Faculty and Staff Kudos

Nov. 30, 2019

Susan Swanberg saw her article ("The Way of the Rain ...") published in theInternational Review of Environmental History 5(2): 67-96. This article recounts the impact of a pseudoscientific "theory" asserting that ploughing arid lands would increase rainfall. The saying, "rain follows the plow" (RFTP) was employed to encourage homesteading of arid lands in settlement-era North America and the colony of South Australia. This research relied in part on information garnered from 19th-century newspaper articles touting the RFTP slogan.

Celeste González de Bustamante gave an invited lecture in Santiago, Chile, at the Universidad Mayor. The Nov. 8 talk, titled “The Development and Future Impacts of Migration on Society,” focused on her research on historical and contemporary representations of the US-Mexico borderlands.
Celeste González de Bustamante, along with Ana Lourdes Cárdenas and Jessica Retis, have had their article titled, “To tweet for solidarity or just report the news?: Comparing social media strategies of Spanish language and English language TV networks,” accepted for publication in Television and New Media.

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 cited in a review of the 544 page, The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (editors: Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord). https://bit.ly/36XAdjE

Jessica Retis shared ongoing research findings with students at Universidad de Lima in Peru, where she grew up. "Almost 35 years ago, I walked through these doors as a first-gen college student with a scholarship and a backpack full of dreams," Jessica wrote on Facebook.
Jessica Retis attended the first Broadcast Education Association (BEA) conference in Latin America and shared her plans for a bilingual journalism program at the University of Arizona. "It was inspiring to reconnect with all these amazing educators and learn about their projects," she said about the conference at Anahuac Mayab University in Mérida, Yucatán, México. "I also met colleagues from Mexican universities and potential students for our program."
Linda Lumsden conducted research for three weeks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. She received a $2,000 grant from the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Grants to Scholars program to explore imagery in the GI Press and Peace Press in its extensive Social Movements Collection.
Jeannine Relly, Debbie CrossJéssica Retis and Maggy Zanger organized the visit and programming of journalist Perla Trevizo and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Senior Education Manager Fareed Mostoufi. The Center for Border & Global Journalism, the J-school's NAHJ chapter, the Arizona Daily Star and Campus Life Student-Faculty Engagement Programs co-sponsored the events. Trevizo, a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and formerly of the Arizona Daily Star, gave insight into her series, "A Lost Generation," on the effects of migration on rural schools and villages in Guatemala. Read the project at pulitzercenter.org/projects/lost-generation.
Ruxandra Guidi participated in a panel discussion at the Women's Rural Summit in Greenville, South Carolina, in late October and was featured in a story in The Daily Yonder.
Susan E. Swanberg and Journalism graduate student Laura Fuchs have submitted an abstract to the Joint Journalism and Communication History conference (JJCHC) to be held in New York City in March of 2020. The abstract is titled "Defining the Role of Science Journalism in an Era of Change: Science Service Reports on Darwin, the Scopes Trial, and Developmental Embryology."
Susan Knight and Geoff Ellwand and adjunct instructors Brett Fera and Tom Beal judged the fall 2019 Mark Finley Gold Pen Award beginning news writing contest. Read a full story at tinyurl.com/w5sq2oy.
Celeste González de Bustamante participated in the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago in early November. She shared narrative audio storytelling with other educators and journalists.
A group of journalists visiting from the Kyrgyz Republic toured the J-school and visited with Jeannine Relly and Michael McKisson on Nov. 18. The journalists were traveling next to Washington, D.C., as part of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. Read about the group at tinyurl.com/qsx2w9l.
Susan Knight, adviser of the school's chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, helped organize a Nov. 1 "Tools Training for Journalists" on how journalists can leverage Facebook and Instagram for their reporting projects.Watch the seminar, taught by award-winning multimedia journalist Adrienne Luis.
Timothy Gassen, who studied journalism and film at the University of Arizona and Ohio State, died Nov. 29 after undergoing heart surgery two days before. Gassen, 57, was married to adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial page editor at the Arizona Daily Star. Tim was the media director and radio announcer for the Arizona Wildcats hockey team and the founder and lead singer of the acclaimed local garage band, The Marshmallow Overcoat. He also covered hockey for the Star and was president of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

Oct. 28, 2019

Carol Schwalbe received the Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching, which includes $1,000 in university funds to further her teaching innovations. Schwalbe, director of the School of Journalism, was selected for applying "active learning strategies and state-of-the-art techology" in her teaching, according to Liesl Folks, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "I am incredibly impressed with your student success," Folks said in a letter to Schwalbe. "Your students have published in National Geographic News, NY Times, LA Times and Scientific American."

