2017 Faculty/Staff Kudos

Dec. 15, 2017

Susan Knight led a Dec. 11 community conversation hosted by the League of Women Voters about news ethics, “fake news,” and free press in a democracy.

Rogelio Garcia and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera oversaw production of the fall 2017 Arizona Cat's Eye episode. Watch it here.

Dec. 8, 2017

Terry Wimmer oversaw the fall 2017 El Independiente, "Racism in Arizona," a 64-page issue with each story translated by the UA Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program.

Celeste Bustamante and Jeannine Relly gave a talk, "Basta Ya: Grassroots and Global Efforts to Stop Violence against Journalists in Mexico," as part of the UA Center for Latin American Studies' fall lecture series. The two have traveled the entire U.S.-Mexico border twice and published several research articles, including one on the changing news practices among journalists and social media use as a result of increasing threats of violence.

Professors Susan Knight and Jeannine Relly, and adjunct instructors Tom Beal and Brett Fera judged the school's fall 2017 Mark Finley Gold Pen competition for best beginning news writing contest for JOUR 205 students on Nov. 28. See more details.

Nancy Sharkey interviewed Bruce Weber, a retired obituary writer for The New York Times, after a packed house of 300 watched "Obit" on Dec. 3 at The Loft Cinema. Prof. Bill Schmidt introduced the 2016 documentary and Weber. See a video of the Q&A and go to journalism.arizona.edu/loft for more info on the series.

Director David Cuillier wrote a story, "UA Journalism graduates happier, better prepared for life, and get jobs" for the journalism website, based on a national study this year by Gallup.

Jeannine Relly presented her co-authored paper, "A Thematic Meta-Analysis of Big Data Research in Communication and Journalism Research," to an international conference on Nov. 20 at Fudan University in Shanghai. Click here for more info on the conference.

Author and adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey talked to Jeannine Relly's master's theory class on Nov. 28 about writing nonfiction books and the process of seeing that work be adapted to the big screen. Sharkey's book, "Above Suspicion," is an upcoming film starring Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones."

Nov. 17, 2017

Jeannine Relly is presenting a co-authored paper titled "A Thematic Meta-Analysis of Big Data Research in Communication and Journalism Research," on Nov 20 at The Future of Media and Communication Research: Media Ecology and Big Data – International Conference. The conference is at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Relly was lead author on the paper with co-authors Luo Yunjuan, South China University of Technology; Sally Ann Cruikshank, Middle Tennessee State University; and Wellars Bakina, Institut Catholique de Kabgayi, Rwanda. Relly's graduate Journalism and Theory course students contributed to the study and are acknowledged in the paper.

Maggy Zanger, on professional leave in Iraqi Kurdistan, was the opening presenter Nov. 9 at a student-organized conference at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, on the United Nation’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. In Kurdistan, she also organized editing and design workshops for the student newspaper, The Voice, and wrote a grant proposal for training on hate speech with a local independent newspaper.

Celeste González de Bustamante was an invited speaker and participant at a Nov. 9-12 conference held in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota titled, “Journalism and Refugees: Media coverage and public discourse about refugee flows and integration into the European Union and the Americas.” González de Bustamante’s talk was titled, “The US-Mexico Borderlands: Shifting Realities in Contested and Collaborative Terrain.”

Jeannine Relly was invited to serve this year as chair of the AEJMC Emerging Scholars Steering Committee, which reviews junior scholar research grant proposals each year.

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton, professors Susan Knight and Nancy Sharkey, and program coordinator Debbie Cross talked to university students about journalism, study abroad, courses and clubs with community involvement at the Undergraduate Student Engagement Fair. The event, sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. was held Nov. 15 at the ENR2 Building courtyard.

Nov. 10, 2017

Rogelio Garcia is the director of photography for "The Long Shadow," a documentary on the roots of racism that was on tap for The Loft Film Fest on Nov. 12. J-school alums Sandra Westdahl ('12) and Allison (Mullally) Taylor ('11) also worked on the film, which also will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft Cinema. Click here for more information.

Terry Wimmer and Carol Schwalbe shared their stories as first-generation college students on Nov. 9, part of the panel, "Everyone has a story," with Zac Ziegler of Arizona Public Media and freshman Pascal Albright. First Gen club adviser Susan E. Swanberg and professors Jeannine Relly and Susan Knight also attended the event. Click here to see the Facebook Live replay.

Celeste Bustamante participated in the UA Center for Latin American Studies' 13th Annual Tinker Symposium on Nov. 9. She spoke on "Writing, Media, & Representation" during the event, which highlighted graduate student field research in Latin America and featured master's student Emily Ellis.

David Cuillier wrapped up self-study reports, with input from faculty and staff, for the school's academic program review of its master’s program (Nov. 29-30) and re-accreditation for the undergraduate program (Jan. 21-24).​ "It’s a great opportunity to see what this school has accomplished not in just the past six years, but in its 66 years of serving journalism and democracy!" the school director says. If you see errors or have questions, feel free to reach out, Cuillier says. 

Andres Dominguez, a 2013 UA journalism and political science graduate, began his job as the school's new administrative assistant and helped program coordinator Debbie Cross and interim administrative assistant Ethan Schwalbe with accreditation self-study materials. For two months, Schwalbe kept the journalism office running smoothly after filling in for Celina Centeno.

Sarah Garrecht Gassen, an adjunct instructor and 1995 undergrad and 2019 master's alum, was elected to the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) board of directors. She's the Arizona regional captain for JAWS, which supports women journalists' personal and professional growth at all levels.

Susan Knight and adjunct instructor Brett Fera, director of UA student media, selected four students to receive complimentary memberships in the Investigative Reporters and Editors, generously funded by alum and award-winning investigate reporter Ryan Gabrielson.

