Faculty and Staff Kudos

April 8, 2019

Internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton organized and hosted a media panel on how to get a job after graduation. The panel included KVOA-TV's Ricky Vazquez, FITCH Design's Jade Nunes ('15), KVOA's Kendra Paige Hall ('15), AZPM's David Fortin and KOLD's EJ Junker.

Academic adviser Paloma Boykin, celebrating her 10th year at UA, was recognized at the university's Annual Service Awards Reception on April 4. 

Linda Lumsden was a panelist for the "Preserving the Voices of Arizona's Diverse Communities," a March 29 symposium at the UA Main Library organized by Mary Feeney of UA Libraries. The day before, Deborah Thomas, a Library of Congress program manager, spoke to Lumsden's students about the addition of 45 digitized African American, American Indian, and Spanish-language newspapers to Chronicling America, a free and openly-accessible national newspaper database hosted by the Library of Congress.

Maggy Zanger and Jeannine Relly organized an all-clubs diversity discussion and mixer April 4 at No Anchovies. They invited Marian Binder, director of counseling & psych services for Campus Health Service, to talk to students about cultural sensitivity in reporting. Susan Swanberg and Kim Newton also attended the mixer. Photos

Administrative assistant Andrés Dominguez secured a $7,500 grant from the Dow Jones News Fund to help fund the June 2-8 Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. Interested students can go here to find more details and apply. 

Adjunct Daniel Ramirez submitted a short essay to the Society for News Design and won admission to the annual SND Workshop in Chicago on April 4 and 5. He wrote about his UA publication design class, the time he has spent away from a newsroom and the desire to better understand what's happening in newsrooms today—both in print and digital.

Adjunct instructor Cynthia Lancaster and Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan ('10) pitched the UA School of Journalism to about 30 Baboquivari High School students in Sells on March 26. Several students said they would apply for the Carson high school workshop. "Jacelle really captured the students' attention by greeting them in the O'odham language," said Cynthia. Go to tinyurl.com/y2qrhpwg for info on the June 2-8 workshop.

Linda Lumsden moderated a panel April 4 to open the "The Mourning Project" at the YWCA's main campus, 525 N Bonita Ave. TheMourningProject.com is a community fiber art project to gather 23,000 pairs of handmade black, white, and gray baby booties  to draw attention to the problem of infant mortality in the United States, which at 23,000 baby deaths annually has the worst infant mortality rate in the developed world. Panelists and organizer Mary Vaneecke addressed the issue and answered questions.

Adjunct instructor Sarah Gassen interviewed a dozen students for apprenticeships at the Arizona Daily Star on March 20. Gassen ('95 B.A., '10 M.A.) is the editorial page editor at the Star and manages the apprenticeship program.

Students and visitors will find a new faculty display board on the third floor of the Marshall Building. Kim Newton took the head shots, and adjunct Daniel Ramirez designed the board with editing help from Mike Chesnick. The board, which is an Indesign file, can be updated each school year and printed at the UA Art Department.

The school announced that CNN's Christiane Amanpour will receive the Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Friday, Sept. 20, at a public reception and luncheon at the University Park Marriott. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/zenger2019 for more details and ticket info.

March 18, 2019

Maggy ZangerJeannine Relly and Linda Lumsden compiled the school's 2017-18 Diversity and Inclusion Report. Other members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee were Paloma BoykinZeina Cabrera-PetersonAngelo Lavo and Susan Swanberg.

Jeannine Relly's research on whistleblower protection in Mainland China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the U.S. — a joint project with three other colleagues — has been accepted for publication: "Chordiya, R., Sabharwal, M., Relly, J.E., & Berman, E. (Forthcoming). Organizational protection for whistleblowers: A cross-national study. Public Management Review."

Kim Newton participated in a panel Q&A for "Witnesses to Democracy: The Journey of a Mother and a Photographer," on March 17 at The Loft Cinema. Watch the Q&A at youtu.be/k7N8oPvoQmw. Newton is featured in the South Korean documentary, and he was joined on stage by director Man-jin Kim and UA East Asian Studies Professors Sunyoung Yang and Nathaniel Smith.

William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey, co-directors of Journalism on Screen, celebrated their 20th film in the series at The Loft on March 17. Schmidt introduced "Witnesses to Democracy," at youtu.be/YfHE6EliIh0. The school's website had a story on the milestone event and series, and the story was picked up by UANews: "UA professor featured in journalism screen series." Outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick input the story into the UANews system and filmed the Q&A.

