Dec. 7, 2018
Terry Wimmer, who is retiring after a dozen years at the J-school, was honored on Dec. 6 by faculty and staff at Sinbad's. Susan Knight read testimonials from former students, some of which can be found at the "Wimmer stories" Facebook group page run by Dan Desrochers ('15) at tinyurl.com/ya9un44b (ask to be invited). Linda Lumsden organized a school gift for Wimmer, a photo by former Professor Jay Rochlin. Faculty thanked Wimmer for mentoring thousands of students since 2006. Watch a Facebook video of Jeannine Relly's tribute to Wimmer.
The Dec. 7 Tombstone Epitaph was the final issue for retiring adviser Terry Wimmer, who has an editor's letter on Page 2. Read the edition at tinyurl.com/y8f9ctyh.
An article by Carol Schwalbe, Jeannine Relly, Sally Ann Cruikshank and Ethan Schwalbe on “Human Security as a Conceptual Framework: The Case of Palestinian Journalists” was published in the online version of the academic journal Journalism Studies. This research focuses on the daily professional and societal constraints and pressures that Palestinian journalists face in one of the most challenging regions in the world for independently reporting the news.
Adjunct instructor Cynthia Lancaster and administrative assistant Andrés Domínguez visited Tucson High along with J-school student Nick Trujillo on a Nov. 14 recruiting visit. Lancaster gave a brief overview of the J-school and the opportunities available (concentrations, study abroad, internships, etc.) accompanied by a PowerPoint. Domíguez gave an overview of the school's summer diversity workshop and the benefits (free housing, campus experience). Domínguez, Trujillo and Tucson High journalism adviser James Bourland are all Tucson High graduates. Lancaster, who is helping the J-school with recruiting efforts statewide, also visited Pima Community College, where she used to be a journalism instructor and adviser of the campus newspaper.
Jeannine Relly and adjunct instructor Brett Fera of Arizona Student Media hosted media professionals from the Kyrgyz Republic in a Dec. 3 tour of the School of Journalism and the Arizona Daily Wildcat, KAMP Radio and UATV3.
Carol Schwalbe was invited to serve on the committee to recommend the next Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award to Provost Jeff Goldberg. This UA award recognizes excellence in the art of teaching, especially at the undergraduate level.
Susan Knight and students from the school's Society of Professional Journalists chapter organized "Satire in the Age of 'Fake News,'" on Nov. 14, a panel discussion with cartoonists David Fitzsimmons (Arizona Daily Star) and Chris Britt, and Nancy Stanley and Derek Bambauer of the UA College of Law. Click here to watch the Facebook Live video.
Adjunct instructor Cathalena Burch invited conductor Keitaro Harada to speak with her advanced reporting class on Nov. 15. Harada, a UA alum who was in town to conduct the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, talked about his experiences with journalists in his native Japan, where he is a regular guest conductor. He is the associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony.
About 300 people attended the Nov. 18 Journalism on Screen showing of "All the President's Men" at The Loft, organized by William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey. The film was followed by a Q&A with Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller and Tucson Weekly Editor and former adjunct instructor Jim Nintzel. See part of their Q&A at youtu.be/Fe5eYd4_NBw. Up next is "The Post," Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. (journalism.arizona.edu/Loft).
Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey is writing a new column for Lola.com, a startup business travel site by Paul English, who founded Kayak. He also writes for Business Jet Traveler and Johnnyjet.com. Sharkey is still awaiting the U.S. release date for the movie "Above Suspicion," which is based on his nonfiction book and stars Emilia Clarke, but you can see the trailer by a distributor for the Middle East at tinyurl.com/y7mzl3mu.
Nov. 9, 2018
Jeannine Relly and Rajdeep Pakanati's manuscript titled, "Freedom of Information Lessons from India: Collaboration, Coproduction and Rights-based Agenda Building" was accepted for publication in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. The study included interviews with 110 journalists, civil society organization leaders, and social activists in 20 cities and towns across India.
Susan Swanberg's article, "Psychological Armor: The Science News-Letter Warns Against Propaganda (1926-1965)," was accepted for publication in Journalism Studies. The work was supported by Swanberg's 2017–2018 fellowship from the UA's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
Linda Lumsden participated on a panel, “Civil Rights and Human Rights: Digital and Oral Histories in the US-Mexico Borderlands,” at the 2018 Oral History Association Annual Meeting on Oct. 9-12 in Montreal. Lumsden discussed how she created the "Sonoran Desert Journalists Oral History" project with her 2017 American Press History class.
Linda Lumsden discussed her "Historiography" on Oct. 8 as part of a panel that discussed the upcoming American Journalism “Woman Suffrage and the Media” Special Issue at the American Journalism Historians Association convention in Salt Lake City.
Irene McKisson, an adjunct instructor, and her editing class students prompted AP Stylebook editors to change an entry on "hedging" that "presumed maleness." Check out the new and old versions below at https://tinyurl.com/yblk7ldu.
Andrés Domínguez, administrative assistant, received news that his proposal for the Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students was selected by the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (ODIEX) review committee to receive $3,000 in funding. Domínguez is director of the workshop. Business staff members Martha Castleberry, Kris Hogeboom and Veronica Peralta also helped with the proposal.
Celeste González de Bustamante was interviewed Nov. 7 by Univision national correspondent Luis Megid about the effect of anti-immigrant discourse on the midterm elections. Go to tinyurl.com/yd876d84 to see Megid's report.
Jeannine Relly has been invited to join the Honors College Faculty Advisory Committee, which will provide guidance and advice in a collaborative context to discuss the future direction of the Honors College.
