Student Kudos- 2011


December 2011

Will Ferguson received a grant from the National Association of Science Writers to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, British Columbia, this February.

May 2011 graduate Samantha Sais is on the campaign trail with a group of photographers following the Republican presidential candidates in Iowa. Follow the photographers’ blog here.

The home page of UA’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Research features the work of graduate student John de Dios. Go to and click on the third thumbnail from the left, which links to his multimedia package about the model city project at Biosphere 2. The package also was published by the Tucson Weekly.

Courtney Griffin has been hired as a reporter at Channel 5 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Matthew Casey wrote several stories for this issue of the Tombstone Epitaph on possible financial misappropriations by the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce. The Epitaph covered the story based on records obtained in a Freedom of Information request. Check it out at the Epitaph's website.

Journalism senior Melanie Huonker is taking the lead on organizing resume reel workshop that will be given by KPNX News Director Mark Casey Friday, Jan. 20.

Five UA journalism students were among 24 selected nationally to participate in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute to be held Jan. 2-14 in the School of Journalism. They are: Samantha Esquivel, Michelle Monroe, Joshua Morgan, Rebecca Rillos, and Sandra Westdahl. 

The following apprentices have had recent clips in the Arizona Daily Star:

Stephanie Fousse


“Nimble Fingers members make creations for charities in Tucson"


“Nonprofit's sales help fund history, natural programs”


Keith Hickman-Perfetti


“Bundle Up chilly time ahead”


“Islamic Center hosts free clinic”


“New Spa NiVa takes over vacated Spa One spot”


“OV Library has lots to do for kids”


“Tucson Oddity: 'Creatures' a design for safety”


“If that's bamboo this must be... Tucson?”


Zach Vito


“Tucson Oddity: Unwanted Sculpture Finds home in north-side park”


“Tucson Oddity: Carver shapes his vision from Fourth Avenue stumps”


Foothills Zone

“Talent show auditions draw variety of performers”


East Side Zone

“Wellness Fair Draws Hundreds”


Foothills Zone

“There's lots to do at cooperative extension”


Foothills Zone

“A doggone fun day at Brandi Fenton”


Foothills Zone

“Arts Fest will come next to northwest”


East Side Zone

“Playful event benefits playground”


Eastside Zone

“Visiting children's choir shares sounds of Africa”



November 2011

Journalism student Scott Oathout took first place in the Mark Finley Gold Pen Contest for Best Beginning Newswriter held Nov. 28 in the School of Journalism.

Outhout was one of 16 introductory journalism students who interviewed UA President Eugene Sander for the competition.Kate Newton took second place and earns $350. Caitlin Schmidt was the third-place winner, earning $250.

At the competition, which is held each semester, a guest speaker speaks for 15-20 minutes and takes questions. The students have the remainder of the hour to write a news story on deadline. Students are chosen to compete by their Journalism 205 (Reporting the News) instructors. 

The submissions were blind-judged by journalism professors Jeannine Relly and Susan Knight and adjunct instructorSarah Garrecht Gassen. Each of the competitors, who were recognized by their Journalism 205 instructors as being among the promising beginning newswriters of the school, received an engraved pen commemorating the event. The contest is named for the late Mark Finley, who established the contest. Finley, a graduate of The University of Arizona, was a journalist and assistant for the publisher of Hearst's Boston newspaper for 17 years. The competition will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Room 350 of the Marshall Building. 

The following apprentices have had recent clips in the Arizona Daily Star:

Hope Miller


“Great Black Friday deals go local” 

Section: D5


“Local firm's 'cloud' helps little guys stay afloat”

Section: A16


Jessica Canchola


“For 1st time, Food bank won’t be able to hand out holiday boxes”

Metro/Region A1


Brenna Goth


"Data let researchers look at pot economy"



Krystal Jenkins

"390th Memorial Museum honors vets"

Regional-East Side page 6


"Tons of fun as kids, elderly meet"

Metro A2


Matt Lechuga, Hope Miller and Lucy Valencia answered students’ questions about the School of Journalism’s summer program in Costa Rica program at the Study Abroad fair Nov. 10. 

Melanie Huonker and Rikki Mitchell went with Lisa Button to visit Pueblo High School Nov. 18 to talk with students about the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students as well as the UA journalism program, internship opportunities and student clubs. They visited the journalism class and the beginning radio class, and toured the radio and television studios at Pueblo.

Robert Alcaraz’s story, “In Tombstone, horses head down trail to urinate,” written for Arizona-Sonora News Service, was published in the Nov. 14 issue of the Arizona Daily Star.

