Student Kudos - 2012

December 2012

Noelle Haro-Gomez shot the photos for a story on Catholic nuns who offer sanctuary to migrants that ran on Global Post Dec. 18. Read it here.

Joshua Morgan has accepted a trainee position as a sports photographer at the Orange County Register.

Sami-Jo Roth will spend a semester in Washington, D.C., as part of the Fund for American Studies Capital Semester program. While there, she will intern with CBS and Time Warner. 

Amer Taleb will spend the spring 2013 semester in an internship with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.

Brenna Goth received a reporting credit on a story in the Dec. 2 issue of The New York Times after shadowing New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos on a weekend reporting trip to Nogales, Sonora. Read it here.

Kelly Hultgren has been offered a winter intern position in the features department at Marie Claire in New York City.

Cecelia Marshall produced a story for Arizona Public Media on solar ovens. Read it here.

Kellie Mejdrich won the Outstanding Senior Award for Fall 2012 from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The award recognizes outstanding graduating seniors from each college at the UA for their scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Mejdrich will receive the award and give a short address at the SBS Convocation ceremony Dec. 14.

Cameron Moon accepted an internship with the Austin American-Statesman for summer 2013.

Jessica Schrecker has accepted a spring 2013 internship with the Colbert Report.

Cecelia Marshall, Alyssa Reilly, Katelyn Swanson, Amer Taleb and Nicole Thill were honored as Magellan Circle Scholarship winners at a breakfast sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dec. 6.


November 2012

Brenna Goth shadowed New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos on a weekend reporting trip to Nogales, Sonora. Goth is a Times’ Phoenix Bureau intern. Their visit made it into a Nogales paper:

Kellie Mejdrichwho graduates in December, will be joining the Orange County Register in January as an apprentice. Participants in the six-month, intense training program are in line to join the staff full time.

Amer Taleb had two stories air on Arizona Public Media the week of Nov. 12. One was about an organization helping Muslim inmates while they're in prison and upon their release: The second concerned the state of refguees across Arizona and how they benefited from a large campus block party: He also had another TV interview Nov. 15 about the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, a think tank on campus: Taleb also received a Magellan Circle Scholarship from the College of SBS. 

The three winners of the Mark Finley Beginning Newswriter Contest held Nov. 26 were: Razanne Chatila, first place; Kaleigh Shufeldt, second place; and Jessica Dollin, third place. Winners receive $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively. Students interviewed Patricia Maisch, a survivor of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings. Sarah Garrecht Gassen coordinates the contest and judges were GassenSusan Knight and Lisa Button. Maisch is the woman who helped restrain shooter Jared Loughner and take away his ammunition. Student competitors, who are nominated by their Jour 205 instructors, were: Yara AskarStephanie CasanovaHollie DowdleJade NunesDaniel Pagano, Nicole Thill, Bryce Villalpando and Megan Zamiska.

Several students are having their photography showcased on the east hallway of the School of Journalism, thanks to a display created and installed by Kim NewtonThe students, most of whom are in Jour 203, are: Robert AlcarezMegan Canterbury, Andrew CockrumGabriela DiazMarta GrecchiAmy JohnsonKimberly KollinerTyler McDowell-BlankenJoshua MorganYoohyun Natividad and Christa Reynolds.

Three pieces by Science Journalism students are featured on the SBSRI website:

Graduate student Jason Davis had a story on Mount Lemmon’s Schulman Telescope featured on the front page of the Lifestyle section of the Arizona Daily Star Nov. 11. Read “When our universe smiles for the camera”

On Nov. 14, Cecelia Marshall’s in-depth feature on a non-profit custom wheelchair shop in Nogales Sonora, that was created by a UA public health professor aired on Arizona Public Media. Listen to it at: 

The Nov. 1 issue of the Tucson Weekly included cover photos and inside shots by Noelle Haro-Gomez and stories by Mariana Dale and Ines Taracena in addition to their City Week pieces. 

Shea Sorenson is busy at KOLD making graphics to go along with weather reports. 

Many student interns had busy election days Nov. 6. They included Noelle Haro-Gomez and Mariana Dale, Tucson Weekly; Brenna Goth and Hope Miller, New York Times Phoenix bureau; Britain Eakin, Kellie Mejdrich, Cece Marshall and Amer Taleb, Arizona Public Media; Samantha Cummings, Hannah Gaber-Saletan, Emi Komiya and Brandon Messick, Arizona Daily Star; and Nicole O’Shea, KGUN 9. In addition, Matthew Casey was stringing for the AP.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published: 

Samantha Cummings

Psychedelic rock band goes West

Nov. 1, 2012

Hannah Gaber

Arizona law can help victims of domestic violence to safety

Nov. 1, 2012 

October 2012

Alison Dorf interviewed Myiah Hutchens, an assistant professor of journalism, about how citizens make political decisions  <>. The Q&A appeared on the SBS Research Institute website as part of a collaboration between SBSRI and the Science Journalism class to feature social science researchers.

