Student Kudos - 2007

December 2007

Jennifer Tramm placed second in the national Hearst writing competition in the opinion writing category. Tramm won for a piece she wrote on deadbeat dads. The award comes with a $1,500 prize for Tramm and a matching grant to the UA journalism department. Tramm also qualifies for the all-expenses paid National Writing Championship in June 2008 in San Francisco sponsored by the Hearst Foundation. In that competition she will be eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It consists of six monthly writing, three photojournalism, four broadcast news competitions and one multimedia competition, with championship finals in all divisions except multimedia. The program awards more than $500,000 in scholarships, grants, and stipends annually.


November 2007

Andrew Bess was selected as one of 20 students to win a $500 Magellan Scholarship. He will be honored at a luncheon for Magellan Scholarship winners on Nov. 30 at the Arizona Inn.

Allison Slater has been hired for a spring internship with the Memphis Redbirds.

Matt Andazola had his story on five UA students who have written a book on "man laws" featured on the front page of the Arizona Daily Star Oct. 29. Several of the student authors who were the subject of the article also are UA journalism majors.

Krystle Hart has been named the first recipient of the UA Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship for 2007-08.

Meredith Severino wrote a story on her role in the Study Cairo program that ran in the Fall 2007 issue of Arizona Alumnus magazine. Severino was among 12 students from across the country who learned Arabic and posted reports, photos and blogs during their two-month stay in Cairo. Maggy Zanger led the trip.


October 2007

Ashley Houk had her story on UA students who customize "Zona Zoo" T-shirts featured on the front page of the Accent section of the Arizona Daily Star Oct. 20. Houk is apprenticing at the Star this semester. Two photos of fellow journalism student Cathy McCarthy illustrated the piece.

Jennifer Tramm had her first Page One Accent feature story published in the Arizona Daily Star Oct. 10. The story was on "The Joy of Java."

A journalism student also did well at the ANA competition. Candace Begody placed second in the best sports beat coverage category for a story she wrote while working at the Navajo Times in Window Rock.


September 2007

UA senior journalism major Eric Schwartz wrote an op-ed piece on the value of internships that appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of the Arizona Daily Star. 


June 2007

As seniors, Kate Klein and Karla Gonzalez helped with production of Advancing Arizona, a publication of The University of Arizona Foundation.

Djamila Grossman was featured in the June issue of the National Edition of the Tombstone Epitaph as the first recipient of the Dean Prichard Scholarship. Other student winners mentioned in the article were Nina Conrad, Jeffrey Javier, Courtney Johnson, Meghan Martin, Colin Moore, Ernesto Romero, Nicole Santa Cruz and Allison Winters, who all won William Hattich Awards (named for the former owner of the Epitaph and the Tombstone Daily Prospector). Also cited were Jacqueline Kuder, William Kaner, Robert Watkins and Valarie Potell, winners of the John P. Clum Award (named for the Epitaph's founder).


May 2007

The Arizona Daily Star published on the top of its Sunday front page on May 24 a story written by journalism major Michael McKisson and Star reporter Erica Meltzer, based on McKisson's work in the spring computer-assisted reporting class. For his class project, McKisson acquired sewer smell complaint data from Pima County and found that stinky vapors are spreading farther through Tucson. He interviewed residents and officials to examine the problem and what might be done about it.

Jeanie Bergen will do the traffic report for KOLD 13 May 25 -June 5.

Abby Hood, who graduated in May 2007, has taken a job as a reporter with the Beverly Hills Weekly and will start right away.

Several Feature Writing students had work published this semester. They are Morgan O'Crotty and Neil Critchley, Arizona Daily Star; and Jake Hanes and Stephanie Hall, Inside Tucson Business. The latter two also were asked to freelance for the publication.

Other students also are earning impressive clips. They include: Robert Fonorow, Tucson Weekly; Berenice Rosales, La Estrella; and Krissy Sauter, Nina Padula, Lauren LePage, Allison Hamila, Michelle Jakoby and Joe Pangburn, who provided all the content for Inside Tucson Business' Women of Influence tab.

Alex Lau, Lauren Biskind and Michael Skow all had their stories air the week of May 7 on KUAT-TV's Arizona Illustrated.


March 2007

Roxana Vasquez, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists UA student chapter, has been asked to join Juntos, an advisory council comprising representatives of each UA Chicano/Hispano student organization. Juntos organizations include: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Gamma Alpha Omega, Kappa Delta Chi, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Lambda Theta Phi, Omega Delta Phi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, Club Latino de Arizona, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Business Student Association, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


January 2007

UA students holding internships this semester are getting rave reviews from their "employers." Gawain Douglas at the Tucson Citizen tells the department that the staff at the Citizen is "thrilled" with their interns. Kelly Lewis had the center spread story in a recent Calendar section. In the photo gallery at, photo intern Rachel Nahmias had pictures of the snow day in Tucson and 2007 Senior Olympic Festival. Leslie Newell reports that the Arizona Daily Star staff has been similarly impressed with the performance of apprentices.

Two UA journalism majors were named Chips Quinn Scholars by the Freedom Forum, an Arlington, Va.,-based nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press.

The program is designed to help provide support to emerging print news reporters and to foster diversity in U.S. newspaper newsrooms. The scholars work in internships at daily newspapers throughout the country.

Senior Shawn Smith starts this summer as a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y. The journalism major has also held internships at KOLD-TV and KCUB-AM, both of Tucson. He's a native of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in upstate New York, but grew up in Tucson.

Junior Jeffrey Javier will work as a general assignment reporter with a focus on government and city issues at the Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Pride of Arizona Marching Band and Elevation: Ski and Snowboard Club. Javier also writes for the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

The program is named for John "Chips" Quinn Jr. who was editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal before he died at age 34; he was the son of John Quinn, former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and Loie Quinn.

The Chips Quinn Scholars program has a minimum salary of $500 a week, according to Karen Catone, director of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program.

The Freedom Forum provides each scholar a one-time $500 housing subsidy. Students can use this however they choose. Scholars receive an additional $1,100 upon successful completion of the internship.

The following students were elected officers of the UA student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists: Victoria Tinajero and Nathan Robert Olivarez-Giles, co-presidents; Matthew Scot Andazola, vice president; Ernesto Abel Romero, secretary; and Lorena Barraza, treasurer.

Olivarez-Giles had his story on Tucson's wacky winter weather featured on Page One of the Arizona Daily Star Jan. 22.

Valarie Potell had her feature story on a Tucson gelato shop operated by two UA graduates featured in the Winter 2007 issue of Arizona Alumnus magazine.


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