2015 Student/Alumni Kudos

Dec. 18, 2015

Sophomore Tobey Schmidt captured first place in the fall 2015 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her image of a rock climber on top of Mount Lemmon's Hitchcock Pinnacle. Sophomore Courtney Talak took second for her All Souls Procession photo and junior Cherie Cole was third with a UA volleyball shot in the contest, which had 12 finalists from professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 class. The 12 photos will grace the J-school wall next semester. See them at journalism.arizona.edu/gyorke/fall2015

Senior Jorge Encinas, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, has been selected as the recipient of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Perseverance Award for fall 2015. He will be recognized at convocation on Dec. 19. The award recognizes a graduating senior who has persevered in the face of significant adversity.

Sophomore Erik Kolsrud won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award after vying with 11 other 205 students in the fall 2015 beginning newswriting contest Dec. 3. Sophomore Brit Reid took second and senior Jordyn Owen  was third. Students had one hour to write a story after having a news conference with City Councilman Steve Kozachik. Judges were professor Susan Knight and adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/finley/list to see past winners.

Junior Emily Gauci saw her Arizona Athletics photo of basketball player Ryan Anderson published in the Sports Illustrated college preview section last month.

Alicia VegaDavid McGlothlin and Kethia Kong compiled and designed a two-page Tombstone Epitaph graphic on 100 years of Arizona’s immigration policies for professor Terry Wimmer’s JOUR 490 class.

Nov. 27, 2015

David McGlothlin is the new winner of the school’s prestigious Don Bolles Fellowship and will cover the state Legislature during the 2016 spring semester. McGlothlin is a senior who plans to bolster his coverage through social media to reach more readers. He replaces David J. Del Grande, who declined because of other obligations.

Julianne Stanford was a winner in the University of Arizona’s 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest.  Stanford’s  photo placed first in the “Where’s Your Classroom” category and comes with a $200 travel voucher. In addition, two other journalism students were one of 44 finalists in this year’s contest, Elizabeth Eaton and Alex Mcintyre.  Professor Kim Newton was a judge in this year’s contest.

Pre-med student Patrick O'Connor's infographic for Environmental Journalism is up for an award in a competition called the Vizzies, which is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and Popular Science. There’s also a people’s choice award where anyone can vote for Patrick’s infographic:http://review.wizehive.com/voting/view/nsfvizziesgallery/27427/3108742/0

Alexa Portillo, an apprentice sports reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, has had multiple stories published this semester, including http://tucson.com/sports/football/high-school-and-prep/late-score-pushes-flowing-wells-past-sahuarita/article_b47c616b-8383-5637-8117-9306cb37ff5c.html

Oct. 26, 2015

At least nine Journalism students contributed to a 10-page special edition on gun violence in The Daily Wildcat. Jessie Webster (editor-in-chief), Christianna SilvaLauren RenteriaAva GarciaMichelle JaquetteElisabeth MoralesChastity LaskeyBrandi Walker and Andy Alvarado, Jesus BarreraRebecca NobleSydney Richardson and Alex McIntyre contributed to the Oct. 28-29 broadsheet, which included editorials, updates on gun laws and interviews with local officials.

David J. Del Grande had three more stories published in the Arizona Daily Star: Oct. 10, “Veteran found calling after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor” http://tucson.com/news/local/veteran-found-his-calling-after-attack-on-pearl-harbor/article_6d298226-2300-55f8-8761-8a781f27bde3.html and Oct. 24, “Spoken Futures, for youth, moves into La Pilita” http://tucson.com/news/local/tucson-poetry-socia-justice-group-moves-to-la-pilita/article_4ffa84b6-4493-59a0-b708-6b17b4756682.html and Oct. 29, “Veteran keeps service commitment through disaster relief work”; http://tucson.com/news/local/veteran-keeps-service-commitment-through-disaster-relief-work/article_0fada5f5-2d6f-5f2b-a975-49600be8b489.html

Amanda MartinezKaren LizarragaMaxie RuanLauren RenteriaElisabeth MoralesJosh Morales and others from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Native American Journalists Association made a Day of the Dead altar to honor the late AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus at her photo exhibit reception Oct. 22 at the Student Union Gallery. Zenger Award winner Kathy Gannon thanked the students in her acceptance speech.

