March 10, 2017
Kim Newton traveled to South Korea to participate in a documentary for the 30th anniversary of the country's democracy movement, and he took photos after a court upheld the impeachment of South Korea’s president. Newton met Opposition Democracy Party Floor Leader Woo Sang-ho, who has a 1987 photo taken by Newton hanging in his office. The image, in which Mr. Woo is holding a picture of slain student Lee Han-Yeol, helped a broadcast company find Newton to be part of the documentary. Story.
Linda Lumsden has received an SBSRI Research Professorship for Fall 2017. The grant will fund a course release to complete the manuscript for her book, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #womensmarch.” The book will be published by Peter Lang Ltd. at the end of 2018.
Maggy Zanger spoke March 3 about working safely in the field on a panel about mental and physical health and safety for a half-day workshop at the Student Union on “Preparing for International Trips, Programs & Research,” sponsored by Global Initiatives.
Maggy Zanger organized and facilitated a panel of Tucson women for a one-hour live radio program to talk about the the status of women of color and migrants for International Women's Day on KXCI radio, 91.3 FM. The community radio station rebroadcasted the show March 8. Click here to hear the podcast.
Jeannine Relly served this week on the Center for Middle Eastern Studies governing board committee that reviewed more than 50 applications for the Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Program. She also participated on the university committee for the Commission on the Status of Women that selected campus-wide awards among more than 20 nominations.
Jeannine Relly was recognized with 10 other scholars across the UA campus at an "esteemed faculty reception" for being selected to a national academy or association as a scholar/fellow in 2016.
Mort Rosenblum wrote a guest column for the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 24: “Trump’s biggest enemy is the truth.”
Renee Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized the Spring Internship Fair on March 3. More than 15 publications participated, including alum John D’Anna with the Arizona Republic and Gannett. Photos.
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey and former New York Times foreign correspondent/editor Craig Whitney participated in a Q&A after the March 5 showing of “The Killing Fields" at The Loft Cinema, our final Journalism on Screen film of the spring. About 200 people attended the event, organized by William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey. Whitney also spoke to several journalism classes on March 2.
Susan Knight and the UA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a meeting for all journalism students interested in learning more about the school’s nine clubs on March 8 in the Reading Room. SPJ is planning a forum this spring on attacks on freedom of the press.
Nancy Sharkey arranged for former Boston Globe editor and reporter Walter V. Robinson to speak to her “Inside the N.Y. Times” class on March 9. He told students they "can do investigative reporting — even on deadline.” Robinson led the Globe's Pulitzer-winning series on the Catholic Church scandal, and Michael Keaton played him in “Spotlight.”
Director David Cuillier testified before the state House Education Committee on March 6 in support of a bill that protects the rights of student journalists and advisers from censorship and punishment in high schools, community colleges and universities. The bill passed the panel and now will go up for a full House vote.
Students from Hopi High in Northern Arizona, led by adviser Stan Bindell, visited the J-school on March 4. Director David Cuillier gave them a tour and answered questions; Professor Michael McKisson showed off our drone and 360 camera; UA senior Maxie Ruan played her video on Native American students; and Professor Carol Schwalbe and her son, Ethan, talked about our High School Diversity Workshop. Before the students went home, outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick took them to the turtle pond and Old Main.
Director David Cuiller was the keynote speaker at FOIA Fest in Chicago on Feb. 25, and the Arizona Republic published his Feb. 26 guest column on President Trump's attacks on the media. The Arizona Daily Wildcat also interviewed Cuillier for a story on the Arizona Board of Regents' secrecy regarding the UA president search.
At least 10 students, professors Celeste Bustamante and Mort Rosenblum and visiting scholar Ana Arana participated in security training for border journalists Feb. 24-25 in Nogales, Sonora. William Schmidt and the Center for Border & Global Journalism sponsored a dinner for organizer Jorge Luis Sierra. Photos
Rogelio Garcia arranged for alum Marcy Jones ('10), a reporter at Fox 10 in Phoenix, to speak about live reporting and her career to his broadcast class on March 9. Garcia also brought in KGUN9 multimedia journalist Max Darrow to talk about interviewing people on camera, the importance of visual storytelling and how to get your first job in news.
Feb. 24, 2017
The Center for Border & Global Journalism hosted a free screening of the documentary, “Finding Oscar” on Feb. 22, with William Schmidt introducing the film and Celeste González de Bustamante moderating a panel discussion afterward that included visiting scholar Ana Arana, director Ryan Suffern and co-producer Scott Greathead. The Steven Spielberg-executive-produced film, about the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, drew on co-reporting from Arana and will be available for streaming this summer. Watch the trailer.
Director David Cuillier's article, “Trump to make FOI great again,” ran in the latest Quill magazine (pages 19-20). He also did an interview with Arizona Public Media on Trump and the media (8:45 mark). His IRE Journal column in latest 2016 Fourth Quarter issue, “Pro se power: How to sue for public records on your own” (pages 32-33). The Arizona Republic also plans to publish a guest column from Cuillier about Trump’s attacks on the media on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Jeannine Relly was featured in a Global Initiatives story, “UA professors teach and research in India as part of Fulbright experience.” In the fall, she visited newsrooms and startups in various Indian cities as part of her Fulbright research on the country’s Right to Information Act.
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton organized a Feb. 21 panel of five media professionals, who gave seniors and grad students advice on landing a job. Michael Chihak (Arizona Public Media), alum Ann Brown (Arizona Daily Star), Tom Burke (KGUN 9), alum Maggie Driver (Lavidge) and Mari Herreras (Tucson Weekly) spoke and took questions for more than two hours, and accepted résumés from 16 students.
Michael McKisson helped host News Hack Arizona 2017 on Feb. 18-19, focusing on sensor journalism. More than 80 people registered for the event. Yoohyun Jung (’15) of the Arizona Daily Star wrote a story on the two-day event.
Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt organized the Journalism on Screen showing of “The Insider” on Feb. 12 at The Loft Cinema, with a Q-and-A with former "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman and N.Y. Times lawyer David McCraw. Bergman, director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, talked to classes on Feb. 13, and McCraw gave a talk on “fake news” at the Law College on the same day. Here's a video clip of Bergman talking about covering President Trump.
J-school visiting scholar Jessica Retis, an associate professor about Retis here.
Macarena Hernandez, a Baylor journalism professor, talked to students in five classes at the J-school on Feb. 14. Hernandez, a former San Antonio Express News reporter and Dallas Morning News columnist, has covered U.S. Latino issues extensively and her multimedia work has been featured on Frontline/PBS.at Cal State Northridge, spoke to students and faculty Feb. 15-16 about approaches to understanding transnationalism, Latinos and the media, and about teaching civic advocacy journalism in the digital era when covering diversity and minorities. Read more about Hernandez.
Feb. 10, 2017
Susan Knight and Elena Stauffer met with faculty and students in the journalism program at Tucson High Magnet School on Jan. 26. Elena discussed the UA School of Journalism’s high school journalism summer program and Susan talked about threats to high school journalism programs and worked with students on how to localize major national stories — the border wall, limit on Syrian immigration, and women’s reproductive rights issues — into stories for the Tucson High audience. Elena, senior program coordinator, left Feb. 1 for a similar position in History. She will be missed.