Celeste González de Bustamante invited international journalist Franc Contreras to talk to students on Nov. 1. Contreras, who is based in Mexico City and working for China Global Television (CGTV), covered the earthquakes in Mexico and NAFTA negotiations.

Carol Schwalbe's Science Journalism class went on an overnight field trip to Biosphere 2 in early October.

Celeste González de Bustamante visited Jeannine Relly's master's theory class on Oct. 31, talking about media and race and touching on the school's bordering110.com project. Relly said the class learned a lot from "Latin@s - Underrepresented Majorities in the Digital Age," the chapter González de Bustamante co-authored with Dr. Jéssica M. Retis in the "Routledge Companion to Media and Race."

Oct. 27, 2017

Mort Rosenblum will be inducted into the school's inaugural Hall of Fame class on April 7, 2018. Rosenblum, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism, is a former bureau chief and special correspondent for The Associated Press and editor of the International Herald Tribune and has written a dozen books. Read about the induction class of 16.

Michael McKisson helped the school secure a $35,000 Challenge Fund grant from the Online News Association — one of only 10 universities to receive the grant, which will let students work with the Arizona Daily Star and This Is Tucson on developing new products to engage with readers. The grant was announced in Washington, D.C., where McKisson participated in the ONA conference. Read more.

Michael McKisson and the school have launched Digital News Production and Consultation Services — reportingservices.arizona.edu — to help the state's newsrooms use drone videography and 360-degree cameras in immersive journalism projects. Read more.

Nancy Sharkey interviewed New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet before a full house at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Oct. 19. "Redefining Journalism in the Post-Truth Era" was part of the College of Social & Behavioral Science's Downtown Series, "Truth and Trust in the Global Scene." Watch the Q&A, which was broadcast live on PBS 6 by Arizona Public Media. Sharkey also helped organize Baquet's visit, including three talks to students on Oct. 19: William Schmidt's advanced reporting, Sharkey's Principles of Journalism and Susan Knight's ethics classes. Sharkey and Schmidt also took Baquet to Nogales and Amado, where he visited the ranch of Jon and Peggy Rowley. 

William Schmidt introduced New York Time Executive Editor Dean Baquet, who received the  school's Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Oct. 20 at the Westward Look. AZPM's Lorraine Rivera, an adjunct instructor, emceed the dinner and interviewed Baquet with help from school Director David Cuillier roaming the audience. School staff, led by Mike ChesnickEthan Schwalbe and Debbie Cross, organized the event, which drew 170 people and helped the school clear a profit. Watch the video of the Q&A, produced by Rogelio GarciaSee the Facebook Live replay, which includes Cuillier's student-faculty spotlight and speeches by Schmidt and Baquet. Read the Oct. 8 Arizona Daily Star Q&A with Baquet, conducted by adjunct instructor Sarah Gassen, the Star's editorial page editor.

Celeste González de Bustamante gave an invited lecture Sept. 21 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln titled, “Reporters Under Fire: Violence Against Journalists in Mexico and the United States.” Her talk was part of a visiting distinguished fellowship at the Institute for Ethnic Studies at UNL.

Celeste González de Bustamante gave an invited lecture on Sept. 26 titled, “Politics, Media and the US-Mexico Borderlands.” Her talk was one of five lectures that made up the “Voices of Mexico Week,” which celebrated the second anniversary of the UNAM (Mexico’s National Autonomous University) Center for Mexico Studies. The research on which the talks were based was published in the distinguished Voices of Mexico magazine. Here is a link to the articles: http://www.revistascisan.unam.mx/Voices/no102.php

Jeannine Relly and a colleague's work was presented at the  Southeastern Conference for Public Administration,  Defending Public Administration in a Time of Uncertainty, on Oct. 6. The paper title is "Protecting whistleblowers as an anti-corruption strategy: A multi-dimensional approach. Co-authors in this order are Rashmi Chordiya, doctoral candidate and Dr. Meghna Sabharwal at University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. Jeannine E. Relly; The University of Arizona, and  Dr. Evan M. Berman, Victoria University of Wellington.

Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial page editor of the Arizona Daily Star, and editorial writer Luis Carrasco talked to Jeannine Relly's master's theory class on Oct. 3 about the Las Vegas shooting, getting different voices into the newspaper and their podcast, "The Point Being."

Paloma Boykin, academic adviser, led the school's participation in the UA's Meet Your Major Fair at the Student Union Ballroom on Oct. 4.

Susan Knight organized the well-attended student-faculty mixer for the school's journalism clubs at Magpies on Oct. 5. She introduced some of the club officers, who gave a rundown of their plans for the school year and upcoming events.

William Schmidt introduced the school's Oct. 8 showing of "Bill Cunningham New York," part of the Journalism on Screen series at The Loft Cinema. The event included a Q&A with New York Times critic Guy Trebay and screenwriter Will Conroy. Trebay also talked to Carol Schwalbe's master's students on Oct. 9. The next film is "Obit" on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.

Renée Schafer Horton organized the fall internship fair, lining up 17 employers for students to interview with on Oct. 13.

Celeste González de Bustamante organized a talk to students on Oct. 20 by Hillary Frey, director of editorial strategy at the HuffPost. Frey was on campus as part of HuffPost's "Listen to America" road trip to interview people in 25 cities about their hopes, dreams, fears and definition of "being American."

Daniel Ramirez, an adjunct instructor, designed the school's fall 2017 alumni magazine, The Cursor. Mike Chesnick, outreach coordinator, wrote and edited the 32-page magazine, which went out in early October. Read The Cursor

Jeannine Relly invited Arizona Daily Star investigative reporter Perla Trevizo, who spoke to Relly's master's theory class on Oct. 19 about the challenges of covering immigration, organized crime and other topics. Trevizo recently returned from a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship in Germany.

Mike Christy, an adjunct instructor, invited Arizona Daily Star photographer Kelly Presnell to talk to Christy's 203 class on Oct. 25. Presnell showed images and talked about covering Hurricane Katrina, and he shared several sports photos and how to cover games. Christy also is a Star photographer. 

