2017 Student Kudos

April 21, 2017

Hannah Dahl won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's spring 2017 best beginning news writing contest for JOUR 205 students on April 17. Gabrielle Mix finished second, and Michaela Webb took third. Dahl will receive $1,000 in scholarship money, followed by Mix ($750) and Webb ($500). Click here for more details.

Ciara Encinas landed a CBS News summer internship in Washington D.C. Encinas, a KOLD-TV/Tucson News Now intern and reporter for the Arizona Daily Wildcat's UATV 3, will work with the CBS Newspath team —reporting on stories, coordinating scripts and assisting on shoots, to name a few duties.

David Del Grande accepted a summer internship with NJ Advance Media and NJ.com, which creates content for 15 print newspapers in New Jersey, including The Star-Ledger in Newark.

Ten students from the school's U.S.-Mexico border reporting class produced the multimedia project, "Bordering 110°," which compares the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta. Brenna Bailey, Maritza Camila Dominguez Azua, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Clark Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Eva Laskey, Julia Leon, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver used drones, 360° video and audio to enhance the project. See it here.

Chastity Laskey was named editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat for the summer and fall. "I'm very thankful for all the experiences the Wildcat has given me ... every day I get to meet and work alongside great journalists and amazing people," said Laskey, a Wildcat reporter and editor for the last six semesters.

Mikayla Mace defended her master's thesis, "Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the United States and United Kingdom 2011-2016" on April 14 in Marshall 340. Mace, who wants to be a science journalist, received her B.S. from UA in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, with a minor in Astronomy. Carol Schwalbe (chair), Jeannine Relly and Susan E. Swanberg were her committee members. 

Bakina Wellars defended his master's thesis, "The Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers," on April 14 in Marshall 341.Carol Schwalbe (chair), Jeannine Relly and Sally Ann Cruikshank (Auburn) were his committee members. Wellars plans to return to Rwanda and teach. 

Andrew Paxton and other students in SPJ sponsored a panel discussion, "The Future of Press Freedom in an Era of Fake News," on April 12 at the UA Main Library. David Del Grande filmed the event for Facebook live. Click here to see it. 

Justin Spears saw his Arizona Sonora News story about Tombstone charging $3 to visit the Boothill Graveyard run on A1 of the April 10 Arizona Daily Star. Read it here.

Michelle Jaquette, a Star apprentice, saw her story, "Tucson Water old treatment plant on South Side now unnecessary," published on April 15.

Isaac Andrews wrote a story for the Arizona Daily Wildcat on fake news, quoting school Director David Cuillier and Arizona Daily Star editor Jill Jorden Spitz ('88). Click here to read it.

Michelle Floyd, a UA softball pitcher and journalism major, received the Wildcat Way Award of Distinction at the April 19 CATSYS athletic awards. Floyd met Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, a former Wildcat star who co-hosted the event at McKale.

Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll ('99) contributed to a series ("Special Education Denied") that finished as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service (read her story). ProPublica and the New York Daily News won the award, led by Sarah Ryley's reporting on police abuse of eviction rules. Another J-school alum, 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Ryan Gabrielson, works for ProPublica. 

The school welcomed three new members to its Journalism Advisory Council, all UA journalism grads: Hipolito Corella ('90), senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star; Chyrl Hill Lander ('76), former Star journalist and adjunct instructor; and Nicole Santa Cruz ('09), reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Click here to read about all the council members.

Kayla S. Samoy ('15) started last week at The Associated Press in Chicago as a news associate, responsible for South Dakota, Indiana and Texas.

Samantha Munsey ('12) of the Arizona Daily Star won two second-place awards in the regional Best of the West competition for online presentation and for border reporting in the Star's Beyond the Wall project with a team that included Curt Prendergast ('11) and Mike Christy ('11).

Savannah Guthrie ('93), co-anchor for NBC's "Today Show," gave advice and reflected on her career in a a Skype interview on April 20 with 50 students in Marshall 340. See photos here and stay tuned for a video.

Frank O. Sotomayor ('66) talked to Jeannine Relly's beginning reporting class about diversity, content and sourcing. Sotomayor, who chairs our Journalism Advisory Council, also gave insight into his new online book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot" — about the L.A. Times series he co-edited on Latinos that won the 1984 Pulitzer for public service.