Jeannine Relly was an invited “expert” for Noam Chomsky and Marvin Waterstone's course, "What is politics?" Relly was asked to participate in a Q&A with Chomsky. Also, Relly, Lindita Camaj and Rajdeep Pakanati's comparative research work on access to information legislation in Bulgaria and India has been accepted for a panel titled “Access to Information in the Age of Digitally Networked Information and Communication” for the annual International Communication Association conference in San Diego. The project is titled, “The impact of Freedom of Information laws on journalists’ news production: FOI laws as channels of newsgathering in Bulgaria and India.”
Adjunct instructor Irene McKisson attended the Women’s Leadership Accelerator forum on digital journalism in Los Angeles this week. Irene, one of 25 women selected from 300-plus applicants, is editor of the Arizona Daily Star's This Is Tucson.
Director David Cuillier testified before the state Senate education committee in support of a bill to expand freedom of the press protections for student journalists at public schools, community colleges and universities across Arizona. The bill passed the committee unanimously and moves to the full Senate. Read Christianna Silva's story.
Adjunct instructor Fred Brock was one of the star speakers on the trans-Atlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary, as part of The New York Times’ “Times Journeys” program. He joined three other Times colleagues in lecturing to passengers about journalism and The Times.
Jan. 27, 2017
Linda Lumsden's paper, "Moral Shock and Muckraking in the Congo: E.D. Morel’s West African Mail, 1903-1906," has been chosen for presentation by the History Division at the International Communications Association annual convention in San Diego in late May.
Celeste González de Bustamante and KGUN-TV anchor-reporter Valerie Cavazos spoke to Cholla High School students about journalism, fake news and coverage of Latinos, including historical events such as the Zoot Suit riots in the early 1940s in Los Angeles, on Jan. 27 in Marshall 340.
Jeannine Relly spoke about the importance of fact-checking at the Inauguration Day Teach-In on Jan. 20 at the UA Mall.
William Schmidt, with help from fall semester Epitaph adviser Joe Sharkey, saw five of his JOUR 306 students published in Arizona Sonora News: Danyelle Kharma, Genesis Lara, Liz O’Connell, Harrison Reed and Nicholas Johnson, all of whom did their stories originally as class assignments. Also, ASN published a story written last spring by Emily Ellis, who was a graduate student in Schmidt’s feature writing class.
Nancy Sharkey introduced Star sports columnist Greg Hansen before the school’s Journalism on Screen showing of “The Natural.” Hansen gave insight into the Alonzo Trier story, media access and the Baseball Hall of Fame steroid dilemma with screenwriter Will Conroy at the Loft. See the video.
Jan. 6, 2017
Susan Swanberg’s abstract, “Writing While Under the Influence: John Hersey and the Writings of Hiroshima Eyewitness John A. Siemes, S.J.,” has been accepted for presentation at the Twelfth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-12), “Literary Journalism: From the Center, From the Margins” at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from May 11-13.
Susan Swanberg will present a conference paper, “Walt Disney’s ‘The Living Desert’ — Documentary or Docufiction?” at the 38th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference to be held in Albuquerque from Feb. 15-18.
Jeannine Relly was invited to serve on the AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program Steering Committee during the fall 2016 semester. The committee work focuses upon the organization's junior scholar research.
Joe Sharkey’s audio book of his revised and updated “Above Suspicion” was released by Penguin-Random House. The print, e-book (published by Open Road) is out Jan. 17, and the movie starring Emilia Clarke is set to be in theaters in May.
Dec. 16, 2016
Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante's manuscript titled “Global and domestic networks advancing prospects for institutional and social change: The collective action response to violence against journalists” was accepted for publication in Journalism & Communication Monographs. The organization-level research focuses on global and domestic actors initiatives to curb violence in Mexico and other countries around the world. The 30,000-word monograph is slated for publication in 2017.
Maggy Zanger’s El Independiente class published its Fall 2016 magazine and distributed the 40-year anniversary issue to South Tucson restaurants and South Tucson and Tucson community centers and libraries. Adjunct Daniel Ramirez mentored students in design, and UANews ran a story on El Inde.
Celeste González de Bustamante was invited to participate in the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration Short-term Faculty Exchange program in spring 2017. She will be collaborating on research and teaching with Professor Lenin Martell from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM). As part of the project, professor Martell will visit the UA campus and teach students who are enrolled in Dr. González de Bustamante’s, “U.S. Press in Latin America,” course, and Dr. González de Bustamante will visit the UAEM campus, where she will teach Prof. Martell’s students, and where the two professors will work on a joint-research project.
Jeannine Relly gave four talks last week in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The country adopted the Right to Information Act earlier this year and it is ranked among the top 10 in the world by legal experts. Her Dec. 6 workshop presentation at Wijeya Newspapers, one of the largest newsgroups in the country, was titled, “Right to Information legislation as a tool for investigative journalists.” On Dec. 7, she presented a talk in a daylong workshop at the Sri Lanka Press Institute titled "A global perspective of media and Right to Information" with a team of Norwegian investigative journalists. Relly's Dec. 8 talk at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism was titled "Right to Information legislation and challenges for journalists." On Dec. 9, she provided training on use of Sri Lanka's Right to Information Act with journalists at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times. Relly also met with the Right to Information Commission, the independent body that will monitor public information officer compliance with the access-to-information legislation. Here's a story by Sri Lanka's Sunday Times on one of the days.
Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt helped host the school’s Journalism on Screen Dec. 4 screening of “Ace in the Hole” at The Loft Cinema, followed by a Q&A with New York Times Phoenix Bureau chief Fernanda Santos.
Joe Sharkey’s Tombstone Epitaph class published an issue on Dec. 9, with stories that included the future of Southern Arizona farming and water, the lagging Cochise County economy and a proposed bus route to connect Sierra Vista with Douglas, Bisbee and Benson.
Administrative assistant Celina Centeno helped organize a send-off for our Winter 2016 graduates at Gentle Ben’s on Dec. 8. Professors Nancy Sharkey, Susan E. Swanberg, Michael McKisson and Maggy Zanger attended.
Dec. 2, 2016
Linda Lumsden published a profile of suffrage martyr Inez Milholland in the “Longform” section of talkingpointsmemo.com. Lumsden's biography of Milholland, who died 100 years ago on Nov. 25 while campaigning for votes for women in California, came out in paperback this fall to commemorate the centennial. Lumsden will conduct a livechat on the article next week. Article link.
Susan E. Swanberg’s invited book chapter titled “Telomeres and Telomerase in Birds: Measuring Health, Environmental Stress and Longevity,” is in press and expected to be published in the book Handbook of Models for the Study of Human Aging in 2017. She intends to use the manuscript in her spring 2017 environmental journalism course as part of her unit teaching students how to read scientific articles. Her invited book chapter, “Purple Prose vs. Literary Journalism: The WWII-Era Writings of New York Times Science Reporter William L. “’Atomic Bill’ Laurence and John Hersey,” is under review. She hopes the chapter will be published in 2017 as part of the book The Literature of Remembering: Tracing the Limits of Memoir.