Recent clips from apprentices at the Arizona Daily Star include:

Brenna Goth

Data let researchers look at pot economy


Krystal Jenkins

390th Memorial Museum honors vets


Tons of fun as kids, elderly meet


Recent clips from apprentices at the Arizona Daily Star include:

Brenna Goth

Immigration conference coming to Tucson


Mexico drug war focus of UA talk


Citizens' videos of police stir concerns


Enduring Clinic remains lifeline for Mexican kids


Hope Miller

Bike-friendliness pays for businesses


Alexandra Newman

Who Shot Rock & Roll


Get bowled over, help food bank


Pair make The Day of the Dead come alive


Hottest artist around puts mark on All Souls


Jessica Canchola

Mexico's release of wolves troubling to U.S ranchers


Krystal Jenkins

Atria residents have 'a blast' in Sedona


Stephanie Fousse

He paints picture of dachshunds


El mercado anual de pulgas más grande de Tucsón

La Estrella De Tucsón


Huge flea market poised to sell off 6 acres of stuff 



October 2011

The following apprentices have had clips in the Arizona Daily Star:

Anissa Tanweer
Jessica Canchola
Brenna Goth
Amber Sumpter
Hope Miller
Krystal Jenkins

Josh Morgan was also a winner at the ANA Better Newspapers contest. He took second place in multimedia storytelling for “The Last Days of the UMC Memorial,” which he produced for The Tucson Weekly.

Michelle Monroe and Kellie Mejdrich, interns for the Phoenix bureau of The New York Times, contributed to an Oct. 18 story on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Read it here.

Apprentices with recent stories running in the Arizona Daily Star include:

Krystal Jenkins

Regional-Northwest section

Seniors work it out in free class


Regional- Northwest section

For La Bella, success is beautiful


Ryan Sheehy, copy editing apprentice

Heds for "Tax Hike" and "Obama" stories Sept. 26, A1 

Cutlines and heds for "Freed Hikers" and "Saudi Women." Sept. 26, A11 (Nation)

"Obama," "Nebraska Pipeline," and each of the 4 mini-heds for "National Briefs" A12 (Nation)

Stephanie Fousse


Foothills Mall Walker’s Club is 150 Strong

Zones - Foothills/Northwest

September 15, 2011


Crafty women knit colorful creations for TUSD

Zones - Foothills/Northwest

September 29, 2011

Have a look at Mexican artistry

Zones - Foothills/Northwest

October 6, 2011

Site connects women from around world

Zones - Foothills/Northwest

October 6, 2011

Graduate student Paul Ingram’s story, “Future bright as Arizona’s sun for making algae production an economic driver,” ran in the Oct. 7 issue of Inside Tucson Business. Read it here.

Melanie Huonker, an intern with “Arizona Week,” appeared on the program Sept. 23 to deliver a report on redistricting. 

The film former graduate student Kirsten Boele produced for her master’s project in journalism will be part of “Unspoken,” a human rights forum that combines film, art, music and a conference held Oct. 13-15 in Utica, N.Y. For details, see the website

Gawain Douglas and students in his publication design class created posters advertising the Oct. 14 internship fair. Special thanks to Jazmine Woodberry, Diana Sokolova, Maria Ines Taracena and Kyle Langley. Their posters are on display in the Journalism School.

Undergraduate students Ziniu Chen, Courtney Griffin, Melissa Guz, Marlena Hamilton, Josh Morgan, Caleb Tellez, and graduate student John de Dios will be attending the California Chicano News Media Association's job fair in Los Angeles at the USC Davidson Convention Center later this month. The convention happens every year and is sponsored by many journalism organizations in Los Angeles. This year, UA Alumni Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Nicole Santa Cruz will be leading a discussion about "Making the Best Out of Your Internship."

Apprentices with recent stories in the Arizona Daily Star include:

Jessica Canchola

Environment Beat

"Five groups get together, create literacy rally downtown today"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hope Miller


"Service lets parents pick tutoring or baby-sitting"

Date: 9/29/11


September 2011 

Apprentice Brenna Goth has had two stories appear on Page 1-A in this week’s Arizona Daily Star.

"Tenant problems can run deep underground for border landlords"

Sept. 26, 2011



“Creative pot smugglers try 'a little bit of everything'”

Sept. 28, 2011


Goth’s other byline was:

"Job applicants can check eligibility"

Sept. 26, 2011

Other apprentices who have had stories published recently include:

Alexandra Newman, Features

"Love story played out on the airwaves" 


"Borderlands begins season with a road trip: '26 Miles'"



"Arrg! Treasure, adventure await ye"  


Jessica Canchola


"Non profit will use $175,000 grant to plant new gardens"


Tucson & Region Page A2

Krystal Jenkins


"It's an 'exciting time' for Waldorf"

Section: Foothills page 8


In addition, Will Ferguson, the Star’s NASA Space Grant intern, had his story, “UA duo works on high-tech bomb detector,”run on Sept. 26. 