Anissa Tanweer, a UA master’s graduate and a doctoral student at University of Washington, presented her research about big data at the Association of Internet Research conference Oct. 21-24 in Phoenix.

Cathy Rosenberg’s article on desert bighorn sheep appeared in the Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/why-the-desert-bighorn-sheep-crossed-the-road/article_e4534060-73a4-11e5-8a98-c7ad99006751.html Cathy, a recent grad, wrote this article as part of her master’s project.

Oct. 12, 2015

Two of Susan Swanberg’s science journalism students had stories published. John Palting, an entomology Ph.D. candidate at the UA, wrote about the study of immortality for the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 16 —  http://tucson.com/news/local/immortality-lecture-who-says-the-afterlife-can-t-be-funny/article_9affc006-f165-5ef1-84e8-fae8eaf66ccc.html … and Emma Reed, a geosciences grad student, wrote about the same subject in the October 2015 issue of Tucson’s arts and culture magazine, Zocalo: “How we live forever.” (page 28) http://issuu.com/zocalomagazine/docs/zocalo_magazine_october_2015

Derek Evans (’14) captured two awards from Arizona Newspapers Association in the under 3,500 circulation category while working for the Verde Independent in Cottonwood: first place for a story about the start of Little League season in Verde Valley, and third place for sports team beat coverage of Mingus High School football. He left Arizona and now works for the Leader News near Castroville, Texas.

Oct. 5, 2015

Sophomore David J. Del Grande published several stories as an apprentice for the Arizona Daily Star: "New partnership takes over Tucson public-access broadcasts," A2, Sept. 14, http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/new-partnership-takes-over-tucson-public-access-broadcasts/article_122f8456-185d-5288-8b45-02d244369320.html and “Bus strike leaves many riders with few options,” A2, Sept. 3, http://tucson.com/news/local/bus-strike-leaves-many-riders-with-few-options/article_29badc20-02e9-58b1-93f2-853aaaa1aff9.html#utm_source=tucson&utm_campaign=most-popular-tabs-2&utm_medium=direct

Grad student Hannah Gaber covered a news conference in Egypt and wrote a story for the Star on Nicholas Reeves, a British archaeologist and ex-UA resident scholar whose theory that Queen Nefertiti’s final resting place is behind the walls of King Tut’s tomb is making headlines. The link to the story is http://tucson.com/news/local/education/college/ex-ua-scholar-tut-s-tomb-may-still-have-secrets/article_b67d197f-b852-5419-a8d1-a476c8829111.html

Star features apprentice Callie R Kittredge wrote: “Community Player's launch second season in new home,” Caliente, Sept. 23, http://tucson.com/entertainment/community-players-launch-second-season-in-new-home/article_4db5d1cb-0c92-5861-9cf5-d95e5ac41161.html  and “'Annie' Makes a stop,” Caliente, Sept. 23, http://tucson.com/entertainment/annie-makes-a-stop-at-centennial-hall/article_490ae359-c1ae-5958-a253-3236b2c035c4.html and “Let the scares begin,” Sept. 30, http://tucson.com/entertainment/