Linda Lumsden spoke about her book, Social Justice Journalism, to media literacy students on Oct. 21 at the Hussman School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her alma mater.  

Ruxandra Guidi participated in a panel discussion at the Women's Rural Summit in Greenville, South Carolina, on Oct. 28 and was featured in a story, "Women Lead Charge to Address Rural Issues, Journalists Say," in The Daily Yonder.

A photograph taken by Kim Newton at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo in 2013, titled “Traditional Wedding,” was selected by the  Center for Creative Photography during  a national competition last month. The photo will be exhibited during the center’s “Qualities of Light” exhibition (Dec. 14, 2019-May 9, 2020) in the CCP main gallery. Following the exhibition, the image will become a part of the center's archive. More details

Jessica Retis and Celeste González de Bustamante saw their paper, “Latina Millennials in a Post-TV Network World: ‘Anti-stereotypes’ in the Web-TV Series East Los High,” published in the anthology, "Media, Myth and Millennials: Critical Perspectives on Race and Culture," edited by Loren Coleman and Christopher Campbell.

Adjunct instructor Fred Brock signed a three-book deal with Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. The first novel ("The Seven") will be published in spring 2020. Publishers Marketplace described the novel's pitch as "'The Man Who Knew Too Much' meets 'All the President's Men,' in which a reporter who, in an effort to find a friend's missing daughter, unravels a U.S. government conspiracy, cover-up, and murder involving abduction, UFO phenomena and a chance for love." Brock, a former N.Y. Times business editor and columnist, teaches Reporting the News (JOUR 205).

Adjunct instructor Irene McKisson ('03) and Becky Pallack of the Arizona Daily Star's #ThisIsTucson and Dan Shearer ('85) of Wick Communications are Google News Initiative Challenge winners! Google selected 57 recipients in its first GNI Innovation Challenges in Asia-Pacific and North America to fund projects that inject new ideas into the news industry — or as McKisson said, to "prove that hyperlocal digital news can be sustainable."

Renée Schafer Horton organized the 2019 Fall Internship Fair with help from Debbie Cross, Andrés Domínguez and Mike Chesnick. Students interviewed Oct. 25 with 13 media employers, including John D'Anna of the Arizona Republic; CSPAN's Howard Mortman, Jim Nintzel of Tucson Local Media and Tom Arviso of the Navajo Times. Other interviewers were Peter Prengaman of The Associated Press, adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen of the Arizona Daily Star, Andrea Kelly of Arizona Public Media, Phyllis Braun of the Arizona Jewish Post, Ricky Vazquez of KVOA-TV, Robert Pyle of KOLD-TV, Lindsey Wilhelm of Madden Media, Steve Rivera of Perimeter Cycling/All Sports Tucson and Dan Shearer of Wick Communications.

Students mingled with faculty and staff at the school's journalism clubs mixer Oct. 21 at Magpies Gourmet Pizza on Fourth Avenue. Susan Knight, who oversees all the clubs, helped organize the event. She'll be handing off duties to Ruxandra Guidi in the spring. Photos

William Schmidt introduced "Mississippi Burning," the film's screenwriter, Chris Gerolmo, and Tucson-based screenwriter Will Conroy at the Oct. 20 Journalism on Screen event at The Loft Cinema. Gerolmo and Conroy discussed the impact and controversy of the 1988 movie about the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. Watch the Q&A and the introduction.