Graduate student John de Dios was selected as a travel fellow by the National Association of Science Writers, which holds its meeting in Flagstaff this year. The fellowship will help pay travel and registration costs. Other winners are from Johns Hopkins University, Annenberg School at USC, City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University, UC Santa Cruz, University of Arkansas and University of Colorado at Boulder.

The following apprentices at the Arizona Daily Star have had stories published:

Krystal Jenkins

Regional beat

“Roadie makes himself at home in Marana”


“Lend a Hand's volunteers help elderly handle day-to-day needs”


“Mom 2 Mom sale to have toys, clothing for children”


Hope Miller


“Scant evidence to back claims of mileage gadgets”


A story written for Arizona-Sonora News Service by Marissa Freireich on a UA journalism graduate who lost her husband on Sept. 11, has been picked up by media outlets around the state, including Tucsoncitizen.comPhoenix Business Journal and The story also was distributed through UANow, a news service of the UA’s University Communications office, which reaches some 100,000 subscribers.  

Student apprentices whose work has been published in the Arizona Daily Star include:

Amber Sumpter

"Savoy Family makes its Tucson encore" and

"Rahe returns Saturday for Rhythm & Roots"

Caliente, Music Notes, Page 24, Sept. 8

Jessica Canchola

"Hit the road this weekend for nearby state parks"

Tucson & Region/ Pg A2, Sept. 2


"Exhibit, ceremony to honor local heroes"

Tucson & Region/ Section B, Sept. 4


August 2011

The School of Journalism’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been named the SPJ Region 11 Campus Chapter of the Year. Each of SPJ’s 12 regional directors selects one chapter in his or her region that has performed outstanding service to the Society, their campus and the journalism profession. From these 12 chapters, one chapter is selected by SPJ’s vice president for campus chapter affairs as the outstanding campus chapter of the year. Region 11 includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, and the Mariana Islands. Carol Schwalbe is the faculty adviser.

Apprentices and interns finished up their summers at the Arizona Daily Star the week of Aug. 6. See their stories below.

Madelaine Archie had the Northwest cover story on Aug. 11, “Nonprofit building bigger, better new food”;

Taylor Bacic, “UA graduates launch nanny service,” Aug. 12;

Matthew Casey had two more government stories, bringing him to 13 for his 10-week program: “Pima County speed cams anger Tanque Verde area,” Aug. 8, and “Companies in disputed TCC work to be paid,” Aug. 5;

Tim Glass shot the photo for “Sparkroot Coffee Bar opens downtown,” Aug. 11;

Kelly Hultgren, “Juke Joint, Duke Robillard bands promise hot blues nights ahead,” Aug. 11;

Serena Valdez, “Bright new vistas for Marcus-Orlen,” Aug. 5, and “A sequined ‘Jailbait’ shows consequences of playing grown-up” Aug. 12;

Stephen Varga, “Pima County's 'tall pots' seeding faster growth, saving money,” Aug. 8.

And Kellie Mejdrich had one last front-page story. During her apprenticeship last semester and summer internship, she totaled 58 bylines, 14 of them on A1. Her last story was “Housing trust owns land, puts Tucsonans in homes” Aug. 11. 

Former graduate student Clayton Norman had his long-form piece on the effects of meth on Pima County published in the July 31 issue of the Arizona Daily Star. Read the stories at:;;

Kellie Mejdrich finished her summer internship at the Star with a story titled “Same old story: South Tucson can’t pay its bills,” Aug. 2, 2011.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published the week of July 30:

Madelaine Archie, “Arizona students make Perry Park more visible from road,” Aug. 1, 2011; and

“Retreat gives families info, relief,” Aug. 4, 2011;

Taylor Bacic, “Sierra Vista positions itself as nerve center of ‘Napa-Zona,’” July 31, 2011;

Matthew Casey, “Unrecorded restriction may doom Tucson land deal,” July 30, 2011; and

“Americans Elect party to appear on ’12 ballot,” July 30, 2011;

Tim Glass had a front-page photo, a section-front photo and a photo story package in the past week. See them at:;; and

Kelly Hultgren debuted in Caliente with “Rialto Theatre set for club scene,” Aug. 4, 2011;

Serena Valdez, “Biennial exhibit at TMA: ‘Amazing Talent,’” July 31, 2011; and

Stephen Varga, “Pima County poster provides tips on saving the environment,” July 30, 2011.  


