UA School of Journalism faculty take part in Tucson Festival of Books -- March 2011

Several faculty members from the UA School of Journalism will take part in the annual Tucson Festival of Books at the UA March 12-13.

Adjunct faculty members Tom Beal (Arizona Daily Star) and Jim Nintzel (Tucson Weekly) will be part of a panel discussion moderated by National Public Radio’s Scott Simon titled “Bringing Meaning out of Meaninglessness: How Literature Can Respond to the January 8th Shootings.” It will take place March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Chemistry Building Room 111.

Mike McKisson, adjunct instructor, will lead a new media workshop on "Profile of a Successful Blog" at 11 a.m. March 13 in Tent #305, near the National Parks Pavilion, just south of the Integrated Learning Center. McKisson is the publisher of

Jay Rochlin, assistant professor of practice, will moderate a panel on “Dispatches from the Borderlands: Human Rights, Personal Stories” on the 12th at 4 p.m. in the Student Union - Gallagher Theater. Rochlin teaches feature writing and created Border Beat, an an online student-run publication that focuses on issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Professor of Practice Mort Rosenblum will discuss his latest book, Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting, on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Koffler Building Room 216. He was chief international foreign correspondent at The Associated Press, reporting on peace and war from 200 countries. From 1979 to 1981 was editor of the International Herald Tribune.

Rosenblum has written a series of books about U.S. press coverage of international affairs, as well as books about political and economic issues in Africa and France. His Madmen book is being used in journalism programs around the country.

The Tucson Festival of Books is expected to draw more than 80,000 participants, 400 authors and 300 exhibitors to the University of Arizona campus. The main sponsors of the event are the Arizona Daily Star and the University of Arizona. The festival began the event three years ago to support literacy in Southern Arizona. 

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