Jeannine Relly received a grant from the U.S.-India Educational Foundation through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar South and Central Asia Program to provide training in Colombo, Sri Lanka, related to using the country's new Right to Information Act. Relly will be part of a team of trainers at the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka College of Journalism. During the week in Sri Lanka, Relly will be affiliated with the Sri Lanka Press Institute and the Sri Lanka College of Journalism, both of which are industry-based institutions that are working on an action plan for training journalists and the public about the RTIA.
Maggy Zanger and Carol Schwalbe organized the Fall 2016 Mark Finley Gold Pen competition. Linda Lumsden helped them with the judging.
Susan E. Swanberg will present a panel paper called "Nuclear Shadow: The Legacy of New York Times Science Journalist and War Department Propagandist William L. 'Atomic Bill' Laurence" at the 2017 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University.
Maggy Zanger helped organize the School of Journalism Listening Tour, where students on Dec. 2 told Teresa Graham Brett, associate dean of students for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, their thoughts about the school in relation to inclusion, difference and climate.
Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson helped organize and introduce their students' “Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” presentation at the Fall 2016 Student Research Symposium at Special Collections on Nov. 28. Click here to watch the Facebook Live video.
Nov. 18, 2016
Kim Newton saw two of his photographs on display in the Student Union Gallery as part of the annual study-abroad photo contest exhibit. The images of the Roman Colosseum at dusk and a girl in Pienza, Italy, were part of a new faculty feature picture display. The exhibit ran through Nov. 18. He also was also a judge in this year’s contest. One of the students in his Orvieto, Italy, course, Spencer Halliday, won the grand prize.
Susan Knight wrote a Nov. 1 op-ed piece, “I kept quiet when it happened to me,” for the Miami Herald.
Nancy Sharkey conducted a Q&A with David Cay Johnston, author of "The Making of Donald Trump," at the school’s Journalism on Screen series on Nov. 14 at The Loft. William Schmidt introduced Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, before the screening of “All the King’s Men.” Cay also spoke to nine classes at the school, thanks to Sharkey’s coordination. Watch the Q&A.
Maggy Zanger introduced Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, who spoke Nov. 15 to her International Crises class and other students in the Reading Room. Omer, awarded the 2007 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, is a Research Scholar at Harvard University. His research focuses on culture and children TV production in Middle East. Follow him at twitter.com/Mogaza
Celeste González de Bustamante was interviewed and quoted in the Brazilian newspaper, Correio Braziliense, about the news media and Trump’s victory. For the record, she said she didn’t agree with the headline, which essentially says, “Why Donald Trump’s win means the defeat of the press.” She told the paper Trump’s victory had more to do with American voters’ frustration and anger than the power of the news media over public opinion, “but that quote wasn’t used."
Jeannine Relly spoke on Nov. 16 at the Times School of Journalism in Delhi about her Right to Information research and how journalists use the Indian Right to Information Act and the U.S. FOIA. The talk was titled, "Right to Information in India and the U.S. — A tool for Journalists." The Times Group, which owns the largest English language daily in the world, The Times of India, runs the nonprofit Times School of Journalism, a post-graduate program.
Kim Newton had two photographs nominated in the professional categories of People and Fine Art at this year’s International Black & White Spider Awards. Click here to see the winning photographs.
Joe Sharkey’s “On the Road” column in Business Jet Traveler magazine won second place (or “Honorable Mention”) in the travel magazine category at the annual “Eddie” awards in New York, run by Folio magazine. He has done the column for three years.
Daniel Ramirez, an adjunct instructor, designed the 2016 Cursor, which came out this week. Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick wrote and edited the alumni magazine. Director David Cuillier, Senior Program Coordinator Elena Stauffer and Administrative Assistant Celina Centeno helped copy-edit.
Sarah Gassen, an adjunct instructor and Arizona Daily Star opinion writer, spoke to some of Nancy Sharkey’s 105 Honors and transfer students who toured the Star newsroom, plateroom and pressroom — and attended a news meeting led by editor Jill Jorden Spitz (’88).
Director David Cuillier spoke to about 25 alums who attended the school’s Homecoming mixer on Oct. 29. He gave them a tour and a presentation. The group included the classes of Frank Sotomayor (’66) and H Darr Beiser (’76). Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick and Administrative Assistant Celina Centeno helped organize the event.
Maggy Zanger is putting together a draft update of the school’s diversity plan. Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick added materials to the diversity page on the school website.
Oct. 28, 2016
Jeannine Relly was an invited speaker on a panel at the two-day O.P. Jindal Global University-Stanford University Conference in New Delhi on “Deliberative Democracy: Institutions, Law and People.” The panel was titled titled, “Strengthening Democracy Through the Right to Information.”
Maggy Zanger was interviewed about the recent offensive against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, for CHQR News Talk 770 radio in Calgary, Canada.
Elena Stauffer, Celina Centeno and Mike Chesnick organized the Oct. 21 Zenger Award for Press Freedom dinner at the Westward Look Resort, where Director David Cuillier also highlighted the school’s students and accomplishments. Kim Newton and his photography students also auctioned off student images. Watch honoree Dana Priest's speech and Q&A with emcee Nancy Montoya of AZPM and go to our website story to read how the Washington Post reporter hopes to partner with the school on a new website where students can report about the demise of independent news here and abroad, and the perils journalists face in Mexico and worldwide.
The school’s Center for Border & Global Journalism, led by co-director William Schmidt and Elena Stauffer, put on a happy-hour mixer Oct. 20 at the Marriott for Zenger winner Dana Priest. The center sold bracelets on behalf of Priest’s “Press Uncuffed” campaign for imprisoned journalists.
William Schmidt was part of a roundtable discussion nearby on Russian hacking and cyber espionage at the Integrated Learning Center on Oct. 18. Schmidt ran the Moscow bureau for Newsweek in the late 1970s, and “suddenly found myself in the middle of a cyber espionage story that later drew the attention of the White House ... which ordered tougher controls on computer diversion.”
The Center for Border & Global Journalism, led by Maggy Zanger and Elena Stauffer, helped host Asos Hardi, an independent journalist and publisher in Iraqi Kurdistan. He spoke to students about ISIS and other topics Oct. 12-13, and the center held a reception Oct. 13 for Hardi and students at Sinbad's near campus.
William Schmidt and students participated in the James W. Foley Freedom Run on Oct. 15 on campus to remember the journalist killed by ISIS.
Reneé Schafer Horton coordinated the Fall Internship Fair on Oct. 21, with recruiters from 16 publications and media groups on hand. Many students took part.
Director David Cuillier spoke Oct. 27 at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association convention in Tempe about the "Art of Access" at high school campuses. He also participated in the College of SBS’ “Conversations on Privacy” series Oct. 26 with AP reporter Jack Gillum and Emma Llansó at the Fox Theatre. Gillum, an-ex Arizona Daily Star reporter, broke the story that Hillary Clinton used a private email server.
Susan E. Swanberg presented her research-in-progress, “Half Life: The New York Times' William L. "Atomic Bill" Laurence, Propagandist for the Atomic Age,” at the 35th annual American Journalism Historians Association convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Oct. 8.
Celina Centeno and Mike Chesnick organized a Family Weekend mixer Oct. 15. Director David Cuillier, internship coordinator Renee Schafer Horton and academic adviser Paloma Boykin chatted with parents, while SPJ students took parents on tours of the Marshall Building and showcased the school’s drone and a drone video by Celeste González de Bustamante.
