2016 Faculty/Staff Kudos

Dec. 16, 2016

Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante's manuscript titled “Global and domestic networks advancing prospects for institutional and social change: The collective action response to violence against journalists” was accepted for publication in Journalism & Communication Monographs. The organization-level research focuses on global and domestic actors initiatives to curb violence in Mexico and other countries around the world. The 30,000-word monograph is slated for publication in 2017.

Maggy Zanger’s El Independiente class published its Fall 2016 magazine and distributed the 40-year anniversary issue to South Tucson restaurants and South Tucson and Tucson community centers and libraries. Adjunct Daniel Ramirez mentored students in design, and UANews ran a story on El Inde.
 
Celeste González de Bustamante was invited to participate in the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration Short-term Faculty Exchange program in spring 2017. She will be collaborating on research and teaching with Professor Lenin Martell from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). As part of the project, professor Martell will visit the UA campus and teach students who are enrolled in Dr. González de Bustamante’s, “U.S. Press in Latin America,” course, and Dr. González de Bustamante will visit the UAEM campus, where she will teach Prof. Martell’s students, and where the two professors will work on a joint-research project.
 
Jeannine Relly gave four talks last week in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The country adopted the Right to Information Act earlier this year and it is ranked among the top 10 in the world by legal experts. Her Dec. 6 workshop presentation at Wijeya Newspapers, one of the largest newsgroups in the country, was titled, “Right to Information legislation as a tool for investigative journalists.”  On Dec. 7, she presented a talk in a daylong workshop at the Sri Lanka Press Institute titled "A global perspective of media and Right to Information" with a team of Norwegian investigative journalists. Relly's Dec. 8 talk at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism was titled "Right to Information legislation and challenges for journalists." On Dec. 9, she provided training on use of Sri Lanka's Right to Information Act with journalists at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times. Relly also met with the Right to Information Commission, the independent body that will monitor public information officer compliance with the access-to-information legislation. Here's a story by Sri Lanka's Sunday Times on one of the days.
 
Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt helped host the school’s Journalism on Screen Dec. 4 screening of “Ace in the Hole” at The Loft Cinema, followed by a Q&A with New York Times Phoenix Bureau chief Fernanda Santos.
 
Joe Sharkey’s Tombstone Epitaph class published an issue on Dec. 9, with stories that included the future of Southern Arizona farming and water, the lagging Cochise County economy and a proposed bus route to connect Sierra Vista with Douglas, Bisbee and Benson.
 
Administrative assistant Celina Centeno helped organize a send-off for our Winter 2016 graduates at Gentle Ben’s on Dec. 8. Professors Nancy Sharkey, Susan E. Swanberg, Michael McKisson and Maggy Zanger attended.

Dec. 2, 2016

Linda Lumsden published a profile of suffrage martyr Inez Milholland in the “Longform” section of talkingpointsmemo.com. Lumsden's biography of Milholland, who died 100 years ago on Nov. 25 while campaigning for votes for women in California, came out in paperback this fall to commemorate the centennial. Lumsden will conduct a livechat  on the article next week. Article link.

Susan E. Swanberg’s invited book chapter titled “Telomeres and Telomerase in Birds: Measuring Health, Environmental Stress and Longevity,” is in press and expected to be published in the book Handbook of Models for the Study of Human Aging in 2017. She intends to use the manuscript in her spring 2017 environmental journalism course as part of her unit teaching students how to read scientific articles. Her invited book chapter, “Purple Prose vs. Literary Journalism: The WWII-Era Writings of New York Times Science Reporter William L. “’Atomic Bill’ Laurence and John Hersey,” is under review. She hopes the chapter will be published in 2017 as part of the book The Literature of Remembering: Tracing the Limits of Memoir.

Jeannine Relly received a grant from the U.S.-India Educational Foundation through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar South and Central Asia Program to provide training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, related to using the country's new Right to Information Act. Relly will be part of a team of trainers at the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka College of Journalism. During the week in Sri Lanka, Relly will be affiliated with the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Sri Lanka College of Journalism, both of which are industry-based institutions that are working on an action plan for training journalists and the public about the RTIA. 
  
Maggy Zanger and Carol Schwalbe organized the Fall 2016 Mark Finley Gold Pen competition. Linda Lumsden helped them with the judging.

Susan E. Swanberg will present a panel paper called "Nuclear Shadow: The Legacy of New York Times Science Journalist and War Department Propagandist William L. 'Atomic Bill' Laurence" at the 2017 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University.

Maggy Zanger helped organize the School of Journalism Listening Tour, where students on Dec. 2 told Teresa Graham Brett, associate dean of students for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, their thoughts about the school in relation to inclusion, difference and climate.

Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson helped organize and introduce their students' “Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” presentation at the Fall 2016 Student Research Symposium at Special Collections on Nov. 28. Click here to watch the Facebook Live video.