Susan Knight is helping the school's Society of Professional Journalists chapter sell buttons to promote the values of press freedom and raise funds for the club. The buttons are $2 each, or three for $5. To order, go to PayPal.Me/SpjUAChapter. In the notes section, signify which buttons (below) you want, your shipping address and an email to contact you with questions. Email Spjuniversityofarizona@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Celeste González de Bustamante was interviewed about the dangers journalists face in Mexico as part of the Oct. 26 Arizona 360 profile, "Journalist Carmen Aristegui honored," by Nancy Montoya of Arizona Public Media. Aristegui was the school's Zenger Award winner. Montoya emceed the dinner.
Susan Knight wrote Homecoming profiles of recent graduates Brandon James and Michelle Floyd for the school's website. Both commented on how much their J-school education has helped them after graduation.
Eric Gibson of the Wall Street Journal talked to students in Susan Knight's feature writing class and Nancy Sharkey's Principles of Journalism class. Gibson is editor of the Journal's Leisure & Arts page. Read his work at www.wsj.com/news/author/5670.
Oct. 20, 2018
Led by adviser Terry Wimmer, the El Indpendiente staff placed third nationally in the 2018 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Student Magazine Contest with its spring 2018 issue, "Equality. The Status of Women in Arizona." Click here to read the issue.
Susan Swanberg received the American Journalism Historians Association 2018 Rising Scholar Award at the AJHA convention in early October in Salt Lake City. She was lauded for her project titled, “Spinning Science: Journalism’s Role at the Interface of Science and Public Policy During the Birth of the Atomic Age.”
Linda Lumsden was first runner-up for Outstanding Research on a Minorities Topic for her paper, “‘Don Sotaco’ Finds His Voice: Visual Rhetoric and Farm Worker Identity in El Malcriado, 1964-1967,” which she presented at the American Journalism Historians Association convention Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City.
Adjunct instructor Irene McKisson's editing students prompted AP Stylebook editors to change an entry on "hedging" that "presumed maleness." Click here to check out the new and old versions.
Jeannine Relly and Myiah Hutchens saw their study, "The influence of "dark networks" on citizens' confidence in democratic institutions in Mexico," accepted for publication in The Social Science Journal. The research used secondary public opinion data and government data to study the influence of violence and knowledge of corruption on citizens' attitudes toward democracy and confidence in democratic institutions over the three most recent Mexican presidencies.
Carol Schwalbe, Jeannine Relly, Sally Ann Cruikshank and Ethan Schwalbe's manuscript titled, "Human security as a conceptual framework: The case of Palestinian journalists," was accepted for publication in the academic journal, Journalism Studies. The fieldwork, conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, started in May 2017 and ended in December of that year. A trained Palestinian-American research associate interviewed 23 journalists based in Bethlehem, Gaza City, Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nablus, and Ramallah. The study was funded in part by the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute at The University of Arizona.
About 190 people attended the Zenger Award for Press Freedom dinner honoring Carmen Aristegui on Oct. 12 at the Westward Look. Director Carol Schwalbe delivered a "School Spotlight," and Celeste González de Bustamante introduced Aristegui. Nancy Montoya of Arizona Public Media was the emcee, and Jaime Fatás-Cabeza acted as a translator during the Q&A. Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly spoke about the Center for Border & Global Journalism. Outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick organized the event with help from staffers Debbie Cross and Andrés Domínguez, and business staffers Martha Castleberry and Kris Hogeboom. Ethan Schwalbe also pitched in, while Kim Newton oversaw the NPPA photo auction. Click here to read more. Clck here for the Facebook Live video and here for a photo gallery.
Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized the all-day Fall Internship Fair with more than a dozen recruiters — including Courtney Vinopal of PBS Newshour, Tom Arviso Jr. of The Navajo Times, Phyllis Braun of the Arizona Jewish Post, Sarah Gassen of the Arizona Daily Star, Anthony Gimino ('90) and Steve Rivera of All Sports Tucson. See the photos by Debbie Cross and Andrés Domínguez.
William Schmidt (and his dog, Houston) participated in the James W. Foley Freedom Run/Walk on Oct. 20, while Susan Knight helped staff the Society of Professional Journalists' table. Schmidt gave students some background on Foley, a freelance journalist who was slain by ISIS. The event was sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the school's SPJ chapter. See the photos and watch the video.
Celeste González de Bustamante coordinated a visit to the school by Dallas Morning News border correspondent Alfredo Corchado, who talked to students and faculty about his reporting and books, "Homelands" (2018) and "Midnight in Mexico" (2014). His visit was co-sponsored by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (ODIEX).
Grad students gathered at Gentle Ben's on Oct. 9 as part of another successful Talk & 'Tizers' event, organized by Debbie Cross, program coordinator. Earlier, Prof. Jeannine Relly's theory and practice class participated in a lively Q&A about journalism ethics with Nancy Sharkey, then listened to Beth Stahmer, director of the UA's Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, and Shelley Hawthorne Smith, assistant director of the Graduate College Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement. They talked about funding opportunities for graduate project and research work.
Students received job tips Oct. 3 from professionals and professors at Pizza & Portfolios, organized by internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton. The panel included Debbie Kornmiller (Arizona Daily Star), Jordan Glenn ('17, KOLD TV), Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel), Damien Alameda (KOLD TV), Andrea Kelly ('05, AZPM) and Curt Prendergast ('11 M.A., Star). Profs. Susan Knight, Nancy Sharkey, Maggy Zanger, Rogelio Garcia and Kim Newton reviewed students' resumes and portfolios.
More than 60 parents, students and faculty attended the school's Family Weekend get-together on Oct. 6, with Director Carol Schwalbe welcoming everyone. Profs. Mike McKisson, Bill Schmidt and Susan Knight joined academic adviser Paloma Boykin and staff members Andrés Domínguez and Mike Chesnick in chatting with parents and students.
David Cuillier and Jeannine Relly (moderator) were part of the inaugural UA Debate Series' free event, “Your Government: Rights to Information,” on Sept. 28 at McClelland Park on North Park Avenue. Security expert Volodymyr Lysenko and Arizona Public Media’s Christopher Conover and Nancy Montoya joined the panel to address whether the government has the right to protect information for national security, and whether journalists have the right to protect their anonymous sources.