July 2011

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published during the week of July 25:

Matthew Casey, Suit against Tucson, Pima County claims wrongful arrest,” July 25, 2011, and “Manslaughter verdict in shooting,”July 27, 2011; 

Serena Valdez“Hit-making band Chicago set for Tuesday show at AVA,” July 28, 2011, and “Teens discover the repercussions of playing adult in lively ‘Jailbait,’” July 29, 2011; 

Michelle Weiss, “Monsoon Mania party is a chance to dance,” July 28, 2011, and “Pop singer Manika does the mall,” July 28, 2011; 

Tim Glass had a package of photos run in the “At Home” section non July 24. He also shot photos for the story “Drowning danger isn’t past yet in Arizona,” Jully 27, 2011.

Colin Darland continued his page layouts, particularly handling Page A11 and business pages.

Kristina Bui worked on a series of ebooks for the copy desk and wrote a number of heds, including: 

• Arizona execution process faces legal challenge (A1 story)

• Gay marriage law takes effect; protests held in several cities

• 24 training to become first women to join Navy submarine force

Emi Komyia and Emily Moore assisted producers who came to Tucson July 8-10 on a location scout for a PBS pilot. The show is a segmented and hosted one-hour, reality-based television show, called State of the Re:Union. Based on an NPR radio program by the same name, the show features one location per episode and concentrates on a community that comes together to overcome challenges.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published for the week of July 18:

Matthew Casey“Tucson groups want to entice pro leagues,” July 16, 2011; 

Serena Valdez“‘Pillowman’ is darkness leavened with comedy,” July 22, 2011,  and “Master of the giant nude,” July 22, 2011;

Stephen Varga“Foster-care group gets new, bigger home,” July 18, 2011,  and “Free mental health counseling offered,”July 18, 2011; 

Michelle Weiss“Fichot’s music draws on worldly mix,” July 21, 2011;

Madelaine Archie“Group helps elderly stay independent,” July 21, 2011; 

Colin Darland continues his layout and design duties, including handling a tricky business page design on July 19.

Kristina Bui continues her headline and copy editing work. Among the heds she wrote this week:

  • Road runner: Humps slow speeders, emergency services
  • Study: Grandma is a safer driver
  • Japanese tea ceremony to be held at Pearl Harbor memorial
  • Ark. suspect denied big stage in fatal attack on recruiters
  • Conservative Texas gov. inches closer to candidacy
  • Shift to Afghan control marred by killings

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published for the week of July 11:

Kelly Hultgren, “Officials reiterate drowning warnings,” July 11, 2011, Page One, and “PCC releases Loughner files,” July 13, 2011;

Matthew Casey“Tourism agency to see more oversight,” July 13, 2011; 

Michelle Weiss“Fame came for Christina Perri as ‘Hearts’ hit TV show,” July 14, 2011, and “Ben Folds collaborates with lyricist,” July 14, 2011; 

Taylor Bacic, “Firm builds custom campers for all,” July 15, 2011. Tim Glass shot photos for the story.

Glass also had photos run with four different packages the week of July 11, 2011. They are:

“Kids are single focus of multilevel clinic,” July 10, 2011, 

“Academy Village has arts scene for all,” July 14, 2011, 

"‘Gnatman’ is all about big laughs," July 7, 2011. 

Kristina Bui, who is working on the copy desk, had several of her headlines on the July 11 front page. They included:

• “Road Runner: City Council hears the hint, compromises to fix potholes”

• “Obama stresses 'we need to' reach debt agreement”

• “Australia next to weigh in on burqas”

• “US sending Pakistan a tough message”

• “Tensions grow as Suez protesters urge faster reform”

Colin Darland has designed the business section and two wire pages for the July 12 paper and the business section for July 13 edition. 

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published: 

Madelaine Archie, “Boy Scout builds water harvester for convent,” June 26, 2011;  

Taylor Bacic, “Gymboree classes for young kids shut in OV; new location sought,” July 1, 2011;

Matthew Casey, “Kolb Road rerouting stirs flood concerns,” July 5, 2011; and “New law eases political-sign placement,” July 3, 2011;

Stephen Varga, “Volunteers turn bad shots into money for charities,” July 5, 2011. 


June 2011

Several students in the summer Arizona Daily Star Apprenticeship course have had bylines. The course is taught byMaggy Zanger. The students include:

Josh Morgan’s photo essay on the Owl and Panther Project was featured on the cover of the June 2-8 issue of The Tucson Weekly. See it here.