Nov. 18, 2016

Kim Newton saw two of his photographs on display in the Student Union Gallery as part of the annual study-abroad photo contest exhibit. The images of the Roman Colosseum at dusk and a girl in Pienza, Italy, were part of a new faculty feature picture display. The exhibit ran through Nov. 18. He also was also a judge in this year’s contest. One of the students in his Orvieto, Italy, course, Spencer Halliday, won the grand prize.
 
Susan Knight wrote a Nov. 1 op-ed piece, “I kept quiet when it happened to me,” for the Miami Herald.
 
Nancy Sharkey conducted a Q&A with David Cay Johnston, author of "The Making of Donald Trump," at the school’s Journalism on Screen series on Nov. 14 at The Loft. William Schmidt introduced Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, before the screening of “All the King’s Men.” Cay also spoke to nine classes at the school, thanks to Sharkey’s coordination. Watch the Q&A.
 
Maggy Zanger introduced Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, who spoke Nov. 15 to her International Crises class and other students in the Reading Room. Omer, awarded the 2007 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, is a Research Scholar at Harvard University. His research focuses on culture and children TV production in Middle East. Follow him at twitter.com/Mogaza
 
Celeste González de Bustamante was interviewed and quoted in the Brazilian newspaper, Correio Braziliense, about the news media and Trump’s victory. For the record, she said she didn’t agree with the headline, which essentially says, “Why Donald Trump’s win means the defeat of the press.” She told the paper Trump’s victory had more to do with American voters’ frustration and anger than the power of the news media over public opinion, “but that quote wasn’t used."
 
Jeannine Relly spoke on Nov. 16 at the Times School of Journalism in Delhi about her Right to Information research and how journalists use the Indian Right to Information Act and the U.S. FOIA. The talk was titled, "Right to Information in India and the U.S. — A tool for Journalists."  The Times Group, which owns the largest English language daily in the world, The Times of India, runs the nonprofit Times School of Journalism, a post-graduate program.
 
Kim Newton had two photographs nominated in the professional categories of People and Fine Art at this year’s International Black & White Spider Awards. Click here to see the winning photographs.
 
Joe Sharkey’s “On the Road” column in Business Jet Traveler magazine won second place (or “Honorable Mention”) in the travel magazine category at the annual “Eddie” awards in New York, run by Folio magazine. He has done the column for three years.
 
Daniel Ramirez, an adjunct instructor, designed the 2016 Cursor, which came out this week. Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick wrote and edited the alumni magazine. Director David Cuillier, Senior Program Coordinator Elena Stauffer and Administrative Assistant Celina Centeno helped copy-edit. 
 
Sarah Gassen, an adjunct instructor and Arizona Daily Star opinion writer, spoke to some of Nancy Sharkey’s 105 Honors and transfer students who toured the Star newsroom, plateroom and pressroom — and attended a news meeting led by editor Jill Jorden Spitz (’88).
 
Director David Cuillier spoke to about 25 alums who attended the school’s Homecoming mixer on Oct. 29. He gave them a tour and a presentation. The group included the classes of Frank Sotomayor (’66) and H Darr Beiser (’76). Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick and Administrative Assistant Celina Centeno helped organize the event.

Maggy Zanger is putting together a draft update of the school’s diversity plan. Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick added materials to the diversity page on the school website.

Oct. 28, 2016

Jeannine Relly was an invited speaker on a panel at the two-day O.P. Jindal Global University-Stanford University Conference in New Delhi on “Deliberative Democracy: Institutions, Law and People.” The panel was titled  titled, “Strengthening Democracy Through the Right to Information.”

Maggy Zanger was interviewed about the recent offensive against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, for CHQR News Talk 770 radio in Calgary, Canada.  
 
Elena StaufferCelina Centeno and Mike Chesnick organized the Oct. 21 Zenger Award for Press Freedom dinner at the Westward Look Resort, where Director David Cuillier also highlighted the school’s students and accomplishments. Kim Newton and his photography students also auctioned off student images. Watch honoree Dana Priest's speech and Q&A with emcee Nancy Montoya of AZPM and go to our website story to read how the Washington Post reporter hopes to partner with the school on a new website where students can report about the demise of independent news here and abroad, and the perils journalists face in Mexico and worldwide.
 
The school’s Center for Border & Global Journalism, led by co-director William Schmidt and Elena Stauffer, put on a happy-hour mixer Oct. 20 at the Marriott for Zenger winner Dana Priest. The center sold bracelets on behalf of Priest’s “Press Uncuffed” campaign for imprisoned journalists.
 
William Schmidt was part of a roundtable discussion nearby on Russian hacking and cyber espionage at the Integrated Learning Center on Oct. 18. Schmidt ran the Moscow bureau for Newsweek in the late 1970s, and “suddenly found myself in the middle of a cyber espionage story that later drew the attention of the White House ... which ordered tougher controls on computer diversion.”
 