Star apprentice photographer Rebecca Noble compiled an online gallery on Sept. 4 for the Mountain View-Scottsdale Horizon football game http://tucson.com/gallery/sports/football/high-school-and-prep/photos-mountain-view-scottsdale-horizon/collection_54644fce-5371-11e5-838c-7fb4622373a5.html#0 and saw her Sam Lena Library photo be the A1 dominant art on Sept. 19 http://tucson.com/news/local/south-tucson-agrees-to-sell-library-to-county/article_d835849d-7b8c-5f97-95d1-77f0c6e94a92.html  and did an online photo profile of a swimmer on Sept. 8 http://tucson.com/sports/high-school/swimming/swimming-no-floundering-for-foothills-state-champ-fail/article_c32fa7dc-e702-582c-9b5a-428070592014.html Noble also published photos of a UA volleyball game vs. Texas, Sept. 18, http://tucson.com/sports/hansen-rubio-cats-holding-their-own-in-loaded-pac/article_eb8bd2cc-3488-5a59-9f5c-119433f64bba.html and had an A2 spread on work at a veteran’s home, Sept. 25, http://tucson.com/volunteers-work-on-veteran-s-home/article_33bb9338-a4c8-5aa9-8d38-356ab49ac747.html

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Bethany Barnes ('13) was named a Journalist of Merit at the Nevada Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. She also took third place in investigative/in-depth reporting. 

Stewart McClintic ('14), a Silver City (N.M.) Daily Press reporter, grabbed two awards at New Mexico's Better Newspaper contest in Albuquerque. He won in education writing for a story about contentious school board meetings and for a feature photo on cup stacking.

Alum Noelle Haro-Gomez (’15) accepted a staff photographer position at the Public Opinion in Chambersburg, Pa., the newspaper where she did her paid internship as a Chips Quinn Scholar.

Steve Elliott ('87) left ASU to join the public relations team at the Arizona Department of Transportation after nine years of being the digital news director for the Cronkite News Service.

The award-winning short film, “Donnie,” by master’s grad Anna Augustowska ('14), was the cover story in the Oct.8 Tucson Weekly and will be shown Oct. 16 at The Screening Room and Oct. 23 at The Loft Cinema.

Cathy Rosenberg (’15) published another story as part of her master’s project: “Back from the Brink: The Future of the California Condor,” on the Tucson Audubon Society website http://tucsonaudubon.org/condor

Alexis Bechman ('08) was named the non-daily Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Newspapers Association. Bechman, of the Payson Roundup, and UA grads Joe Ferguson ('06) and Caitlin Schmidt ('14) of the Arizona Daily Star also received Arizona Freedom of Information awards from ANA and the Society of Professional Journalists, and retired Star journalist Joe Burchell ('76) won the SPJ career award. Ferguson and Schmidt also won SPJ First Amendment awards and J-school Director Dave Cuillier received a Sunshine Award. Bechman and eight other UA grads won individual ANA Better Newspaper awards: Bill Coates ('78), Mike Christy ('11), Jeremy Duda ('02), Adam Gaub ('06), Rodney Haas ('10), Curt Prendergast ('11), Dan Shearer ('85) and Maria Ines Taracena ('12). Go to http://journalism.arizona.edu/news/2015-ana-awards to see the list.

Sept. 28, 2015

Two J-school students helped make the Sept. 26 “With Conviction” workshop at the law college a success, Dr. Susan Swanberg said. David McGlothlin, who was awarded a “With Conviction” fellowship, handled the workshop's social media presence. Rebecca Noble provided excellent photography for the sessions and contributed to the nearly 20 Facebook posts during the event.

Cathy Rosenberg, a May graduate of our master’s program, published a story in the Arizona Daily Star on the reintroduction of Chiricahua leopard frogs in Arizona: http://tucson.com/news/science/environment/how-to-defend-leopard-frogs-from-big-bad-bullfrogs/article_07992e32-62e2-11e5-aecf-2bc731c125cd.html Cathy wrote this story as part of her master’s professional project.

Sept. 7, 2015

Pre-med student Patrick O’Connor received a NASA Space Grant Internship and will be working with Tom Beal at the Arizona Daily Star. Patrick has taken several journalism classes and is the science editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat this semester.