Students, faculty and staff participated in the 2019 James W. Foley Freedom Run on Oct. 20 on the UA campus. The 5K run and walk, held across the nation annually, honors Foley, a freelance journalist killed by ISIS in 2014. William Schmidt, who introduced the run and gave background on Foley, and Celeste González de Bustamante of the Center for Border & Global Journalism organized the event along with Susan Knight, adviser of the Society of Professional Journalists. Photos and Schmidt video.

Three alums and four students shared job and internship tips at the Oct. 16 Pizza and Portfolios, organized by internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton. Afterward, professors Rogelio GarciaRuxandra Guidi and Geoff Ellwand and adjunct instructor Christopher Conover gave students resume and portfolio advice.

Ruxandra Guidi and Maggy Zanger moderated an Oct. 17 discussion with students and author-journalist James Verini, a contributing writer on war, political violence and geopolitics for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic (photos). Verini talked about how to turn magazine articles into a book as part of the school's "Talk & Tizers" series, organized by program coordinator Debbie Cross. He spoke about his book, "They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate," and had appetizers afterward with grad students at Gentle Ben's. Read more about Verini at jamesverini.com.

The school surpassed its goal of 50 donors in its crowdfunding effort to help students pay tuition and living expenses during their unpaid summer internships. At least 58 donors contributed more than $3,610. The campaign was organized by Director Carol Schwalbe and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick.

Sept. 29, 2019

Michael McKisson won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award in the sports feature category as the aerial videographer for the Arizona Public Media story, “When Sarah Runs.” He shared the award with producer Sandra Westdahl (‘12) and others from AZPM.

Andrew Brown, an adjunct instructor and producer at Arizona Public Media, won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award in arts/entertainment for "Sean Parker's Universe." 

More than 300 people saw Christiane Amanpour receive the Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Sept. 20 from UA President Robbins and Hilde Lysiak, 12, accept a Junior Zenger Award from Dean JP Jones at the campus Marriott. Mort Rosenblum introduced Amanpour, and Carol Schwalbe gave the audience updates on the schoolMike Chesnick organized and coordinated the event, which generated about $10,000 for students and the school -- making it one of the most profitable Zenger events ever. Students with the NPPA club sold all of their photos during an auction coordinated by Kim Newton, and SPJ club students under Susan Knight sold almost all of their buttons honoring free press and Amanpour's slogan, "Truthful, not neutral." Other staffers who helped with the event were Debbie CrossAndrés DomínguezMartha CastleberryKris HogeboomErin TyoCarlos Lopez Miranda, Ph.D. student Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan, grad student Mandy Loader and Ethan Schwalbe. Afterward, the Center for Border & Global Journalism under Celeste González de Bustamante hosted a get-together for students that Robbins and school supporters such as Jane Swicegood attended. Go to journalism.arizona.edu/zenger2019 for a list of links, including a  photo galleryvideoAmanpour's acceptance speech and Lysiak's speech.

Amanpour talked to adjunct instructor Christopher Conover of Arizona Public Media for a Sept. 27 segment on "Arizona 360." Adjunct Lorraine Rivera ('04), the show's anchor, set up the interview with statistics on journalists' safety and press freedom. Rosenblum also wrote about Amanpour in his Mort Report: A Little Respect for the Daily Doormat.

Susan Knight organized and oversaw the clubs leadership/retreat meeting on Sept. 28. About 20 students attended as well as faculty/staff club advisersJessica Retis (NAHJ), Susan Swanberg (First Gen), Mike Chesnick (Sports) and Ruxandra Guidi, who will take over Knight's duties in the spring. Recent master's grad Ambur Wilkerson (NABJ adviser) also attended as well as club officer veteran Pascal Albright (SPJ).

Susan Swanberg moderated a panel discussion after a sold-out crowd attended the Sept. 25 Journalism on Screen premiere of "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" at The Loft. Go to youtu.be/2VXtVWXvDso to watch the Q&A with New York Times science reporter Jim Robbins and Prof. Valerie Trouet of the UA tree ring lab. Nancy Sharkey introduced the documentary, about humanity's re-engineering of the planet. Robbins spoke to students in several classes, including William Schmidt's advanced reporting course.