The Center for Border & Global Journalism, led by Maggy Zanger and Elena Stauffer, helped host Asos Hardi, an independent journalist and publisher in Iraqi Kurdistan. He spoke to students about ISIS and other topics Oct. 12-13, and the center held a reception Oct. 13 for Hardi and students at Sinbad's near campus.
 
William Schmidt and students participated in the James W. Foley Freedom Run on Oct. 15 on campus to remember the journalist killed by ISIS.
 
Reneé Schafer Horton coordinated the Fall Internship Fair on Oct. 21, with recruiters from 16 publications and media groups on hand. Many students took part.
 
Director David Cuillier spoke Oct. 27 at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association convention in Tempe about the "Art of Access" at high school campuses. He also participated in the College of SBS’ “Conversations on Privacy” series Oct. 26 with AP reporter Jack Gillum and Emma Llansó at the Fox Theatre. Gillum, an-ex Arizona Daily Star reporter, broke the story that Hillary Clinton used a private email server.
 
Susan E. Swanberg presented her research-in-progress, “Half Life: The New York Times' William L. "Atomic Bill" Laurence, Propagandist for the Atomic Age,” at the 35th annual American Journalism Historians Association convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Oct. 8.
 
Celina Centeno and Mike Chesnick organized a Family Weekend mixer Oct. 15. Director David Cuillier, internship coordinator Renee Schafer Horton and academic adviser Paloma Boykin chatted with parents, while SPJ students took parents on tours of the Marshall Building and showcased the school’s drone and a drone video by Celeste González de Bustamante.

Oct. 7, 2016 

Director David Cuillier won the Wells Memorial Key — the highest honor for a member of Society of Professional Journalists — at the Excellence in Journalism conference banquet in New Orleans. Cuillier, past president of SPJ, also spoke in Chicago at the Local Independent Online News Publishers conference. Watch one of his sessions
 
Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger saw their research on Afghanistan’s news media published online in the academic journal, Journalism. The study, with help from assistant Noorullah Dawari, details the perils and challenges faced in the profession in the country’s unstable environment. Read the study.
 
Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson led a trip to Sweet Grass, Montana, and Coutts, Alberta, with seven students to study the U.S.-Canada border and compare it to the border at Nogales. The students used drone videography in their reporting and interviewed Border Patrol agents and residents for the project.
 
Michael McKisson successfully completed the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft pilot certification, which allows McKisson to fly a drone and oversee students as they begin incorporating drone videography into their reporting.

Celeste González de Bustamante's interview with Nancy Montoya about violence and journalism in northern Mexico was featured in the Community Interactive: Stories from the Border, which aired on Arizona Public Media on September 29. Go here to watch it.

Linda Lumsden presented a paper entitled, “Trial-blazing for Social Movement Media: The Sierra Club Bulletin’s Role in Building Modern Environmentalism, 1893-1970,” at the American Journalism Historians Association ​in St. Petersburg, Fla. She also presented her research-in-progress on her book manuscript, Social Justice Journalism: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #yesallwomen, and participated in the annual meeting of the American Journalism editorial board.
 
Internship coordinator Reneé Schafer Horton organized Pizza & Portfolios to help students receive one-on-one critiques of résumés, clips, broadcast/multimedia packages and cover letters. She recruited a panel of journalists to speak and work with students: Joe Hengemuehler, Brett Fera ('05), Mike Christy ('11), Jade Nunes ('15),Yoohyun Jung ('15), Murphy Woodhouse, Karla Gómez-Escamilla and Zach Clark (’12).
 
Adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly won two first-place awards and two others at the Arizona Newspapers Association 2016 Better Newspapers Contest in Chandler. Read more.

Adjunct instructor Tom Beal held “analog Monday” in his 205 class, having students read the Sunday papers with coffee and donuts.

Sept. 16, 2016 

Professor Susan Knight organized the All-Clubs Leadership Retreat on Sept. 10, hosting groups of students in Marshall Rooms 340 and 341.  

Professor Maggy Zanger went this summer to Iraqi Kurdistan, meeting with students and faculty at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani and presenting a workshop for independent journalists about online journalism and copyright issues. One of her workshop participants, Asos Hardi, the publisher of Awene news, will speak at UA in mid-October.
 
Professor Michael McKisson attended the Online News Association conference Sept. 15-17 in Denver with his wife, Irene McKisson, an adjunct instructor in editing and editor of #ThisIsTucson at the Arizona Daily Star.
 
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante’s border reporting class, with help from professor Michael McKisson this semester, visited a television/radio station in Nogales, Sonora, on Aug. 29. Students got a tour of the city from Cesar Barrón of Radio Xeny, including this street corner where teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot to death in 2012 by a Border Patrol agent. Students also set up a 360-degree VR camera with McKisson’s help, and plan to fly a drone at the border later this semester.
 
Grad Studies Director Carol Schwalbe and Elena Stauffer, senior program director, organized Talk & Tapas at Casa Vicente, with five grad students giving presentations. Director David Cuillier welcomed about 30 people to the event.
 