Jeannine Relly arranged for Beth Stahmer, director of the college's Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, to talk to her master's students on Oct. 24. Stahmer and Anthropology grad student Elizabeth Eklund gave students tips on funding sources for projects and academic work. Go to sbsri.sbs.arizona.edu for more info.

William Schmidt participated in the James Foley Run on Oct. 14, giving students a short history on the journalist who was kidnapped and slain by ISIS in 2014, while Susan Knight staffed the Society of Professional Journalists table and handed out info on SPJ and Foley.

Celeste González de Bustamante and Anthropology Prof. Linda Green accompanied students to the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez area Oct. 13-15 as the grad students worked on multimedia reports comparing the border there with Nogales.

Paloma BoykinNancy Sharkey and Mike Chesnick hosted the Family Weekend mixer with parents and students on Oct. 14 at the Reading Room.

Sept. 29, 2017

Renée Schafer Horton organized the Sept. 27 Pizza & Portfolios in Marshall 344, where eight local journalists gave job-preparation tips and reviewed students' resumes, cover letters and clips. The panel included Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel), Johanna Willett ('13, Arizona Daily Star), Myles Standish (Star), Danyelle Khmara (Tucson Weekly), EJ Junker (KOLD-TV), Caitlin Schmidt ('14, Star), Luis Carrasco (Star) and Samantha Cortese (KGUN 9-TV).

Susan Knight moderated a Q&A with Arizona Daily Star editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88) after the school's Journalism on Screen showing of "Shattered Glass" at The Loft on Sept. 17. Click here to see the Q&A on the school's Youtube channel. See upcoming films at journalism.arizona.edu/Loft

Carol Schwalbe touted the school's environmental journalism program Sept. 26 at the Institute for the Environment's Fall Fest '17 with UA President Robert Robbins. She told students about courses, while her husband, herpetologist Cecil R. Schwalbe, showed off a gila monster, a snake and two desert tortoises. Click here to see the school's science journalism webpage.

Michael McKisson and students Amanda Oien and Erik Kolsrud gave UA President Robert Robbins the lowdown on drones, 360 cameras, virtual reality journalism and the school's bordering110.com project at the Sept. 22 SBS Showcase at the Student Union rotunda. Director David Cuillier introduced the three to Robbins, and McKisson helped Dean JP Jones III fly the drone on the UA mall. Click here for photos.

Susan Knight oversaw the all-clubs leadership retreat on Sept. 16. Susan E. Swanberg worked with students as adviser of the new First Gen club. Other faculty members attending the lunch were Celeste Bustamante, Mike McKisson and Sarah Garrecht Gassen.

Linda Lumsden has been elected to a three-year term on the SBS Faculty Advisory Committee, which offers faculty input to SBS Dean J.P. Jones III.

The UA selected Susan Knight as an Honors Professor for the 2017-2018 school year. She is teaching a freshman seminar, "Media Ethics: The Journalist in American Film." Click here to read about the 60-plus Honors College professors. Knight follows Nancy Sharkey, an Honors Professor last year.

Sept. 15, 2017

Kim Newton, on professional development leave in London, was granted rare access to a balcony at Buckingham Palace from where his grandfather, Algernon Newton, painted a landscape scene in 1934. Newton is using an archive of his grandfather’s notes, writings and sketches to locate and photograph the landscapes depicted in the artist’s paintings – each from the same position, lighting and time of year. Just before his visit to the palace, Newton had a scare when a bomb on a subway train headed his way exploded one stop from where he planned to board, injuring dozens. “I was extremely fortunate,” he said.

Susan E. Swanberg has been invited to participate in a roundtable panel titled "Social, Political, and Economic Theory as Policy 'Relevance-Makers' for Environmental History" to be held at the March, 2018 meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Riverside, California. She will present her research on a long-debunked 19th century theory of climatology best know by the phrase "rain follows the plow." Swanberg will focus on the role journalism played in using the debunked theory to promote settlement of the Great Plains. Her hypothesis, for which she's found evidence, is that the cultural impact of this debunked theory continues and has made the public less receptive to modern climate change theory.
Susan Knight organized an All-Clubs Leadership and Planning Retreat for Sept. 16. Nearly 30 students signed up, from freshmen to graduate students, with some joining the new First-Gen club under adviser Susan E. Swanberg. 

Susan E. Swanberg will moderate a paper session titled "Propaganda and Persuasion in War and a Workers' Union" at the October 2017 meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ethan Schwalbe, co-director of the school's Journalism Diversity Workshop in June, is filling in as the school's administrative assistant after Celina Centeno left Sept. 6. Centeno spent two days bringing Schwalbe up to speed, and she said goodbye to faculty and staff at a get-together at Gentle Ben's.

Sept. 1, 2017

Michael McKisson was one of 17 professors in the nation chosen to be a "Disruptive Educators Fellow" by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. McKisson will give insights about easy-to-launch online news projects that excite students and faculty at the Oct. 4-7 Online News Association conference in Washington, D.C. Read more here.
Jeannine Relly was invited to participate on the Scientific Committee in advance of the Future of Media and Communication Research: Media Ecology and Big Data 2017 International Conference, which will be held in Shanghai, China. The conference is organized by Fudan Information and Communication Research Center & Fudan Journalism School (Fudan University) and the Institute for International Journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. The conference is Nov. 19-21.
Susan Swanberg attended a reception Aug. 31 for the Udall Center's new faculty fellows, a get-together also attended by Director David Cuillier. Her project is titled “Spinning Science: Science Journalism’s Role at the Interface of Science and Public Policy During the Birth of the Atomic Age.” See a story.
Adjunct instructor and alum Joe Ferguson, a political reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, tweeted from President Trump's rally and protests in Phoenix on Aug. 22. Follow him at twitter.com/joeferguson.
Director David Cuillier's reaction to President Trump's rally in Phoenix aired Aug. 27 on Arizona Week on PBS 6. View the segment hereLorraine Rivera ('04), a J-school adjunct instructor, is host of the show.
Celeste González de Bustamante's Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands class watched the partial eclipse in Nogales, where students will meet each Monday to cover border issues. Master's grad Kendal Blust of the Nogales International also spoke with students! Last fall's class produced an award-winning project, Bordering110.com.
Mike Christy ('11), a photographer for the Arizona Daily Star, took shots of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with a special telescope filter while people gathered in front of the J-school's Marshall Building. Christy, an adjunct instructor, is teaching Kim Newton's photojournalism class this fall. See some of his eclipse photos here.