Hope Miller wrote about recent solar research for the Science Journalism class. Her story on "Microwaves: Useful for Your Leftovers and Solar Energy" ran in the Tucson Weekly: <>.

Josh Morgan won a 2012 Chips Achievement Prize from the Freedom Forum for a multimedia story he did while working as a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. See the notice at:

Sarah Cantey produced a story for KOLD about the controversy surrounding a cartoon that appeared in the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Read it here:

Two video stories produced by graduate student Jason Davis appear on The Planetary Society’s website. View them at:

Amer Taleb's photo was used by CNN in the video entitled "Communicating in the War Zone." His photo can be seen between 2:48 and 2:53 in the video.
Chelsea Wold was a finalist to be named Fiesta Bowl queen. Members of the Fiesta Bowl court appear on the field at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and attend other community events. Wold is an intern with Arizona Public Media and is a Wildcast field reporter for UA TV.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published: 
Ashley Grove
PCC adding behavioral-specialist program
Oct. 22, 2012

Samantha Cummings 
Clay Mates 
Oct. 21, 2012

Bethany Barnes' Q&A with UA scientist Rafe Sagarin ran on the front page of the Wildcat. It was also picked up by the Institute of the Environment. Barnes wrote the Q&A for Science Journalism (JOUR 472/572).

Several students will give talks and serve as tour guides for an open house for new journalism students held Oct. 20 as part of Family Weekend. They include Sarah Cantey, Iman Hamdan and Amer Taleb. Taleb also spoke about what it’s like to be a successful student reporter to students in the Journalism 105 class.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:
Hannah Gaber
“NPR’s ‘Junkie’: Distrust hurting political process
Oct. 16, 2012

Brenna Goth
Gila monsters getting DNA swab treatment
Oct. 14, 2012

Amer Taleb produced a radio story about a program preparing ROTC students for deployment to the Middle East. Watch it:

Brenna Goth, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had her story “Preservation of baskets combines science with art” featured in the Oct. 7, 2012, edition. Read it at:

Matt Casey assisted The New York Times with reporting from the scene of the shooting of a Border Patrol agent early Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Naco, Az. He received a credit line online and in the print version of The Times on Wednesday. Read the story here

Cecelia Marshall produced the following story for Arizona Public Media: Free Admission to S. AZ Parks Saturday

Two students and a number of alumni won awards from at the Arizona Newspapers Association competition Sept. 29.

  • Josh Morgan’s photograph “Katie Matusik,” published in the Tucson Weekly, won first place for “Best Sports Photograph” in division three for newspapers with a non-daily circulation greater than 10,000. Morgan also won second place for “Best Feature Photo Layout” for “Real refuge,” published in the Tucson Weekly.
  • Zachary Vito’s photograph “Gabby Giffords,” published in the Tucson Weekly, won third place for “Best News Photograph” in division three for newspapers with a non-daily circulation greater than 10,000. Vito also won second place for “Best Feature Photograph” for his photo “Jeffrey Scott Brown.”
  • UA journalism graduate Alexis Bechman won third place in the ANA’s “Best News Story” category. Bechman won in division two, which grouped together newspapers with a non-daily circulation between 3,500 and 10,000, for her story in the Payson Roundup “Sexting officer.” Bechman also won second place in her division for “Best Sustained Coverage or Series” for her story “Teen sexual violence.” Bechman also won first place for “Best Column, Feature, or Criticism” for her story “Another year older, but a new viewpoint.” Bechman’s story “Jail project now nightmare” won first place in its division for investigative reporting and “Story of the Year” in the non-daily division.
  • UA journalism graduate Bill Hess with the Sierra Vista Herald won second place for “Best News Story” in division four for newspapers with a daily circulation under 25,000 for his story “Boom boom thud.” Hess also won first place in his division for “Best Sustained Coverage of Series” for his story “Monument fire.” Hess also won ANA’s “Journalist of the Year” in the daily division.
  • UA journalism graduate Leo W. Banks with the Tucson Weekly won third place for investigative reporting in division three for newspapers with a non-daily circulation greater than 10,000 for “Arizona burning.”
  • UA journalism graduate Susan Randall with the Casa Grande Dispatch won first place for investigative reporting in division four for newspapers with a daily circulation under 25,000 for her story “College paid nearly double for land.”
  • UA journalism graduate Bill Coates with the Casa Grand Dispatch won third place for “Best News Feature Story” in division four for newspapers with a daily circulation under 25,000 for his story “Shelterless.”
  • UA journalism graduate Hillary Davis with the Arizona Daily Sun won third place for enterprise reporting in division four for newspapers with a daily circulation under 25,000 for her story “Faculty in flux.”
  • UA journalism alumni Dean Knuth and Benjie Sanders with the Arizona Daily Star won first and second place respectively for “Best News Photograph” in division five for newspapers with a daily circulation greater than 25,000. Knuth’s photo “Devastated” came in first, and Sanders’ photo “Giffords” came in second.