Susan Knight invited former student Murphy Woodhouse and Alexis Huicochea, reporters at the Arizona Daily Star, to talk to her RPA class on covering politics, government accountability, and social justice on the education and county beats.

Aug. 26, 2016

Professor Nancy Sharkey won the 2016 SBS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Upper Division Teaching from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences after being nominated by Director David Cuillier and student Elizabeth Eaton. Sharkey also received the Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award from faculty and students in May. Click here to read our website story.

Professors Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger's manuscript titled, “The enigma of news media development with multi-pronged ‘capture’: The Afghanistan case,” was accepted for publication in the academic journal, Journalism. The research, which was conducted in the Afghan capital, included 30 interviews with Afghan journalists.
 
Professor Nancy Sharkey and Director David Cuillier analyzed "The Witness" on Aug. 23 as our Journalism on Screen series kicked off its second season at The Loft. In the documentary, the brother of Kitty Genovese used public records and good journalistic skills to discover inaccuracies in a 1964 New York Times' story that asserted 38 witnesses watched her being murdered and did nothing to help. Watch the Q&A on our Youtube channel.
 
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey received a congratulations letter from University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart on news that his book, “Above Suspicion,” is being made into a major movie.
 
Arizona Daily Star opinion writer and adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen wrote a column for the Star: "Teaching journalism in a fact-free environment." She is teaching advanced reporting this semester.
 
Professor Nancy Sharkey contributed to a New York Times story that won the July Sidney Award for "When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers."
 
Faculty members attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Minneapolis on Aug. 4-7, including Jeannine Relly, Susan Swanberg, Linda Lumsden, Celeste González de Bustamante, Carol Schwalbe and Director David Cuillier. “It was a great year at AEJMC, with all our research-active professors presenting,” Cuillier said.
 
Organized by Elena Stauffer, senior program coordinator, and professor Carol Schwalbe, some of our new graduate students toured the J-school and met with professors and current grad students. The students included Fred Pearson, Ashley Mikelonis, Hunter Fogel, Jake Feinberg, Shanshan Niu,Anna Ludlum, Nate Williams, Natalia Navarro and April Lanuza.

July 22, 2016

Professor Susan Swanberg’s research-in-progress, “Half Life: The New York Times' William L. "Atomic Bill" Laurence, Propagandist for the Atomic Age,” has been accepted for presentation at the 35th annual American Journalism Historians Association convention Oct. 6-8 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
 
On the 50th anniversary of the FOIA, associate professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe published an article in Government Information Quarterly titled, "How Business Lobby Networks Shaped the U.S. Freedom of Information Act: An Examination of 60 Years of Congressional Testimony." Full story here.
 
Saying the FOIA “has become a tool of secrecy, not transparency,” Director David Cuillier urged Congress to consider five steps in making the 1966 law stronger in testimony July 12 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. Read our website story, with a link to the video of the hearing.
 
Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante gave an invited talk titled, “Killing the messengers: the case of Mexico and its northern border,” on July 7 at the University San Judas Tadeo in San José, Costa Rica, as part of the school's forum on freedom of expression. The talk focused on the research that she is conducting along with Associate Professor Jeannine Relly.
 
UA President Ann Weaver Hart singled out the Center for Border & Global Journalism in a blog post about ways UA and peers can position themselves as “agents of change” in the world. She praised co-directors William Schmidt and Mort Rosenblum and associate professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly for their work on understanding “the complexity” of border regions and helping protect journalists. See story.

Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey visited the Kentucky set of the film based on his 1992 non-fiction book, "Above Suspicion,” starring Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones" and Jack Huston of the "Ben-Hur" remake. Several media outlets did stories on Sharkey, including former students Rikki Mitchell('12) of KGUN-TV and Janice Yu ('13) of KOLD-TV. Journalism student Justin Spears interviewed Sharkey for KAMP Student Radio, too. For more details, click on our website story.

July 1, 2016

Professor Linda Lumsden beat out 16 other proposals nationally for a book contract from AEJMC for her project, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to ‪#blacklivesmatter." She's in London doing research on the book, thanks to an earlier $4,000 Senior Scholar research award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She will report on her London findings at the AEJMC Convention in Minneapolis in August. Click here for a story.

Professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe have received a travel fellowship to participate in a news media development seminar in the West Bank from July 15 through July 25. The seminar includes visits to newsrooms and universities with journalism programs. The Palestinian American Research Center is sponsoring the program, which will include competitively selected academics from across the U.S. Schwalbe and Relly plan to speak about the UA School of Journalism graduate program and seek collaborators during the seminar trip, which includes institutions in Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, and Ramallah.
 
Professor Nancy Sharkey contributed to a New York Times investigative piece on the privatization of emergency services, or the push to turn a profit while caring for people in their most vulnerable moments. Nancy is a former senior editor at the Times. Click here for the story.
 
