2018 Faculty/Staff Kudos

March 9, 2018

Susan Knight traveled with students from her "Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Power in D.C." class to Washington over spring break. They met with journalists and government officials for five days, including UA journalism alums. Click here to see a sampling of photos.

Celeste González de Bustamante gave a talk, “Reporting the environment along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the 21st century,” for members of the the Environmental Breakfast Club at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.

Kim Newton, a photojournalist during South Korea's democracy movement, will talk after a free screening of "1987 When the Day Comes" on March 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at ILC 130. Our Center for Border & Global Journalism and the Department of East Asian Studies are helping sponsor the event.

Susan E. Swanberg will participate in a March 17 roundtable, "Social, Political, and Economic Theory as Policy ‘Relevance-Makers’ for Environmental History," at the American Society for Environmental History in Riverside, California. She just presented a research paper in New York at a panel event, "Propaganda, Alternative Facts & Fake News: The Influences of Mass Communication," at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. While there, she also moderated a panel, "Technology as a Disruptive Force in Mass Communication."

Andrés Domínguez, administrative assistant, organized and hosted 11 students from Hopi High and adviser Stan Bindell on March 1. Susan Knight, adjunct instructor Jenni Monet and Director David Cuillier spoke to students.

Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized a job panel of media professionals on Feb. 27, when students packed Marshall 340 to get hiring and career tips. The panel, some UA journalism grads, included Anna Augustowska ('14 M.A.), documentary filmmaker and UA College of SBS multimedia designer; Scott Coleman, KOLD-TV assignments manager; Peter Michaels, Arizona Public Media radio producer and interim news director; Brandi Walker ('17), KGUN9 assignment editor/digital producer; Ginger Rough, Arizona Republic features editor; and Brandon Mejia ('17); Arizona Public Media radio producer/reporter.

Prof. Emeritus Jim Johnson talked about his new book, "The Black Bruins," at the Tucson Festival of Books during a "Breaking Barriers" panel with former L.A. Times reporter Terry McDermott and Erica Westly, author of "Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game."

To honor the late Donald W. Carson, the UA School of Journalism is naming its high school diversity workshop after the revered emeritus professor. Click on the March e-Cursor to read more.

Retired Professor Bick Lucas, 88, died March 5 in Tucson. Sports editor at the Denver Post from 1968-1982, he introduced a sportswriting course at UA, taught reporting, editing and design, and was the undergraduate and Tombstone Epitaph adviser before retiring in 1994. At The Denver Post, he helped start and run the Associated Press Sports Editors. A memorial is pending. Read his obit and student remembrances on our website.

Feb. 23, 2018

David Cuillier gave UA President Robert C. Robbins a tour of the J-school on Feb. 21, followed by a meet-and-greet with faculty and staff in Marshall 340. Robbins also chatted with students such as fellow doctor Dominika Heusinkveld, a dual master's candidate in journalism and environmental science. Calling us "rock stars," Robbins invited input from the school on student retention — and liked our ideas for new degree programs and courses in digital and science/health journalism. "Words are more powerful than the scalpel," the cardiac surgeon quipped.

Mort Rosenblum moderated a Feb. 13 panel, "Len's on Mexico's Mean Streets," with AP photojournalists Bernandino Hernández and Enric Martí and photographer Enrico Dagnino that drew more than 100 people to the UA Main Library's IC 212A. William Schmidt, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism with Rosenblum, introduced the talk. Program coordinators Debbie Cross and Mike Chesnick helped organize the Center-sponsored event with help from translator Juan Radillo and Mary Feeney and Kenya Johnson of UA Libraries. The night before, the panelists held a talk/reception for Hernandez's photos at MOCA downtown. Catch the full Facebook Live video of the event, and see Bernandino's photos on the third floor of the J-school, courtesy of Kim Newton, who curated and mounted the photos for the MOCA exhibit. Hernandez also talked to Maggy Zanger's class on media coverage of international crises (see photos) and Rosenblum's reporting the world class. Also, read Perla Trevizo's preview in the Arizona Daily Star and the school's preview.

Susan E. Swanberg appeared on the Feb. 12 "Arizona 360" on PBS 6 with host and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera. With recent lawsuits filed by women against the UA alleging harassment and discrimination, Swanberg addressed the ethics that guide journalists as they decide how much detail to publish when they might not have all the facts. Watch the segment.