Internship Coordinator Renée Schafer Horton organized the Spring 2019 Internship Fair on March 15. Students interviewed with several Southern Arizona media outlets. Several J-school alums or former students conducted the interviews, including Anthony Gimino ('90, Allsportstucson.com), Tirion Morris ('18, Tucson Local Media), Dan Shearer ('85, Wick Newspapers) and Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel). Photos

Susan Knight was accepted for a writer in residence program at The Wellspring House in Ashfield, Massachusetts, which she will take between two Boston conferences on narrative writing in March and April. Knight is on sabbatical, studying narrative in non-fiction and fiction.

Kim Newton told students about his latest project, "Paint to Pixels: The Changing Face of Britain," on March 13 in Marshall 340. Newton has identified up to 30 paintings by his grandfather, British landscape artist Algernon Newton (1880-1968), and photographed those exact scenes as they are today. Watch his talk at youtu.be/zKMw3quyCYA. The Talk & 'Tizers event was organized by Program Coordinator Debbie Cross and Graduate Studies Director Linda Lumsden. Grad students had pizza at No Anchovies afterward.

Carol Schwalbe served on a panel for the UA Graduate Center on “Strategies for Communicating to the General Public.” Other panelists were Dr. Michael Johnson, Department of Immunobiology; Daniel Stolte, UA News; and Eric Swedlund, College of Humanities. The audience was first-year University Fellows, who are an interdisciplinary group of the UA’s top graduate students. In their first year, they attend a weekly professional development colloquium on a variety of topics.

Linda Lumsden gave the keynote speech at Pima Community College's "Speaking Out" event on March 7. About 50 students attended. She talked about her book, "Journalism for Social Justice: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #womensmarch," The event marked African-American History Month and Women's History Month.

Adjunct instructor Joe Ferguson of the Arizona Daily Star won a Sledgehammer Award from the Arizona Press Club for his reporting and use of public records to shine a light on the truth.

Adjunct instructor Nancy Stanley was featured in an Arizona Daily Wildcat story by J-school student Jesse Tellez. "UA professor leads all-female comedy troupe."

Administrative Assistant Andrés Domínguez coordinated professors' UA Vitae materials, working with faculty and the UA Vitae office to make sure the school entered the information correctly.

Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick spoke on behalf of the J-school at a March 9 memorial for Yvonne Ervin, a 1984 J-school graduate, at the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral downtown. Ervin, also an Arizona Daily Wildcat alumna and founding director of the Tucson Jazz Society, died Dec. 26 after liver transplant surgery.

Feb. 26, 2019

Linda Lumsden received a $2,000 grant from Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Grants to Scholars program to visit the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. She will explore the visual rhetoric of political cartoons in twentieth-century social movement periodicals in its Social Action Collection, one of the nation's largest archives of social movements.

William Schmidt moderated a Q&A with George Freeman of the Media Law Resource Center and Nancy Sharkey introduced "The Post" and Freeman at the Feb. 17 Journalism on Screen event at The Loft Cinema. See the Q&A at youtu.be/6_UT6mxD3zQ and the intro at youtu.be/TjAptb_vtYM. Beforehand, student Vanessa Ontiveros of the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed Schmidt and Sharkey for a future story. Photos

Michael McKisson and Linda Lumsden received student engagement grants from donor Al Litzow ('73). McKisson received $2,500 to create an online training program to prepare students to pass the FAA drone pilot’s exam and understand the ethics of drone journalism. The program, set to launch in August, also will allow McKisson to buy a second drone for students to use. Lumsden received $500 to expand and improve the Sonoran Desert Journalists website that she began with her American Press History class in 2017. The funding will let Lumsden buy two high-quality microphones for students to use when interviewing 15 more local journalists. 

Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, was accepted by the Arizona Daily Star as a regular monthly op-ed Sunday columnist. Her first column ran on Jan. 27.

Linda Lumsden and Jeannine Relly coordinated a visit by Lou Waters, a former CNN anchor who is now retired in Oro Valley. He shared his experience, knowledge and job advice with Relly's master's class and other students on Feb. 20 in Marshall 341. Waters' son, Chris Waters, is a 2009 UA J-school alum. Go to youtu.be/675hfn77XT0 to watch the talk and introduction by Lumsden.

The Center for Border & Global Journalism co-sponsored a visit to the Student Union by Joanna Lillis, a Kazakhstan-based journalist reporting on Central Asia for outlets such as The Economist and The Guardian. She spoke to students on Feb. 4 about pursuing a career abroad in journalism. Some faculty, including Maggy Zanger, attended the event.