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante's study-abroad students arrived in Costa Rica and began working on environmental stories for the Tico Times. Check out this video with students Maritza DominguezAva GarciaMoe Irish and Carmen Valencia.

June 10, 2016

Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer ran the 2016 Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students as 10 teens put out a newspaper, website and blogs June 5-11. Speakers and tutors included Susan KnightNancy SharkeySusan SwanbergMichael McKissonJoe Sharkey and Paloma Boykin.

Kim Newton oversaw the 2016 Photojournalism in Italy classes, with students filing photos and multimedia projects to a blog at https://pjinitaly2016.wordpress.com/. The program runs until June 25.

Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante's chapter titled "Global Violence Against Journalists: The Power of Impunity and Emerging Initiatives to Evoke Social Change" was accepted for publication in the Routledge Companion to Media & Human Rights.  The Companion will explore issues of freedom of expression, the right to know, and journalism work as a human right in parts one, two and three of the collection. The editors for the volume are Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord.

Jeannine Relly presented research titled, "The Mexican Press, Democracy, and Violence: Conceptualizing Resistance and Resilience in the Profession" at the Latin American Studies Association conference in New York on May 30. The presentation was based on her project with Celeste González de Bustamante, which includes more than 120 interviews along the Mexico-U.S. border, Mexico City and Veracruz.

Celeste González de Bustamante presented research titled, "Violence, the State and Impunity in Mexico: Why Crimes Against Freedom of Expression and Journalists Go Unpunished,” at the Latin American Studies Association conference in New York on May 28. It was based on her Mexico project with Jeannine Relly.

Celeste González de Bustamante also served as discussant on the panel titled, “Multiple crises in Mexican journalism, II: conformity and resistance in a violent democracy.”

May 20, 2016

Nancy Sharkey received the Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, as voted on by faculty and students, at the Just Desserts celebration on May 13 at the Arizona Historical Society.

Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger’s research paper titled “News media development in the Afghan case: The enigma of news media ‘capture’ ” was accepted for presentation by the Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the AEJMC for this summer’s annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The interviews with 30 Afghan journalists were conducted in Kabul in 2015, the year after the U.S. military mission ended.

Administrative assistant Celina Centeno and professor Michael McKisson did most of the preparation work for the May 13 Just Desserts student awards ceremony. They received assistance from the awards committee of Celeste González de BustamanteSusan KnightCarol SchwalbeTerry Wimmer and Maggy Zanger; the scholarship committee of Nancy Sharkey, Knight and Wimmer; event help from senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer; and photos by outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick.

May 6, 2016

Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's book "Above Suspicion" is being made into a major motion picture. The film will star Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke, directed by Phillip Noyce. Production will start May 23 in Kentucky, where Joe's book, a work of fact-based narrative journalism, was set. 

Professor Susan Swanberg’s science journalism class finished up production on “SciView” magazine, and seven of the students are to be featured on an “Arizona Illustrated” show on PBS 6 on Sunday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Swanberg hopes the partnership with Arizona Public Media will continue for the next “SciView.” Click here for a story.
 
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante gave a research talk titled, "Online and on the ground: Identifying resistance and resilience among journalists in Mexico,” based on her work with Jeannine Relly, on April 23 at the Binational Schools of Communication Conference (BINACOM) in San Diego.At the same conference, Dr. González de Bustamante also held a workshop with colleague Jessica Retis from Cal State University Northridge on data journalism focused on the Migrahack experience.  
 
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante, on April 25, gave an invited research talk titled, “On the ground and online in Mexico: Surviving threats and aggressions in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists," at the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at Cal State University Northridge. The talk was based on her work with Jeannine Relly.
 
Professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe's research in the manuscript titled, "How Business Lobby Networks Shaped the U.S. Freedom of Information Act: An Examination of 60 Years of Congressional Testimony," was accepted for publication in the academic journal, Government Information Quarterly, with expected publication this year, the half-century anniversary for the law. 
 
Professor Nancy Sharkey took nearly a dozen of her Principles of Journalism students to the Pac-12 Networks "Television Production Student Training” on May 5 at Hillenbrand Stadium, where they learned how to run cameras and equipment in the production truck. The students also talked to sports broadcasters, including 2013 grad Kenzie Fowler, a former UA softball player.  
 
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer, professors Susan Knight and Susan Swanberg, academic adviser Paloma Boykin and professor Nancy Sharkey evaluated 176 stories on May 4 as part of the school's "outcomes assessment" — to see how far students advanced in writing, critical thinking, ethics, accuracy and numeracy between their beginning reporting class and senior year on Arizona Sonora News.
 
Professor/adviser Maggy Zanger distributed the spring 2016 edition of El Independiente after working with students on stories and production of the 44-page magazine. Click here to see the magazine.
 