The Center for Border & Global Journalism, under Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly, held its first fall event on Sept. 18: “Fixing Journalism: Local Journalists and International Correspondents in Mexico’s Zones of Conflict.” A packed crowd in Marshall 490 watched as Maggy Zanger moderated a panel that talked about the relationship between local reporters (“fixers”) in Mexico and international journalists. As part of their research on the topic, Drs. Lenin Martell of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and González de Bustamante discussed the wide range of conditions that exist for fixers. Fernanda Santos, former N.Y. Times correspondent and current professor at Arizona State University, and Fernanda Galindo, a fixer and producer based in Hermosillo, talked about the need for respect and the importance of building trust between international journalists and fixers.

David Cuillier is editor of the Journal of Civic Information, a new national online publication. The open-access and peer-reviewed site was launched by the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida with Publisher Frank LoMonte. The first issue includes articles on how governments privatize public records, access to gov't officials in the age of social media, the pros and cons of online public records request portals, and how states handle addresses in public records.

Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, helped kick off the 2019-20 school year with her Career Success class (JOUR 201A). For five weeks, students developed a polished résumé and cover letter, an internship/job hunt plan, a LinkedIn profile, an online portfolio and interview skills.

Renée Schafer Horton, internship coordinator, narrated a 3-minute video for the school's new crowdfunding campaign to help unpaid summer interns. Olivia Jackson ('19) produced the video, and Director Carol Schwalbe and outreach coordinator Mike Chesnick worked on the script with Andrew Pieterick of the UA Foundation. The campaign, an idea of Journalism Advisory Council vice chair Frank Sotomayor ('66), is set to end Oct. 20 with a goal of 50 donors. Go to tinyurl.com/SOJcrowd to donate.

James W. Johnson, a professor emeritus and author, stopped by the J-school to donate seven of his eight non-fiction books, including his latest, "The Black Bruins." Go to his Amazon page to see all the books, except "One Step from the White House" on the rise and fall of Sen. William F. Knowland. 

Hal Marshall ('75 M.A.), a former UA journalism instructor, died May 18 at age 91. He taught journalism to night students, worked at the Arizona Daily Star and was director of the UA News Bureau before retiring from the university in 1984. Obit 

Aug. 19, 2019

Linda Lumsden's latest book has been published. It's titled, "Social Justice Journalism: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #womensmarch."

New faculty members Jéssica Retis and Ruxandra Guidi will start teaching Aug. 26. Read a profile of Retis by Administrative Assistant Andrés Domínguez and a profile of Guidi by recent graduate Melissa Vasquez. A combined story also appeared in the August e-Cursor.

J-school majors can now receive a digital journalism specialization on their transcripts and diploma. "The digital specialization includes some amazing classes ... (to) help students stand out and get a job when they graduate," said Michael McKisson, who will teach a new course, "Drone Zone," in spring 2020. Read more.

Four faculty members attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Toronto. A summary:

Celeste González de Bustamante presented a research paper along with co-author Jéssica Retis, entitled, “Latina Millennials in a Post-TV Network World: ‘Anti-stereotypes’ in the Web-TV Series East Los High.” The paper won first place in the Latin America Research Award competition sponsored by the International Communication Division (ICD) and the Minorities and Communication Division (MAC).

González de Bustamante also served as a discussant in the ICD research paper session titled, “Media on a Global Platform: From Social Media to Transnational Journalism,” and she served as moderator for the MAC Division research panel titled, “Top Papers in Minorities and Communication.” Finally, as a newly elected member of the AEJMC Standing Committee on Research, she attended the committee’s annual meeting.

Jeannine Relly presented "Democratic institutions and social change: Building cross-national learning exchanges on digital platforms and through direct collaborations" on a teaching panel titled, "Breaking (national) boundaries: How culturally diverse are the theories and methods of international communication that we teach or should teach in the era of globalization?" She also served as a discussant for a panel of the top research papers for the International Communication Division of the AEJMC and completed the one-year Institute for Diverse Leadership program.