September 2012

The following Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had stories published:

Hannah Gaber

Medical pot shop to get City of Tucson approval (A-1)

Sept. 15, 2012

County considers ban on smoking (A-1)

Sept. 18, 2012

Emi Komiya

Canine (and human) volunteers aim to help children, sick, aging

Sept. 21, 2012

Amer Taleb has begun blogging for The Nation. His first post is:

Piper Stoeckel was featured in a front-page story in the Arizona Daily Wildcat Sept. 20 on the preparations she’s making to compete for the Miss America title in January. She was crowned Miss Arizona in June.

Amer Taleb has been nominated for recognition as a “Superstar Student” through the office of Student Affairs. According to the nominators, “It’s a title that’s awarded to those students who do invaluable work for the University and its affiliated programs.”

Students in Gawain Douglas’ Publications Design class created flyers promoting the Pizza & Portfolios event Oct. 1. Check out their colorful designs in the J-School.

Jose Galvez, a 1972 graduate of the journalism program, is promoting his most recent book, Shine: Stories and Photographs by José Galvez. Known for his compelling black-and-white images of the Latino experience in America during the past 40 years, Galvez’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and around the world, including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Galvez was the first Mexican-American photographer to be hired at the Los Angeles Times, and in 1984 he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a landmark series on Latino neighborhoods in Southern California.

Kellie Mejdrich produced an audio/online story on Arizona Public Media on the nurse who exposed inmates to hepatitis C. Watch it at:

Amer Taleb, working as a student journalist with Arizona Public Media, conducted the background research for Arizona Week’s analysis of Mitt Romney's economic platform. Amer also joined one of AZPM’s reporters this week on his first radio shoot. In addition, Amer received a standing ovation from the UA's Alumni Association for giving a talk at The Marriott about his experience in journalism and his association with the Arizona Assurance program.

August 2012

Twenty journalism students attended a leadership and planning retreat for clubs leaders last Saturday, hosted by Professor Susan Knight, the newly appointed all-clubs coordinator.  Students were joined by five faculty and staff serving as clubs advisors for lunch and an afternoon session. The participants represented four student chapters and clubs already established —Society of Professional Journalism, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists — as well as for three clubs currently forming —Asian American Journalists Association, National Press Photographers Association, and a Sports Journalists Group.

The student leaders at the retreat were: Jacquelyn Abad, Jessica Ahles, Matthew Casey, Marcella Corona, Mariana Dale, Nigar Fataliyeva, Matthew Frey, Paul Ingram, Jackie Kent, Cecelia Marshall, Tyler McDowell-Blanken, Darien McKinley, Josh Morgan, Ashley Nevel, Mary "Mo" Olivas, Roberto Payne, Mary Rinker, Amer Taleb, Julian Ybarra, and Hye-Jee "Janice" Yu. The faculty and staff in attendance who will be advising and mentoring student clubs in addition to Knight were: journalism professors Celeste González de Bustamante, Kevin Kemper (also the school's diversity coordinator) and Kim Newton, journalism staffer Elena Chabolla Stauffer, as well as UA News staffer LaMonica Everett-Haynes. The group planned a variety of exciting events, including photo contests, workshops, a mixer and other activities.

Amer Taleb and Daniel Andrés Domínguez worked as stringers for the Associated Press Aug. 28, calling in election results.

Journalism graduate Samantha Sais, a stringer for Reuters and The New York Times, is teaching at Compass High School in Tucson.

“High Drama on the High Seas: Peace vs. War Journalism Framing of the Mavi Marmara Incident,” a paper written by graduate student Britain Eakin and Shahira Fahmy, received the Ecquid Novi African Journalism Studies Award for the Best Journalism Research Paper and the Bob Stevenson Top Paper Competition Award in the International Communication Division at the AEJMC conference in Chicago this month.

Brenna Goth and Hope Miller are interning with the Phoenix bureau of The New York Times.

Josh Morgan will be assistant adviser to the Pima Aztec Press, teaching photojournalism and social media to their staff and students.

Amer Taleb’s final Arizona Daily Star article for the apprentice program was published Aug. 13 on page 1-A above the fold. “Impact of obesity project is assessed” analyzed government spending on an obesity public education campaign. Read it at:

Journalism graduates Austin Counts and Devlin Houser have produced a documentar called “Dead in the Desert” about the deaths of people crossing the border. It was featured in a full-page story in the Aug. 2 issue of The Tucson Weekly. Read it at

Alexa Skonieczny, who is interning with KCAL/KCBS in Los Angeles, got to work the red carpet for the movie "The Campaign." Alexa says “It was so exhilarating- I got to interview the whole cast and it was one of the top moments of my summer.”