Aug. 18, 2017 

Linda Lumsden won the Best Faculty Paper in the History Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. She presented the paper, titled: "Abolitionist Aggregator: Collective Action Frames in the British Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter, the World’s First Social Movement Periodical, 1825-1833." Read the abstract here. She also participated in the conference's editorial board meeting for the American Journalism journal's special issue on Suffrage and the Media, choosing selections for the Spring 2019 issue in commemoration of the centennial of the Aug. 26, 1920, signing of the 19th Amendment granting women the vote.

Celeste González de Bustamante presented the school's digital-winning Bordering110.com project to the AEJMC Conference in Chicago. Michael McKisson helped Bustamante oversee the project, which was reported on by 10 students last fall. Read a story about the conference.

Jeannine Relly presented her paper, a collaboration with political scientist Rajdeep Pakanati, at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago: “Toward a global model of agenda building and gatekeeping: Collective action and Right to Information legislation in the India case.”

Carol Schwalbe moderated two panels — "Going Mobile in the Classroom: How to Turn a Teaching Distraction into a Teaching Tool," and "Beyond the Ethics Lesson: Creative Ways to Incorporate Ethics in the Classroom" — at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago. In addition, she presented Bakina Wellars' master's paper. She also presented a teaching tip at the Teaching Marathon, sponsored by the Magazine Media and Visual Communication Divisions, and was selected as a finalist in the GIFT (Great Ideas for Teachers) competition.

Susan Swanberg will present and participate in a September panel discussion for the APHL (Association of Public Health Laboratories) on the CDC campus in Atlanta. She'll discuss how to write science stories for the public about complex issues in molecular biology. More details

Michael McKisson presented "Journalism 360: Using immersive technology to transport the audience to the story," at the Aug. 7 "Virtual Reality Summit" at the UA Science-Engineering Library. Go here for more details from University of Arizona Libraries.

Celeste González de Bustamante was a visiting invited faculty member at the NEH Summer Institute titled: Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert from July 25-27. She gave several lectures that focused on her research on violence against journalists in Mexico and the history of the news media and the US-Mexico borderlands. Here’s a link to the institute.

Susan Swanberg's essay on teaching science and environmental journalism, "Notes From An Undercover Literary Journalism Fan: Using Techniques from science writing classes to help students see," was published in the summer, 2017 issue of Literary Journalism, the Newsletter of the IALJS (International Association for Literary Journalism Studies).

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton wrote an Aug. 15 op-ed column in the Arizona Daily Star, "Five Tips for college freshmen and their parents."

Susan Swanberg wrote an invited review about the anthology of essays, "Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction," which will be published in the fall 2017 issue of Literary Journalism Studies, the scholarly publication of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Read about the essays.

Open Road Media published the 2017 revised editions of adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's three true crime books in an ebook 3-pack: "Above Suspicion," "Deadly Greed" and "Death Sentence." The "Above Suspicion" film, starring Emilia Clarke, should hit theaters later this year. Also, "Deadly Greed" has been optioned for a movie, and "Death Sentence" is in screenplay pre-production.

Aug. 4, 2017

Susan Swanberg talked about her paper, “Writing While Under the Influence: John Hersey and the Writings of Hiroshima Eyewitness John A. Siemes, S.J.,” to the American Journalism Historians Association blog, The Intelligencer. Read it here. She presented the paper at the recent International Association of Literary Journalism Studies conference held in Canada.

Michael McKisson's drone videography accompanied a story about trains — and why there are so many engines parked east of Tucson — on Arizona Public Media's "Arizona Week" on PBS 6. Watch the episode.

Joe Sharkey, an adjunct instructor, wrote his first piece for the travel website JohnnyJet.com on his five-country African Safari trip with his wife, Prof. Nancy Sharkey, who provided photos and video. Read it here.

July 21, 2017

Jeannine Relly led a workshop on qualitative research for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University on July 13. The SUSI program at Ohio University is led by the Institute for International Journalism and this year includes academics and journalists from 17 countries.

Linda Lumsden joined the editorial team of a new website and database, Suffrage and the Media. It is a companion site to a planned April 2019 publication to commemorate the 2020 centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. "I'm honored to be a small part of this fantastic new resource," she says.

Jeannine Relly was interviewed for a piece written about an initiative launched in Mexico by hundreds of Mexican journalists to work toward improving the security environment in the country for those in the profession. Relly also spoke about the findings of fieldwork that she did with Celeste González de Bustamante in 2013-2014. That work was published in June in a monograph. Click here to read the post published by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Tom Beal retired on July 14 after 43 years of working for the Arizona Daily Star. Tom, an adjunct instructor who is teaching advanced reporting in the fall, celebrated July 15 with family, friends and co-workers at Borderlands Brewing and wrote a farewell column in the July 16 newspaper. "My colleagues and editors at the Star have taught me, nurtured me and given me many opportunities to practice a craft I have loved from the moment I first walked in the door on July 16, 1974," Beal said. In turn, the science reporter and former editorial page columnist and editor mentored many co-workers and apprentices through the years.

