Faculty and Staff Kudos

March 3, 2020

Susan Knight organized the Feb. 26 talk "Going Viral: Covering Coronavirus, Flu and Other Contagious Illness Without Creating Hysteria" with students from the school's Society of Professional Journalists chapter. Susan Swanberg moderated the panel, which included Arizona Republic health reporter Stephanie Innes, Dr. Bob England of the Pima County Health Department, David Salafsky of UA Campus Health and graduate student Laura Fuchs. Mary Feeney of UA Libraries arranged for the Main Library's CATalyst Learning Studio to be used for the event.

Jessica Retis shared her research on "Latinx and the News Media in the US: Bilingual and Bicultural Audiences in the Digital Age" with students, colleagues and others at New York University and the University of Miami. She also participated in the first Social Justice and Media Symposium at Emerson College in Boston in memory of the work and life of Professor Moses Shumow. She also visited Spanish-language newsrooms in New York and Miami, talking to Latino journalists about the future of bilingual journalism.

Jeannine Relly organized a gathering for the school's Center for Border and Global Journalism on Feb. 28 in which journalists from 14 countries talked to Director Carol Schwalbe, Celeste González de BustamanteMaggy Zanger, Ruxandra Guidi and Relly. The journalists, interested in research and investigation, included Badoor Almutairi (Kuwait), Ana Brakus (Croatia), Qiuyi Dong (Hong Kong), Carmen Dumitrescu (Romania), Gali Ginatt (Israel), Katarina Janosikova (Slovakia), Joseph Joshua Mwale (Malawi), Peter Nanev (Bulgaria), Predeep Nambiar (Malaysia), Ernesto Jose Nhatsumbo (Mozambique), Mchmet Safak Sari (Turkey), Shova Devi Sharma (Nepal), Jasper Williams (Bahamas) and Piotr Kazimierz Witwicki (Poland). Each year, the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings international journalists to examine practices in the U.S.

Susan Knight represented the J-school at the March 2 "Cats at the Capitol" event before state legislators on the House lawn in Phoenix. President Robbins attended the event. Knight is mentoring the school's Bolles Fellow, Priya Jandu, who is covering the state Legislature for Arizona Sonora News (indearizona.com).

Jeannine Relly was an invited online panelist for an international conference at India's Jamia Millia Islamia, a public university in New Delhi. The panel was titled, "Actors and institutions shaping Public Policy and Governance." Relly presented research work titled, "India's Right to Information Act and Institutions of Accountability." Co-authors with Relly are M. Fazle Rabbi, Meghna Sabharwal, Rajdeep Pakanati, and Ethan Schwalbe. Other panelists were Dr. Meghna Sabhwarwal, University of Texas, Dallas; Dr. Alasdair Roberts, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Dr. Aroon Manoharan, UMass Boston; and Dr. Kim Moloney, Murdoch University in Australia.

William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey organized the Journalism on Screen showing of the documentary "Mike Wallace is Here" at The Loft Cinema on Feb. 23. Sharkey introduced the film and Schmidt interviewed former New York Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal about challenges facing journalists today and Wallace's influence on broadcast journalism. See the Q&A video and introduction. Susan Knight and the Society of Professional Journalists chapter sold buttons before and after, including a special Wallace button: "All I'm armed with is research."

Celeste González de Bustamante is working with University of Arizona librarians and other faculty members across campus on a project that will introduce students to data literacy using digitized historical newspapers from Arizona. Story

Andrés Domínguez organized a visit with students from Douglas High School and their journalism adviser, John Soriano. They toured the J-school and Arizona Public Media, where "Arizona 360" anchor and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera gave them a tour. Students also spoke to Susan Knight and Rogelio Garcia.

Ruxandra Guidi's Arizona Sonora News class spent a weekend in Patagonia to begin reporting for a project with the Patagonia Regional Times that examines the effects of mining in southern Arizona. Students attended a briefing from Martin Lawrence of the Nature Conservancy’s Sonoita Creek Preserve. Former Arizona Daily Star reporter and adjunct instructor Tom Beal is helping the class with the project.

Retired Prof. Terry Wimmer was granted emeritus status by University of Arizona President Robert Robbins. Wimmer, a Pulitzer Prize winner who later earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina, taught the J-school's capstone classes for 13 years. Read Prof. Geoff Ellwand's Cursor story about Wimmer. 