Susan Swanberg saw her grandson, Ford Michael Mansker, born at 5:04 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Sacramento area. He weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.
In memoriam

Debra A Castelan, program coordinator for the Editing Program for Minority Journalists at the UA School of Journalism in the early 1980s, died Feb. 4 from cancer. Castelan, 65, received her master's in education from UA and worked as the student services coordinator at Edge Charter School in Tucson after years at Pima College. A memorial will be held Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at Himmel Park, across from Edge (2555 E. First St.) Castelan loved UA athletics, the Green Bay Packers and superheroes, mainly Wonder Woman. Her family encourages guests to wear attire representing those passions on March 2.

Feb. 2, 2019

Adjunct instructors Cynthia Lancaster and Brett Fera, administrative assistant Andrés Domínguez, Prof. Michael McKisson and student Pascal Albright presented a journalism workshop on Feb. 2 to 150 Phoenix-area high school juniors at Mesa Community College.

Thirteen faculty and staff members participated in a design sprint on Jan. 17 to start plotting the school's future: Director Carol Schwalbe, Michael McKisson, Celeste González de Bustamante, Kim Newton, Nancy Sharkey, Rogelio Garcia, Geoff Ellwand, Maggy Zanger, Susan Swanberg and Jeannine Relly, Andrés Domínguez, Paloma Boykin and Renée Schaefer Horton.

Linda Lumsden's review of The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett’s Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox is in the Winter 2018-19 issue of  the Journal of American History.

Jeannine Relly's paper proposal with Meghna Sabharwal and Fazle Rabbi titled "Governance, accountability institutions and marginalized groups: The case of India" has been accepted to the 2019 Public Management Research Conference at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sabharwal is a program head in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. Rabbi is a doctoral student there.

Geoff Ellwand invited KGUN 9-TV anchor and UA alum Valerie Cavazos to speak to his broadcast writing class (JOUR 280). Wrote Geoff: "If you want to make it as an anchor, or in any branch of journalism, you have to learn the basics first. That was the frank message from Valerie Cavazos, who told students they need to learn how to write and deliver news in an accurate and engaging way.

Michael McKisson was interviewed by reporter Timothy B. Lee of Ars Technica for a story about new drone rules proposed by the FAA. He's quoted in the ninth graph. 

PBS NewsHour picked up an Arizona Public Media story by "Arizona 360" host and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera ('04) about Central Americans seeking asylum near Yuma.

The J-school, led by William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey, will co-host three films in the Journalism on Screen series this spring: "The Post" (Feb. 17), "Witnesses to Democracy" (March 17) and "State of Play" (April 7). Go to journalism.arizona.edu/loft for more info on the 2 p.m. Sunday shows, including the April 7 event, which will mark the 10-year anniversary of the closing of the Tucson Citizen with an audience discussion about community journalism.

Jan. 11, 2019

Mort Rosenblum's first community class, "Keeping Tabs on a Mad World: A Correspondent’s Guide to Global News That Matters," sold out at The Loft Cinema. Nearly 100 people attended the first class on Jan. 9. The Wednesday course runs until Feb. 6. Arizona Daily Star reporter Cathy Burch, an adjunct instructor, wrote a profile of Rosenblum and the class. 

Rogelio Garcia and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera oversaw two episodes of "Arizona Cat's Eye" last semester. Watch the first show and the second show.

Jeannine Relly served as the 2018 chair of the AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program Steering Committee, which reviews grants of junior scholars. Relly has served on this committee for three years.

Linda Lumsden’s sabbatical leave has been approved for Fall 2019.

Nancy Sharkey’s professional development leave has been approved for Fall 2019.

Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, welcomed about 18 student to her "Career Success" course (JOUR 201A). Check out the school's career page at journalism.arizona.edu/internships.

Director Carol Schwalbe welcomed new students on Jan. 10 in Michael McKisson's Principles of Journalism class, giving them an overview of the school.

KVOA-TV, the Arizona Daily Star and other media outlets covered recent reports of fraud in which a young couple posed as UA journalism students, going door to door in midtown, Oro Valley and Sahuarita to solicit money for an alleged internship with the BBC in London. The school is not conducting a fundraising effort to send students abroad. Watch the KVOA segment, which led the 6 p.m. newscast on Jan. 8. Read the Star story

UA President Robbins called into Jim Rome's national sports talk show on Dec. 18 to recruit Rome's son, Jake, to the J-school and university. Robbins called the J-school the "New York Times of the West" and praised its students and faculty. Robbins also bragged about the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Rome called it "some kind of pitch." Hear the conversation.


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