June 30, 2017 

Kim Newton presented new South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a signed photo that Newton took 30 years ago during the country’s democracy movement in a June 10 ceremony in Seoul. Newton also wrote Moon with a letter explaining the July 1987 photo, which shows two students mourning the loss of a classmate killed during the student movement. Click here for a full story. UANews picked up the story here and included a Seoul radio interview with Newton and a Facebook post from Moon thanking the professor. Newton was teaching his photojournalism class in Italy when he was summoned by the director of a documentary to attend the June 10 ceremony.
Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante saw their study on violence against journalists picked up by UANews. Click here to see the story.
C-SPAN ran a 13-minute interview with J-school Director David Cuillier about his book, "The Art of Access," on how journalists and citizens can acquire public records. Watch it here.
More than 1,500 attended the June 22-25 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Phoenix, including alums and J-school Director David Cuillier, who spoke about "The art of access: Strategies for acquiring public records in an increasingly anti-media world." Read more about the IRE in this Arizona Republic preview.
Carol Schwalbe and Ethan Schwalbe co-directed the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students at the School of Journalism, helping students publish the Chronicle newspaper and a website. Eleven students learned reporting and writing basics, media ethics, broadcast and multimedia journalism, design and editing, and different storytelling techniques. Speakers included professors Jeannine Relly, Susan Swanberg, Susan Knight and Michael McKisson, and academic adviser Paloma Boykin. Read a full story to see the other alums, speakers and students who helped out.
Adjunct instructor and alumna Sarah Garrecht Gassen (B.A. '95, M.A. '10) is the new editorial page editor of the Arizona Daily Star. She runs the Star's apprentice program with our students. Read alumna Jill Jorden Spitz's story on Gassen.
The UA Foundation honored retired professor Edith Sayre Auslander at the Women's Plaza of Honor on Friday. She is a J-school alumna and a former Arizona Board of Regents president. Click here for her Plaza of Honor webpage.

June 2, 2017 

A new study by Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante“Global and Domestic Networks Advancing Prospects for Institutional and Social Change: The Collective Action Response to Violence Against Journalists,” was published online and will appear in the June issue of Journalism & Communication Monographs. Click here for more details.

Jeannine Relly presented her research with Lindita Camaj and Rajdeep Pakanati on a panel at the International Communication Association conference in San Diego on May 29. The work is titled, "The impact of Freedom of Information laws on journalists’ news production: FOI laws as channels of newsgathering in Bulgaria and India." Relly also served as a judge in the International Communication Division of AEJMC's multimedia story competition.

Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly presented their research paper, “When Violence Enters the Workplace: A Qualitative Look at Gender Roles Among Journalists in Northern Mexico,” at the
ICA and Binational Association of Schools of Communication pre-conference in San Diego. The paper is part of the scholars’ larger book project on violence against journalists in Mexico.

Also in San Diego, Celeste González de Bustamante moderated and was a panelist in the session titled, “Pushing pedagogical frontiers: Teaching border journalism in the age of nativism," at the ICA preconference “Research, Intervention and Exchange Across the U.S./Mexican Border,” sponsored by the BINACOM (Binational Schools of Communication)/

Linda Lumsden presented her paper, “Moral Shock And Muckraking In The Congo Free State: A Framing Analysis of E. D. Morel’s West African Mail Through the Prism of Social Movement Theory,” to the History Division of the International Communication Association conference on May 26, 2017 in San Diego.

Jeannine Relly has been invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium – Summer Research Institute at The University of Arizona this summer. Relly will work with a student from Kansas who will assist with academic research this summer. The student also will work on an academic research paper this summer, as well.

Debbie Cross began May 22 as the school's senior program coordinator for course scheduling, graduate studies and the Center for Border & Global Journalism. For 20 years, Debbie had a key role at Tucson's Antigone Books, where she did event planning, training, buying and purchasing and bookselling for the independent bookstore. She also worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has a master's in creative writing from UA.

May 19, 2017 

Susan Swanberg was one of four UA faculty members selected as Udall Center Fellows for 2017-18. She will do her fellowship in the spring, with her project titled “Spinning Science: Science Journalism’s Role at the Interface of Science and Public Policy During the Birth of the Atomic Age.” Click here to read more.

Linda Lumsden's paper titled "Abolitionist Aggregator: Collective Action Frames in the British Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter, the World’s First Social Movement Periodical, 1825-1833​" was accepted for a Best Faculty Papers panel presentation by the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference Aug. 9-12 in Chicago.

Jeannine Relly and political scientist Rajdeep Pakanati's paper titled "Toward a global model of agenda building and gatekeeping: Collective action and Right to Information legislation in the India case" was accepted for a panel presentation in the International Communication Division of the AEJMC conference in Chicago in August.

Carol Schwalbe and Jeannine Relly received a $3,500 grant from the Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute for research focused on Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza. 

Susan Swanberg attended the annual conference of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) in Nova Scotia, presenting May 13 her research, "Writing While Under the Influence: John Hersey and the Writings of Hiroshima Eyewitness John A. Siemes, S.J." It was the fifth conference Swanberg has presented at since late February.

Linda Lumsden is among a team of journalism historians awarded a New York Humanities action grant for its Women's Suffrage and the Media database and website project commemorating the centennial of the final campaign that culminated in 19th Amendment granting women the vote on Aug. 26, 1920. Brooke Kroeger of New York University heads the effort; other members include journalism history professors Jinx Broussard, Kathy Roberts Forde, Linda Steiner, Ford Risley Jane Rhodes, Jane Marcellus, Carolyn Kitch and Maurine Beasley. The site is a companion to the anticipated April 2019 special issue of American Journalism on Women's Suffrage and the Media that the women will edit. Lumsden is on the journal's editorial board.

Rogelio Garcia oversaw the production of the Spring 2017 "Arizona Cat's Eye," with help from adjunct Lorraine Rivera. Click here to watch the episode.