Oct. 7, 2016
Director David Cuillier won the Wells Memorial Key — the highest honor for a member of Society of Professional Journalists — at the Excellence in Journalism conference banquet in New Orleans. Cuillier, past president of SPJ, also spoke in Chicago at the Local Independent Online News Publishers conference. Watch one of his sessions.
Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger saw their research on Afghanistan’s news media published online in the academic journal, Journalism. The study, with help from assistant Noorullah Dawari, details the perils and challenges faced in the profession in the country’s unstable environment. Read the study.
Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson led a trip to Sweet Grass, Montana, and Coutts, Alberta, with seven students to study the U.S.-Canada border and compare it to the border at Nogales. The students used drone videography in their reporting and interviewed Border Patrol agents and residents for the project.
Michael McKisson successfully completed the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft pilot certification, which allows McKisson to fly a drone and oversee students as they begin incorporating drone videography into their reporting.
Celeste González de Bustamante's interview with Nancy Montoya about violence and journalism in northern Mexico was featured in the Community Interactive: Stories from the Border, which aired on Arizona Public Media on September 29. Go here to watch it.
Linda Lumsden presented a paper entitled, “Trial-blazing for Social Movement Media: The Sierra Club Bulletin’s Role in Building Modern Environmentalism, 1893-1970,” at the American Journalism Historians Association in St. Petersburg, Fla. She also presented her research-in-progress on her book manuscript, Social Justice Journalism: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #yesallwomen, and participated in the annual meeting of the American Journalism editorial board.
Internship coordinator Reneé Schafer Horton organized Pizza & Portfolios to help students receive one-on-one critiques of résumés, clips, broadcast/multimedia packages and cover letters. She recruited a panel of journalists to speak and work with students: Joe Hengemuehler, Brett Fera ('05), Mike Christy ('11), Jade Nunes ('15),Yoohyun Jung ('15), Murphy Woodhouse, Karla Gómez-Escamilla and Zach Clark (’12).
Adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel of the Tucson Weekly won two first-place awards and two others at the Arizona Newspapers Association 2016 Better Newspapers Contest in Chandler. Read more.
Adjunct instructor Tom Beal held “analog Monday” in his 205 class, having students read the Sunday papers with coffee and donuts.
Sept. 16, 2016
Professor Susan Knight organized the All-Clubs Leadership Retreat on Sept. 10, hosting groups of students in Marshall Rooms 340 and 341.
Professor Maggy Zanger went this summer to Iraqi Kurdistan, meeting with students and faculty at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani and presenting a workshop for independent journalists about online journalism and copyright issues. One of her workshop participants, Asos Hardi, the publisher of Awene news, will speak at UA in mid-October.
Professor Michael McKisson attended the Online News Association conference Sept. 15-17 in Denver with his wife, Irene McKisson, an adjunct instructor in editing and editor of #ThisIsTucson at the Arizona Daily Star.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante’s border reporting class, with help from professor Michael McKisson this semester, visited a television/radio station in Nogales, Sonora, on Aug. 29. Students got a tour of the city from Cesar Barrón of Radio Xeny, including this street corner where teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot to death in 2012 by a Border Patrol agent. Students also set up a 360-degree VR camera with McKisson’s help, and plan to fly a drone at the border later this semester.
Grad Studies Director Carol Schwalbe and Elena Stauffer, senior program director, organized Talk & Tapas at Casa Vicente, with five grad students giving presentations. Director David Cuillier welcomed about 30 people to the event.
Susan Knight invited former student Murphy Woodhouse and Alexis Huicochea, reporters at the Arizona Daily Star, to talk to her RPA class on covering politics, government accountability, and social justice on the education and county beats.
Aug. 26, 2016
Professor Nancy Sharkey won the 2016 SBS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Upper Division Teaching from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences after being nominated by Director David Cuillier and student Elizabeth Eaton. Sharkey also received the Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award from faculty and students in May. Click here to read our website story.
Professors Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger's manuscript titled, “The enigma of news media development with multi-pronged ‘capture’: The Afghanistan case,” was accepted for publication in the academic journal, Journalism. The research, which was conducted in the Afghan capital, included 30 interviews with Afghan journalists.
Professor Nancy Sharkey and Director David Cuillier analyzed "The Witness" on Aug. 23 as our Journalism on Screen series kicked off its second season at The Loft. In the documentary, the brother of Kitty Genovese used public records and good journalistic skills to discover inaccuracies in a 1964 New York Times' story that asserted 38 witnesses watched her being murdered and did nothing to help. Watch the Q&A on our Youtube channel.
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey received a congratulations letter from University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart on news that his book, “Above Suspicion,” is being made into a major movie.
Arizona Daily Star opinion writer and adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen wrote a column for the Star: "Teaching journalism in a fact-free environment." She is teaching advanced reporting this semester.
Professor Nancy Sharkey contributed to a New York Times story that won the July Sidney Award for "When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers."
Faculty members attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Minneapolis on Aug. 4-7, including Jeannine Relly, Susan Swanberg, Linda Lumsden, Celeste González de Bustamante, Carol Schwalbe and Director David Cuillier. “It was a great year at AEJMC, with all our research-active professors presenting,” Cuillier said.
Organized by Elena Stauffer, senior program coordinator, and professor Carol Schwalbe, some of our new graduate students toured the J-school and met with professors and current grad students. The students included Fred Pearson, Ashley Mikelonis, Hunter Fogel, Jake Feinberg, Shanshan Niu,Anna Ludlum, Nate Williams, Natalia Navarro and April Lanuza.
July 22, 2016
Professor Susan Swanberg’s research-in-progress, “Half Life: The New York Times' William L. "Atomic Bill" Laurence, Propagandist for the Atomic Age,” has been accepted for presentation at the 35th annual American Journalism Historians Association convention Oct. 6-8 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
On the 50th anniversary of the FOIA, associate professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe published an article in Government Information Quarterly titled, "How Business Lobby Networks Shaped the U.S. Freedom of Information Act: An Examination of 60 Years of Congressional Testimony." Full story here.
Saying the FOIA “has become a tool of secrecy, not transparency,” Director David Cuillier urged Congress to consider five steps in making the 1966 law stronger in testimony July 12 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. Read our website story, with a link to the video of the hearing.
Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante gave an invited talk titled, “Killing the messengers: the case of Mexico and its northern border,” on July 7 at the University San Judas Tadeo in San José, Costa Rica, as part of the school's forum on freedom of expression. The talk focused on the research that she is conducting along with Associate Professor Jeannine Relly.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart singled out the Center for Border & Global Journalism in a blog post about ways UA and peers can position themselves as “agents of change” in the world. She praised co-directors William Schmidt and Mort Rosenblum and associate professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly for their work on understanding “the complexity” of border regions and helping protect journalists. See story.
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey visited the Kentucky set of the film based on his 1992 non-fiction book, "Above Suspicion,” starring Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones" and Jack Huston of the "Ben-Hur" remake. Several media outlets did stories on Sharkey, including former students Rikki Mitchell('12) of KGUN-TV and Janice Yu ('13) of KOLD-TV. Journalism student Justin Spears interviewed Sharkey for KAMP Student Radio, too. For more details, click on our website story.