Mike McKisson contributed to the drone photography for this Arizona Public Media story on Tucson nurse Sarah Sellers, who finished second in the Boston Marathon.
Sept. 21, 2018
Susan Knight coordinated a proclamation with the County Board of Supervisors and Chairman Richard Elías, who deemed October "Freedom of the Press Month" and honored the UA School of Journalism for its "vital role in training those who report the news." Elías presented the framed proclamation on Sept. 19 to student Pascal Albright. Also at the board meeting were Mike McKisson, Susan E. Swanberg, Susan Knight, Rogelio Garcia, Kim Newton and Celeste González de Bustamante, Director Carol Schwalbe, Arizona Daily Star reporter Joe Ferguson ('06) and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick. Go to tinyurl.com/yd8zqxhp for photos.
David Cuillier will lead two training sessions at the national Society of Professional Journalists conference in Baltimore Sept. 27-28, one on suing for public records and the other on records resources for journalists. He gave a talk on why copy fees should be eliminated at the National Freedom of Information Coalition in Cincinnati Sept. 22, and a keynote talk about the psychology of access at the New England First Amendment Institute in Boston Sept. 18. He completed the second edition of The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, which will be available from Sage Publishing in August 2019.
Paloma Boykin (academic adviser) and Debbie Cross (program coordinator) staffed the journalism table at the Sept. 18 Meet Your Major Fair at the Student Union. Mike McKisson also talked to prospective journalism students and showed off the school's drones and 360-degree cameras.
Susan Knight organized the Sept. 15 all-clubs leadership retreat, attended by more than 15 students and club advisers Celeste González de Bustamante (NAHJ), Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan (NAJA), a Ph.D. journalism minor, and Mike Chesnick (sports).
Mort Rosenblum's story, "Range Wars: A copper rush sparks last-ditch battles for Arizona’s soul," was published in the September issue of Harper's magazine.
Kim Newton presented images from his sabbatical project, “The Changing Face of Britain,” during the American Society of Media Photographers' “Pints & Pixels” meeting at the Shanty on Sept. 20. Newton identified up to 30 paintings by his grandfather, British landscape artist Algernon Newton, and photographed those exact scenes as they are today — including the Paddington Basin.
Mike McKisson and adjunct instructor Irene McKisson attended the Online News Association annual convention in Austin, Texas, Sept. 13-15. Irene, editor of the Arizona Daily Star's "This is Tucson," was part of a panel, "Career Advice From the Women’s Leadership Accelerator."
Linda Lumsden received an ODIEX (Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence) grant to help cover travel expenses to attend the Oral History Association’s convention in Montreal.
Maggy Zanger also received an ODIEX grant to help pay for the visit of journalist Alfredo Corchado, high school recruitment, activities by diversity clubs and a student town hall on diversity and inclusion.
Mike McKisson and student Simon Asher provided drone footage for the Arizona Illustrated story, "Monsoon Mushrooms." Go to reportingservices.arizona.edu for more info on the school's digital services.
Jeannine Relly was invited to be featured on the Graduate Human Rights Practice Program website, the first in a series. Read her bio at https://humanrightspractice.arizona.edu/users/jeannine-relly
Valerie Trouet, a Tree-Ring Lab faculty member, talked to adjunct instructor Tom Beal's science journalism class Sept. 12 and Carol Schwalbe's master's reporting class (JOUR 506) for an assignment Sept. 19. Trouet received a Distinguished Scholar Award from UA in the spring. Read more about Trouet's research at trouetlab.arizona.edu.
Aug. 31, 2018
Carol Schwalbe began her first school year as director on Aug. 20. She and the rest of the faculty met downtown at the College of SBS loft, 44 Broadway, on Aug. 16 for their annual retreat. Click here to read more about Carol.
Susan E. Swanberg presented her paper "Farming Outside the Lines: Rain Follows the Plow in 21st Century Art and Popular Culture," at the Society for the Social Studies of Science's annual conference on Aug. 31 in Sydney, Australia. She also teamed up with Steve Coffee (below) on a musical collaboration on "Pseudoscience in Popular Culture." He played a selection of songs, and Swanberg offered perspective about climate change misinformation and disinformation. Read the abstracts at tinyurl.com/ycnxvwub.
Kim Newton saw the South Korean documentary he's featured in — "Mother and Photographer" (English title: "Witnesses to Democracy") — awarded the best documentary of the month for June 2018 by the South Korean government (tinyurl.com/y99gzfw8). View the trailer at tinyurl.com/yacdsaw2.
Mike McKisson and Jeannine Relly kicked off their Al Litzow faculty engagement grant project, "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018." Students met with Andrew Brown of Arizona Public Media on Aug. 13 and Aug. 31, practicing with the new audio equipment and talking about episodes.
Celeste González de Bustamante's Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands class took a tour of Nogales, Sonora, with Cesar Barrón from Radio XENY. Check out this video summary, shot and edited on an iPhone 7 Plus by González de Bustamante. Earlier, students were welcomed by Santos Yescas, with Nogales Community Development at the school's Nogales news bureau, a space at a senior residence where students can report and work on projects every Monday.
Michael McKisson arranged for Kellen Henry, assistant editor for digital platforms at The New York Times, to speak to his product development class via Skype about how her team used product development to redesign The Times’ homepage. The class is being funded by a Knight/ONA Challenge fund grant.
Linda Lumsden, new Graduate Studies director, and Debbie Cross, Grad Studies Program Coordinator, welcomed 13 new master's students on Aug. 17. The students met returning grad students, faculty and staff, and took a tour of the labs and school. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/grad.bios to meet some of the grad students.