Linda Lumsden will appear on C-SPAN's 'Book TV' show on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. AZ (PDT) time to discuss her book, INEZ: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland. The glamorous suffragist's death while campaigning for suffrage in 1916 set off the final, militant phase of the  votes-for-women movement. After May 21, click here to watch the taped version.

Adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel was named interim editor at the Tucson Weekly while it looks to replace Mari Herreras.

Director David Cuillier was interviewed about the media cycle in the Trump era and other journalism topics on the "Bill Buckmaster Show" on May 18. Ray Allen filled in as the guest host. Click here to hear the podcast (31:00 mark).

May 5, 2017 

Carol Schwalbe, director of graduate studies, won the Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, as voted on by students and faculty. She was honored May 4 at the Just Desserts student awards ceremony at the Arizona Historical Society. Mark Woodhams, Anne Segal and Jo Marie Barkley of the Journalism Advisory Council judged the awards. See story and video

Celeste González de Bustamante organized "Mexico: The Storytellers," a presentation by her U.S. Press and Latin America class at UA Special Collections on April 25. Lenin Martell, a professor from Mexico, was the keynote speaker at the event, co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism, UA Libraries Special Collections and the school. Photos

Terry Wimmer oversaw his classes' publication of the spring El Independiente: "Living in Shadows: The Long-Term Undocumented." Adjunct instructor Daniel Ramirez helped students with the design of the magazine, which included well-reported stories and double-truck graphics. Read the issue.

Carol and Ethan Schwalbe spoke to Eva Lange’s journalism class at Sahuaro High School. They told the students about the Dow Jones Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. They also talked about the UA journalism program and showed videos about the school, the border class and summer study abroad in Costa Rica.

Michael McKisson and Celeste González de Bustamante, with help from grad student Jenny Hijazi, chatted with donors April 26 at the Magellan Circle Reception at Hacienda del Sol, sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The three talked about drone and virtual reality journalism, including the Bordering 110 project.

Jeannine Relly invited Bethany Barnes, a reporter for The Oregonian and a 2013 master's grad, to talk via Skype to Relly's research methods class about investigative reporting.

Adjunct instructor Cathy Burch of the Arizona Daily Star surprised her 205 class on May 3 with a guest: Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. "I loved the students' reaction," she said. "They thought I was going to make them do a turnaround in-class assignment for the final. Instead, they got to laugh for 90 minutes."

Celina Centeno, administrative assistant, organized the 51st annual Just Desserts student awards ceremony at the Arizona Historical Society on May 4, with help from Mike ChesnickMartha Castleberry and Kris Hogeboom (from business office), Paloma Boykin and Renee Schafer Horton.

Mike Chesnick, outreach coordinatorwas named a finalist for the 2017 SBS Outstanding Staff Award and was recognized at the SBS annual appreciation luncheon on April 26 at the Tucson University Park Hotel.

April 21, 2017

Kim Newton was recognized for his 10th year with the School of Journalism at the annual UA Service Awards reception on April 20 at the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

Celeste Bustamante and Michael McKisson oversaw the release of "Bordering 110°," a multimedia project from their fall 2016 U.S.-Mexico border reporting class that compares the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta. Click here to see the project.

David Cuillier was a panelist for the student SPJ-sponsored discussion, "The Future of Press Freedom in an Era of Fake News," on April 12 at the UA Main Library. Susan Knight helped organize the event. Other panelists included alums David Fitzsimmons (Arizona Daily Star), Linda Valdez (Arizona Republic) and Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel) and UA librarian Mary Feeney. Click here to see the Facebook Live video. 

Michael McKisson talked about drones at the iSpace Tech's "Friday Tech Talk" on April 14 at the Science and Engineering library. He covered safe flying, best practices, FAA certification, and showed clips from reporting projects.

Nancy Sharkey moderated a Skype conversation with students and Savannah Guthrie ('93), co-anchor for NBC's "Today Show," on April 20. See photos here and stay tuned for a video.

Adjunct instructor Megan Kimble's food journalism class took a tour of Mission Garden on April 10.

April 7, 2017

Maggy Zanger won the Center for Border & Global Journalism's inaugural faculty research grant to for her proposal to study the effect of violence, economic crisis and extremist religious ideology on Iraqi Kurdistan's journalists. An outside review panel did the judging. Click here for a full story.

Michael McKisson and William Schmidt won a $3,000 engagement grant from the UA School of Journalism for a proposal to combine their advanced reporting and advanced multimedia courses — and take their teaching out of the classroom and into the field while using cutting-edge technology. Alum Al Litzow funded the grant. Click here for a full story.

Jeannine Relly and Rajdeep Pakanati have been invited to present their research paper titled "Pressing for public accountability: Civil society organizations, social activists, journalists & the Indian Right to Information Act" at the Fifth Global Conference on Transparency Research being held at the University of Limerick in Ireland from June 19-21.

Kim Newton showed some of his photos from his trip to South Korea at "Pints & Pixels," a March 28 event at The Shanty hosted by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

March 24, 2017

David Cuillier's study for the Knight Foundation, "Forecasting Freedom of Information," came out on March 12, and he presented the findings that day to a crowd of journalists at SXSW in Austin. Cuillier was interviewed by CSPAN about the study.

Susan E. Swanberg presented her conference paper, “Borrowed Chronicles: New York Times Science Journalist William L. ‘Atomic Bill’ Laurence and the Reports of a Hiroshima Survivor,” and participated in a panel discussion presented at the Legacies of the Manhattan Project at 75 Years conference in Hanford, Washington on March 16.

Celeste González de Bustamante took 12 students from her U.S. Press and Latin America class on a spring-break trip to Mexico City, where they interviewed journalists and foreign correspondents, and toured media outlets and Prof. Lenin Martell's Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEM).