Feb. 10, 2020

Linda Lumsden contributed the first chapter of a new book, "Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage." The collection, celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, will be published by University of Illinois Press on March 10. Details

Ruxandra Guidi oversaw publication of an El Inde magazine, "Invested Interests," produced by her fall 2019 Arizona Sonora News class. Among the 13 stories are a mixed martial arts athlete fighting depression, and a child of Indian immigrants searching for her identity and a stargazing photo spread. Daniel Ramirez also advised students on design. See more stories at indearizona.com.

The J-school's Sensitivity in Journalism series features video interviews with Celeste González de Bustamante (border), journalist Jenna Krajeski (trauma) and Dr. Barbara Eiswerth (refugees). The videos are on the school's diversity and inclusion web page at journalism.arizona.edu/diversity.

Ruxandra Guidi and Michael McKisson have organized a free workshop on freelancing and product startups for students and journalists on Friday, April 3. Sign up at bit.ly/2GWZrmB.

David Cuillier is the adviser of the new Investigative Reporters club. The first event, investigating sports, will be Tuesday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, featuring Arizona Daily Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt.

Susan Knight's feature writing class traveled to the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase to do interviews and shoot photos. Photos

Ruxandra Guidi moderated a Jan. 23 talk with students and High Country News editors Brian Calvert and Paige Blankenbuehler in Marshall 341. Students asked about longform magazine writing — and how it differs from the inverted pyramid — science journalism and HCN's commitment to tribal coverage by indigenous journalists as it celebrates its 50th year of publication.

Joe Ferguson, an adjunct instructor, left his Arizona Daily Star reporting job to become a Pima County constable. Story

Jay Rochlin was granted emeritus status by University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. Rochlin created the School of Journalism's first online course — Border Beat — which earned national recognition. He served for 20 years as editor of the UA alumni magazine and now works on pencil and pen-and-ink drawings. His art website is at rochlin.wixsite.com/drawings.

Jan. 13, 2020

The School of Journalism secured a $164,000 Provost’s Investment Fund grant to help Jessica Retis launch our bilingual journalism program, starting with a master's degree. Only 12 of 86 fall 2019 proposals were funded by the university. Retis, Celeste González de Bustamante, Jeannine Relly and Michael McKisson worked on the winning proposal — the only one in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences — with business staffers Kris Hogeboom and Erin Tyo.

The J-school submitted a 25-page nomination for the AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award. David Cuillier, Ethan Schwalbe, Jessica Retis, Jeannine Relly, Maggy Zanger, Celeste González de Bustamante, Michael McKisson, Susan Swanberg, Debbie Cross, Paloma Boykin, Martha Castleberry, Carol Schwalbe and Mike Chesnick contributed to the nomination packet, which also featured input from faculty and letters of recommendation. Read the nomination.
Susan E. Swanberg's essay, "Borrowed Chronicles: New York Times Science Journalist, William L. ‘Atomic Bill’ Laurence and the Reports of a Hiroshima Survivor," will be included in the essay collection, Legacies of the Manhattan Project: Reflections on 75 Years of a Nuclear World, when it is published in April of 2020. A mock-up of the cover along with a description of the collection are available at: https://wsupress.wsu.edu/product/legacies-of-the-manhattan-project/

Susan E. Swanberg helped graduate students Laura Fuchs and Nina Kolodij develop research projects to be presented at national conferences this spring. (See student/alumni kudos below).

Maggy Zanger was quoted in an Arizona Republic story by John D'Anna ('83) about a decline in journalists who died violently in 2019. One factor, Zanger said, might be that fewer news organizations are sending reporters into war zones. "I think we all suffer, we’re all hurt if we’re not getting accurate clear news," she said, "whether it's from Syria, the Philippines, Yemen or the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The whole world is connected. If it impacts one, it impacts all of us."

Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger led the way as the school posted closed-caption videos from the “Sensitivity in Journalism” series to its website. The series features interviews with Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante (“Borderlands reporting”); journalist Jenna Krajeski ("Covering trauma" and a panel talk with students); and Dr. Barbara Eiswerth ("Interviewing refugees"). Also contributing to the videos were Cheri Newton, Olivia Jackson, Sascha Fruehauf, Meredith O’Neil and Mike Chesnick.


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