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published: 
Marcella Corona (her stories run for AZ Star and La Estrella)
New Start, un buen comienzo para los universitarios
July 27, 2012
Presentan documental sobre El Casino
Aug. 2, 2012
Documentary features historic and colorful El Casino Ballroom
Aug. 3, 2012

Cecelia Marshall
Cultures happily collide in this pen pal story
July 22, 2012
Democrats in Arizona's District 3 Senate race focus on education, jobs, health care
July 26, 2012

Twin brother doctors aid needy in Nicaragua
July 29, 2012

Amer Taleb
Libyans leaving Tucson to ‘rebuild our country’
July 24, 2012


July 2012

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published:

Marcella Corona

Folklorico 'kids' reuniting to mark 25 formative years

July 15, 2012

Also in translation for La Estella 

July 20, 2012

2 UA programs see success helping minority students 

July 18, 2012


Cecelia Marshall

'Vehicle for inspiration' bus to roll into Tucson Friday

July 12, 2012

Finding where food comes from: Kids, parents plant, harvest with Big Green Bus, UA farm

July 14, 2012


Kelsey O'Grady

Going gluten-free can be done

July 12, 2012

Teen volunteers spruce up Tohono Chul Park

July 19, 2012

Graduate student Bethany Barnes was one of 23 student journalists accepted for SPJ's “Will Write For Food 2012” program, where college journalists go to Hollywood, Fla., and take over the Homeless Voice, the second largest homeless newspaper in the country. The students have 36 hours to put together a 24-page paper. Barnes will be working as a designer. Read more on the program at: and

A dark skies article by Megan Kimble, a student in last semester's Principles of Science Journalism class, appeared in the Los Angeles Times on July 7. "This desert wants to stay dark" was published under the heading "Science and the Environment." Check it out at,0,2513533.story

Three students won honorable mentions in the AEJMC Student Magazine Contest. Graduate student Susan Swanberg won honorable mention for "Cochise Stronghold" in the first person category. And Murphy Woodhouse and Sam McNeil won honorable mention for "Los Deportados" in the feature category.

Here’s a look at what summer interns have been doing:

Taylor Bacic is at Newsday in New York City, writing regional entertainment for the Hudson Valley edition. She's also getting a chance to help the staff build up their blog Hudson Buzz. To date, she's contributed eight posts. Next up: Compiling a guide to the valley's hottest ice cream spots. Taylor is getting some true sink or swim experience: "I do everything myself including working in their content management system to add everything to the website. All in all, it's been wonderful so far and I'm looking forward to more challenges and projects in the near future."

Samey Charapp is knee-deep in football working with the Washington Redskins. He assists with the daily Redskins Nation TV show that airs on the District's Comcast affiliate and has helped produce player interviews. He also has done production for segments on the show. 

Paul Ingram was a guest on Arizona Week July 6 discussing upcoming ballot initiatives. He’s interning this summer with Arizona Public Media. Watch the episode at

Alexa Nicole Skonieczny has worked on the following segments for CBS/KCAL LA Section:

Amer Taleb, an Arizona Daily Star apprentice, had his story “Streetcar crew digs up added expense” published on Page A-1, above the fold, on July 11, 2012. Read it at:

Anthony Vito is in New York City, interning with the Times' T Magazine. He has assisted on photo shoots for T Magazine as well as GQ Taiwan and Hercules Magazine. 

Alexa Vogtritter is getting more than she bargained for at KTVK Channel 3 in Phoenix, where she's been assigned to work on the top-rated "Good Morning Arizona" show. She's been the lead reporter for several stories tracked by other on-air personalities, and has started working on a package. She's covered the ongoing SB1070 Supreme Court aftermath and has met a slew of celebrities, including Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and a few Harlem Globetrotter members.

Michelle Weiss posted her first beauty blog for Prevention magazine in New York City. Read it at

The UA’s Office of External Relations featured a story about the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, written by Iman Hamdan, on its diversity website.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Marcella Corona (wrote the story) and Samantha Munsey (produced the video) 

Local dancers headed for Olympics (front-page package)

July 6, 2012


Cecelia Marshall 

Tucsonan named to AARP National Policy Council

July 6, 2012

Veteran sees park upkeep as his duty

July 4, 2012 (spurred several readers to offer to help)

Prevention program for HIV here ends

June 30, 2012


Samantha Munsey

Production of timeline on several Tucson homicides 


Kelsey O'Grady 

Group doesn't tolerate 'quilt police' 

July 5, 2012


Amer Taleb 

Dist. 9 Dem hopefuls decry cuts to public ed, aid to private schools

June 27, 2012

3 Tucson country clubs told July 4 fireworks may not fly

June 26, 2012


June 2012

Savannah Guthrie, a 1993 journalism graduate who currently anchors the third hour of NBC’s “Today Show,” has been named co-host of the show with Matt Lauer, the network announced June 29. Guthrie joined the show in June 2011 after spending three years as NBC’s White House correspondent and chief legal affairs reporter. Read more here.

Katie Pavlich, a 2011 journalism graduate, is getting a lot of attention for her book on the Fast and Furious operation, which spent time on the New York Times Best Sellers List. She's been a guest on various cable news networks including on the Piers Morgan Show June 28.

Robert Alcaraz, an accelerated master's student, is a freelance photographer for Inside Tucson Business and the Tucson Weekly. His first assignment for ITB was the front-page story on a dying golf course on the east side of Tucson. His first project for Tucson Weekly was a video and multimedia piece he produced for Carol Schwalbe's Magazine Photography class on the construction of the modern streetcar and its effects on local businesses. The project will be up soon.