Susan E. Swanberg made a research presentation at the 2018 Southwest/American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Feb. 18. The title was: “'Rain Follows the Plow' - A Debunked Nineteenth Century Theory of Climatology Persists as a Trope in U.S. Popular Culture." Here's a link to the program. 

Brett Fera, adjunct instructor and director of Student Media, interviewed New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape about sports journalism and horse racing Feb. 18 after the Journalism on Screen film, "Seabiscuit," at The Loft Cinema. See part of the Q&A here. Drape spoke to students in William Schmidt's feature writing class Feb. 19. Schmidt introduced the film at The Loft.

Susan E. Swanberg will present a research paper March 10 as part of a panel on "Propaganda, Alternative Facts & Fake News: The Influences of Mass Communication" at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The paper title is: "Psychological Armor: The Science Service Warns Against the Dangers of Propaganda in its Science News Letter (1929-1965)." At the same conference, she'll be moderating a panel titled: "Technology as a Disruptive Force in Mass Communication." Here's a link to the conference website

New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak talked to Susan Knight's Principles of Journalism class on Feb. 13, and toured the school with Nancy Sharkey. He delivered the University of Arizona Law's annual McCormick Society Lecture at the James E. Rogers College of Law on Feb. 12. Read his work.

Jeannine Relly invited UA Anthropology Prof. Thomas Sheridan to talk Feb. 21 to her master's class on survey and research methods. Sheridan, a research anthropologist at the Southwest Center, has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistoric research in the Southwest and northern Mexico since 1971. He is involved in land-use politics and is the author of 14 books. Read more about him here and at here.

Prof. Emeritus Donald W. Carson, former director of the school, was remembered Feb. 23  at a memorial service at St. Odilia Catholic Church and celebration of life at Hacienda del Sol. Here's a link to the program and a slideshow of Don's family memories. You also can read more on our website. Don will be among 14 people and two couples inducted into the school's inaugural Hall of Fame on April 7. Tickets are available here.

Feb. 9, 2018

A three-member site team for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications recommended Jan. 24 that the UA School of Journalism be re-accredited for its experienced faculty, tight-knit students, out-of-class opportunities and strong internship program. The school has been nationally accredited every six years since 1964, but this is the first time in 30 years it has passed all nine key standards. Director David Cuillier, who compiled the school's self-study, thanked everyone who participated in the process. He and the school received props from UA President Robbins on Twitter, with Robbins saying the program has a "bright future." Click here for more details.

Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly were awarded the Al Litzow Teaching Engagement Grant for a podcast project proposal as an extracurricular activity called "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018." The other submission was a class project by Carol Schwalbe called, "Home on the Range," a special field trip to the Altar Valley that would result in a custom-built website showcasing stories, photos, podcasts and videos of students. A committee of SBS student engagement director Jesse McCain, Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and former Arizona Daily Star Editor Bobbie Jo Buel ('79) voted 2-1 for the McKisson-Relly proposal, which will let students work with a producer from Arizona Public Media and provide equipment and skills that can be integrated into the curriculum and clubs moving forward.

Linda Lumsden will present a paper on “Social Justice Journalism: The Literature of Exposure” at the Arizona Writing and Social Justice Conference at Arizona State University on Feb. 14.

Mort RosenblumWilliam SchmidtKim Newton and Maggy Zanger (moderator) talked to graduate students about their experiences as foreign correspondents at the school's monthly "Talk & 'Tizers" on Feb 1. The group had appetizers at Gentle Ben's afterward. The event was organized by Program Coordinator Debbie Cross.

Maggy Zanger gave a talk, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: A Report from Iraqi Kurdistan at a Historic Turning Point" on Feb. 9 in Marshall 490, part of the Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) Colloquium Series. The talk was co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the UA School of Journalism.

Celeste González de Bustamante gave the keynote address on violence against journalists at the U.S./Mexico border on Feb. 9 at the symposium, "Violence, Trauma, and Resilience: A Community Conversation" at the Student Union's Sonora Ballroom. The symposium was sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Medicine.

Celeste González de Bustamante will oversee the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence's new Faculty Mentoring Program. Read alum Kyle Mittan's story on the program for Lo Que Pasa.