April 7, 2017

Maritza Cruz placed 11th among 20 national finalists for the Hearst Multimedia News competition for her Arizona Sonora News video, "Shelter me: Homeless youth find help in Tucson."

Emmalee Mauldin was awarded a NASA journalism summer internship at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Among her duties, she will create electronic templates with "information for the public about the Lunar or meteorite samples," with descriptions about where the astro materials came from, how they were discovered, who discovered them, what missions they went on, she says. The position is similar to her current job at Steward Observatory, she says.

Julianne Stanford was named a finalist for the MAGGIE awards April 28 in L.A. for her El Independiente story, "Seeking safe haven," and was selected to participate in the Hertog Foundation's War Studies Program this summer. Click here to read a full story.

Christianna Silva landed a summer internship at NPR in Washington, D.C., on the digital news desk. "It basically means I'll be writing — a lot," she says. Silva, the school's Bolles Fellow, is covering the state Legislature now and is a past intern at FiveThirtyEight. She will follow master's alum Jorge Encinas, who is a current NPR intern in D.C.

Tobey Schmidt will be a summer intern at The Skagway News, an award-winning community paper in Alaska. She follows Julianne Stanford, another UA J-school student who beat out national applicants for a Skagway spot last year. "I've always wanted to explore Alaska, and this will be a perfect opportunity for me to do that and work on my career," says Schmidt, a current intern at Inside Tucson Business and Campus Rec outdoor marketing coordinator.

Danielle Fork worked for ESPN during the NCAA men's basketball Final Four in Glendale.

Saul BookmanJustin SpearsAlec White and Danielle Fork shared their experiences covering this year’s NCAA tournament for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV3 and KAMP radio during a Sports Journalism Club talk, "Tales from the Tournament," on April 4 at the Reading Room. The four gave about 15 to 20 students tips on how to become successful at covering sports.

Brenna BaileyCourtney Talak and Chastity Laskey led a JAWS Tucson club roundtable discussion about what it means to be a woman journalist on April 3 in the Reading Room. Among professional journalists attending were Andrea Kelly ('05) of Arizona Public Media, and Becky PallackMamta PopatYoohyun Jung ('15) and Mike Christy ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star. Professors Susan Knight and Celeste González de Bustamante also attended.

Arizona Daily Star apprentice Gloria Knott had the lead story in a Sunday Home & LIfe on seniors, "Tucsonans turn to tai chi for health and serenity," and the cover story for Caliente on the street fair.

Star apprentice Brandi Walker had a front-page story, "University of Arizona researcher offers diet tips to help prevent cancer."

Star apprentice Mikayla Mace had a front-page story, "Science fair gives students chance to solve real-world problems," and a business story, "Tucson-built cameras go very big and very small."

Frank O. Sotomayor ('66) published his online book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot," with the help of web designer Kedi Xia ('13). Frank, who chairs our Journalism Advisory Council, co-edited a series written and photographed by Mexican-American journalists at the Los Angeles Times that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1984. The series, Frank says, "broke through the fog of often-stereotypical coverage about Latinos."

Staci Matlock ('91) is the new managing editor of The Taos News. Staci, a master's classmate with Professor Jeannine Relly, was a longtime reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican. While in Tucson, she started the bilingual Sonoran Journal and was editor of Tailwinds, an outdoor sports publication.

Josh Morgan ('12) is joining the Greenville (S.C.) News as a staff photographer. Formerly at the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal and a freelancer, he spent the last few months shooting photos at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Meryl Engle ('16) is a program/production coordinator at NBC’s “Dateline” in Los Angeles. “I help with anything needed from story conception to broadcast," she told Prof. Susan Knight. "Some days I'm in court covering stories. Some days I'm interviewing victims’ families for web pieces."

Among J-school grads covering the Final Four in Glendale were Zack Rosenblatt ('13) of the Arizona Daily Star; Sarah Kezele ('11), a West Coast Conference correspondent for Campus Insiders; Zach Clark ('12) of ESPN Tucson. Anthony Gimino ('90) of AllSportsTucson also got to cover his first Final Four; and Adam Green ('06) of Arizona Sports and KTAR in Phoenix was there at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The American Copy Editors Society has set up the Bill Walsh Scholarship, a national award for journalism students seeking an editing career. Walsh, a 1984 UA J-school grad and Washington Post copy chief, died March 15. Click here to donate.