Hope Miller has been pitching in on election coverage background work with Jim Ninztel at the Tucson Weekly. Her work thus far may be found at:

Keith Perfetti will be participating in the Unity Convention Projects in Las Vegas from July 29 to Aug. 4. Perfetti was selected to take part of the projects as a student member of National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He will be joined by Josh Morgan, a senior, who will be a part of the projects as a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. John de Dios, a former graduate student at the school, will be a mentor for the projects as a member of AAJA. This will be the second Unity Convention for de Dios as a mentor.

Keith Perfetti's article on five watering holes to toast while in Tucson — written for The Arizona Republic — was picked up by USA Today. Read it at: Perfetti has also been contributing to the Tucson Weekly's daily blog The Range. 

Caitlin Schmidt, who is interning with KVOA, spent the NCAA Super Regionals at Hi Corbett Field lugging camera equipment and pulling clips and editing packages as part of the station's college baseball coverage leading up to the College World Series. 

Alexa Skonieczny, who is interning with the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, has produced two more stories: 

Susan Swanberg, a graduate student, served as the science journalism mentor during the Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Diversity Workshop. Swanberg spent three days working with the students on developing their science journalism stories. Journalism major Hannah McLeod and non-majors Carina Enriquez and Angela Yung also served as day mentors for the workshop. Enriquez and Yung are graduates of the diversity workshop.

Zachary Vito photographed and wrote the cover story for the June 21 issue of the Tucson Weekly. Read the story on a veteran with PTSD and her greyhound at:

Jimmy Boegle, editor of the Tucson Weekly, submitted three multimedia pieces by students enrolled the summer 2011 Magazine Photography in the Arizona Newspapers Association annual competition. Julian Ybarra's video profiled pianist and UA professor Paula Fan, who is a renowned performer and the owner of 22 cats. Lydia Stern focused on Ivan Lucchina, who brought gelato from Lake Como to Tucson. Bilal Muhammed's audio slideshow looks at life for a female barber in the male-dominated world of Al's Barber Shop. Bilal had never taken a photo before signing up for Magazine Photography. Carol Schwalbe teaches the Magazine Photography course.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices had the following stories published:

Marcella Corona

Techno bandas play big on south side

June 24, 2012


Cecilia Marshall

Few tickets issued here despite new texting law

June 25, 2012 – Page 1A


Kelsey O’Grady

Speech on beating Tourette a winner

June 21, 2012

Four students served as mentors for the annual Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, which took place in the school June 1-10. They were: Robert Alcarez, Melissa Guz, Noelle Haro-Gomez and Keith Hickman-Perfetti.

Alexa Skonieczny had had her first story published as part of her internship at Los Angeles’ CBS affiliate. Read it at

Amer Taleb, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, had his first story published. “Signs wrongly removed, candidate says” ran on June 12. Read it at:

Alexa Skonieczny is interning at the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. She tells us her first week was, “so amazing! It was beyond anything I could ever imagine.”

Three graduate students in the University of Arizona School of Journalism are spending their summer watching history unfold on reporting and research trips in Jordan, Afghanistan and Egypt. Sam McNeil shared this video from Jordan. Britain Eakin has had two stories published in the Egypt Independent: on the country’s battle with air pollution on June 4 and on the transit of Venus on June 6. And Kelsey Jensen is doing research in Afghanistan, where she hopes to go into the aid and development field. Follow her blog at

May 2012

Abragail Kappel has been named news producer for the 5 and 6 p.m. news at KJCT 8 News in Grand Junction, Colo. Abragail writes, “I want to thank all my professors that have taught me during my time in this program but I want to give a special thanks to Rogelio Garcia. He believed in me even when I doubted myself. He offered me strength when I had none. And most importantly he taught me to have confidence in not only myself but in my skills as well. I would not be where I am today without him.” 

Dozens of students were honored at the Just Desserts awards ceremony May 3. Check out the full list of winners. 

April 2012

Journalism alumnus Ryan Gabrielson is a finalist for the 2011 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. The Livingstons, the nation’s largest all-media, general reporting prizes, award three $10,000 prizes for local, national, and international reporting to journalists under the age of 35. The winners will be announced on June 6. Gabrielson is a reporter with California Watch.

Joshua Morgan won a Chips Quinn fellowship with the Victoria (Texas) Advocate this summer.

Graduate student Susan Swanberg had a guest blog published on Scientific American on April 29 She wrote this pieceabout her father, "A Scientific American," for the Principles of Science Journalism class. John de Dios facilitated the publication by arranging a Skype interview for the class with Bora Zivkovic, who's the editor of Scientific American's blog network.

A number of students have landed internships this summer, including:

Kevin Abblit, Bleacher Report, a sports website based in San Francisco;

Taylor Bacic, Newsday, in New York City;

Samey Charapp, Washington Redskins football team in D.C.;

Alexa Skonieczny, KCAL, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles;

Anthony Vito, New York Times T Magazine (The Times’ style magazine), in New York City; and

Michelle Weiss, Prevention magazine, in New York City.