Nancy Sharkey took nine honors students to New York City during spring break to visit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, First Look Media, and NBC and "The Today Show." The trip also included visits to the 9-11 Memorial Museum, along the Hudson River and in front of the N.Y. Stock Exchange, in addition to "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and a new play, "Church and State." Snow forced adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey to take students on an "abbreviated version of my Forced March through Lower Manhattan."

Susan E. Swanberg presented her conference paper, “Nuclear Shadows: The Legacy of New York Times Science Journalist and War Department Propagandist, William L. ‘Atomic Bill’ Laurence,“ and participated in a panel discussion on propaganda at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference (JJCHC) at New York University on March 11.
Jeannine Relly was invited to serve on the Faculty Advisory Board and as an affiliated faculty member of the College's Center for Digital Society and Data Studies.  She also participated on Friday on a SBSRI panel featuring Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright Specialists.

Susan E. Swanberg presented her conference paper, “Walt Disney’s ‘The Living Desert’: Documentary or Docufiction?“ at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's 38th Annual Conference in Albuquerque on Feb. 18.

March 10, 2017

Kim Newton traveled to South Korea to participate in a documentary for the 30th anniversary of the country's democracy movement, and he took photos after a court upheld the impeachment of South Korea’s president. Newton met Opposition Democracy Party Floor Leader Woo Sang-ho, who has a 1987 photo taken by Newton hanging in his office. The image, in which Mr. Woo is holding a picture of slain student Lee Han-Yeol, helped a broadcast company find Newton to be part of the documentary. Story

Linda Lumsden has received an SBSRI Research Professorship for Fall 2017. The grant will fund a course release to complete the manuscript for her book, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #womensmarch.” The book will be published by Peter Lang Ltd. at the end of 2018.
Maggy Zanger spoke March 3 about working safely in the field on a panel about mental and physical health and safety for a half-day workshop at the Student Union on “Preparing for International Trips, Programs & Research,” sponsored by Global Initiatives. 
Maggy Zanger organized and facilitated a panel of Tucson women for a one-hour live radio program to talk about the the status of women of color and migrants for International Women's Day on KXCI radio, 91.3 FM. The community radio station rebroadcasted the show March 8. Click here to hear the podcast.
Jeannine Relly served this week on the Center for Middle Eastern Studies governing board committee that reviewed more than 50 applications for the Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Program. She also participated on the university committee for the Commission on the Status of Women that selected campus-wide awards among more than 20 nominations.

Jeannine Relly was recognized with 10 other scholars across the UA campus at an "esteemed faculty reception" for being selected to a national academy or association as a scholar/fellow in 2016.
Mort Rosenblum wrote a guest column for the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 24: “Trump’s biggest enemy is the truth.”
Renee Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized the Spring Internship Fair on March 3. More than 15 publications participated, including alum John D’Anna with the Arizona Republic and Gannett. Photos.
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey and former New York Times foreign correspondent/editor Craig Whitney participated in a Q&A after the March 5 showing of “The Killing Fields" at The Loft Cinema, our final Journalism on Screen film of the spring.  About 200 people attended the event, organized by William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey. Whitney also spoke to several journalism classes on March 2.
Susan Knight and the UA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a meeting for all journalism students interested in learning more about the school’s nine clubs on March 8 in the Reading Room. SPJ is planning a forum this spring on attacks on freedom of the press.
Nancy Sharkey arranged for former Boston Globe editor and reporter Walter V. Robinson to speak to her  “Inside the N.Y. Times” class on March 9. He told students they "can do investigative reporting — even on deadline.” Robinson led the Globe's Pulitzer-winning series on the Catholic Church scandal, and Michael Keaton played him in “Spotlight.”
Director David Cuillier testified before the state House Education Committee on March 6 in support of a bill that protects the rights of student journalists and advisers from censorship and punishment in high schools, community colleges and universities. The bill passed the panel and now will go up for a full House vote.
Students from Hopi High in Northern Arizona, led by adviser Stan Bindell, visited the J-school on March 4. Director David Cuillier gave them a tour and answered questions; Professor Michael McKisson showed off our drone and 360 camera; UA senior Maxie Ruan played her video on Native American students; and Professor Carol Schwalbe and her son, Ethan, talked about our High School Diversity Workshop. Before the students went home, outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick took them to the turtle pond and Old Main.
Director David Cuiller was the keynote speaker at FOIA Fest in Chicago on Feb. 25, and the Arizona Republic published his Feb. 26 guest column on President Trump's attacks on the media. The Arizona Daily Wildcat also interviewed Cuillier for a story on the Arizona Board of Regents' secrecy regarding the UA president search.
At least 10 students, professors Celeste Bustamante and Mort Rosenblum and visiting scholar Ana Arana participated in security training for border journalists Feb. 24-25 in Nogales, Sonora. William Schmidt and the Center for Border & Global Journalism sponsored a dinner for organizer Jorge Luis Sierra. Photos
Rogelio Garcia arranged for alum Marcy Jones ('10), a reporter at Fox 10 in Phoenix, to speak about live reporting and her career to his broadcast class on March 9. Garcia also brought in KGUN9 multimedia journalist Max Darrow to talk about interviewing people on camera, the importance of visual storytelling and how to get your first job in news.


Feb. 24, 2017

The Center for Border & Global Journalism hosted a free screening of the documentary, “Finding Oscar” on Feb. 22, with William Schmidt introducing the film and Celeste González de Bustamante moderating a panel discussion afterward that included visiting scholar Ana Arana, director Ryan Suffern and co-producer Scott Greathead. The Steven Spielberg-executive-produced film, about the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, drew on co-reporting from Arana and will be available for streaming this summer. Watch the trailer.