Susan Knight's apprentice class hosted five Arizona Daily Star staffers in recent weeks — from two recent apprentices who’ve been hired to work and freelance at the Star to several senior staffers. Presenting on how to have a successful experience in the newsroom were: Caitlin Schmidt ('14), who has  been both an apprentice as a student and, more recently, an apprentice mentor in her role as a legal affairs reporter at the Star; Shaq Davis, who was hired to work night cops after his apprenticeship last semester; and Gloria Knott, a recent apprentice who was invited back to regularly freelance for the features and arts sections. Alum Ryan Finley ('02), Star sports editor, told students about finding story ideas and making successful story pitches, and adjunct instructor Tom Beal, a recent retiree after more than 40 years at the Star, talked to the apprentices about interviewing for engagement with sources instead of just information seeking.

Carol Schwalbe's environmental journalism class hosted UA researchers Jonathan Derbridge, Taylor Edwards, Melissa Merrick, Cecil R. Schwalbe and Bill Shaw on Feb. 8. Each student read a journal article from one of the five beforehand, drew up questions and interviewed the scientist for about 15 minutes. The scientists then gave each student feedback on his/her interviewing skills (body language, questions, etc.). Students aren't done yet: They must write a Q&A based on their interview.

Susan Knight organized an all-clubs event in the Reading Room on Jan. 26, letting students talk about ideas and upcoming events. Jeannine Relly and Susan E. Swanberg also participated.

A new, updated edition of adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's 1991 book, "Death Sentence," has just been published in print by Open Road Media — an example of long-form narrative journalism for students. Another of Joe's books, "Above Suspicion," is now a film with Emilia Clarke and should hit theaters in late summer.

Retired Prof. Jim Johnson's new book, "The Black Bruins," is now available on Amazon. The book, Johnson's eighth, looks at five African-American athletes who faced racial discrimination as teammates at UCLA in the late 1930s, including Jackie Robinson.


Don Carson, a beloved professor emeritus and former director of the school, died on Feb. 1 at 85. A memorial will be held held Friday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Odilia's Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo Del Norte, with a celebration of life at 1 p.m. at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. He will be inducted into the inaugural UA School of Journalism Hall of Fame on April 7. Read the school's obit and remembrances from students. Carmen Duarte ('80) wrote the Arizona Daily Star obit.

Jan. 19, 2018

Kim Newton gave a radio interview with TBS eFM This Morning in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 11. The interview centered on the release of the South Korean film 1987, "When the Day Comes." The film, based on events surrounding the 1987 South Korean Democracy movement was recently released in Seoul and Los Angeles. The film centers around a South Korean journalist investigating the torture death by South Korean National Police in January 1987 of South Korean student activist Park Jong-chul. The director of the MBC documentary that Newton has been working on since March is planning on bringing the film to campus in March. Click here to hear the podcast.

Linda Lumsden received a UA Student-Faculty Interaction grant to take more than 70 students to see "The Post," the new film about the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. The students are enrolled in her gen-ed class, JOUR 150C News in a Digital Age.

Susan Swanberg passed her third-year review.

In honor of "The Post" being released in theaters, Professor Emeritus George Ridge pointed out that the UA J-school was among the first to recognize Katharine Graham for publishing The Pentagon Papers and the Post's Watergate coverage. Ridge, a former department head, presented the 1973 Zenger Award for Press Freedom to Graham at the Phoenix airport on Jan. 12, 1974. Click here to see the Phoenix Gazette story.

Jan. 12, 2018

Adjunct instructor Irene McKisson, editor of the Arizona Daily Star's This Is Tucson, was named one of the nation's top 20 innovators in digital media by MediaShift.
Maggy Zanger returned after four months in Iraqi Kurdistan, and gave a talk, "Is Iraq in Turnaround?” on Jan. 10 at Revolutionary Grounds on North Fourth Avenue.

Adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera of Arizona Public Media is hosting a new news show, "Arizona 360," every Friday on PBS 6. She interviewed Gov. Ducey about education and water in the first episode. Click here to see past shows.

Mike McKisson invited Rob Wisner of the Arizona Daily Star to speak to his Mobile App Development class on Jan. 11. Wisner is director of digital innovation at the Star.