Several students helped with a border-reporting project with Tufts University. (See the story). They include Devlin Houser, Melanie Huonker, Kelsey Jensen, Josh Morgan, Julian Ybarra, and recent graduates Nohemi Ramirez, Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan, Samantha Sais, Nicholas Scala, Alejandro Serrano, Juliana Vasquez and Roxana Vasquez. Professional journalists Jimmy Boegle, Tucson Weekly, and Lupita Murillo, KVOA News 4, also provided some advice during the project. Graduate student John deDios helped coordinate the project.

A number of students are serving as mentors for the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students June 3-12. They are: Kristina Bui, Daniel Andres Dominguez, Devlin Houser, Matt Lechuga, Shannon Maule, Josh Morgan and Lucy Valencia.

Melanie Huonker has accepted an internship with KFVS 12 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Paul Ingram will participate in the SPJ Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in June in Indianapolis. Ingram’s expenses are paid for by SPJ.

Rossana Sandigo has accepted a paid internship this summer with La Voz, the Spanish-language publication of The Arizona Republic. She will spend a week at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Orlando June 15-18. Sandigo also helped with research for the Tufts/UA partnership.

Alejandro Serrano will be joining recent alumna Natalie Lakosil and journalism senior Blair Kurland in a pilot program in Japan later this summer. Serrano, Lakosil, and Kurland will participate in the Sports Camp of America based out of Tokyo as camp counselors and spend weekends producing journalism projects. As counselors for the camp, all three will have their airfare, lodging and other expenses covered. The students also will have help with Japanese translation from Keiko Best, one of the camp directors, and the English translator for Nikon Co.

Follow Jazmine Woodberry’s work with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans May 13-28 Woodberry is the first UA School of Journalism student to participate in the New Orleans institute.

Julian Ybarra has been contributing photos to


May 2011

The Arizona Press Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to the following students: Colin Darland (design) , Rikki Mitchell (writing), Allison Mullally (photo), and Jazmine Woodberry (writing).

Read about all the student scholarship and award winners from the School of Journalism’s annual Just Desserts celebration May 5.


April 2011

Caleb Tellez organized and hosted a broadcast journalism mixer and discussion April 19 for NAHJ-UA. Local TV journalists Lupita Murillo, KVOA 4; Teresa Jun, KOLD 13; and adjunct instructor Lorraine Rivera, KVOA 4, came to meet and speak to students about internships, jobs and journalism.

On April 28, Alex Budish, co-editor of and host of UA's Cat Nation sports show, spoke to Tucson High students about sports journalism, internships, and the importance of pursuing opportunities available for student journalists.

Budish’s talk with the students wrapped up a semester-long partnership that the student organizations had with mentoring at Tucson High Magnet School. Over the last semester, instructors, student club leaders and members have spoken about design, photojournalism, online, Freedom of Information, diversity, internships, campus student media and more. Student clubs adviser John deDios and alumna Lindsay Ireland, the Tucson High Magnet School journalism teacher, facilitated the partnership.

Graduate student Britain Eakin received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for 2011-2012 through the U.S. Department of Education. It covers all tuition and fees in addition to a $15,000 living stipend.

Three students were named winners of the School of Journalism’s Mark Finley Gold Pen Contest for Best Beginning Newswriter for spring 2011. The winners are Graham Zurheide, first place, $750 scholarship; Alex Williams, second place, $350 scholarship; and Morgan Toone, third place, $250 scholarship. The submissions were blind-judged by adjunct instructor Lisa Button and professors Susan Knight and Jeannine Relly. Each of the competitors, who were recognized by their Journalism 205 instructors as being among the promising beginning newswriters of the school, received an engraved pen commemorating the event on Thursday.

Jazmine Woodberry was accepted to The New York Times Student Journalism Institute May 15-29 in New Orleans. Students are provided with room and board and all of their costs are paid by The New York Times. During the institute, supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Boston Globe and regional newspapers of The Times Company.

Devlin Houser, SPJ member and NAHJ-UA director of programming, and Marisa Gerber, NAHJ-UA member, led an interactive lecture for “Diversity in the Newsroom” at Tucson High Magnet School April 4.

Graduate student Paul Ingram, SPJ-UA's treasurer and FOI programming chair, led a Freedom of Information and Access to Information lecture at Tucson High Magnet School April 6. This is Ingram's second presentation in a high school classroom on the importance of open government and access to information.

Angelo Samora-Vargas has been offered and accepted a summer internship position with KVOA News Channel 4.


March 2011

Graduating senior Haley Bliss has accepted a job at KVOA News Channel 4 as a weekend editor.