March 24, 2017

Michelle Jaquette, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had two stories published in the March 11 paper: the lead off-play on A1, "City Council weighs harsher penalties for hate-driven misdemeanors," and the lead story on C1: "Arizona DES vocational rehab program spends more than its peers."

Michael Hernandez, an intern at Arizona Public Media, did a March 15 story on Gov. Ducey's plan to fund all-day kindergarten in Arizona.

Elena Gonzalez, an intern at Tucson Weekly. She wrote the cover story in the most recent issue, "Eat this, Tucson: Passionate food and drink creatives bring deliciousness to this special food region."

Twelve students from Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's Press and Latin America class traveled to Mexico City to interview journalists, tour media outlets and other sights and present their projects at the end of the trip. They were Amanda Oien, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Fernando Galvan, Victor Garcia, Moe Irish, April Lanuza, Julia Leon, Natalia Navarro, Zeina Peterson, Carmen Valencia and Melissa Vasquez.

Nine honors students with Prof. Nancy Sharkey traveled to New York City to tour media outlets, including the "Today Show" with alum Savannah Guthrie ('93). The students were Mariah Hope Latimer, Lauren Olson, Caryn Vieira, Christina Duran, Adam Kull, Teresa Velasco, Jessica Suriano, Leah Merrall and Isaac Rounseville

Justin Spears, Saul Bookman, Danielle Fork, Chris Deak, Simon Asher, Alec White and Courtney Talak helped cover the UA men's basketball team's Pac-12 championship and NCAA tournament run to the Sweet 16 for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, UATV3 and Kamp Student Radio. See the coverage.

Michelle Floyd threw just the ninth perfect game in UA softball history on March 11 in an 18-0 win over Hartford. FYI, J-school alum Kenzie Fowler ('13) was the last UA softball pitcher to pitch a perfect game in 2010. See the Star's story.

Bill Walsh, a 1984 J-school grad and Washington Post copy chief, died March 15 after being diagnosed with cancer nearly nine months ago. Bill, 55, wrote three books on copy-editing and started theslot.com in the mid-1990s. A member of the Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame, he was a good friend to the school and met UA students on a tour of the Post last spring. Read our website obit and the Post's obit.

Arizona Sonora News Service published Jorge Encinas' story for his master's project, "Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation." Encinas has a month left in his internship with NPR's Code Switch team in Washington. UANews also ran our website story on Encinas.

Eric Swedlund ('02) reviewed a new album by fellow J-school alum Austin Counts ('11)  "Pima County Soul" — in the Tucson Weekly.

March 10, 2017

Stephanie Soto narrated a new promotional video for the UA School of Journalism. The video was produced by master's alum Anna Augustowska for the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The video is on the school’s Youtube channel and will be added to the school’s website.
 
Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story for the Feb. 23-March 1 issue of the Tucson Weekly: “Tucson Hip Hop fest is more than dope flow and strident rhymes.”
 
Madison Brodsky, an intern at TMZ and toofab.com, covered the Oscars and interviewed celebrities after the Best Picture mix-up. She also interviewed Elton John and did a story on his Oscar viewing party’s chef.
 
Brenna Bailey, Courtney Talak and Chastity Eva Laskey started up a local club group affiliated with the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).
 
Brandi Walker, an apprentice reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, “Babies exposed to opioids are-focus of Tucson drug-program,” as the A1 centerpiece on March 6.
 
Leah Merrall, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, saw her story, “Arizona LGBT students face hostility, survey says, run as the A1 centerpiece in the Feb. 27 paper. Other stories by Merrall of note: “Tucson nonprofit provides discounted hearing aids in exchange for volunteer work” and “New ridesharing service helps Tucson seniors stay active” and a Sunday business section cover story, “Tucson couple makes their mark on tattoo scene as artist, removal tech.”
 
Courtney Talak, a photography apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, published these galleries recently: “Ted Walker Youth Day at Old Tucson”; and “Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase”; and saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (“A decade later, a cowboy and reporter reconnect”); and more Tucson Rodeo photos and a Salpointe basketball game; and Tucson rodeo parade collection; and a photo on Seattle Sounders soccer player; and “Record number of MLS teams” photo.
 