Renée Schafer Horton wrote a guest column for the Arizona Daily Star's op-ed page, "Stop donating to the Catholic Church. Now." She is scheduled to appear on KVOI 1330-AM’s "Wake Up Tucson" show to discuss the column on Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
Mike Chesnick, outreach coordinator, updated the display cases with new student articles and photos.
Stephanie Innes, a J-school adjunct instructor from 2003-11, started a new job as a health reporter for the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com in Phoenix after an 18-year career at the Arizona Daily Star. Innes was named the 2017 Virg Hill Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club and worked for the Tucson Citizen for three years before going to the Star in 2000.
Aug. 10, 2018
Carol Schwalbe presented "Artful Storytelling," part of a "Teaching Marathon" panel session, sponsored by the Magazine Media and Visual Communication Divisions.
Celeste González de Bustamante, with Christa Reynolds, presented "Tsunamis on the U.S.-Mexico Border? Use of Metaphors in News Coverage of Unaccompanied Minors," part of the panel session, "Making Sense of Media in the Trump Era ," sponsored by the AEJMC Cultural and Critical Studies Division.
Carol Schwalbe presented "Preparing for Next Semester," part of a teaching panel session, "Doctors are In," sponsored by the AEJMC Elected Standing Committee on Teaching.
Jeannine Relly presented a talk titled, "Media, Propaganda, and Terrorism" on a panel sponsored by the International Communication and Law divisions of the AEJMC at the annual conference. The panel was titled "State-Sponsored Messaging and Freedom of Speech."
Christopher Conover, an adjunct instructor and Arizona Public Media reporter-producer, saw Newsweek publish his border photo in its Aug. 10 issue. The image, of Reps. Martha McSally and David Schweikert with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen in Nogales, is part of Nina Burleigh's story on how President Trump's immigration policies could affect the 2018 midterm elections.
The J-school will be well-represented in this fall's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Community Classroom series, with adjunct instructors Irene McKisson ('03) and Mike Christy ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star each teaching lifelong learning courses. Irene's class, "Build a Social Media Strategy that Works," will be held downtown from Oct. 12-Nov. 9. Christy's class, "Find Your Focus: Camera and Photography Basics," will run Sept. 5-Oct. 3 at ENR2 on campus.
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July 20, 2018
Celeste González de Bustamante was selected as a faculty fellow by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice for 2018-2020. The program names two fellows each spring to reward outstanding early- to mid-career faculty, including researchers, at the University of Arizona. The two-year award provides $38,000 a year to further each fellow’s scholarship in the areas of environment, social justice, Southwest peoples and cultures, international cooperation and human rights. Click here for a story.
Linda Lumsden delivered copies of the school's ZooView magazine to Mohamed Taru, an official of Tanzania's national parks, while on safari at Tarangire National Park in early July. In the magazine, student Marissa Heffernan's story on elephant conservation sheds light on Reid Park Zoo's contribution to the work of Charles Foley in Tanzania. The zoo's elephants are acclimated to Tucson's climate because it's similar to Tanzania's. Read ZooView.
Celeste González de Bustamante traveled with students on their UA International Journalism Study Abroad Program trip to Costa Rica. The students reported on environmental issues and social justice.
Mort Rosenblum was interviewed by Kim I Plyler, a communications specialist based in Bethlehem, Pa., on her "Master Your Story" podcast. The two talked about reporting, the current state of journalism and The Mort Report. Listen here to the podcast.
Michael McKisson was interviewed by KOLD TV for a July 12 story on rainwater harvesting. "Now if we'd only get some rain in our neighborhood," he joked on Facebook.
June 28, 2018
Susan E. Swanberg received the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) 2018 Rising Scholar Award for her project, “Spinning Science: Journalism’s Role at the Interface of Science and Public Policy During the Birth of the Atomic Age.” The award presentation will be at the AJHA convention Oct. 4-6 in Salt Lake City.
Jeannine Relly and Student Media Director Brett Fera traveled to Tunisia, exchanging experiences and ideas about journalism in democracies. They held a mobile journalism bootcamp and visited various cities in the North African country. The two are returning to Tucson on July 4. "Thank you for bridging the world and making it all the way to Tunisia," says Saoussen Ben Cheikh, who led a group of Tunisians to Tucson and the J-school back in April. Check out a Facebook Live forum from Tunisia. Grad students Zeina C. Peterson and Dalal Radwan, and Daily Wildcat staffers Pascal Albright, Marissa Heffernan and Jasmine Demers answered questions from the students via an Al-Jisr Exchange Program Facebook page. Read an earlier Internews story on the Tunisians.
Andrés Domínguez, administrative assistant, directed the 2018 Donald W. Carson Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, June 3-9, with help from writing coach Susan Knight. Speakers included Journalism Advisory Council Vice Chair Frank Sotomayor (diversity), adjunct instructor Brett Fera (student media), Jeannine Relly (fundamentals of reporting), Susan Swanberg (media law and ethics), Arizona Daily Star reporter and former adjunct instructor Stephanie Innes (health reporting), Michael McKisson (drones, 360-degree photography), Cecil Schwalbe and Carol Schwalbe (environmental journalism) and academic adviser Paloma Boykin. Others included Minnie Almader (Campus Health), Jacob Shirley (UA Admissions) and Robin Tricoles, Gisela Telis and Steve Jess (Arizona Public Media). Students produced The Chronicle newspaper and website. Click here to read a story about the workshop.
Kim Newton was featured in a South Korean documentary, "Mother and the Photographer," that aired June 9 on television in Seoul. The film chronicles the 1987 student-led democracy uprising, which Newton photographed as a freelancer in South Korea. "All very exciting," says Newton, who hosted the film's director, Man-jin Kim, and his crew in March on their visit to Tucson. An English subtitled version should be available by the fall. Click here to see the film's trailer.
Sarah Gassen, an adjunct instructor, wrote a column — "Journalists aren't the 'enemy of the American people'" — in the aftermath of the five killed at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.
