2017 Student Kudos

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.