Professor Kim Newton coordinated the Spring 2016 Drew Gyorke Photo Contest. The judges this semester were: Bill Hatcher, freelance photojournalist with the National Geographic; Mike Christy, staff photographer at the Arizona Daily Star; and Ryan Revock, staff photographer with the Statesville Record & Landmark in Statesville, North Carolina.
 
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick, working with Bill Schmidt and Mort Rosenblum, finished a new website for our Center for Border & Global Journalism — borderjournalism.arizona.edu — with stories, faculty bios and published work. The center is now featured on the hub page of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences — web.sbs.arizona.edu — under "units."
 
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about innovative tactics Mexican journalists are using to tell their stories amid threats of violence. Click here to see the story.
 
Professor Susan Knight and Director David Cuillier attended the Society of Professional Journalists Western Regional Conference in Phoenix. Knight accompanied several student SPJ members.

April 29, 2016

Michael McKisson spoke with about 40 UA senior communicators about how journalists use press releases in the digital world and offered better ways to pitch their stories to working journalists across the country. He polled working journalists, and then utilized Clicker Response technology with the campus communicators, comparing their answers and offering insight into how to pitch future stories.
 
Professors Michael McKisson and Celeste González de Bustamante were featured in a UANews story about their planned Mexico-Canada border project, in which students will use drone technology and 360 virtual reality journalism in the fall to tell the story. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/eye-sky-drone-help-students-tell-border-story?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=biweekly-uanow
 
Professor Mort Rosenblum was honored at the MOCA Local Genius awards dinner on April 16 (see story at http://borderjournalism.arizona.edu/news/ua-professor-rosenblum-receives-local-genius-award), and he also did a radio interview with the Jake Feinberg Show (the interview starts at the 2:00 mark, http://www.jakefeinbergshow.com/…/the-mort-rosenblum-inter…/).
 
Adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel is one of three finalists for the Arizona Press Club's Arizona Community Journalist of the Year award. The other two candidates are former UA J-school students Hank Stephenson (Arizona Capitol Times) and Murphy Woodhouse (Nogales International ).
 
Professor Jeannine Relly served as a committee member on American Indian Studies graduate student Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan's thesis defense.  The thesis title is "Who is Dr. Bernard "Bunny" Fontana?" The chair of the committee was Regents' Professor Ofelia Zepeda. Dr. Benedict Colombi, American Indian Studies also served on the committee. Relly connected by Skype for the defense on April 28. Ramon-Sauberan holds a bachelor's degree from the UA School of Journalism. She recently was accepted into the American Indian Studies doctoral program and plans to minor in journalism.
 
Professor Jeannine Relly led a graduate workshop at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, on April 20. The workshop focused on diversity issues with research design in a global context for journalism, new media, and cultural management studies students in the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture.
 
Professor Susan Knight and the Sports Journalists Club organized successful Q-and-A sessions with UA radio announcer Brian Jeffries and via Skype with ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman, a 1994 UA journalism grad. Goodman said the J-school gave him a "foundation for college basketball" and made him "understand how hard I had to work and the connections I had to make" to be a journalist.”
 
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey’s advanced reporting class published a website (“306 Today”), with stories that included rescuing hikers, football/cheerleader injuries, food waste on the border, Kitt Peak and a parrot sanctuary outside Tucson.
 
As part of an international travel panel, adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey helped pick the world's most scenic airport approaches. Malta's airport won, while LAX in Los Angeles was 10th. Joe wrote a business travel column for The New York Times for 16 years.

April 15, 2016

Susan Knight coordinated an itinerary for 1994 journalism alum Azhar Abdul-Salam, a former ESPN producer/reporter in Asia who now teaches at a university in Singapore. Azhar visited several journalism classes, talked to the Sports Journalism Club and had lunch with former school director Jacqueline Sharkey, fellow 1994 grad Sarah Tully and Knight. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences did a story on Azhar at tinyurl.com/jchbfb8

Jeannine Relly spoke with Carol Schwalbe’s research methods class about “scraping” and social network analysis this week. The students completed mini-social network graphs as part of the instruction. Relly also completed the university's introduction to teaching online course.

Nancy Sharkey took some of her pre-journalism honors students on a tour of the Arizona Daily Star newsroom and pressroom with columnist Sarah Garrecht Gassen, a J-school alum and adjunct instructor.

April 1, 2016

Professor Michael McKisson moderated a panel on how social media has changed reporting for the Public Relations Society of America luncheon.

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton’s article on the Cradle to Career Partnership recently launched in Tucson by educational, city and county leaders was published in the spring issue of Biz Tucson https://issuu.com/mcserres/docs/biztucsonspring2016/177?e=4938104/34518142. Additionally, Renée was recently asked by the Provost’s office to serve on a five-person academic program review committee for the first APR of academic advising. The committee will be reviewing the self-study the university conducted on the academic advising enterprise at UA, assessing the quality and challenges of academic advising and making recommendations for improvement. Renee will be one of two UA professionals on the committee, which will also include national experts and an alumnus.