Renée Schafer Horton, internship and career development, was one of five storytellers for the Star's Storytelling event on June 19. Click here to see Renée's talk about how cake always saves the day.
William Schmidt moonlighted as a New York Times Journeys guide at the end of May, helping accompany 18 travelers on an eight-day trip into the Canyons of the Southwest — including tours and hikes into Zion and Bryce National Parks, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon. Schmidt spoke about the Downwinders, or the people in southern Utah and northern Arizona, mostly, who were exposed to radioactive fallout during the A-bomb tests of the 1950s. He also talked about the Colorado River and, more broadly, the issue of drought and water in the Southwest, and public land policy and politics in the Southwest — including the Sagebrush Rebellion and other resistance groups opposed to federal oversight. Bill, former deputy managing editor at The Times, is signed up to be a guide again next year.
Kim Newton and his wife, Cheri Newton, worked together on a story about canal boating in England, "Journey into the Really Slow Lane," for the June issue of Desert Leaf magazine.
Jenni Monet, a UA J-school adjunct instructor last semester, was found not guilty of criminal trespass after being arrested last year while covering the Dakota Access protest. "It's a great day for journalism and for North Dakota in recognizing the essential role that reporters play in shaping our democracy," Monet said after the trial in early June. Click here to read a story.
Nancy Sharkey was interviewed by KGUN 9 TV for a story about protecting pets from dangerous toads and snakes. Click here to see the interview (starts at one-minute mark) and her dog, Ragtime.
Jim Patten, former UA journalism department head, died June 5 in Prescott — just a few weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 83. Patten led the J-school from 1991-2000 and helped save it from elimination. "He was a pillar of strength when the then journalism department was threatened with closure in the mid-1990s," retired Prof. Jim Johnson said. "That the department, now school, is still thriving is a tribute to his leadership." Patten was a professor at Nebraska and UTEP before coming to UA as a professor in 1983. Click here to read his obit on the school's website, and check out his 2016 Cursor essay about "Saving the program." Recent grad Shaq Davis also wrote an obit for the Arizona Daily Star, and the Omaha World-Herald also published an obit.
June 1, 2018
Carol Schwalbe was officially appointed the next director of the UA School of Journalism, becoming the second woman to lead the school since its inception in 1951. She will replace David Cuillier, who is returning to his associate professor duties full-time after being director since 2011. Schwalbe will start her new job July 1. Read our website story.
Jeannine Relly presented her research done with Maggy Zanger at the International Communication Association Conference in Prague. The fieldwork, which looked at influences on Kurdish journalists, was conducted in Kurdistan, Iraq, by Zanger. The research has been supported by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism and UA's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Celeste González de Bustamante traveled to Barcelona for the Latin American Studies in a Globalized World Conference, and then moved on to Prague for the Conference of the International Communication Association. In Spain, González de Bustamante talked about resilience and innovation in journalism in violent environments. In the Czech Republic, her talks included "The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Shifting Realities in Contested and Collaborative Terrain" and "USA Mexican Youth Online: The Potential for Social Change."
Jeannine Relly will serve as co-chair of the Equity and Mentoring Workgroup with the Commission on the Status of Women at the university for 2018-19. Her co-chair is Lydia Kennedy, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The UA Health Sciences. Relly also will serve as co-chair of the College's Diversity and Inclusion Committee with associate professor Farid Matuk.
Kim Newton is teaching in Orvieto, Italy, with a dozen students: Kayla Belcher, Hannah Dahl, Devyn Edelstein, Rosalina Emnace, Olivia Ledford and Caleb Villegas (497B advanced photojournalism); and Dymond Bradley, Dani Cropper, Carmel Gisslow, Sydney Kenig, Tobias Kochenderfer and Maddie Viceconte (203 beginning photojournalism). See their photos and multimedia projects at pjinitaly2018.wordpress.com. And check out some photos of the students, taken by Newton.
May 11, 2018
April 20, 2018
Celeste González de Bustamante was awarded the 2018 faculty research grant from the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism. Her research proposal is to study the role inside Mexico of journalistic "fixers," or the local experts who are often hired by international journalists working on stories about drug and gang violence in the country.
Jeannine Relly and adjunct instructor Brett Fera, adviser for UA Student Media, are helping host a contingent from Tunisia: Internews country manager Saoussen Ben Cheikh, Manal Issa, Basheer Al Dhorai and Seyf M'Rabet. The four are learning mobile journalism, ethics and other journalism skills from Michael McKisson, Susan Knight, Linda Lumsden and other professors. Maggy Zanger obtained a grant, partly through Internews and our Center for Border & Global Journalism, to help fund the trip. The group is visiting journalism classes and the Wildcat and will attend the April 26 Talks & 'Tizers on "Journalists working in Dangerous Places" with adjunct instructor Jenni Monet and Lumsden, Zanger, Bustamante and Relly. The group attended a taping of the Arizona Daily Star's "The Point Being" podcast that included editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and adjunct instructor Sarah Gassen.
Jeannine Relly and Maggy Zanger received a 2018 Center for Middle Eastern Studies Research Grant. The $2,000 will support translation and transcription work related to interview fieldwork in Kurdistan, Iraq.
Maggy Zanger presented a talk and slideshow on "Can Democracy Thrive Without a Free Press?" on April 13 to about 80 members of the Great Decisions Association in Tucson.
Susan E. Swanberg served as a judge for the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest. This year National DNA Day is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. The international essay contest for K-12 students is organized by ASHG, the primary professional membership organization for specialists in human genetics worldwide. The winners will be announced on April 25. Click here to read more about ASHG, the human genome project and DNA Day.
Susan Knight organized the April 16 Mark Finley Gold Pen Award contest for the best beginning newswriter. Knight and adjunct professors Tom Beal, Joe Ferguson and Brett Ferajudged the contest. The three winners — Betty Hurd (first), Trent Anderson (second) and Eva Halvax (third) — were all students in adjunct instructor Fred Brock's JOUR 205 classes.
