.

Sept. 28, 2015

Dr. Susan Swanberg organized and hosted “With Conviction: Science in the Courtroom” on Sept. 26, a daylong workshop about questionable scientific evidence admitted in court. Speakers and panelists included journalists, exonerees, attorneys, prosecutors and a forensic scientist. About 50 students, faculty and community members attended. Susan praised Prof. Carol Schwalbe for her work as P.I. on the workshop grant and her help, and Prof. Rogelio Garcia for organizing the workshop videotaping efforts.

Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante gave a keynote speech titled, “Violence against journalists in Mexico: the case of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH), in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her Sept. 22 talk was part of the Fourth International Communication Week at the UACH.

Dr. Shahira Fahmy was interviewed by Nieman Reports, Harvard's journalism magazine, regarding her views on the visual messages of DAESH (the Islamic State) and the coverage of the Syrian crisis. Fahmy, currently a research fellow at NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence sponsored by the State Department in Riga, Latvia, also saw a Turkey website tweet about her journalism work at http://bianet.org/bianet/ifade-ozgurlugu/167541-profil-shahira-fahmy

Professors Bill Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey have coordinated the school’s “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema. More than 200 people attended the first film, “Absence of Malice,” on Sept. 20. Schmidt and Sharkey interviewed screenwriter Kurt Luedtke and moderated a Skype discussion with the former editor and audience after the movie. The second film, “The Paper,” will be shown Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., with New York Times editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton doing a live Q-and-A.

Sept. 7, 2015

Professor Maggy Zanger had her guest-opinion piece, “Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees,” posted on the Tucson Sentinel website Sept. 9. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/090915_refugees_op/americans-must-open-arms-syrian-refugees/

Aug. 24, 2015

Associate Professor Jeannine Relly has been recommended for the Fulbright Specialist roster by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars for the 2015-2020 period.  The roster matches scholars by their expertise with incoming project requests from academic institutions abroad.

Relly also served as an external evaluator of the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars on Journalism and Media Program, which had scholars visiting from 17 countries this year. The grant was funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs of the U.S. Department of State.

Aug. 17, 2015

Associate Professor Carol Schwalbe received the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Teacher of the Year Award at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco on Aug. 6.  The award included $10,000 as recognition of her body of work.

Associate Professor Jeannine Relly became the new head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the AEJMC’s annual meeting Aug. 7 in San Francisco.

Professor Maggy Zanger wrote an Aug. 18 op-ed column for the Arizona Daily Star, “Higher purpose found in fighting distant war,” about soldiers, aid workers and journalists returning to northern Iraq or Syria as the war against IS continues.

Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante organized and participated on a panel for a pre-conference Migrahack workshop at the AEJMC conference on “How to bring a social justice hackathon to your university.”

Professors Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante presented their paper titled "Transnational and domestic networks and institutional change: A study investigating the collective action response to violence against journalists in Mexico" on a panel in the Cultural Critical Studies Division at the AEJMC annual conference in San Francisco.

Aug. 10, 2015

Jesús Barrera recently published an article in the Tico Times News titled, “Toasting with turtle eggs: It’s legal in Ostional.” Barrera is a Journalism student who participated in a Study Abroad class in Costa Rica this summer with Prof. Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante. http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/08/08/toasting-with-turtle-eggs-its-legal-in-ostional

July 27, 2015

Linda Lumsden's article, “Activist Journalism A Century Before The Internet: Lessons from the Career Of Socialist Muckraker John Kenneth Turner,” appears in the summer issue of American Journalism.

Kim Newton won first place in the photojournalism category at the International Art Exhibition and Competition Nit De L’Art S’Arracó in S’Arracó, Mallorca, Spain on July 30, 2015. The winning image, taken in Kashgar, China, shows a Uighur Muslim woman looking at a Polaroid picture. Newton was invited to enter the International exhibition and competition while visiting Mallorca this summer following his teaching of the Photojournalism in Italy study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy. The winning image can be viewed here under “Fotos:”  More information on the exhibit will be available here after Aug. 1.

June 22, 2015

Linda Lumsden spoke on “The Life and Legacy of Inez Milholland” on June 16 in Westport, N.Y. The talk followed a tour of the Meadowmount School of Music, formerly the Milholland family's estate, sponsored by Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

Many contributors with ties to the UA School of Journalism offered a hand during the Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students this year. The workshop ran from June 7-13. Included were mentors, instructors, speakers, and alumni, and their roles during the workshop: Elena Stauffer, director; Frank Sotomayor, diversity in journalism; Prof. Nancy Sharkey, Day 1 welcome; Prof. Susan Swanberg, mentor and media law instructor; Prof. Jeannine Relly, reporting/interviewing instructor; Prof. Joe Sharkey, words of wisdom; Amanda N. Martinez, lead mentor and dorm counselor; Anthony Avila, story development; Anna Augustowska, multimedia instructor; Cecil Schwalbe, photographing animals; Carmen Duarte, beat reporting; Paloma Boykin, going to college; Neto Portillo, Jr., column writing; Prof. Gawain Douglas, publication design; Andrea Kelly and Fernanda Echavarri, radio news; Stanley Throssell, keynote speaker; Prof. Don Carson, remarks at closing event.

Rest of 2015

May 25 and June 1   May 4 and 11   April 27   April 20   April 13
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