July 1, 2016
Professor Linda Lumsden beat out 16 other proposals nationally for a book contract from AEJMC for her project, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter." She's in London doing research on the book, thanks to an earlier $4,000 Senior Scholar research award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She will report on her London findings at the AEJMC Convention in Minneapolis in August. Click here for a story.
Professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe have received a travel fellowship to participate in a news media development seminar in the West Bank from July 15 through July 25. The seminar includes visits to newsrooms and universities with journalism programs. The Palestinian American Research Center is sponsoring the program, which will include competitively selected academics from across the U.S. Schwalbe and Relly plan to speak about the UA School of Journalism graduate program and seek collaborators during the seminar trip, which includes institutions in Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, and Ramallah.
Professor Nancy Sharkey contributed to a New York Times investigative piece on the privatization of emergency services, or the push to turn a profit while caring for people in their most vulnerable moments. Nancy is a former senior editor at the Times. Click here for the story.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante's study-abroad students arrived in Costa Rica and began working on environmental stories for the Tico Times. Check out this video with students Maritza Dominguez, Ava Garcia, Moe Irish and Carmen Valencia.
June 10, 2016
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer ran the 2016 Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students as 10 teens put out a newspaper, website and blogs June 5-11. Speakers and tutors included Susan Knight, Nancy Sharkey, Susan Swanberg, Michael McKisson, Joe Sharkey and Paloma Boykin.
Kim Newton oversaw the 2016 Photojournalism in Italy classes, with students filing photos and multimedia projects to a blog at https://pjinitaly2016.wordpress.com/. The program runs until June 25.
Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante's chapter titled "Global Violence Against Journalists: The Power of Impunity and Emerging Initiatives to Evoke Social Change" was accepted for publication in the Routledge Companion to Media & Human Rights. The Companion will explore issues of freedom of expression, the right to know, and journalism work as a human right in parts one, two and three of the collection. The editors for the volume are Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord.
Jeannine Relly presented research titled, "The Mexican Press, Democracy, and Violence: Conceptualizing Resistance and Resilience in the Profession" at the Latin American Studies Association conference in New York on May 30. The presentation was based on her project with Celeste González de Bustamante, which includes more than 120 interviews along the Mexico-U.S. border, Mexico City and Veracruz.
Celeste González de Bustamante presented research titled, "Violence, the State and Impunity in Mexico: Why Crimes Against Freedom of Expression and Journalists Go Unpunished,” at the Latin American Studies Association conference in New York on May 28. It was based on her Mexico project with Jeannine Relly.
Celeste González de Bustamante also served as discussant on the panel titled, “Multiple crises in Mexican journalism, II: conformity and resistance in a violent democracy.”
May 20, 2016
Nancy Sharkey received the Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, as voted on by faculty and students, at the Just Desserts celebration on May 13 at the Arizona Historical Society.
Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger’s research paper titled “News media development in the Afghan case: The enigma of news media ‘capture’ ” was accepted for presentation by the Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the AEJMC for this summer’s annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The interviews with 30 Afghan journalists were conducted in Kabul in 2015, the year after the U.S. military mission ended.
Administrative assistant Celina Centeno and professor Michael McKisson did most of the preparation work for the May 13 Just Desserts student awards ceremony. They received assistance from the awards committee of Celeste González de Bustamante, Susan Knight, Carol Schwalbe, Terry Wimmer and Maggy Zanger; the scholarship committee of Nancy Sharkey, Knight and Wimmer; event help from senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer; and photos by outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick.
May 6, 2016
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's book "Above Suspicion" is being made into a major motion picture. The film will star Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke, directed by Phillip Noyce. Production will start May 23 in Kentucky, where Joe's book, a work of fact-based narrative journalism, was set.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante gave a research talk titled, "Online and on the ground: Identifying resistance and resilience among journalists in Mexico,” based on her work with Jeannine Relly, on April 23 at the Binational Schools of Communication Conference (BINACOM) in San Diego.At the same conference, Dr. González de Bustamante also held a workshop with colleague Jessica Retis from Cal State University Northridge on data journalism focused on the Migrahack experience.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante, on April 25, gave an invited research talk titled, “On the ground and online in Mexico: Surviving threats and aggressions in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists," at the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at Cal State University Northridge. The talk was based on her work with Jeannine Relly.
Professors Jeannine Relly and Carol Schwalbe's research in the manuscript titled, "How Business Lobby Networks Shaped the U.S. Freedom of Information Act: An Examination of 60 Years of Congressional Testimony," was accepted for publication in the academic journal, Government Information Quarterly, with expected publication this year, the half-century anniversary for the law.
Professor Nancy Sharkey took nearly a dozen of her Principles of Journalism students to the Pac-12 Networks "Television Production Student Training” on May 5 at Hillenbrand Stadium, where they learned how to run cameras and equipment in the production truck. The students also talked to sports broadcasters, including 2013 grad Kenzie Fowler, a former UA softball player.
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer, professors Susan Knight and Susan Swanberg, academic adviser Paloma Boykin and professor Nancy Sharkey evaluated 176 stories on May 4 as part of the school's "outcomes assessment" — to see how far students advanced in writing, critical thinking, ethics, accuracy and numeracy between their beginning reporting class and senior year on Arizona Sonora News.
Professor/adviser Maggy Zanger distributed the spring 2016 edition of El Independiente after working with students on stories and production of the 44-page magazine. Click here to see the magazine.
Professor Kim Newton coordinated the Spring 2016 Drew Gyorke Photo Contest. The judges this semester were: Bill Hatcher, freelance photojournalist with the National Geographic; Mike Christy, staff photographer at the Arizona Daily Star; and Ryan Revock, staff photographer with the Statesville Record & Landmark in Statesville, North Carolina.
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick, working with Bill Schmidt and Mort Rosenblum, finished a new website for our Center for Border & Global Journalism — borderjournalism.arizona.edu — with stories, faculty bios and published work. The center is now featured on the hub page of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences — web.sbs.arizona.edu — under "units."
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about innovative tactics Mexican journalists are using to tell their stories amid threats of violence. Click here to see the story.
Professor Susan Knight and Director David Cuillier attended the Society of Professional Journalists Western Regional Conference in Phoenix. Knight accompanied several student SPJ members.
Professors Michael McKisson and Celeste González de Bustamante were featured in a UANews story about their planned Mexico-Canada border project, in which students will use drone technology and 360 virtual reality journalism in the fall to tell the story. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/eye-sky-drone-help-students-tell-border-story?utm_source=uanow&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=biweekly-uanow
Professor Mort Rosenblum was honored at the MOCA Local Genius awards dinner on April 16 (see story at http://borderjournalism.arizona.edu/news/ua-professor-rosenblum-receives-local-genius-award), and he also did a radio interview with the Jake Feinberg Show (the interview starts at the 2:00 mark, http://www.jakefeinbergshow.com/…/the-mort-rosenblum-inter…/).
Adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel is one of three finalists for the Arizona Press Club's Arizona Community Journalist of the Year award. The other two candidates are former UA J-school students Hank Stephenson (Arizona Capitol Times) and Murphy Woodhouse (Nogales International ).