Nearly 200 people attended the school's inaugural Hall of Fame induction brunch and ceremony April 7 at the Center for Creative Photography, including UA President Robbins, who said in a note to David Cuillier: “Absolutely one of the most inspiring events I have attended. Congratulations. I am so impressed with your school.” Mike Chesnick (outreach coordinator) organized the event and produced the 36-page program, individual web pages, plaques and PowerPoint slides. Debbie Cross (program coordinator) and Andrés Domínguez (administrative assistant) assisted Chesnick with the event and editing. Rogelio Garcia produced the slideshow and oversaw the video filming. Adjunct instructor Daniel Ramirez designed the program and plaques, and Journalism Advisory Council member Bobbie Jo Buel also helped organize the event.
Jeannine Relly served as a judge in a UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies competition for funding for Middle East student internships.
Andrés Domínguez (administrative assistant), Paloma Boykin (academic adviser) and Susan Knight talked to students from Pueblo High School and journalism adviser Rana Medhi on April 20.
Rogelio Garcia is director of photography for a documentary, "Is Your Story Making You Sick," that was shown April 7 at The Loft Cinema. The film features eight people from all walks of life who suffered from a variety of stress-related illnesses. Cllck here to read more.
Michael McKisson and student Simon Asher provided drone footage for Arizona Public Media's Arizona Illustrated show on April 1 on the completed Tucson bike loop. The public can hire our students and McKisson through reportingservices.arizona.edu.
The school joined others in speaking out against the Sinclair Broadcast Group for ordering news anchors at its TV stations to read identical scripts backing President Trump's opinion about "fake news." Read the letter.
Mike Chesnick, program coordinator for outreach, received the 2018 Staffer of the Year Award from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at a luncheon on April 18. SBS, faculty and staff surprised him with the announcement on April 11.
March 30, 2018
Kim Newton introduced the South Korean film, "1987 When the Day Comes," on March 21 at ILC 130 and participated in a panel talk afterward with East Asian Studies professors Sunyoung Yang and Nathaniel Smith and documentary film director Man-jin Kim of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. in Seoul. Kim's crew were on campus to film Newton for an upcoming documentary on the 1987 student-led democracy uprising, which Newton photographed as a freelancer in South Korea. Click here and here to see some photos of their visit and event, co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism.
Celeste González de Bustamante and her Journalism, Ethics and Diversity class participated in a conversation on athletes, social movements and the media as part of the Arizona Daily Star's "The Point Being" podcast on March 22. Adjunct instructor Sarah Gassen and Luis Carrasco of the Star's editorial page were on the panel along with Bustamante. "The students were engaged and asked some great questions," the Star said. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Carol Schwalbe organized a March 16 environmental journalism workshop with Bruce Dorn, who has worked for more than 40 years as a documentarian, commercial photographer and filmmaker, and is known for his expertise in cinematography and SFX.
Kim Newton presented a lecture and image presentation on South Korean politics and press coverage of the 1987 student uprising and 2017 Impeachment of President Park Geun-hye to Professor Changhwan Kim’s East Asian Studies class, EAS 251 – Introduction to Korea through Film in Modern Languages 410 on March 27.
Linda Lumsden's review of Eddie Adams: Bigger than the Frame was published in the March 2018 issue of American Journalism, the journal of the American Journalism Historians Association.
Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized the 2017 Spring Internship Fair on March 16. The Associated Press, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Public Media, Tucson Weekly and Tucson Sentinel were among the employers interviewing students. Click here for some photos.
Irene McKisson ('03), an adjunct instructor who leads the Arizona Daily Star's #ThisIsTucson team, spoke about newsroom analytics, design thinking and audience data at the March 29 "Talk & ’Tizers" in Marshall 342. Grad students and faculty then talked more about how newspapers can better understand their audiences and make decisions about content over appetizers at Gentle Ben's, where Star product manager Becky Pallack also joined them. The event was organized by Debbie Cross, program coordinator.
Michael McKisson's multimedia class practiced their drone videography skills on a field trip to Mercado San Agustín. Students had some fun with the intelligent flight controls, following Ian Green wherever he ran in the parking lot. Click here to see a short video.
Michael McKisson and student Simon Asher provided drone footage for the Arizona Illustrated's April 1 segment on The Loop, a 123-mile bike path around the city. The public can hire our students and McKisson to film video. For more info, go to reportingservices.arizona.edu.
Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, coordinated a March 12 visit from Liza Eaton, director of talent development and recruitment for NBC Universal, who told students about the network's Summer Fellows Program and the NBC News Associates Program. After the presentation, Eaton interviewed students individually.
Rogelio Garcia is the director of photography for the documentary, "Is Your Story Making You Sick," which features eight people from all walks of life who suffered from a variety of stress-related illnesses. Click here to read more about the April 7 film, which will be shown April 7 at 2 p.m. at The Loft Cinema.
Jenni Monet, an adjunct instructor, traveled to U.N. headquarters in New York to participate in a March 14 roundtable on how to combat the violence and dangers facing women journalists. France, Greece, Lithuania and the Committee to Protect Journalists convened the panel at the Commission on the Status of Women conference. Monet, a Native American freelance multimedia reporter, was arrested at Standing Rock in 2017.
March 9, 2018
Susan Knight traveled with students from her "Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Power in D.C." class to Washington over spring break. They met with journalists and government officials for five days, including UA journalism alums. Click here to see a sampling of photos.
Celeste González de Bustamante gave a talk, “Reporting the environment along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in the 21st century,” for members of the the Environmental Breakfast Club at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law.
Kim Newton, a photojournalist during South Korea's democracy movement, will talk after a free screening of "1987 When the Day Comes" on March 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at ILC 130. Our Center for Border & Global Journalism and the Department of East Asian Studies are helping sponsor the event.