Carol Schwalbe organized and moderated a panel on “Mitigating Unconscious Bias in the Classroom,” which was co-sponsored by the Ethics and Magazine Media Divisions. She was selected as a GIFT (Great Ideas for Teachers) Scholar and presented a poster on “Nature Writing: Connecting to a Special Place.” Only 25 GIFT Scholars were selected from a record 86 entries. She also participated in activities sponsored by AEJMC’s Standing Committee on Teaching.


Bill Wing, the longtime partner of Professor Emeritus Jacqueline Sharkey, died last week. Wing was a professor emeritus in the UA Physics and Optical Sciences departments. From 2002 to 2004, during Sharkey's tenure as school director, Wing designed all the laboratory and seminar rooms in the Marshall Building for the school; helped Sharkey negotiate with university administrators to ensure that the wiring, data ports and wiring-closet capabilities would enable the school's infrastructure to expand as technology evolved; and oversaw the school's technical-support operation for several years after the school moved into the building in 2004. Obit

July 29, 2019

New professor Ruxandra Guidi and adjunct instructor Joe Ferguson ('06) of the Arizona Daily Star are the winners of the fall 2019 faculty engagement grants funded by donor Al Litzow ('73). Guidi will receive $2,000 for new audio recording kits for students for “Podcasting as part of a new vision for Arizona Sonora News.” Ferguson, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and 2006 J-school alum, will receive $1,000 for a student reporting project in his RPA class titled, “Digging into eviction court, uncovering the realities of a lopsided system.” Read more at journalism.arizona.edu/litzow19fall.

Susan E. Swanberg's manuscript "Wounded in Mind: Science Service Writer, Marjorie Van de Water, Explains World War II Military Neuropsychiatry to the American Public," has been accepted for publication in the journal Media History. The manuscript discusses the role of Science Service, its Science News-Letter, and science writer, Marjorie Van de Water, in promoting and disseminating U.S. military neuropsychiatric policy during World War II. The research was funded in part by an American Journalism Historians Association Rising Scholar Award. 

New professor Jéssica Retis was elected chair of the International Association for Media and Communication Research's Diaspora and the Media Working Group for a four-year term. She plans on developing several international projects with colleagues Sofia Calvacanti of Universidad Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil (co-chair), and Sumana Chattopadhyay of Marquette University (vice-chair).

Journalist's Resource interviewed Jeannine Relly about how business interests have shaped FOIA amendments. She co-authored research with Director Carol Schwalbe on “How Business Lobby Networks Shaped the U.S. Freedom of Information Act: An Examination of 60 Years of Congressional Testimony.”

Susan Knight worked on C-SPAN's social media desk this summer in Washington, D.C. She was one of six visiting professors awarded an AEJMC and Scripps social media fellowship. Besides interviewing two dozen C-SPAN staffers in her first week, she spent time with a C-SPAN crew at the White House. "After attending President Trump's announcement on the census question in the Rose Garden, I watched a verbal brawl break out between Sebastian Gorka and other conservative media activists and members of the press corps, a rare-if-not-unprecedented dustup in such an historic locale," she said. Photos

Full-time accountant Carlos Lopez-Miranda has joined the Marshall Business Center. He's the primary point of contact for PCard activities, travel, reimbursements and operational transactions. He previously worked in Purchasing at UA.

July 8, 2019

Workshop director Andrés Domínguez and writing coach Susan Knight organized and helped lead the June 2-8 Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School students, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund and the UA Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Sixteen teens told about their reporting and photos at the closing ceremony at the UA Main Library. Read the paper at tinyurl.com/yykvpun7, and go to journalism.arizona.edu/hswork19 for a recap, photo gallery and Facebook Live video. Domínguez also wrote a column for the Arizona Daily Star and was interviewed about the workshop at KVOI-AM radio. Hear the segment at the 11:10-minute mark. Other faculty and staff who led sessions included Jeannine RellySusan SwanbergMichael McKissonCarol Schwalbe (with Cecil Schwalbe), Christopher Conover and Paloma Boykin.

Michael McKisson helped Arizona Public Media win a national Edward R. Murrow Award in feature reporting with his drone photography for "Where dreams die," about migrants who've perished while crossing the desert. List of winners.