Professor Jeannine Relly served as a committee member on American Indian Studies graduate student Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan's thesis defense. The thesis title is "Who is Dr. Bernard "Bunny" Fontana?" The chair of the committee was Regents' Professor Ofelia Zepeda. Dr. Benedict Colombi, American Indian Studies also served on the committee. Relly connected by Skype for the defense on April 28. Ramon-Sauberan holds a bachelor's degree from the UA School of Journalism. She recently was accepted into the American Indian Studies doctoral program and plans to minor in journalism.
Professor Jeannine Relly led a graduate workshop at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece, on April 20. The workshop focused on diversity issues with research design in a global context for journalism, new media, and cultural management studies students in the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture.
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey’s advanced reporting class published a website (“306 Today”), with stories that included rescuing hikers, football/cheerleader injuries, food waste on the border, Kitt Peak and a parrot sanctuary outside Tucson.
As part of an international travel panel, adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey helped pick the world's most scenic airport approaches. Malta's airport won, while LAX in Los Angeles was 10th. Joe wrote a business travel column for The New York Times for 16 years.
Susan Knight coordinated an itinerary for 1994 journalism alum Azhar Abdul-Salam, a former ESPN producer/reporter in Asia who now teaches at a university in Singapore. Azhar visited several journalism classes, talked to the Sports Journalism Club and had lunch with former school director Jacqueline Sharkey, fellow 1994 grad Sarah Tully and Knight. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences did a story on Azhar at tinyurl.com/jchbfb8
Jeannine Relly spoke with Carol Schwalbe’s research methods class about “scraping” and social network analysis this week. The students completed mini-social network graphs as part of the instruction. Relly also completed the university's introduction to teaching online course.
Nancy Sharkey took some of her pre-journalism honors students on a tour of the Arizona Daily Star newsroom and pressroom with columnist Sarah Garrecht Gassen, a J-school alum and adjunct instructor.
April 1, 2016
Professor Michael McKisson moderated a panel on how social media has changed reporting for the Public Relations Society of America luncheon.
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton’s article on the Cradle to Career Partnership recently launched in Tucson by educational, city and county leaders was published in the spring issue of Biz Tucson https://issuu.com/mcserres/docs/biztucsonspring2016/177?e=4938104/34518142. Additionally, Renée was recently asked by the Provost’s office to serve on a five-person academic program review committee for the first APR of academic advising. The committee will be reviewing the self-study the university conducted on the academic advising enterprise at UA, assessing the quality and challenges of academic advising and making recommendations for improvement. Renee will be one of two UA professionals on the committee, which will also include national experts and an alumnus.
Professor Linda Lumsden discussed her Udall Fellow research project, Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter, at the Udall Center on March 30.
Director David Cuillier, outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick and administrative assistant Celina Centeno worked behind the scenes to help the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences present the sold-out “Conversation on Privacy” with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky and Nuala O’Connor at Centennial Hall on March 25.
March 25, 2016
Professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey organized the most successful “Journalism on Screen” series film yet, “Citizenfour,” which included a Q-and-A with Glenn Greenwald and attracted a sold-out crowd of 500 to The Loft on March 24. Director David Cuillier introduced the film and moderated the Q-and-A, while journalism staff members Elena Stauffer, Celina Centeno and Mike Chesnick helped out.
Professors Susan Knight and Nancy Sharkey led groups of students to Washington, D.C., and New York, respectively, over spring break as part of their “Inside the Beltway” and “Inside the New York Times” classes.
Professor Jeannine Relly helped author a paper titled, “Protecting whistleblowers: Role of ethical climate, ethical leadership and structural protections,” which was presented on March 18 at the Fred Riggs Symposium in Seattle for the Section on International and Comparative Administration of the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference. Other authors were Rashmi Chordiya and Meghna Sabharwal (University of Texas at Dallas) and Evan M. Berman of Victoria University (New Zealand).
Professor Shahira Fahmy’s call for the Mass Communication and Society’s upcoming special issue, “Media Terrorism and Society,” was competitively selected. http://journalism.arizona.edu/sites/journalism.arizona.edu/files/u98/MC%26S%20special%20issue%20call-March%202016.pdf
Professor Carol Schwalbe received a $200 Student/Faculty Interaction Grant for a day-long field trip to Saguaro National Park East with her Environmental Journalism class. She also won the AEJMC Newspaper & Online News $200 Teaching Grant, which will provide the remaining funds for food and transportation.
March 11, 2016
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton coordinated a well-attended Spring Internship Fair at the School of Journalism on March 4. Recruiters from 16 publications/media groups interviewed students.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante moderated a panel after the screening of the PBS Frontline documentary “Rape on the Night Shift,” on March 2 at the Gallagher Theater. Producers Andrés Cediel and Daffodil Altan and Nina Rabin from the Bacon Immigration Center participated in the panel event, sponsored by the UA School of Journalism, MAS and the Bacon center.
Professor Linda Lumsden received a Mary Lily Research Grant of $750 from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture to conduct research at Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She will look at the papers of feminist journalist Robin Morgan, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, for a chapter of her book-in-progress, Journalism For Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante received a $500 Student Faculty Interaction grant to hold “Pizza and Papers,” an informal research and writing session for students in JOUR150C1 at the UA Collaborative Learning Space in the Science and Engineering Library on March 23.
March 4, 2016
Professor Susan Swanberg has been invited to participate in a plenary session at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to be held June 6-9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The topic is, "Communicating Technical Subjects to a Non-Technical Audience."
Professor Linda Lumsden received a SBSRI Small Grant to fund two weeks of research in the Sierra Club Archives at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and Sierra Club headquarters in San Francisco. The research will contribute to a chapter of her book-in-progress, Journalism For Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante oversaw a student multimedia project, “Security 360°,” that explores the effect of militarization in Ambos Nogales and the border at http://jourviz.com/security-360/ The Tucson Weekly is publishing a series of stories related to the project, with the first one March 3 at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/mapping-security-in-ambos-nogales/Content?oid=6051732
Professor Susan Swanberg has been invited to serve as a judge for the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2016 DNA Day Essay Contest. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question and reflect on important concepts in genetics. ASHG is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide.
Feb. 26, 2016
Professor Jeannine Relly received a Fulbright in India to study reporters and civil society organization representatives' use of the Right to Information Act. She will be visiting newsrooms and start-ups for the research in six cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata) from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15.
Professor Mort Rosenblum moderated a Feb 18 panel discussion, “Besieged Borders,” with reporters Rod Nordland (New York Times) and Perla Trevizo (Arizona Daily Star) about the global crisis of refugees and migrants. Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer organized the event for the school’s Center for Border & Global Journalism, and professor William Schmidt introduced the panel. Administrative assistant Celina Centeno and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick helped, too. Click HERE to listen to the full audio.
Professor Shahira Fahmy’s latest article with former UA grad student Rico Neumann — “War vs. peace journalism” — came out last week and was tweeted about by Journalism Research@JResearchNews. Here is the link to the article: http://journalismresearchnews.org/article-war-versus-peace-journalism/
Professors Maggy Zanger and Jeannine Relly led a Feb. 19 discussion, “Iraq: The News Media Landscape in an Ongoing Warscape,” for the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies' spring colloquium series.
