Bick Lucas, former professor and Denver Post sports editor, dies at 88

Retired Professor Bick Lucas, who taught journalism at the University of Arizona from 1982 to 1994 after a 20-year career at the Denver Post, died in Tucson on March 5 after a lingering illness. He was 88.

Lucas, whose full name was Clarence Bickford Lucas under the school's auto-E rule that he upheld so well, came to Tucson after retiring as sports editor of the Post following some great years for Denver sports.

He inaugurated a sportswriting course at UA in 1984, taught reporting, editing and design, and was an adviser to the Tombstone Epitaph.

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03/07/2018 - 2:06pm

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Alums, colleagues remember Prof. Lucas.

Bick Lucas liked to show students a photo of him attempting to defend a woman's basketball player while at the Denver Post. His lack of jumping ability led to the nickname, "Skywalker," in the caption. He was sports editor from 1968 to 1982.

From left: Steve Elliott ('87) and Professors Bick Lucas and Phil Mangelsdorf. Elliott won the Fall 1984 Mark Finley Gold Pen Award while taking Lucas' beginning reporting class, Journalism 205.

Lucas taught design and editing, among other courses.

Lucas works on a computer in the basement of the former Franklin Building, where the journalism department was housed until 2004.

Apply now for 2018 Don Carson high school workshop

Twelve high school students will live on the UA campus for a week and will produce a newspaper, website, and multimedia and broadcast projects as part of the 2018 Don Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. This year’s workshop will be held June 3-9.

The application for the summer workshop is available and can be downloaded here. It must be completed and postmarked by April 7, 2018, to be considered for the upcoming workshop.

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02/02/2016 - 8:14am

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• Apply for the 2018 workshop
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2017 workshop students. Read about them here.

2016 High school diversity workshop student Thomas Lard (Salome HS) flies a drone with help from UA journalism student Christianna Silva.

Stanley Throssell, editor of the Sells newspaper The Runner, talks to students Kayla Yazzie (center) and Adrienne Graham at the 2015 Journalism Diversity Workshop. Throssell is a 1979 UA journalism graduate.

Students put out a newspaper, The Chronicle, and produce a website during their one-week workshop.

Hall of Fame brunch and induction tickets available

Alums, friends and family can buy tickets for the UA School of Journalism’s Hall of Fame brunch and induction ceremony on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The inaugural event will take place at the UA’s Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch will start at 11 on the patio, and the induction ceremony will be held in the auditorium at about 12:15.

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01/08/2018 - 11:56am

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Donald W. Carson, former director of school, dies at 85

Donald W. Carson, a revered professor in the University of Arizona journalism program and one of the early leaders in helping diversify the nation’s newsrooms, died in Tucson on Feb. 1. He was 85.

Carson died surrounded by his family, following multiple health complications.

The 1954 UA journalism graduate, reported for the Arizona Daily Star and The Associated Press in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., before returning in 1966 to join the faculty. He was director of the school from 1978-1985 and retired in January 1997.

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01/31/2018 - 4:15pm

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• Don Carson Memorial Video (above)
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• Read Carson's Hall of Fame nominating letter by alum Richard Gilman.
• Read alumna Carmen Duarte's obit on Carson for the Arizona Daily Star.
• Read Frank Sotomayor's appreciation of Carson in the Feb. 18 Star.
• See Carson's obit on
Carson memorial service program

Don Carson with the book he co-authored on Mo Udall.

Carson, with Bob Hope, in the early 1960s.

From left: Frank Sotomayor, Carson and Jim Johnson, at the showing of "Spotlight" at The Loft.

Carson and his wife, Helen, who died in 2016.

George Ridge, former department head, and Carson in 2016.

School of Journalism recommended for re-accreditation

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.

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01/24/2018 - 3:57pm

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The School of Journalism is located on the third floor of the Marshall Building.

'Good, Bad & the Ugly': Prof. Zanger analyzes Iraqi Kurdistan

Prof. Maggy Zanger will give a talk, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly': A Report from Iraqi Kurdistan at a Historic Turning Point," on Friday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. at Marshall 490. The talk is part of the Middle East and North African Studies Colloquium Series.

In fall 2017, Zanger spent a semester interviewing Kurdish media workers and teaching journalism at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, in the Kurdish region.


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'Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets': Photographers give talk on violence

Celebrated Mexico-based photographers, including one badly beaten by police who took his cameras early in January, will talk about challenges in covering Mexican violence at a panel sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Center for Border & Global Journalism in February.

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01/25/2018 - 1:44pm

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• Click above to see a video of the event.

Bernandino Hernández shows some of his photos to students.

(From left) translator Juan Radillo and panelists Bernandino Hernández, Prof. Mort Rosenblum and Enric Martí at a "Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets."

Martí and Enric Dagnino talk to grad student April Lanuza.

Federal police investigators take notes by the body of a man shot in broad daylight on a central avenue in Acapulco, Mexico, on Aug. 13. This photo by Bernandino Hernández was selected by Time magazine as one of the top 100 images for 2017.

'Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets': Photographers at UA Library

Celebrated Mexico-based photographers, including one badly beaten by police who took his cameras early in January, will talk about challenges in covering Mexican violence at a panel sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Center for Border & Global Journalism next month.

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