David Cuillier co-taught a workshop on accessing public records June 13 for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Dallas, Texas (with tip sheets). On June 26, he presented a study at the Global Conference on Transparency Research, titled “Bigger stick, better compliance? Testing strength of public record statutes on agency transparency in the United States.” He and co-author Charles Davis will publish through Sage Publishing the second edition of their textbook, “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records” July 30.

Jéssica Retis participated as guest co-editor for volume 4, issue 3 (2019) of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, "Ethnic Minority Media: Between Hegemony and Resistance." The articles in the special issue consider media types and practices in various local and transnational contexts, from a diverse range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. View the issue at https://joacm.org/index.php/joacm/issue/view/111.

June 2, 2019

Susan Knight was awarded a fellowship via the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media Program. Knight will spend two weeks in Washington D.C. this summer, working on C-SPAN’s social media desk. Read more.

Director Carol Schwalbe was promoted to full professor at the School of Journalism.

Kim Newton was promoted to full professor of practice at the School of Journalism.

Michael McKisson was promoted to associate professor of practice at the School of Journalism.

Celeste González de Bustamante and new hire Jéssica Retis saw their paper, “Latina Millennials in a Post-TV Network World: 'Anti-stereotypes' in the Web-TV series East Los High,” selected as this year's first-place winner of the International Communication's Latino/Latin American Research (LARA) Award. The award honors the top three research papers submitted to either the International Communication or the Minorities and Communication divisions by Hispanic scholars for journalism and mass media research.

Students in Linda Lumsden's History of American Journalism class added 17 interviews to her Sonoran Desert Journalists website, increasing to 32 the number of oral histories of southern Arizona journalists. The podcast project was funded by a $500 grant from Al Litzow, which paid for the service of digital consultant John de Dios. Each entry includes a brief overview of the journalist’s career, an audio interview, a photograph of the journalist, and links to his or her work.

Celeste González de Bustamante was invited to participate in a May 22-23 workshop at the University of Miami’s Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas to help plan the third round of the Worlds of Journalism Study, which will include interviews with journalists from more than 100 countries. González de Bustamante is part of a subgroup of researchers who will study countries in Latin America. She will lead the Costa Rica study and is helping with the Mexico study. Costa Rica remains an outlier in the region and the world as one of the top ranked countries in the area of freedom of the press. Here’s a link to the workshop and the WJS website.         

Andrés Domínguez, administrative assistant and director of the Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, wrote a column in the June 2 Arizona Daly Star, "UA workshop for high schoolers aims to improve newsroom diversity." The week-long workshop will conclude Saturday, June 8, with a public reception from 1-2:30 p.m. at the UA Main Library Information Commons Room 112.

Celeste González de Bustamante was invited to and participated in May 30-31 workshop on social cybersecurity and disinformation at Carnegie Mellon University in Washington, D.C. The workshop, supported by the National Science Foundation, aimed to identify and clarify research challenges and paths for understanding the socio-cultural impact of disinformation.

Kim Newton was elected to the University Hearing Board

Linda Lumsden spoke at a free National Archives panel, "Women and the Vote: The 19th Amendment, Power, Media, and the Making of a Movement," on May 16 in Washington, D.C. 

William Schmidt, for a second year in a row, is serving as a guide and tour leader for a New York Times-sponsored travel tour of the Canyons of the Southwest. During the eight-day trip in mid-June, which includes Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon National Parks, as well as Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, he will be offering group talks on Western politics, land use management, climate and the Colorado River. Times Journey tours are advertised regularly in the pages and website of The Times, where Schmidt is identified as the tour "expert" and a UA J-prof and former Times senior editor. The Southwest Canyons trip is among 60 tour packages sponsored by The Times, at destinations around the globe.

Adjunct instructor Cathy Burch wrote about the Tucson press run of the Arizona Daily Star, "For longtime pressmen, move to print Star in Phoenix is bittersweet. Also, read Tim Steller's column at tinyurl.com/y47pz62b.