Professor Celeste González de Bustamante coordinated a Feb. 23 visit to the school by Doug Mitchell, co-founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio, who spoke to students about diversity and multimedia.
Elena Stauffer, the school’s senior program coordinator, hosted three students from La Cima Middle School on Feb. 23 for two hours as part of Pima County’s Career Shadow program. The three eighth-graders had many questions about interviewing, editing, and putting a story together and also got to meet outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick, adviser Paloma Boykin, and internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton.
Feb. 12, 2016
Professor Shahira Fahmy received her second Fulbright Specialist Program award in the last 12 months: the first certificate supported her work for the United Nations in Africa and the second certificate supported her work with a NATO research center of excellence in Europe. Fahmy also was appointed to the board of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.
Professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey helped organize and moderate a successful Q-and-A with journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter at the screening of “Selma” on Feb. 6. The fourth film in our “Journalism on Screen” series attracted more than 250 people to The Loft Cinema.
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton’s feature story on the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and its philanthropic work was published in the January 2016 Winter issue of BizTucson. The link to the issue is http://issuu.com/mcserres/docs/biztucsonwinter2016?e=4938104/32249386. She will have another piece in the Spring 2016 issue on the Cradle to Career Partnership, a big educational effort launched this month in Tucson.
Feb. 5, 2016
Professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson won the J-school's first engagement grant competition for a project in which students will use drone videography, 360-degree virtual reality and data journalism to study border regions in Nogales and Canada. Professor Carol Schwalbe and McKisson were runners-up for a proposal to use sensor technology in reporting. Alum Al Litzow will fund the drone project, and the school will fund the sensor project. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/drones for more info.
Professor Michael McKisson helped organize and run News Hack Arizona, a collaboration between the UA School of Journalism and the Arizona Daily Star, which provided training in data visualization and coding to journalists and students over the Jan. 30-31 weekend. Team Frog, which included alum Brenna Goth (Republic), took first place in the news hack competition with their project on OSHA. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/news/hack for more info.
Professor Rogelio Garcia is the director of photography and editor for "Ours is the Land," a film on the effect of mining on Tohono O'odham sacred burial grounds. A free screening of the documentary will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Student Union's Gallagher Theater.
Jan. 22, 2016
Professor Terry Wimmer acquired a professional development leave for fall 2016 to visit newsrooms in examining editing practices today to keep the School of Journalism’s curriculum current. It is the first professional development leave for the school since the college started offering them a few years ago for non-tenure track faculty.
Coordinated by professor Kim Newton, images by 12 former JOUR 203 students are on display on the hallway wall opposite of Newton’s office (327) as part of the Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest. Student photographers are: Andy Alvarado, Brenna Bailey, Ciara Biscoe, Cherie Cole (third place), Taylor Dayton, Hailey Freeman, Erik Kolsrud, Sally Lugo, Monica Milberg, Jordyn Owen, Tobey Schmidt (first place) and Courtney Talak (second place).
Professor Mort Rosenblum wrote a column for the Arizona Daily Star last week, “Preserve historic Rillito Park and Tucson’s history.” http://tucson.com/news/opinion/mort-rosenblum-preserve-historic-rillito-park-and-tucson-s-history/article_1370c7c7-4fe2-5598-bdd5-5b519ee2c910.html
Jan. 15, 2016
Linda Lumsden received an AEJMC Senior Scholars Research Grant for 2016-17 for her project, “Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Common Sense to #blacklivesmatter.” She will travel to London in June to examine the world’s oldest and newest transnational social movement media. The research involves a month of archival research in The Archives and Special Collections Library of the London School of Economics and Political Scienceon on how British anti-slavery activist/journalist Edmund Dene Morrell used his West African Mail newspaper to expose slavery and atrocities committed by Belgium’s King Leopold II against the people of his Congo Free State more than a century ago. Besides the $4,000 travel grant, the award includes $750 in travel assistance to report on findings at the 2016 AEJMC conference in Minneapolis in August.
Shahira Fahmy had an hour-long interview via Skype with Netherlands Public TV (http://backlight.vpro.nl) regarding her ISIS report supported by the State Department and the Fulbright Specialist Program last fall. The station plans to also to do an in-person interview in Tucson. She also just submitted a book chapter as an extension of the work to be published in a British book by Oxford this April.
Michael McKisson and students presented Tucson's first virtual reality journalism project, a feature on the All Souls Procession, to the project’s Kickstarter backers at Borderlands Brewing downtown on Jan. 13. They showed off the equipment, answered questions and helped people view the story with a Google Cardboard or mobile phone. Here are the links to the project for VRideo and YouTube: https://www.vrideo.com/watch/baYfYQU0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d8CKRVlJz4
Jan. 8, 2016
Professor Jeannine Relly has been awarded a Kappa Tau Alpha Chapter Adviser Research Grant for 2015-2016. The funding supports work on an academic book.
Senior program coordinator Elena Stauffer and adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey helped volunteer in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ annual Holiday Giving Project. The Sister Jose Women’s Shelter and the Arizona Children’s Association received $4,300 in gift cards, clothes, food, books and other items.
Director David Cuillier and four other journalism representatives urged greater openness and transparency from the federal government in a meeting at the White House with Josh Earnest, press secretary for President Obama.
Dec. 1-18, 2015
Celeste González de Bustamante received a Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) Faculty Small Grant for a research project that examines the factors that have influenced violence against journalists, and investigates how journalists have responded to attacks in Mexico. The research will result in an academic book.
Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton appeared on a “Crush Your Internship” podcast, giving advice to students on how to land internships in journalism. Check out her podcast page at http://crushyourinternship.com/2015/12/14/006-renee-schafer-horton-journalism/ or go directly to her tips at http://crushyourinternship.com/?powerpress_pinw=129-podcast
Carol Schwalbe co-authored and edited an article that appeared in the November newsletter of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The article describes the history of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, which was the first online divisional journal, and suggests avenues for future research.
Maggy Zanger’s JOUR 412 class put out a 56-page El Independiente magazine that marked South Tucson's 75th birthday. It includes stories on Southside Presbyterian Church, the vanishing Chinese market, transgender detainees, a hotline for families of missing border crossers and the All Souls Procession.
Nov. 2-27, 2015
Maggy Zanger was the recipient of this years Excellence in Global Service by UA Office of Global Initiatives and the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). Zanger also was an invited panelist speaking on the Kurdish media at a symposium on Freedom of the Press in the Middle East, Nov. 14, sponsored by Boston College and Peace Island Institute. Noam Chomsky was the keynote speaker.
Mort Rosenblum will be honored as a MOCA “Local Genius,” along with Andrew Weil, Ofelia Zepeda from Linguistics, and water harvester Brad Lancaster https://www.moca-tucson.org/lga2016/. He will be honored at a black-tie dinner/auction in April ($275 a person). Rosenblum also saw his op-ed, “Stand up to the smear and fear peddlers,” about the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, published in the Arizona Daily Star. http://tucson.com/news/opinion/mort-rosenblum-stand-up-to-the-smear-and-fear-peddlers/article_6ab9bba4-90df-58a8-aac6-f49c64671cc0.html
Linda Lumsden served as commentator on a panel about "The Nation in Southern History" at Southern Historical Association convention in Little Rock on Nov. 13.