Gloria Knott, a features apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, did a story, “The two sides to Tucson’s steampunkers” and also had these stories published: “Fort Lowell Day features games and an amputation”; and “Something Something tackles 'What Every Girl Should Know’”; and “Tucson Rodeo Parade: 2,200 people, 650 horses and 128 floats — a behind-the-scenes look at how the Tucson rodeo parade is put together.”
 
Mikayla Mace, a grad student and Arizona Daily Star apprentice, published “On long journey to asteroid hookup Osiris Rex seeks Trojans.” And “In test, UA-led Osiris Rex team snaps photos.”  
 
Nate Airulla, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, published “Nogales produce distributor banned for failing to pay growers.”
 
Maxie Ruan played her video on Native American students and talked to Hopi High students on March 4.
 
Marcy Jones ('10), a reporter at Fox 10 in Phoenix, spoke to Prof. Rogelio Garcia's broadcast class about live reporting and her experience in the news business.
 
Susan Carroll ('99), a Houston Chronicle reporter, contributed to a seven-part series ("Special Education Denied") that won the Scripps Howard Public Service Reporting Award. The story she co-wrote also helped colleague Brian M. Rosenthal win USC's Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.
 
Jacquelyn Abad ('14) left the ABC affiliate in Medford, Oregon, to join the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee as a reporter. 

Feb. 24, 2017 

Grad student Ashley Mikelonis, writing for Arizona Sonora News, scooped other publications with news that UA interim athletic director Erika Barnes won't pursue the permanent job at this time. The Arizona Republic and others ran the story online. She also wrote a story on women being underrepresented in key leadership positions in Division I athletics.

Senior Madison Brodsky, an intern at TMZ and toofab.com, will cover the red carpet for the Oscars and the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party Sunday in L.A. She interviewed Ice Cube for the premiere of "Fist Fight,” and has written more than 50 articles and published galleries and videos for TMZ or toofab.com.
 
Lauren Renteria and her team at News Hack Arizona had the winning project in sensor journalism. The team used light and motion sensors — overlaid with crime data — to determine the safest places to run or walk around the UA campus. Yoohyun Jung ('15) of the Arizona Daily Star wrote a story on the Feb. 18-19 event.
 
Senior Rebecca Noble landed a photography internship at the Reading Eagle in Pennsylvania this summer. "I'm super-excited," Rebecca says, because the paper has a nine-person photo staff despite a circulation of 50,000. Rebecca, an Arizona Daily Wildcat senior photographer and former Arizona Daily Star intern, covered the Trump inauguration and the Women's March on D.C.
 
Junior Erik Kolsrud saw his Arizona Sonora News story on Naco's new border fence run in the A1 lead off-play position of the Feb. 13 Arizona Daily Star.
 
The Arizona Daily Wildcat and Saul Bookman got a shout-out from ESPN's Jay Bilas and Lewis Johnson for a Feb. 22 story and cover about UA basketball, “For all the marbles” on the eve of the USC and UCLA games.
 
Former J-school student Murphy Woodhouse, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, broke a big story on Monsanto nixing a property tax deal with Pima County on Feb.  15.
 
Seth Pines, who graduated in May 2016 and has been an assignment editor at KGUN TV in Tucson, will be starting a new position as a real-time editor at ABC-15 in Phoenix in March.

Feb. 10, 2017 

Bolles Fellow Christianna Silva's stories included “Arizona law enforcement might not back up Trump’s immigration order," and she had stories on teacher pay, Ducey's "miracle drug" and a Legislative roundup.

In addition to Silva’s stories, the school's Arizona Sonora News website had articles from Erik Kolsrud on a new border fence in Naco; Jordan Glenn’s feature on a young female jockey from Tucson; and Taylor Dayton's story on winter storms.

Recent master's grad Jorge Encinas, an intern with NPR’s Code Switch team, had his second byline on Feb. 1: "There's A Long, Ignominious Trail Of Bans, Registries And Forced Relocation." Read a story about Encinas:
 
Recent grad Elizabeth Eaton published several stories already as an intern at Science News, including the latest on penguins! Go here to see her bylines.
 