Graduating senior Kenneth Contrata will serve as a Dow Jones News Fund intern at The Denver Post this summer. The program trains and sends 81 undergraduate and graduate students to work as news and sports copy editors, multimedia editors and business reporters at news organizations across the country. The students were selected from among 600 applicants for the paid internships.

Courtney Griffin has accepted an internship with KMSB for the summer.

Josh Morgan shot the cover photo of Chicano leaders Salomón Baldenegro Jr. and Sr. for the cover of the March 31 issue of the Tucson Weekly.

Angelo Samora-Vargas has accepted a summer internship with KVOA News Channel 4.

Jazmine Woodberry has been offered a Pulliam Fellowship at The Arizona Republic for this summer. She will join 2011 graduating seniors Samantha Sais, Pulliam Fellowship for photography, and Parisa Hadjizadej-Amini who has been offered an internship to work on the design desk at The Republic.

Colleen Bush has been accepted to the Teach Arizona program. Upon completion of the program, students earn an M. Ed. Degree in teaching and teacher education and are eligible for Arizona secondary teacher certification for grades 7-12. During the program, students intern in public schools while taking coursework.

Graduate students Britain Eakin and Diana Sokolova participated in a Skype discussion in Jeannine Relly's Jour 508 Theory and Practice of Journalism class with Leila Abu-saada, an assistant news editor with Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar, March 23. The discussion covered a wide array of topics, including internships, the Middle East and graduate school. Abu-saada is a 2009 alumna of the UA School of Journalism.

Marisa Gerber will start a six-month fellowship this summer with Village Voice Media in Orange County. She was hired by Andy Van De Voorde, a 1983 graduate of the School of Journalism. Graduate student Paul Ingram spoke to the journalism class at the Salpointe High School on March 23.

Kassandra Lau has landed a multimedia reporting internship for the summer with the Victoria Advocate in Victoria, Texas.

Samantha Sais Samantha Sais will be working at The Arizona Republic this summer as a Chips Quinn fellow and a Pulliam fellow. Sais shot the cover photo for the March 24 issue of the Tucson Weekly. She also spoke to Tucson High Magnet School's Cactus Chronicle students about photojournalism Thursday.

Three students will take part in "Immigration Week: Examining Causes, Expanding Solutions" March 20-27, presented by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Graduate students Curtis Prendergast and Kirsten Boele and undergraduate Austin Counts and will show the film they produced for Celeste González de Bustamante’s course -- Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands -- called "Another Side of the Border."

Several journalism students have had stories published as part of their internships. They include:
Will Ferguson, Wick Science Journalism intern:
"UA project could bring clean water to Navajos"

Bryan Roy, blogging for Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports: 
"UCLA sends old Pauley out with vintage rivalry win"
"Sean Miller returns Arizona to PAC 10 supremacy"
"Senior lifts Northern Colorado to Big Sky title"

Jazmine WoodberryTucson Weekly:
"Collision of Countries"
"Mexican Masterpieces"

Recent clips from Arizona Daily Star apprentices include:
Janice Biancavilla:
“Tucson Tango Festival”
March 4, Vmix 
“Interview with tango dancers”
“Battle of the Bands”
Feb. 20

James Bourland: Metro
“Jovenes interpretes en busca de su estrella”
March 4, La Estrella p. 19

And in English: “Mariachis sing for scholarships” 
March 4

“On-site doc eager to treat injured riders”
Feb. 26, B10

Frankie Brun: Photo 
In brief 
March 10

“Making fryer oil last longer” 
March 4

“Arizona takes on Washington State” 
Photo gallery: “Arizona takes on Washington State”

Ziniu Chen: Business
“Making fryer oil last longer”
March 4, A11

Nicole Dimtsios: Sports
“Boys tennis: Lancer not done improving” 
March 10

Kellie Medjrich: Government
“Plan: Make gov't pay taxes on land buys” 
March 7, A1

“A downtown crackdown” 
Feb. 16

Abigail Richardson: Regional 
“Big-band music fills community for birthday bash” 
March 10

“Peace Fair at Reid Park”
Feb. 26, 2011

“East-side church making big push for solar”
Feb. 24, East Side section, p. 6

Casey Sapio: Photo 
“Having been bullying victim, speaker preaches tolerance”
March 5, A2

“Tucson Oddity: 'Flayed' sculpture is anyone's call”
Feb. 28, A11

“Cause for celebration as redo of busy intersection is finished” 
Feb. 28, A2

“On-site doc eager to treat injured riders”
Feb. 26, B10

Nicholas Scala: Caliente 
“Brootal Sun Fest bringing 50 bands” 
March 10, Caliente