Kristina Bui has been named editor-in-chief for the fall at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Mariana Dale has been accepted to the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy in El Paso this summer. She is one of two students accepted to the academy. The others are working professionals. John deDios, a past participant in the academy, recommended her for the program. 

Jackie Kent is the new general manager for UATV.

UA journalism graduates Joe Ferguson and Hillary Davis joined UA student Matthew Casey on April 21 in winning sunshine awards for their work forcing open public documents from the SPJ Valley of the Sun Chapter. Ferguson and Davis are reporters at the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Ashley Grove

Feb. 19

SW Indian Arts Fair celebrates wealth of diverse arts, cultures

March 15

‘The Goose’ is area treasure

Catherine Carroll

April 8


It’s harvest time for cholla buds, a subtle, versatile native food

John Kuells

March 22

Nonprofit spreads passion for art

April 5

Group gives comfort to ill, needy

Alyssa Reilly

April 19

Strong concert lineup sure to lure fair-goers

Tayler Wancour

March 8

Woman revealed through lifetime of letters

April 12

Concert Q&A to give read on ex-frontman Doughty

April 12

Studio tour shows artists’ stories

Kedi Xia

April 11


Antenori filing puts campaign in the red

April 13


Go ahead: Just fling yourself into spring

April 19

Interactive map, online

Parks offering free admission during National Park Week

Arizona Cat's Eye students produced and recorded two newscasts back to back at Arizona Public Media. This is a first in the School of Journalism, according to instructor Rogelio Garcia. Executive producers for the shows were Rikki Mitchell and Nicole Dimtsios.

Three graduate students will be defending their theses: 

  • Kate Harrison: Professional project, “From Tailgating to Tweeting: An Examination of Social Media, Alumni Communications, and Fundraising Among U.S. Journalism and Mass Communications Programs,” Monday, April 23, 9 a.m., Room 340.
  • Anissa Tanweer: Thesis, “Media development and the peace-building agenda: A case study of Afghanistan’s first independent news agency," Monday, April 30, 3 p.m. Room 340.
  • Diana Sokolova: Thesis, “Dancing With the Lion: A Cross-National Comparison of Russian and U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Iran's Nuclear Program During George W. Bush's Presidency,” Tuesday, May 1, 9 a.m., Room 341.

Matthew Casey won a Freedom of Information Award from the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Awards will be presented at a FOI reception April 21 in Phoenix. Casey was honored for his work with the Tombstone Epitaph. Also winning FOI awards are three School of Journalism graduates who report for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff: Hillary Davis, Joe Ferguson and Cyndy Cole.

Graduating senior Will Ferguson was offered a six-month internship with New Scientist magazine’s office in Boston.

A story written by Hope Miller on UA Honors College fees ran on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star April 8. Miller wrote the story for last semester’s RPA class with Rob O’Dell. Read it here.

The following students have been selected to participate in the Mark Finley Newswriting Competition April 13. The students, who are chosen by their 205 professors to participate, are:

Andrew McCullough

Danielle Herrington

Michael Carolin

Sariah Schroader

Zhangli Bu

Savannah Martin

Mary Simpson

Lynley Price

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Katherine Carroll

March 27


Parents can control kids’ online activity with tool

March 29


The West: goodies for good causes

April 3


Patronato San Xavier wins Gov.’s Centennial Award

April 7


Students are given insight into drug fight

Alyssa Reilly

April 5

Festival en el Barrio benefits KXCI radio

April 12

Scream on: It’s time for UA Spring Fling

Kedi Xia

April 6


UA tuition won’t go up for in-state undergraduates

Lots of great news this week on students and recent graduates landing internships and jobs after graduation:

  • Marisa Gerber, who graduated in May 2011, won a prestigious Metpro fellowship at the Los Angeles Times. This marks the fifth year in a row that UA School of Journalism graduates have landed in the diversity program, which is designed to help beginning journalists launch careers in Tribune newsrooms. Past recipients include Nathan Olivarez-Giles, now with Wired magazine, and Nicole Santa Cruz, Stephen Ceasar and Dalina Castellanos, who are all still with the LA Times.
  • Rebecca Rillos earned a Pulliam Fellowship to do design at the Indianapolis Star. She joins two other students who won Pulliam Fellowships. Matt Casey and Kellie Mejdrich will be fellows at the Arizona Republic.
  • Senior Colin Darland was offered a full-time job in the Phoenix Design Studio of Gannett Corp.
  • Melanie Huonker will be working for KSNF, the NBC affiliate in Joplin, Mo. The station is also home to the ABC affiliate KODE. She starts May 16 as a general assignment reporter.
Anissa Tanweer, dual master’s student in journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, will present “Media development and the peace-building agenda: A case study of Afghanistan’s first independent news agency,” Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. as part of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Spring 2012 Colloquium Series.
Johanna Willett’s story on Old Tucson Studios Wild West Days ran in Zócalo magazine March 29. Read it here.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Bethany Barnes

April 1

Schools health push finds logical ally

Marisa Bernal

March 26

New goggles give kids a movie during MRI

Katherine Carroll (photo) 

March 27

Tucson tech: Parents can control kids’ online activity with tool

Lucy Valencia (with reporter Doug Kreutz)

March 28

Easter pets grow up; then what?