Ian Friedman, a 2010 alum, was named the 2016 Young Attorney of the Year by the San Diego Defense Lawyers. Friedman (bio), who earned his law degree from the University of San Diego in 2013, is a former editor at the Tombstone Epitaph and Arizona Daily Wildcat, and a business intern at the Arizona Daily Star.
 
Sam Stanton (’82)’s investigation of the UC Davis chancellor helped The Sacramento Bee win the James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. Cynthia Hubert, another Bee reporter and UA alum, won an SPJ NorCal award in October for a feature on the death of a homeless woman.

Annie Chandler-Grevers ('10), a seven-time NCAA champion swimmer and former editor of the Tombstone Epitaph, was named to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. Annie, assistant managing editor for Swimming World and a Tucson swim coach, and her husband (Olympic medalist Matt Grevers) welcomed a baby girl, Skylar, in November.Danyelle Khmara wrote the cover story for the Jan 12-18 Tucson Weekly on Pima County's efforts to protect immigrants' rights on the eve of Trump's presidency.

Jan. 27, 2017

Senior Julianne Stanford's final apprentice story for the Arizona Daily Star, “More drug profits slipping into Mexico as border seizures plummet,” was the paper's A1 centerpiece on Jan. 26.

D.C. Bolles Fellow Christianna Silva wrote a first-person story about the Women's March on Washington for the Arizona Daily Star's This is Tucson and worked with photographer Rebecca Noble on a Tucson Sentinel story. Noble also took inauguration images used by the Daily Wildcat. Michelle Jaquette also traveled to D.C., and December grad Elizabeth Eaton, who is beginning her Science News internship in D.C., took photos. Click here for the J-school website story.
 
Senior Madison Brodsky began an internship at TMZ in Los Angeles. She's working for the celebrity news website's toofab.com, saying she "is responsible for writing entertainment stories on the site, interviewing celebrities in the studio and on the red carpet, and researching story pitches."

Martiza Dominguez and Carmen Valencia spoke to Cholla High School students about journalism and the J-school on Jan. 27 in Marshall 340.
 
December grad Emily Gauci accepted a job in page design and copy editing at GateHouse Media in Austin, Texas. GateHouse publishes 121 daily newspapers and owns the parent company of the Arizona Capitol Times. Gauci was a designer for the Epitaph and a designer and photog for the Daily Wildcat.
 
Jorge Encinas, a December master's graduate, co-wrote a story for NPR's Code Switch website, "As Trump Is Sworn In, Supporters Debate His Role In Healing Racial Wounds." Encinas has an NPR internship in Washington, D.C., through April.

Filmmaker Ania Augustowska (’14) and the team who worked on "Our Desert Farms" saw their short documentary become an official section for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Feb. 23-25 in Golden. It examines climate change, drought and global market through the lens of a local story on Central Arizona farmers.

Kristen Davis ('00) says her birthdaughter, Carlie Scupin, has accepted a scholarship offer to play for the UA softball team. Kristen covered UA softball for the Arizona Daily Star in 2002 while pregnant with Carlie. "I’m so happy for Carlie and for her tremendous family," says Kristen, now the social media and "Best of" manager at cleveland.com.

Jan. 6, 2017

Recent master's grad Jorge Encinas landed a Chips Quinn internship at NPR in Washington, D.C. He'll be working with the "Code Switch" team, which explores race, ethnicity and culture in communities. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with NPR in D.C., especially with the inauguration and public anxiety over the incoming administration,” says Encinas, whose internship runs until April 21. See the Code Switch website.

Students in the school’s fall broadcast class posted the latest Arizona Cat's Eye, including stories on the election, education, refugees, AIDS fundraising, UA sports, an art gallery and festivals. The anchors Brandon Mejia and Madison Brodsky, The reporters were Ryan LopezSamantha StoneStevie KatzBrian DanzigerJB Coronado, Karen Cruz-Orduna and Maritza DominguezWatch the episode.

Hannah Gaber, who received her master’s in May, saw her MA film on Oman, “A Young Nation,” become an early official selection to screen at Boston's Global Cinema Film Festival. It's the third film festival for Gaber, who is a video journalist at the Arizona Republic. Watch her video.