Director David Cuillier's article, “Trump to make FOI great again,” ran in the latest Quill magazine (pages 19-20). He also did an interview with Arizona Public Media on Trump and the media (8:45 mark). His IRE Journal column in latest 2016 Fourth Quarter issue, “Pro se power: How to sue for public records on your own” (pages 32-33). The Arizona Republic also plans to publish a guest column from Cuillier about Trump’s attacks on the media on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Jeannine Relly was featured in a Global Initiatives story, “UA professors teach and research in India as part of Fulbright experience.” In the fall, she visited newsrooms and startups in various Indian cities as part of her Fulbright research on the country’s Right to Information Act.
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton organized a Feb. 21 panel of five media professionals, who gave seniors and grad students advice on landing a job. Michael Chihak (Arizona Public Media), alum Ann Brown (Arizona Daily Star), Tom Burke (KGUN 9), alum Maggie Driver (Lavidge) and Mari Herreras (Tucson Weekly) spoke and took questions for more than two hours, and accepted résumés from 16 students.
Michael McKisson helped host News Hack Arizona 2017 on Feb. 18-19, focusing on sensor journalism. More than 80 people registered for the event. Yoohyun Jung (’15) of the Arizona Daily Star wrote a story on the two-day event.
Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt organized the Journalism on Screen showing of “The Insider” on Feb. 12 at The Loft Cinema, with a Q-and-A with former "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman and N.Y. Times lawyer David McCraw. Bergman, director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, talked to classes on Feb. 13, and McCraw gave a talk on “fake news” at the Law College on the same day. Here's a video clip of Bergman talking about covering President Trump.

J-school visiting scholar Jessica Retis, an associate professor about Retis here.
Macarena Hernandez, a Baylor journalism professor, talked to students in five classes at the J-school on Feb. 14. Hernandez, a former San Antonio Express News reporter and Dallas Morning News columnist, has covered U.S. Latino issues extensively and her multimedia work has been featured on Frontline/PBS.at Cal State Northridge, spoke to students and faculty Feb. 15-16 about approaches to understanding transnationalism, Latinos and the media, and about teaching civic advocacy journalism in the digital era when covering diversity and minorities. Read more about Hernandez.

Feb. 10, 2017

Susan Knight and Elena Stauffer met with faculty and students in the journalism program at Tucson High Magnet School on Jan. 26. Elena discussed the UA School of Journalism’s high school journalism summer program and Susan talked about threats to high school journalism programs and worked with students on how to localize major national stories — the border wall, limit on Syrian immigration, and women’s reproductive rights issues — into stories for the Tucson High audience. Elena, senior program coordinator, left Feb. 1 for a similar position in History. She will be missed.
Jeannine Relly was an invited “expert” for Noam Chomsky and Marvin Waterstone's course, "What is politics?" Relly was asked to participate in a Q&A with Chomsky. Also, Relly, Lindita Camaj and Rajdeep Pakanati's comparative research work on access to information legislation in Bulgaria and India has been accepted for a panel titled “Access to Information in the Age of Digitally Networked Information and Communication” for the annual International Communication Association conference in San Diego. The project is titled, “The impact of Freedom of Information laws on journalists’ news production: FOI laws as channels of newsgathering in Bulgaria and India.”
Adjunct instructor Irene McKisson attended the Women’s Leadership Accelerator forum on digital journalism in Los Angeles this week. Irene, one of 25 women selected from 300-plus applicants, is editor of the Arizona Daily Star's This Is Tucson. 
Director David Cuillier testified before the state Senate education committee in support of a bill to expand freedom of the press protections for student journalists at public schools, community colleges and universities across Arizona. The bill passed the committee unanimously and moves to the full Senate. Read Christianna Silva's story.
Adjunct instructor Fred Brock was one of the star speakers on the trans-Atlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary, as part of The New York Times’ “Times Journeys” program. He joined three other Times colleagues in lecturing to passengers about journalism and The Times.

Jan. 27, 2017

Linda Lumsden's paper, "Moral Shock and Muckraking in the Congo: E.D. Morel’s West African Mail,​ 1903-1906," has been chosen for presentation by the History Division at the International Communications Association annual convention in San Diego in late May. 

Celeste González de Bustamante and KGUN-TV anchor-reporter Valerie Cavazos spoke to Cholla High School students about journalism, fake news and coverage of Latinos, including historical events such as the Zoot Suit riots in the early 1940s in Los Angeles, on Jan. 27 in Marshall 340.
Jeannine Relly spoke about the importance of fact-checking at the Inauguration Day Teach-In on Jan. 20 at the UA Mall.

William Schmidt, with help from fall semester Epitaph adviser Joe Sharkey, saw five of his JOUR 306 students published in Arizona Sonora News: Danyelle Kharma, Genesis Lara, Liz O’Connell, Harrison Reed and Nicholas Johnson, all of whom did their stories originally as class assignments. Also, ASN published a story written last spring by Emily Ellis, who was a graduate student in Schmidt’s feature writing class.
Nancy Sharkey introduced Star sports columnist Greg Hansen before the school’s Journalism on Screen showing of “The Natural.” Hansen gave insight into the Alonzo Trier story, media access and the Baseball Hall of Fame steroid dilemma with screenwriter Will Conroy at the Loft. See the video.

Jan. 6, 2017

Susan Swanberg’s abstract, “Writing While Under the Influence: John Hersey and the Writings of Hiroshima Eyewitness John A. Siemes, S.J.,” has been accepted for presentation at the Twelfth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-12), “Literary Journalism: From the Center, From the Margins” at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from May 11-13.

Susan Swanberg will present a conference paper, “Walt Disney’s ‘The Living Desert’ — Documentary or Docufiction?​” at the 38th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference to be held in Albuquerque from Feb. 15-18.
Jeannine Relly was invited to serve on the AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program Steering Committee during the fall 2016 semester. The committee work focuses upon the organization's junior scholar research.
Joe Sharkey’s audio book of his revised and updated “Above Suspicion” was released by Penguin-Random House. The print, e-book (published by Open Road) is out Jan. 17, and the movie starring Emilia Clarke is set to be in theaters in May.