Mike Chesnick spoke on behalf of the school at Professor Emeritus George Ridge's memorial service on June 1. Read the speech. Ridge's best friend and doctor, Hal Tretbar, wrote a remembrance of Ridge — "Ridge: More than just a travel writer" — in the May 24 Arizona Daily Star. Read Ridge's obit at www.journalism.arizona.edu/gwr.

May 10, 2019

Susan Swanberg received the school's Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, in which students nominated professors and an outside committee voted on the winner. Director Carol Schwalbe and faculty surprised her with the award at the May 2 faculty meeting.

David Cuillier was elected president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, an organization dedicated to fostering citizens’ access to government records throughout the states. Cuillier, who researches and teaches access to government information, was elected by the NFOIC board April 11 at its annual meeting in Dallas to lead the Florida-based nonprofit.

Jeannine Relly was elected to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Standing Committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility for a three-year term, beginning in October 2019. The committee focuses on freedom of  expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; diversity and inclusion; and public service.

Celeste González de Bustamante was elected to the AEJMC's Standing Committee on Research for three years. She and Relly join Director Carol Schwalbe, who is a member of the AEJMC's Standing Committee on Teaching. The three and other faculty will attend the Aug. 7-10 AEJMC Conference in Toronto.

Gladis Tolsa received the inaugural Carol and Cecil Schwalbe Staff Award for Outstanding Service at the May 2 faculty meeting.

Jéssica Retis and Ruxandra Guidi were introduced as the school's new professors at the May 2 faculty meeting. The two will start in the fall semester. Retis, an associate professor at Cal State Northridge, is excited about launching a bilingual journalism program here and wrote a recent report, "Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Media in the Digital Age" for the Democracy Fund. Her report was part of a May 13 Nieman Lab story, "Here’s the state of Hispanic media today — and where it goes from here." Guidi, who will teach two Arizona Sonora News classes in the fall and integrate more podcasting and storytelling into school media, has reported throughout the United States and Latin America for both magazines and public radio. She created the storytelling website, Fonografia Collective, with her husband, and recently wrote about "The People in Their Labyrinth: Venezuela’s Stalled Revolution" for VQR.

Kim Newton and film director Man-jin Kim accepted a Gold World Medal for best documentary in current affairs at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards in Las Vegas on April 9. Newton is featured in Kim's "Witnesses to Democracy: The Journey of a Mother and a Photographer." Go to newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2019/for a list of winners and journalism.arizona.edu/Newton17 for an earlier story on Newton's involvement in the project. Photos

Susan Swanberg spoke at the School of Sociology's 2019 Spring Colloquium on April 19, about "The Science of Science Communication: How and Why We’ve Fallen for Fake Science News Throughout History.”

Linda Lumsden discussed her upcoming book, Social Justice Journalism: A Cultural History of Social Movement Media from Abolition to #womensmarch, on April 16 as part of the GWS/SIROW Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. The book, which Peter Lang will publish in July, seeks to deepen and contextualize knowledge about digital activism by training the lens of social movement theory back on the nearly forgotten role of social justice media produced by eight twentieth-century American social justice movements, including socialism, environmentalism, women's suffrage, civil rights, women’s liberation, farmworkers' rights, disability rights, and transgender rights. 

Maggy Zanger and Jeannine Relly worked with the Center for Border & Global Journalism and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to host journalist Jenna Krajeski during her visit last month to the university. Krajeski led a talk and round table discussion in the School of Journalism titled,  "Covering Trauma: Respecting the Subject, Getting the Story, Protecting Yourself." She also was interviewed for a SoJ video and audio series on cultural sensitivity with sources, a series that was launched last month and will be posted this summer on the Diversity and Inclusion web page. Krajeski is co-author with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner, of The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State, published in 2017. She is based in New York and was previously working from Istanbul, reporting on the Kurdish minorities in Turkey and Iraq and on human trafficking. She has written for Harpers, The Atlantic, Slate, The New Yorker and The Nation.