David J. Del Grande, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published a story, “Bus strike leaves many riders with few options,” on Sept. 3 in the Star. Here’s the link: http://tucson.com/news/local/article_29badc20-02e9-58b1-93f2-853aaaa1aff9.html

Aug. 31, 2015

Images by former Jour 203 students are on display in the hallway, part of the Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photojournalist Contest coordinated by Professor Kim NewtonBaraha Elkhalil won the contest with her tattoo shop image. Jordan Glenn took second and Joshua Rojas third. Other student finalists were: Mihdi AfnanSergio CalderonMaritza DominguezMeryl EngleJaKyle KochevarJaime LobelAlex McIntyreReina Morrison and Nicholas QuihuisBrandi Walker's photo also is hanging on the wall. Click here to see all the photos.

Aug. 17, 2015

Graduate student Ary Hermawan, a Fullbrighter from Southeast Asia, received a $2,000 grant from the Institute of International Education to help fund the research for his thesis on the coverage of the 2014 Indionesian presidential election.

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 Bustamantehttp://www.ticotimes.net/2015/08/08/toasting-with-turtle-eggs-its-legal-in-ostional

July 27, 2015

Alexa Morelli, an undergraduate student at the j-school recently published an article in the Odyssey titled, “What I Learned Being the Daughter Of Police Officers.” The Odyssey is a student based publication run by the Olympia Media Group.

Kendal Blust recently published an article in the Tico Times News titled, “Protecting life in Ostional: The survival of 2 species.” Blust is a Journalism graduate student who participated in a Study Abroad class in Costa Rica this summer with Prof. Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante. 

July 20, 2015

Scientific Tucsonan magazine, produced by Carol Schwalbe’s Science Journalism class, received an honorable mention in the online magazine category of the AEJMC Magazine Division's 2015 contest.

Cathy Rosenberg, who received her master’s degree in May, wrote four long-form articles as part of her professional project. One of the stories—on the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf—is the cover story of the Tucson Weekly: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/of-men-and-wolves/Content?oid=5643889

Maria Ines Taracena, (May 2012), a staff writer at the Tucson Weekly, wrote the cover story about Sister José's Women's Center for the July 16-22 edition: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/dignity/Content?oid=5546437

June 1, 2015

Graduate student Kendal Blust's research paper titled, "What's in a name? The renewal of development journalism in the 21st century,” was accepted in the International Communication Division for presentation at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco.

May 11, 2015

Graduate student Britain Eakin, who is graduating with a dual master's degree in journalism and Middle East and North African Studies, had her research paper accepted for the AEJMC conference in San Francisco. The paper, which is titled "Permission to Narrate? Palestinian Perspectives in U.S. Media Coverage of Operation Cast Lead," was accepted in the International Communication Division. The paper is from her thesis research. Jeannine Relly and Maha Nassar were  co-chairs of her committee. Leila Hudson was the third committee member.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Survey of Research Methods course this semester designed and conducted a focus group with representatives from local news outlets that aimed to study perceptions of content, interactivity, and delivery of Arizona Sonora News. The students transcribed the audio from the focus group. And undergraduates in the class produced an executive summary for the news service that offered key findings.  One graduate student in the class used the findings from the focus group to develop a questionnaire aimed at ascertaining news organizations' use of ASN and areas of interest. The survey was sent out by email to representatives from news outlets throughout the state. Other students in the class developed a questionnaire focused on potential student perceptions of diversity and inclusivity in the School of Journalism. The questionnaire will be sent out in the next week on the student listservs.

Hannah Gaber was awarded a scholarship by the Arizona Press Club.

Cathy Rosenberg, M.A. professional option, defended her project, “Home Bittersweet Home: Restoring Species to Their Historical Habitat,” on Monday, May 4.

Christa Reynolds, dual degree, LAS and Journalism, defended her thesis, “Illegal Children': Metaphors and Terminology Used in Newspaper Coverage of Central American Minors during Summer 2014,” on Wednesday, May 6.

Jacquelyn Abad, M.A. international studies option, defended her project, “We Are Hir: Moving Toward Transgender Equality at the University of Arizona,” on Friday, May 8. 

Shahrazad Encinias, dual degree, LAS and Journalism, defended her thesis, "Freedom of Expression in Guatemala," on Friday, May 8.