Tayler Wancour

March 8

Beowulf director steps out for family time 


‘Woman’ revealed through lifetime of letters 

Kedi Xia’s map ran with the front-page article “UA tuition won’t go up for in-state undergrads on April 6.

March 2012

Matthew Casey and Kellie Mejdrich have both been awarded Pulliam Fellowships at the Arizona Republic this summer.

Derrick Fazendin landed a job in media relations with the Los Angeles Angels. He starts right after graduation.

Giles Smith was part of the UA men’s swim team that won the national championship in relay in Washington March 23.

The following students are going to the Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 conference March 30-31 in Universal City, Calif.: Mariana Dale, Melissa Guz, Melanie Huonker, Cece Marshall and Julian Ybarra.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

John Kuells

Nonprofit spreads passion for art

March 22

Kedi Xia’s map ran with the front-page article “Take walk down 4th Avenue for fun, food, art, attractions on March 24.

Graduate student John deDios wrote a guest blog for Scientific American that was posted March 22. Read it here.

Amer Taleb’s story on donations to the “Race for the Cure” event aired on KUAT March 12. Watch it here.

Graduate student Anissa Tanweer and Noor Dawari of the Arizona-Afghanistan Partnership were interviewed March 12 by KOLD-TV on the shooting of 16 Afghan civilians. Watch the interview here.

Kedi Xia took first place in the Dean of Students’ “One Day at the UA” video contest, which was co-sponsored by the UA Dean of Students Office and the Marshall Foundation. He was the only journalism student who participated the contest. Judges were selected from the entire UA community. Watch the video here.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Bethany Barnes

“Streetcar construction starts in April: here’s what you need to know”

A-1, March 7

“Spring-break hazard: bedbug infestation”

March 8

Alyssa Reilly

“Cyclovia spoken here”

March 15

Kedi Xia’s map for the article “Cyclovia spoken here” ran in the Star’s Caliente on March 15. His map for the piece “Book it to UA Mall for festival” ran in the Star on March 10.

Tayler Wancour

“Of Montreal goes dark”

March 15

A student who took part in the summer high school workshop run by the University of Arizona School of Journalism has received a second honor for her work. Stories that Corina Gallardo submitted in the Dow Jones News Fund’s Summer Workshops Competition for 2011 were honored, making her one of eight winners nationally. The Dow Jones News Fund has reserved a $1,000 college scholarship in her name. The grant will be applied toward her tuition, room and board expenses at the college of her choice for the 2012-2013 school year.

Gallardo also was honored October 2011 in a national student writing competition for her article titled “Brain Injuries - The Discreet Captor.” The story was selected as one of four winners in the 2011 Teen Voices of Democracy Contest. That award carried a $100 prize. Lisa Button was the workshop’s director.

Sasha Loftis got a piece of the Willcox school shooting story. She pitched in toanswer the phones and wrote stories for KVOA’s website. She also wrote stories for the news scripts and helped run the prompter for two newscasts.

Emily Moore, who graduates in May and is interning at KMSB, Tucson’s Fox affiliate, has been offered a part-time job producing the 9 p.m. weekend newscasts. 

Josh Morgan and John de Dios are finalists in the Online Feature Reporting category of the SPJ Mark of Excellence competition. Their multimedia piece, “From Toy Telescopes to the SkyCenter,” appeared in the Tucson Weekly. The awards will be presented during the Mark of Excellence luncheon at the Region 11 Spring Conference, which takes place March 30 and 31 in Universal City.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

John Kuell

“Bestselling author is in our midst” 

March 1

Katherine Carroll (photos) 

“It Doesn’t Hurt a Bit” and “Teddy Bear Clinic at TMC” 

March 3

“Car lovers get their fix at OV show” 

Feb. 23 

“Kids spend their rodeo break learnin’ about the craft” 

March 1

February 2012

Angelina Bravo, interning at KOLD, was at the scene of a fire on Saturday and assisted in the scene reporting as well as shooting photos for this online story. She also shot some video and got three online stories published. They were: 

Will Ferguson wrote “Redefining the Bounds of the Universe” when he attended the National Association of Science Writers conference in Vancouver in February. He won one of eight fellowships awarded to travel fellows. Read his storyhere.

Graduate student Diana Sokolova has had her research paper accepted to the AEJMC Mid-Winter Conference. The study was conducted in collaboration with Carol Schwalbe. Kevin R. Kemper is going to present it in Norman, Okla., March 2. Sokolova also has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in mass communication at Indiana University. She works as a production crew member at KUAT and has  had three stories she produced aired recently. They are:

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Marisa Bernal

Rock And Roll Se Encuentra Con Tucson Cine México

Feb. 24

Alyssa Reilly

The world according to Hodgman

March 1

Amer Azzam Taleb co-produced and wrote the following for Arizona Public Media.