Professor Linda Lumsden discussed her Udall Fellow research project,  Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter​, at the Udall Center on March 30.

Director David Cuillier, outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick and administrative assistant Celina Centeno worked behind the scenes to help the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences present the sold-out “Conversation on Privacy” with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky and Nuala O’Connor at Centennial Hall on March 25.

March 25, 2016

Professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey organized the most successful “Journalism on Screen” series film yet, “Citizenfour,” which included a Q-and-A with Glenn Greenwald and attracted a sold-out crowd of 500 to The Loft on March 24. Director David Cuillier introduced the film and moderated the Q-and-A, while journalism staff members Elena StaufferCelina Centeno and Mike Chesnick helped out.

Professors Susan Knight and Nancy Sharkey led groups of students to Washington, D.C., and New York, respectively, over spring break as part of their “Inside the Beltway” and “Inside the New York Times” classes.

Professor Jeannine Relly helped author a paper titled, “Protecting whistleblowers: Role of ethical climate, ethical leadership and structural protections,” which was presented on March 18 at the Fred Riggs Symposium in Seattle for the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference. Other authors were Rashmi Chordiya and Meghna Sabharwal (University of Texas at Dallas) and Evan M. Berman of Victoria University (New Zealand).

Professor Shahira Fahmy’s call for the Mass Communication and Society’s upcoming special issue, “Media Terrorism and Society,” was competitively selected. http://journalism.arizona.edu/sites/journalism.arizona.edu/files/u98/MC%26S%20special%20issue%20call-March%202016.pdf​

Professor Carol Schwalbe received a $200 Student/Faculty Interaction Grant for a day-long field trip to Saguaro National Park East with her Environmental Journalism class.  She also won the AEJMC Newspaper & Online News  $200 Teaching Grant, which will provide the remaining funds for food and transportation.

March 11, 2016

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton coordinated a well-attended Spring Internship Fair at the School of Journalism on March 4. Recruiters from 16 publications/media groups interviewed students.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante moderated a panel after the screening of the PBS Frontline documentary “Rape on the Night Shift,” on March 2 at the Gallagher Theater. Producers Andrés Cediel and Daffodil Altan and Nina Rabin from the Bacon Immigration Center participated in the panel event, sponsored by the UA School of Journalism, MAS and the Bacon center.

Professor Linda Lumsden received a Mary Lily Research Grant of $750​ from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture to conduct research at Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She will look at the papers of feminist journalist Robin Morgan, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, for a chapter of her book-in-progress,  Journalism For Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante received a $500 Student Faculty Interaction grant to hold “Pizza and Papers,” an informal research and writing session for students in JOUR150C1 at the UA Collaborative Learning Space in the Science and Engineering Library on March 23.

March 4, 2016

Professor Susan Swanberg has been invited to participate in a plenary session at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to be held June 6-9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The topic is, "Communicating Technical Subjects to a Non-Technical Audience." 

Professor Linda Lumsden received a SBSRI Small Grant to fund two weeks of research in the Sierra Club Archives at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and Sierra Club headquarters in San Francisco. The research will contribute to a chapter of her book-in-progress, Journalism For Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante oversaw a student multimedia project, “Security 360°,” that explores the effect of militarization in Ambos Nogales and the border at http://jourviz.com/security-360/ The Tucson Weekly is publishing a series of stories related to the project, with the first one March 3 at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/mapping-security-in-ambos-nogales/Content?oid=6051732

Professor Susan Swanberg has been invited to serve as a judge for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2016 DNA Day Essay Contest. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics. ASHG is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. 

Feb. 26, 2016

Professor Jeannine Relly received a Fulbright in India to study reporters and civil society organization representatives' use of the Right to Information Act. She will be visiting newsrooms and start-ups for the research in six cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata) from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15.

Professor Mort Rosenblum moderated a Feb 18 panel discussion, “Besieged Borders,” with reporters Rod Nordland (New York Times) and Perla Trevizo (Arizona Daily Star) about the global crisis of refugees and migrants. Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer organized the event for the school’s Center for Border & Global Journalism, and professor William Schmidt introduced the panel. Administrative assistant Celina Centeno and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick helped, too. Click HERE to listen to the full audio.

Professor Shahira Fahmy’s latest article with former UA grad student Rico Neumann — “War vs. peace journalism” — came out last week and was tweeted about by Journalism Research@JResearchNews. Here is the link to the article: http://journalismresearchnews.org/article-war-versus-peace-journalism/​

Professors Maggy Zanger and Jeannine Relly led a Feb. 19 discussion, “Iraq: The News Media Landscape in an Ongoing Warscape,” for the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies' spring colloquium series.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante coordinated a Feb. 23 visit to the school by Doug Mitchell, co-founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio, who spoke to students about diversity and multimedia.