Congratulations to Patrick O’Connor, whose Arizona Sonora News Service story on “Research keys on building stockpiles of organs” won the Arizona Press Club college feature story category. A judge wrote: “Patrick wrote a nice lede, followed up with vivid descriptions of both and scientific interest in a profile that justified its existence, which seems rare in college journalism. The writing is clear and confident, but not cocky. This wouldn’t have needed much work to appear in a regional newspaper. Very well done.” Patrick is a pre-med junior who wrote the story for Science Journalism.

A number of people connected to the School of Journalism won Arizona Press Club awards. For a complete list, go tohttp://azpressclub.org/2014-writingdesign-winners/

April 20, 2015

Amer Taleb was recently named a Humanity in Action Fellow, and will be spending five weeks in Paris and Amsterdam shortly after graduation. Taleb was also recently named a Fulbright Scholar, and will be working in Turkey as an English Teaching Assistant beginning in October.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke to 13 205 students in the Finley Beginning Newswriting Competition held Monday evening. He spoke about water, conservation and preparations for the future, and answered students' questions in a press conference-style forum. 

The students, who were nominated by their 205 instructors, had one hour  on to write and polish a news story from Steele's talk. The winners, who will receive scholarships, are:

First-place: Brandi Walker

Second-place: Brandon James

Third-place: Alyssa Schlitzer

April 6, 2015

Two University of Arizona dual degree journalism and Latin American Studies graduate students presented on the panel titled "Threats on the ground and online: Media by and about Latin Americans" at the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies 62nd Annual Meeting in Tucson. Shahrazad Encinias presented research titled "Journalists in Guatemala: Living and working under the threat of violence." Christa Reynolds presented her research titled, "Illegal kids: A study of U.S. newspaper coverage of young migrants from Latin America."

March 23, 2015

The USO (United Service Organizations) has named Paul G. Allvin, UA School of Journalism alum, the new Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Allvin will lead all aspects of the USO Marketing and Communications Department, including strategic and entertainment marketing, brand and creative services, web and digital marketing, special events, story development, publications and public relations. See more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/03/24/718204/10126109/en/USO-Welcomes-Paul-G-Allvin-as-New-Senior-Vice-President-of-Marketing-and-Communications.html#sthash.AgCltxHr.dpuf

Madison Brodsky and Kristine Bruun-Andersen traveled to Los Angeles on March 10-13 to cover LA Fashion Week: The Truth Behind The Glamour. See additional information about Brodsky’s and Bruun-Andersen’s coverage and interviews at: http://madisonbrodsky.com

Katherine E. Carroll, 2013 UA School of Journalism alumna, was recently hired as a production assistant at ABC World News Tonight with David Muir in New York City.

UA journalism student and NAHJ student chapter president Amanda Martinez was on Team No Timely Response, which took the $2000 grand prize at last weekend’s Arizona Migrahack conference on immigration. The team used local traffic stop data gathered by reporters from the Arizona Daily Star to create an interactive game that puts the user “in the shoes” of local law enforcement, giving them a chance to see how local police deal with issues of immigration status during traffic stops.

March 16, 2015

Mariana Dale, who graduated in December 2014, is now an Online Reporter at Arizona Public Media.

March 9, 2015

The School of Journalism have placed in three categories of the 2015 Region 11 Mark of Excellence regional awards. They include:

  • Mariana Dale for Young Musicians Prepare for World Series of High School Bands for AZPM Public Media. Dale, who graduated in December, is now an Arizona Daily Star reporter.
  • Patrick O’Connor for Research keys on building stockpiles of organs for Arizona Sonora News Service. 
  • Scientific Tucsonan for student publication.

Winners will learn if they placed first, second or third at the Region 11 Spring Conference April 17-18 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

March 2, 2015

Former Arizona Wildcat and School of Journalism grad Kenzie Fowler joins Pac-12 Networks as an on-air softball analyst.