“TCC paint party uses crowd as canvas for paintfest” 
Feb. 24, Caliente

“Calif. artist Growden picks Tucson to record album” 
Feb. 24, Caliente p. 8

“Dayglow paint party to spread joy at TCC” 
Feb. 17, 2011, Caliente pg. 31

McKenzie Sheldon 
“Learn to be a Pro at BBQ”
March 9

“Exhibit lets you go back to the time of King Tut” 
March 6, B1

“Tony winner will 'mix it up' at UApresents”
March 4, C1

“Go to Globe, meet state history” 
Feb. 27, 2011

“Big Taste of Tango in Tucson” 
Feb. 24, Caliente, p. 11

The Journalism Student Advisory Council and the UA student chapters for NAHJ, NAJA, and SPJ co-sponsored an event welcoming Tucson High Magnet School journalism students with Mort Rosenblum's Reporting Unlimited, LLC. Students Haley Bliss (JSAC), Brittine Bahena (NAHJ-UA), Stephanie Fousse (JSAC/NAJA-UA), Kelly Gross (JSAC), Josh Morgan (JSAC/AAJAAz), Paul Ingram (SPJ-UA) and Keith Hickman-Perfetti (JSAC) helped lead tours around the School of Journalism. Michelle Monroe (SPJ), the editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat, spoke to the students about investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting and working for a college newspaper. Internship coordinatorLisa Button spoke to the students about the summer high school diversity workshop; Professor Maggy Zanger allowed students to peek into El Independiente production; Adjunct Instructor Mike McKisson spoke to the students about online journalism and entrepreneurial journalism.

The students sat in on the final session of Mort Rosenblum's International Reporting Class. Rosenblum is a graduate of Tucson High School and a former editor of their paper, The Cactus Chronicle. UA School of Journalism 2005 alumnaLindsay Ireland is the journalism teacher at Tucson High Magnet School.

The student leadership organizations held a mixer Tuesday night at the home of Professor Jay Rochlin. At the event, the student leaders from JSAC, NAHJ-UA, NAJA-UA welcomed the revived SPJ-UA student chapter and UA School of Journalism's new undergraduate adviser Renee Schafer Horton. Also in attendance were Alex Dalenberg, 2010 alumnus and Arizona Daily Star reporter; Dan Gibson, the web producer and blogger for Territorial Newspapers; and Jimmy Boegle, Tucson Weekly editor and the diversity chair for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. ProfessorDavid Cuillier, national SPJ FOI Committee chair, also spoke to the students about the importance of having a local SPJ chapter. The mixer was funded by the Faculty Interaction Grant with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


February 2011

Graduate student Bethany Conway has been accepted into the UA Department of Communication Ph.D. program for fall 2011. She hopes to specialize in political communication, public opinion and the news media. The department has been ranked top in the nation for scholarly productivity by Academic Analytics and was ranked in the top 10 in the 2010 rankings of doctoral programs by the National Research Council.

On Feb. 26, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists - UA Student Chapter took part in the College Knowledge for Parents Expo at the Student Union's Grand Ballroom. Caleb Tellez and Stephanie Fousse helped staff the table. Tellez and Fousse talked with families and eighth-grade students interested in more information about college.

The Society of Professional Journalists - UA Student Chapter has reorganized. Officers include: Samantha Sais,president; Rikki Mitchell, vice president of community conversation programming; Paul Ingram, treasurer and FOI programming chair; and Caitlin Wilenchik, secretary. The SPJ-UA advisers will be Carol Schwalbe and John deDios.Students are working on programming for the rest of the semester.

John deDios and Parisa Hajizadeh-Amini spoke to students at Tucson High School March 3 about page layout and design.

Samantha Sais has been invited by two freelance photographers from Reuters, The New York Times and other publications to work on photo stories in New Orleans March 3-9.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices with recent stories in the Star include:
James Bourland: Metro
“A new name, mission for Volunteer Center” 
Feb. 15, A8 
“UA impoundment rule adds obstacle for skateboarders”
Feb. 14, A2

Frankie Brun: Photo
“Education panel: High-quality teachers are key to better system” 
Feb. 11

and “Bone-in stakes its claim”
Feb. 17

Ziniu Chen: Business
“Food Conspiracy Co-op: innovating for 40 years” 
Feb. 18, A11

Kellie Medjrich: Government 
“A downtown crackdown”
Feb. 16

Abigail Richardson: Regional
“Couple has passion for produce” 
Feb. 10, Northwest p. 12

Nicholas Scala: Caliente 
“Savoys tap roots of Cajun” 
Feb. 10, Caliente p. 3

McKenzie Sheldon: Features
“'Anything Goes' lets PCC students stretch comedic muscles”
Feb. 18, C1

John deDios was invited to address the journalism class at Tucson Magnet High School Feb. 10. Lindsey Ireland, a 2005 UA journalism graduate, teaches the class and two of its students -- Razanne Chatila and Dylan Shorey -- are graduates of the Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. DeDios is leading workshops on multimedia, page design, and photojournalism. On Feb. 17, he will help with production for their first issue of the newspaper.