Elena Stauffer, the school’s senior program coordinator, hosted three students from La Cima Middle School on Feb. 23 for two hours as part of Pima County’s Career Shadow program. The three eighth-graders had many questions about interviewing, editing, and putting a story together and also got to meet outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick, adviser Paloma Boykin, and internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton.

Feb. 12, 2016

Professor Shahira Fahmy received her second Fulbright Specialist Program award in the last 12 months: the first certificate supported her work for the United Nations in Africa and the second certificate supported her work with a NATO research center of excellence in Europe. Fahmy also was appointed to the board of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey helped organize and moderate a successful Q-and-A with journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter at the screening of “Selma” on Feb. 6. The fourth film in our “Journalism on Screen” series attracted more than 250 people to The Loft Cinema.

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton’s feature story on the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and its philanthropic work was published in the January 2016 Winter issue of BizTucson. The link to the issue is http://issuu.com/mcserres/docs/biztucsonwinter2016?e=4938104/32249386. She will have another piece in the Spring 2016 issue on the Cradle to Career Partnership, a big educational effort launched this month in Tucson.

Feb. 5, 2016

Professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson won the J-school's first engagement grant competition for a project in which students will use drone videography, 360-degree virtual reality and data journalism to study border regions in Nogales and Canada. Professor Carol Schwalbe and McKisson were runners-up for a proposal to use sensor technology in reporting. Alum Al Litzow will fund the drone project, and the school will fund the sensor project. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/drones for more info.

Professor Michael McKisson helped organize and run News Hack Arizona, a collaboration between the UA School of Journalism and the Arizona Daily Star, which provided training in data visualization and coding to journalists and students over the Jan. 30-31 weekend. Team Frog, which included alum Brenna Goth (Republic), took first place in the news hack competition with their project on OSHA. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/news/hack for more info.

Professor Rogelio Garcia is the director of photography and editor for "Ours is the Land," a film on the effect of mining on Tohono O'odham sacred burial grounds. A free screening of the documentary will be held  Friday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Student Union's Gallagher Theater.

Jan. 22, 2016

Professor Terry Wimmer acquired a professional development leave for fall 2016 to visit newsrooms in examining editing practices today to keep the School of Journalism’s curriculum current. It is the first professional development leave for the school since the college started offering them a few years ago for non-tenure track faculty.

Coordinated by professor Kim Newton, images by 12 former JOUR 203 students are on display on the hallway wall opposite of Newton’s office (327) as part of the Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest. Student photographers are: Andy Alvarado, Brenna Bailey, Ciara Biscoe, Cherie Cole (third place), Taylor Dayton, Hailey Freeman, Erik Kolsrud, Sally Lugo, Monica Milberg, Jordyn Owen, Tobey Schmidt (first place) and Courtney Talak (second place).

Professor Mort Rosenblum wrote a column for the Arizona Daily Star last week, “Preserve historic Rillito Park and Tucson’s history.” http://tucson.com/news/opinion/mort-rosenblum-preserve-historic-rillito-park-and-tucson-s-history/article_1370c7c7-4fe2-5598-bdd5-5b519ee2c910.html

Jan. 15, 2016

Linda Lumsden received an AEJMC Senior Scholars Research Grant for 2016-17​ for her project, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Common Sense to #blacklivesmatter.” She will travel to London in June to examine the world’s oldest and newest transnational social movement media. The research involves a month of archival research in The Archives and Special Collections Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science​on on how British anti-slavery activist/journalist Edmund Dene Morrell used his West African Mail newspaper to expose slavery and atrocities committed by Belgium’s King Leopold II against the people of his Congo Free State more than a century ago.  Besides the $4,000 travel grant, the award includes $750 in travel assistance to report on findings at the 2016 AEJMC conference in Minneapolis in August.

Shahira Fahmy had an hour-long interview via Skype with Netherlands Public TV (http://backlight.vpro.nl) regarding her ISIS report supported by the State Department and the Fulbright Specialist Program last fall. The station plans to also to do an in-person interview in Tucson. She also just submitted a book chapter as an extension of the work to be published in a British book by Oxford this April.

Michael McKisson and students presented Tucson's first virtual reality journalism project, a feature on the All Souls Procession, to the project’s Kickstarter backers at Borderlands Brewing downtown on Jan. 13. They showed off the equipment, answered questions and helped people view the story with a Google Cardboard or mobile phone. Here are the links to the project for VRideo and YouTube: https://www.vrideo.com/watch/baYfYQU0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d8CKRVlJz4

Jan. 8, 2016

Professor Jeannine Relly has been awarded a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant for 2015-2016. The funding supports work on an academic book.

Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer and adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey helped volunteer in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ annual Holiday Giving Project. The Sister Jose Women’s Shelter and the Arizona Children’s Association received $4,300 in gift cards, clothes, food, books and other items.

Director David Cuillier and four other journalism representatives urged greater openness and transparency from the federal government in a meeting at the White House with Josh Earnest, press secretary for President Obama.