Susan E. Swanberg will participate in a March 17 roundtable, "Social, Political, and Economic Theory as Policy ‘Relevance-Makers’ for Environmental History," at the American Society for Environmental History in Riverside, California. She just presented a research paper in New York at a panel event, "Propaganda, Alternative Facts & Fake News: The Influences of Mass Communication," at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. While there, she also moderated a panel, "Technology as a Disruptive Force in Mass Communication."
Andrés Domínguez, administrative assistant, organized and hosted 11 students from Hopi High and adviser Stan Bindell on March 1. Susan Knight, adjunct instructor Jenni Monet and Director David Cuillier spoke to students.
Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, organized a job panel of media professionals on Feb. 27, when students packed Marshall 340 to get hiring and career tips. The panel, some UA journalism grads, included Anna Augustowska ('14 M.A.), documentary filmmaker and UA College of SBS multimedia designer; Scott Coleman, KOLD-TV assignments manager; Peter Michaels, Arizona Public Media radio producer and interim news director; Brandi Walker ('17), KGUN9 assignment editor/digital producer; Ginger Rough, Arizona Republic features editor; and Brandon Mejia ('17); Arizona Public Media radio producer/reporter.
Prof. Emeritus Jim Johnson talked about his new book, "The Black Bruins," at the Tucson Festival of Books during a "Breaking Barriers" panel with former L.A. Times reporter Terry McDermott and Erica Westly, author of "Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game."
To honor the late Donald W. Carson, the UA School of Journalism is naming its high school diversity workshop after the revered emeritus professor. Click on the March e-Cursor to read more.
Retired Professor Bick Lucas, 88, died March 5 in Tucson. Sports editor at the Denver Post from 1968-1982, he introduced a sportswriting course at UA, taught reporting, editing and design, and was the undergraduate and Tombstone Epitaph adviser before retiring in 1994. At The Denver Post, he helped start and run the Associated Press Sports Editors. A memorial is pending. Read his obit and student remembrances on our website.
Feb. 23, 2018
David Cuillier gave UA President Robert C. Robbins a tour of the J-school on Feb. 21, followed by a meet-and-greet with faculty and staff in Marshall 340. Robbins also chatted with students such as fellow doctor Dominika Heusinkveld, a dual master's candidate in journalism and environmental science. Calling us "rock stars," Robbins invited input from the school on student retention — and liked our ideas for new degree programs and courses in digital and science/health journalism. "Words are more powerful than the scalpel," the cardiac surgeon quipped.
Mort Rosenblum moderated a Feb. 13 panel, "Len's on Mexico's Mean Streets," with AP photojournalists Bernandino Hernández and Enric Martí and photographer Enrico Dagnino that drew more than 100 people to the UA Main Library's IC 212A. William Schmidt, co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism with Rosenblum, introduced the talk. Program coordinators Debbie Cross and Mike Chesnick helped organize the Center-sponsored event with help from translator Juan Radillo and Mary Feeney and Kenya Johnson of UA Libraries. The night before, the panelists held a talk/reception for Hernandez's photos at MOCA downtown. Catch the full Facebook Live video of the event, and see Bernandino's photos on the third floor of the J-school, courtesy of Kim Newton, who curated and mounted the photos for the MOCA exhibit. Hernandez also talked to Maggy Zanger's class on media coverage of international crises (see photos) and Rosenblum's reporting the world class. Also, read Perla Trevizo's preview in the Arizona Daily Star and the school's preview.
Susan E. Swanberg appeared on the Feb. 12 "Arizona 360" on PBS 6 with host and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera. With recent lawsuits filed by women against the UA alleging harassment and discrimination, Swanberg addressed the ethics that guide journalists as they decide how much detail to publish when they might not have all the facts. Watch the segment.
Susan E. Swanberg made a research presentation at the 2018 Southwest/American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Feb. 18. The title was: “'Rain Follows the Plow' - A Debunked Nineteenth Century Theory of Climatology Persists as a Trope in U.S. Popular Culture." Here's a link to the program.
Brett Fera, adjunct instructor and director of Student Media, interviewed New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape about sports journalism and horse racing Feb. 18 after the Journalism on Screen film, "Seabiscuit," at The Loft Cinema. See part of the Q&A here. Drape spoke to students in William Schmidt's feature writing class Feb. 19. Schmidt introduced the film at The Loft.
Susan E. Swanberg will present a research paper March 10 as part of a panel on "Propaganda, Alternative Facts & Fake News: The Influences of Mass Communication" at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The paper title is: "Psychological Armor: The Science Service Warns Against the Dangers of Propaganda in its Science News Letter (1929-1965)." At the same conference, she'll be moderating a panel titled: "Technology as a Disruptive Force in Mass Communication." Here's a link to the conference website.
New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak talked to Susan Knight's Principles of Journalism class on Feb. 13, and toured the school with Nancy Sharkey. He delivered the University of Arizona Law's annual McCormick Society Lecture at the James E. Rogers College of Law on Feb. 12. Read his work.
Jeannine Relly invited UA Anthropology Prof. Thomas Sheridan to talk Feb. 21 to her master's class on survey and research methods. Sheridan, a research anthropologist at the Southwest Center, has conducted ethnographic and ethnohistoric research in the Southwest and northern Mexico since 1971. He is involved in land-use politics and is the author of 14 books. Read more about him here and at here.
Prof. Emeritus Donald W. Carson, former director of the school, was remembered Feb. 23 at a memorial service at St. Odilia Catholic Church and celebration of life at Hacienda del Sol. Here's a link to the program and a slideshow of Don's family memories. You also can read more on our website. Don will be among 14 people and two couples inducted into the school's inaugural Hall of Fame on April 7. Tickets are available here.