For the third week in a row, Josh Morgan shot the cover photo for the Tucson Weekly.

Two students had front-page stories in the Feb. 7 issue of the Arizona Daily Star“State bill may block rental-tax plan here” by Kellie Mejdrich, an apprentice; and “Tucson to show its ‘heart’ with photograph” by Marisa Gerber, a former Starapprentice and now paid metro intern.

Other apprentices with recent stories in the Star include:
Casey Sapio: Photo
“Group sings to those at their ‘thresholds’”
Feb. 6, 2011, B3
“UA event gives Hispanic teens hands-on lesson in engineering”
Feb. 5, 2011, A12

Frankie Brun: Photo
“HS girls basketball: Moreno seizing the moment”
Feb. 9, 2011, B1

and “Gas outage makes cold even colder”
Feb. 4, 2011, A1

McKenzie Sheldon: Features
“Onstage seats offer intimate, right-in-the-play perspective”
Feb. 4, 2011, C5

Abigail Richardson: Regional
“Foothills classes offer enrichment”
Feb. 3, 2011, Foothills pg. 3

Nicholas Scala: Caliente
“Indie-rock duo Tennis to hit Club Congress”
Feb. 3, 2011, Caliente p. 5

Nicole Dimtsios: Sports
“HS girls basketball: Moreno seizing the moment”
Feb. 9, 2011, C1

“Rangers struggle in second half”
Feb. 6, 2011, C12

Janice Biancavilla: azstarnet
“Tucson Gem Show attracts artists from around the world”
Feb. 5, 2011, azstarnet

Kellie Medjrich: Government “State bill may block rental-tax plan here”
Feb. 7, 2011, A1

James Bourland: Metro “UA event gives Hispanic teens hands-on lesson in engineering”
Feb. 5, 2011, A12

Kevin Zimmerman has been offered a summer internship with Dime Magazine in New York City. The magazine covers the National Basketball Association. He will be contributing stories to their website throughout the semester before his internship begins in June.


January 2011

Two students received front-page coverage in the Tucson Weekly Feb. 3. Tammy Stephens wrote the four-page cover story on a transgendered person for Jay Rochlin’s feature writing class. Josh Morgan shot the photos.

Students in the apprentice program -- taught by Lisa Button -- have had a number of bylines. They include:

Ziniu Chen: Business
“Pima Air and Space adds restaurant, hangar space”
Feb. 2, A9

Nicole Dimtsios: Sports
“Just one step is left for Mountain View”
Feb. 1, 2011, B1

“Cats beat ASU in first home meet”
Jan. 22, 2011

Janice Biancavilla: azstarnet
“Big changes on the way at Plush”
Jan. 30, 2011

Kellie Medjrich: Government Apprentice
“Mountain's 'A' may get b&w memorial paint job”
Jan. 29
“Council may alter residency provision”
Jan. 24, 2011, A1

James Bourland: Metro
“Law & Order Briefs: Mexican man gets life in killing of tribal member”
"Pima sheriff gets $263,000 in grants for DUI program"
Jan. 20, 2011, A7

Josh Morgan’s cover photo of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was featured on the cover of Tucson Weekly Jan. 27.

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan was accepted to the Chips Quinn Scholars Program and is working in Nashville. When that’s completed, she heads to a 10-week internship in Seattle as a multimedia reporter for

A student who took part in the 2010 Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students received a $1,000 scholarship from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Ashley Stevenson, who attends Primavera Online High School in Phoenix, won for her piece on homeless teens in Tucson. View it hereLisa Button directs the workshop.

Samantha Sais shot photos of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's release from University Medical Center and transport to a Houston rehabilitation facility Jan. 21 for Reuters.

Several faculty and students in the University of Arizona School of Journalism have been part of the intense newsgathering process in Tucson following the mass shooting and attempted assassination on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Jan. 8. UA journalism students have been covering the shooting for various media outlets. Colleen Bush and Dave McErlean are stringing for the New York Post; Josh Morgan is interning for the Tucson Weekly; Bethany Conway, Kirsten Boele and Paul Ingram are reporting for the Associated Press; and Hank Stephenson has been covering the events for Nogales International.