Bill Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey coordinated and oversaw the third film, “Broadcast News,” in our “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema on Nov. 12. Alessandra Stanley, former television critic of The New York Times, answered questions after the movie and also spoke to some classes earlier in the day.
Bill Schmidt and alum Brett Fera, interim Student Media director, organized a free screening for students and faculty of “Spotlight” at the El Con theater Nov. 18. Alum Richard Gilman was publisher of The Boston Globe when its “Spotlight” team uncovered the Catholic church abuse scandal that won the Pulitzer Prize.
Oct. 26, 2015
Celeste González de Bustamante took part in three journalism events in the last month. On Oct. 5, she was a panelist in a discussion titled, “Brazil now/Brasil hoje: a conversation about the recent events and the crisis in Brazil.” She spoke about U.S. and Brazilian news media coverage at the event, organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies. … On Oct. 14, she gave a public talk at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, titled, "To publish and die in Mexico: Violence against journalists south of the U.S.-Mexico Border," and also spoke to Latino Studies and history of Mexico students. … On Oct. 22, she was a panelist at the Association of Internet Research conference on "Examining the Digital Imaginary Across Cultures: A Roundtable on Researching Diversity, Journalism, and Social Media.”
Michael McKisson’s Online News Association club reached its Kickstarter goal to buy equipment to start making immersive videos. He and students tested their first piece, a 360-degree camera rig, and will do its first story on Tucson’s All Souls Procession. Additional funds raised will go toward travel expenses to send students to the U.S.-Mexico border to create immersive experiences documenting the borderlands.
Bill Schmidt gave a talk, “Covering Sadat: The Middle East After the October War,” on Oct. 30 for the Fall Colloquium Series, put on by the School of Journalism and School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies.
Kim Newton, Bill Schmidt, Elena Stauffer and the Center for Border and Global Journalism organized an exhibit of photos by the late Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus at the Union Gallery at the UA Student Union. A reception/auction was held Oct. 22 for the exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 6.
Mort Rosenblum introduced winner Kathy Gannon at the Oct. 23 Zenger Dinner, contributed to class discussions and talked at the reception for Niedringhaus. Thanks to Maggy Zanger for the class flier!
Susan Knight organized a Student-Faculty mixer Oct. 15 at Magpies Pizza, where students from various Journalism clubs introduced themselves along with faculty and staff.
Oct. 12, 2015
Director David Cuillier was elected to the board of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at its meeting Oct. 10 in Denver. He also was awarded on Sept. 26 a Sunshine Award by the Phoenix Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in freedom of information.
Linda Lumsden received a $1,250 Joseph McKerns Research Grant from the American Journalism Historians Association. It will fund research at the Huntington Library on the Sierra Club Newsletter, founded in 1893, as part of her book project titled, Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from ‘Common Sense’ to #blacklivesmatter
Jeannine Relly’s research with political scientist Rajdeep Pakanati will receive more than $4,000 in funding from O.P. Jindal Global University in India. The research will be conducted in cities throughout India and will focus on challenges facing journalists in the country.
Oct. 5, 2015
Professor Kim Newton was invited to present images of recent work taken in summer trips to Italy and the United Kingdom at the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) meeting in Tucson on Oct. 1.
Professor Jeannine Relly was invited by the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy Program to serve as a reviewer of JSTOR’s prototype “democracy workbench” tool, designed to facilitate the study of democracy. Relly will be reviewing a draft taxonomy that is the foundation for the tool. http://www.ssrc.org/programs/anxieties-of-democracy/
Professor Bill Schmidt moderated a Q-and-A with New York Times editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton after the Oct. 8 showing of “The Paper,” the second film in the school’s “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema. The next film is “Broadcast News,” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
Sept. 28, 2015
Dr. Susan Swanberg organized and hosted “With Conviction: Science in the Courtroom” on Sept. 26, a daylong workshop about questionable scientific evidence admitted in court. Speakers and panelists included journalists, exonerees, attorneys, prosecutors and a forensic scientist. About 50 students, faculty and community members attended. Susan praised Prof. Carol Schwalbe for her work as P.I. on the workshop grant and her help, and Prof. Rogelio Garcia for organizing the workshop videotaping efforts.
Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante gave a keynote speech titled, “Violence against journalists in Mexico: the case of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH), in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her Sept. 22 talk was part of the Fourth International Communication Week at the UACH.
Dr. Shahira Fahmy was interviewed by Nieman Reports, Harvard's journalism magazine, regarding her views on the visual messages of DAESH (the Islamic State) and the coverage of the Syrian crisis. Fahmy, currently a research fellow at NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence sponsored by the State Department in Riga, Latvia, also saw a Turkey website tweet about her journalism work at http://bianet.org/bianet/ifade-ozgurlugu/167541-profil-shahira-fahmy
Professors Bill Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey have coordinated the school’s “Journalism on Screen” series at The Loft Cinema. More than 200 people attended the first film, “Absence of Malice,” on Sept. 20. Schmidt and Sharkey interviewed screenwriter Kurt Luedtke and moderated a Skype discussion with the former editor and audience after the movie. The second film, “The Paper,” will be shown Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., with New York Times editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton doing a live Q-and-A.
Sept. 7, 2015
Professor Maggy Zanger had her guest-opinion piece, “Americans must open arms to Syrian refugees,” posted on the Tucson Sentinel website Sept. 9. http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/090915_refugees_op/americans-must-open-arms-syrian-refugees/
Aug. 24, 2015
Associate Professor Jeannine Relly has been recommended for the Fulbright Specialist roster by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars for the 2015-2020 period. The roster matches scholars by their expertise with incoming project requests from academic institutions abroad.
Relly also served as an external evaluator of the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars on Journalism and Media Program, which had scholars visiting from 17 countries this year. The grant was funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs of the U.S. Department of State.
Aug. 17, 2015
Associate Professor Carol Schwalbe received the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Teacher of the Year Award at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco on Aug. 6. The award included $10,000 as recognition of her body of work.
Associate Professor Jeannine Relly became the new head of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the AEJMC’s annual meeting Aug. 7 in San Francisco.
Professor Maggy Zanger wrote an Aug. 18 op-ed column for the Arizona Daily Star, “Higher purpose found in fighting distant war,” about soldiers, aid workers and journalists returning to northern Iraq or Syria as the war against IS continues.
Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante organized and participated on a panel for a pre-conference Migrahack workshop at the AEJMC conference on “How to bring a social justice hackathon to your university.”
Professors Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante presented their paper titled "Transnational and domestic networks and institutional change: A study investigating the collective action response to violence against journalists in Mexico" on a panel in the Cultural Critical Studies Division at the AEJMC annual conference in San Francisco.
Aug. 10, 2015
Jesús Barrera recently published an article in the Tico Times News titled, “Toasting with turtle eggs: It’s legal in Ostional.” Barrera is a Journalism student who participated in a Study Abroad class in Costa Rica this summer with Prof. Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante. http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/08/08/toasting-with-turtle-eggs-its-legal-in-ostional
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