Feb. 9, 2018
A three-member site team for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications recommended Jan. 24 that the UA School of Journalism be re-accredited for its experienced faculty, tight-knit students, out-of-class opportunities and strong internship program. The school has been nationally accredited every six years since 1964, but this is the first time in 30 years it has passed all nine key standards. Director David Cuillier, who compiled the school's self-study, thanked everyone who participated in the process. He and the school received props from UA President Robbins on Twitter, with Robbins saying the program has a "bright future." Click here for more details.
Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly were awarded the Al Litzow Teaching Engagement Grant for a podcast project proposal as an extracurricular activity called "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018." The other submission was a class project by Carol Schwalbe called, "Home on the Range," a special field trip to the Altar Valley that would result in a custom-built website showcasing stories, photos, podcasts and videos of students. A committee of SBS student engagement director Jesse McCain, Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and former Arizona Daily Star Editor Bobbie Jo Buel ('79) voted 2-1 for the McKisson-Relly proposal, which will let students work with a producer from Arizona Public Media and provide equipment and skills that can be integrated into the curriculum and clubs moving forward.
Linda Lumsden will present a paper on “Social Justice Journalism: The Literature of Exposure” at the Arizona Writing and Social Justice Conference at Arizona State University on Feb. 14.
Mort Rosenblum, William Schmidt, Kim Newton and Maggy Zanger (moderator) talked to graduate students about their experiences as foreign correspondents at the school's monthly "Talk & 'Tizers" on Feb 1. The group had appetizers at Gentle Ben's afterward. The event was organized by Program Coordinator Debbie Cross.
Maggy Zanger gave a talk, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: A Report from Iraqi Kurdistan at a Historic Turning Point" on Feb. 9 in Marshall 490, part of the Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) Colloquium Series. The talk was co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the UA School of Journalism.
Celeste González de Bustamante gave the keynote address on violence against journalists at the U.S./Mexico border on Feb. 9 at the symposium, "Violence, Trauma, and Resilience: A Community Conversation" at the Student Union's Sonora Ballroom. The symposium was sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Medicine.
Celeste González de Bustamante will oversee the Diversity and Inclusive Excellence's new Faculty Mentoring Program. Read alum Kyle Mittan's story on the program for Lo Que Pasa.
Susan Knight's apprentice class hosted five Arizona Daily Star staffers in recent weeks — from two recent apprentices who’ve been hired to work and freelance at the Star to several senior staffers. Presenting on how to have a successful experience in the newsroom were: Caitlin Schmidt ('14), who has been both an apprentice as a student and, more recently, an apprentice mentor in her role as a legal affairs reporter at the Star; Shaq Davis, who was hired to work night cops after his apprenticeship last semester; and Gloria Knott, a recent apprentice who was invited back to regularly freelance for the features and arts sections. Alum Ryan Finley ('02), Star sports editor, told students about finding story ideas and making successful story pitches, and adjunct instructor Tom Beal, a recent retiree after more than 40 years at the Star, talked to the apprentices about interviewing for engagement with sources instead of just information seeking.
Carol Schwalbe's environmental journalism class hosted UA researchers Jonathan Derbridge, Taylor Edwards, Melissa Merrick, Cecil R. Schwalbe and Bill Shaw on Feb. 8. Each student read a journal article from one of the five beforehand, drew up questions and interviewed the scientist for about 15 minutes. The scientists then gave each student feedback on his/her interviewing skills (body language, questions, etc.). Students aren't done yet: They must write a Q&A based on their interview.
Susan Knight organized an all-clubs event in the Reading Room on Jan. 26, letting students talk about ideas and upcoming events. Jeannine Relly and Susan E. Swanberg also participated.
A new, updated edition of adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey's 1991 book, "Death Sentence," has just been published in print by Open Road Media — an example of long-form narrative journalism for students. Another of Joe's books, "Above Suspicion," is now a film with Emilia Clarke and should hit theaters in late summer.
Retired Prof. Jim Johnson's new book, "The Black Bruins," is now available on Amazon. The book, Johnson's eighth, looks at five African-American athletes who faced racial discrimination as teammates at UCLA in the late 1930s, including Jackie Robinson.
Don Carson, a beloved professor emeritus and former director of the school, died on Feb. 1 at 85. A memorial will be held held Friday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Odilia's Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo Del Norte, with a celebration of life at 1 p.m. at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. He will be inducted into the inaugural UA School of Journalism Hall of Fame on April 7. Read the school's obit and remembrances from students. Carmen Duarte ('80) wrote the Arizona Daily Star obit.
Jan. 19, 2018
Kim Newton gave a radio interview with TBS eFM This Morning in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan. 11. The interview centered on the release of the South Korean film 1987, "When the Day Comes." The film, based on events surrounding the 1987 South Korean Democracy movement was recently released in Seoul and Los Angeles. The film centers around a South Korean journalist investigating the torture death by South Korean National Police in January 1987 of South Korean student activist Park Jong-chul. The director of the MBC documentary that Newton has been working on since March is planning on bringing the film to campus in March. Click here to hear the podcast.
Linda Lumsden received a UA Student-Faculty Interaction grant to take more than 70 students to see "The Post," the new film about the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. The students are enrolled in her gen-ed class, JOUR 150C News in a Digital Age.
Susan Swanberg passed her third-year review.
In honor of "The Post" being released in theaters, Professor Emeritus George Ridge pointed out that the UA J-school was among the first to recognize Katharine Graham for publishing The Pentagon Papers and the Post's Watergate coverage. Ridge, a former department head, presented the 1973 Zenger Award for Press Freedom to Graham at the Phoenix airport on Jan. 12, 1974. Click here to see the Phoenix Gazette story.
Jan. 12, 2018
Adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera of Arizona Public Media is hosting a new news show, "Arizona 360," every Friday on PBS 6. She interviewed Gov. Ducey about education and water in the first episode. Click here to see past shows.