For additional information about Fowler, go to: http://pac-12.com/article/2015/03/03/softball-returns-pac-12-networks-march-10

UA School of Journalism alumna Betsy Bolding was honored at the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17, with a proclamation marking March 1 as “Betsy Bolding Day” in Pima County. This recognition was also in honor of her upcoming retirement after more than 20 years at Tucson Electric Power. See additional information about Bolding’s recognition ceremony at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-skinny/Content?oid=4925059

Feb. 16, 2015

Justin Sayers’ article on how former football players live with concussions ran as the cover story of the Tucson Weekly (Feb. 19-25): http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/banged-up/Content?oid=4921661 Sayers, a master’s student, wrote the story for Science Journalism.

Feb. 9, 2015

Images by 11 former Jour 203 students are on display in the hallway of the Journalism School. Included are the winning images from the Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund contest. Professor Kim Newton coordinates the contest and display.

Student photographers are: Brittan Bates, Kristine Bruun-Andersen, Skyler Brandt, Tanner Clinch, Natalie D'Anna, Annie Dickman, Emily Gauci, Lauren Jacobson, Karen Lizarraga, Tessa Patterson and Ashley Summerset.

Feb. 2, 2015

Mark Armao landed a summer internship with the Wall Street Journal in New York.

Kudos to the 50 journalism and pre-journalism students who attended the info session/meet-and-greet with NBC Universal recruiters Nadine Selim (East Coast) and Miriam Ortiz (West Coast) Feb. 3. The recruiters were here to introduce the NBC Universal internship program and interview students. They visited the following classes: Principles of Journalism, Advanced Multimedia, Beginning Reporting and Television Production, Cat's Eye, and Media Apprenticeship. Briana Sanchez was hired by SBS to document the events, and internship coordinator Lisa Button initiated and organized the visit.

The National Association of Science Writers awarded the School of Journalism $13,000 to fund the workshop “With Conviction: Reporting on Science in the Courtroom” in fall 2015. Susan Swanberg, a recent graduate of our master's program, wrote the grant proposal.

Arizona Daily Star stories by the apprentices:

Tim Towle


Phoenix team captures Shootout title in first season(online)



Kianna Gardner

Caliente- Feature

Music, Food Welcome New Year (print)

Music, game, food bring in Chinese New Year (online)


Jan. 26, 2015

Two articles by graduate student Kendal Blust appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of TailWinds magazine: http://issuu.com/tailwindsweb/docs/tailwindsjanfeb15-web

Alumni Mariana Dale and Drew McCullough visited the media apprenticeship class Jan. 21 to give students tips on how to succeed in the class and the apprenticeship at the Arizona Daily Star. Dale and McCullough were both apprentices during their time at the UA and now are full-time employees at the Star.

Jan. 19, 2015

Melissa Guz has been selected to participate in the Talent Development Program, a nationally competitive program offered by Gannett. She received training in Virginia for a few days this month, and started as a producer at KPNX in Phoenix on Monday, Jan. 19. After six months there, she will be assigned to the newsroom for the remainder of the program. Melissa graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. and also in Dec. 2013 with an M.A. She was one of the first Accelerated Master’s Program students.

Jan. 12, 2015

Noelle Haro-Gomez and Kayla Samoy have been selected to participate in the 2015 New York Times Student Journalism Institute. The 2015 institute is being held May 16 to 31 at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. During the institute, students will work alongside reporters and editors from The New York Times and cover real-world events in Tucson and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jessica Schrecker has been selected to participate in the Talent Development Program, a nationally competitive program offered by Gannett. She will receive training in Virginia for a few days in January, and then will start a producer position at KPNX in Phoenix on Jan. 19. After six months there, she will be assigned to the newsroom for the remainder of the program. Halfway through the training program Jessica will "start controlling the morning show (4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.) for practice." Jessica is only the second graduate of the UA School of Journalism to be chosen for the prestigious TDP. She follows in the footsteps of Emi Komiya.