Angelina Bravo, interning at KOLD, has had five stories published on the 

station's website:

Ben Howard Leibowitz is interning at, a website devoted to sports. Several of his articles may be foundhere.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Bethany Barnes

“For 101 naturalized here, ‘it’s a dream come true’ 

Feb. 15 

Marisa Bernal

“Ozomatli performs for a cause at Save Ethnic Studies concert” 

Feb. 16

“Cactus tortillas offer a novel take on traditional food” 

Feb. 20

Katherine Carroll 


“New FW center mixes tech, versatile layout” 

Feb. 16

“Chocolates for humans; dollars for Handi-Dogs”

Feb. 14

Tayler Wancour

“Foot-Tappin’ musical has murderous plot” 

Feb. 16 

Kedi Xia’s map accompanied the Arizona Daily Star article “Wood ‘headstones’ replace inauthentic metal markers” 

Feb. 17

Piper Stoeckel’s story on disciplining teachers in TUSD -- written for the RPA class she took last semester with Rob O’Dell -- ran on Page 1-A, above the fold, of the Feb. 12 issue of the Arizona Daily Star. Read it here. 

Amer Azzam Taleb reported this story this week for KUAT.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published:

John Kuells

“New FW Center mixes tech, versatile layout”

Feb. 16

Tayler Wancour

“Nothing off limits for improv group’s ‘Laugh out Loud’ tour”

Feb. 9

Marisa Bernal

“Ozomatli Rockea por la Causa”

Feb. 10

Alyssa Reilly

“Sullivan, new band will celebrate studio album”

Feb. 16

January 2012

Vanessa Boocher’s article about William Hartmann and his role in the NASA Juno mission to Jupiter ran on Page 1-A of the Arizona Daily Star Feb. 6. Boocher is an environmental sciences major who was in Tom Beal’s Science Journalism class in fall 2011. Read the story here.

Angelina E. Bravo, in week two of her internship at KOLD, shadowed more photographers on news scenes to tape live shots and got footage for the newscasts. She also wrote her second online news story.

Since starting her internship at, Rachel Cabakoff has had three stories published:

Emily Moore, an intern at KOLD, has worked the teleprompter for two newscasts and has had two stories broadcast on Friday news shows.

Amer Azzam Taleb, an intern at KUAT, helped put together the “Arizona Week” show about CPS reform by conducting research, finding sources/scheduling interviews and writing the blog post.

Johanna Willett has had two stories published online in Zócalo Tucson:

The following stories have been published by Arizona Daily Star apprentices:

Bethany Barnes ( with reporter Becky Pallack)

“Regents name next UA president”

Feb. 8

Marisa Bernal

“La ciudadania en tus manos”

Jan. 27

Katherine Carroll

Image of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Jan. 23

Image of Major League Soccer spring training

Jan. 31 on the front of the Star’s Sports’ section

(Another image from Wildcat Invitational Golf ran on the front of the Sports’ section on Feb. 7)

Ashley Grove

“Trail Dust Town honors AZ milestone”

Feb. 9

John Kuells

“Volunteer extraordinaire has ‘that fire’”

Feb. 5

Alyssa Reilly

“Get your blues on at ‘Super Boa! XI’

Feb. 2

“Dance, view art at Monterey Court opening”

Jan. 26

Tayler Wancour

“Sibling rivalry lives in ‘Dancing’”

Feb. 2

Kedi Xia

Map that Feb. 5 with Josh Brodesky’s column, “Quietly, loop fosters sense of connection here”

Bethany Conway, who earned her master’s in journalism in 2011, has had a paper accepted to the International Communication Association conference in Phoenix in May. Her thesis adviser was Shahira Fahmy.

  • Conway, B. A. (May, 2012). Addressing the 'medical malady': Second-level agenda-setting and public approval of 'Obamacare'. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Kelly Hultgren, who is interning for Arizona Public Media, has had three stories broadcast: one on the new redistricting map, one on Arizona's economic subsidies, and one on the Pima County Sheriff's Department and its social media upgrade.

Three students in Tom Beal’s section of the Science Journalism course developed by Carol Schwalbe have had stories published in the Arizona Daily Star:

Rikki Mitchell

Jan. 29

Planetary lab's Drake may live on in most fitting way

Kevin Zimmerman

Feb. 2

Moon is old news but exciting again

In addition, Vanessa Boocher’s article about William Hartmann and his role in the NASA Juno mission to Jupiter is slated to run Feb. 3. Boocher is an environmental sciences major, who took her first journalism course in fall 2011.

Graduate student Anissa Tanweer will travel to Washington, D.C., Feb. 1-3 with Professors Maggy Zanger and Susan Knight for a conference of the Afghanistan Journalism Education Enhancement Program. The conference will bring together for the first time the representatives of the five U.S. universities that have journalism partnerships with Afghan universities to initiate coordination. It is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Mariana Dale, a student in Carol Schwalbe’s Science Journalism class last semester, had a story on green roofs published by The Explorer. Read it here

New officers for the student chapter of National Association of Hispanic Journalists are:

Lucy Valencia, president;

Caleb Tellez, vice president;

Julian Ybarra, treasurer;

Britianie Bahena-Trigo, secretary