Carol SchwalbeNancy SharkeySusan SwanbergPaloma BoykinRenée Schafer Horton and Andrés Domínguez evaluated nearly 200 stories written by beginning reporting students and by graduating seniors in the advanced capstone class. The evaluation test — which also included a fact-checking portion, a discussion of legal and ethical issues and ideas for a follow-up to the news story — is an important feedback loop for the faculty to improve teaching and course structure. Assessment is one pillar of the national accreditation standards, which the J-school passed with flying colors last year.

Adjunct Cynthia Lancaster conducted five recruiting trips during the past academic year, thanks to an ODIEX grant secured by Maggy Zanger. Cynthia was usually accompanied by a peer recruiter. The trips: About 40 students (two classes) at Tucson High School with THS grads Andrés Dominguez and Nick Trujillo; about 15 students (newspaper staff) at Pima Community College with PCC grad Trujillo; about 140 students (ACE dual-enrollment high school juniors) at Mesa Community College with first-gen college student Pascal Albright and UA Journalism staff and faculty; about 75 students during Career Day at Green Fields School, Tucson; about 30 students (two classes) at Baboquivari High School, Sells, with tribal member and Ph.D. student Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan.

Internship Coordinator Renée Schafer Horton introduced the April 14 screening of "State of Play" and Q&A panel of Tucson Citizen alums at the school's Journalism on Screen event at The Loft Cinema. Watch the Q&Aand Renée's introduction, plus a Citizen video retrospective. Dylan Smith, Jennifer Boice, Gabrielle Fimbres, Chuck Graham, Corky Simpson and Steve Rivera helped mark the 10th anniversary of the closing of the afternoon newspaper, and afterward event coordinator Mike Chesnick and other Citizen alums gathered at the Arizona Inn, one of the series' sponsors, for drinks. Photos

Jeannine Relly was interviewed for a Public News Information radio story on United Nation's World Press Freedom Day on May 3. Relly told Mark Richardson that the advent of social media and the current, sharp Red-Blue political divide have created serious challenges to the free flow of information for Americans. "In the global rankings of press freedom, the U.S. has slowly fallen,” she said. “It's been over a couple of years, and some of the reasons are economic – just the fragmentation of media and the lack of sustainability, in some cases." Listen to and read Relly's remarks.  

Andrés Domínguez coordinated the 53rd annual Just Desserts Student Awards Celebration on May 8 at the Arizona Historical Society. Michael McKisson led the awards committee, while Director Carol Schwalbe hosted the event with help from faculty award presenters. Other staffers helping wereDebbie CrossMike ChesnickRenée Schafer HortonPaloma Boykin and from the business office, Martha Castleberry, Kris Hogeboom and Veronica Peralta.

KJZZ's Fronteras senior field correspondents Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.) andMurphy Woodhouse spoke to Jeannine Relly's research methods graduate course students, virtually, on the last day of class (May 1). Woodhouse, also a former UA student, and Blust discussed setting up the bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, and took questions. They also provided a virtual tour of the bureau.

Adjunct instructor Joe Sharkey brought a special guest to his Arizona Sonora News class in late April: "Mississippi Burning" screenwriter Chris Gerolmo. Chris, also a musician and producer, wrote the screenplay for the upcoming movie starring Emilia Clarke, "Above Suspicion," which is based on Sharkey's nonfiction book.

Ten journalism students from Douglas High School visited the J-school and Arizona Public Media on April 12, along with their advisers, John Soriano and Carla Soto. Adjunct instructors Lorraine Rivera ('04 and a Douglas grad) and Christopher Conover showed the students the AZPM studio, and Outreach Coordinator Mike Chesnick gave the students a tour of the school. Photos

Our condolences go out to the family of Prof. Emeritus George Ridge, who died April 24 at 86. The former Arizona Daily Star city editor and Arizona assistant attorney general was the J-school's director from 1972-78 and 1985-1991. "George had a deep understanding of the role of the press from his work as a journalist and an attorney," said Jacqueline Sharkey, former director. Services will be June 1 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road, followed by a 6:30 p.m. reception at Delectables Catering, 427 E. Limberlost Road. Read the school's obit, compiled by Mike Chesnick and reprinted in the Arizona Daily Star.

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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