Student Spotlight

Tarquinio, Verwys capture 2019 AEJMC magazine awards

Shayne Tarquinio’s profile of the Raging Sage coffee shop captured first place nationally in the 2019 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Student Magazine Contest in the specialized business category. Also, 2019 graduate Jamie Verwys' story on lower salaries for women in university leadership roles took first place nationally in the investigation and analysis category.

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Albright, Sinek win 2018-19 Finley news writing awards

Pascal Albright and Quincy Sinek captured the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the J-school's best beginning news writing contest for fall 2018 and spring 2019, respectively. James Parisi and Aiya Cancio finished second, and Jamie Donnelly and Seth Markowski placed third in the contests. The 22 competitors, selected by their JOUR 205 instructors, interviewed Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and wrote a news story. 

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Adrian captures fall 2018 Gyorke photo contest

Kasey Adrian took first place in the fall 2018 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her image of a student walking by a neon cactus at the Main Library. Alana Minkler captured second place with a photo of a rock climber on Mount Lemmon, while Karyme Cuadras finished third with an portrait of a local tattoo artist. The contest featured 11 student finalists from Professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 photography class. The award is endowed by the family of Drew Gyorke, a UA photojournalism student who died in 2013. 


Cruz selected as Chips Quinn Scholar

Maritza Cruz, a 2018 graduate, was named a 2018 Summer Chips Quinn Scholar and will intern at the Bay Area News Group in San Jose. "I’m so excited for this amazing opportunity," she said. "I look forward to learning more about video journalism." Cruz, an apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, won a Hearst multimedia award last year for her Arizona Sonora News Service video on homeless youth, "Shelter me."

List of past UA students in Chips Quinn Scholar Program.

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Favorite stories/moments of 2017

J-school students Carmen Valencia, Saul Bookman and Stephanie Soto talk after the 2017 Just Desserts awards ceremony.

Immigrant possessions disappear during deportation 

Arizona Sonora News Service published Jorge Encinas' story for his master's project, "Confiscated and Missing: A flawed process fails to return migrants’ possessions.” Encinas received his master's degree in December 2016 and then landed an internship with NPR's Code Switch team in Washington.

Here's the beginning of his story:

"On a warm day in September, a young man sits in a soup kitchen on the Mexican side of Nogales. He has just been deported from the United States without his belongings. Here at the comedor, he is surrounded by more than 30 others who have also been deported and are in need of assistance to get home.

"Luis, who was only willing to give his first name, is 24 years old and unsure of what awaits him when he returns to his hometown. Still wearing the identifiable prison release uniform, a light blue shirt and blue jean pants, Luis just finished serving almost 16 months in an Arizona prison.

"When he was released from detention and returned to Mexico, Luis was missing two smart phones, clothing, $200 and his Mexican identification card."

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Taking flight: Drone project prepares students for jobs 

Finding new ways to tell a story — from hundreds of feet in the air — students used drone videography and 360-degree virtual reality to compare security in U.S. border regions along Mexico and Canada.

It’s all part of the School of Journalism’s push to make sure students have the digital training needed when they go for an internship or job.

“When students look for jobs, not many will be able to say what these students can: ‘I worked with a drone and other technology, and I went two borders and covered this very important issue of migration and security,’ ” said Associate Professor Celeste González de Bustamante.

Her “Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” class — with help from Professor Michael McKisson — compared the border areas of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, with those of Sweet Grass, Montana, and Coutts, Alberta. During the fall 2016 semester, students spent Mondays in Nogales and traveled on a five-day trip to Canada, using drone footage, photography and audio to bolster their reporting on the project.

“This trip was the best experience ever,” said Karen Cruz-Orduña, who went to Canada along with Genesis Lara, Amanda Oien, Maritza Dominguez, Brenna Bailey, Jenny Hijazi and Julia León.

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Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest 

Tobey Schmidt captured first place in the fall 2015 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her picture of a rock climber on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle on Mount Lemmon.

The contest features 12 finalists each from the fall and spring semesters of professor Kim Newton's JOUR 203 class. The current 12 images hang on the J-school hallway wall in front of Newton's office 327 (third floor, Marshall Building, 845 N. Park Ave.). Gyorke, an adventurer and aspiring photojournalist at UA, died his junior year in a May 2013 car accident. The endowed award named after him recognizes the best beginning photojournalism students.

Explore Student Contributions 

One hallmark of our program is that every student must work on one of the news media produced by the school for real communities.

These news media include two newspapers with dedicated websites; two online magazines; a video newsmagazine; and Arizona-Sonora News Service, a service that offers readers and media outlets the best journalism being produced by students in the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Samples of student work:

"Couple tunes into the town's soulful touch"

Delbert Roach had to bite his tongue when his dad surprised him with a musical instrument one afternoon in 1945.

"Coffee and Vibes Brew at Cafe Aqui"

It is 1995 in Guatemala and the winter chill is setting into the pitch-black night. Oliver Ray lies amidst a wild coffee bean orchard outside of Lake Atitlán.

"College Republicans Set Up Memorial To Border Patrol Agents"

If you walked along the mock-border wall during Immigration Week last week, you would have seen that most of the exhibits were very anti-wall. Most took a pro-immigration status––one even questioned how large, migratory animals could survive with their habitat divided––but the consensus was pretty clear: tear down the wall. Late Tuesday night, however, another exhibit was put up.

"Patagonia flute maker spreads music worldwide"

For Odell Borg, one of the most elusive qualities of a good flute is consistency. “Nowadays, when you’re playing with other instruments, be it guitar, piano or any other instrument, it has to be in a certain key,” said Borg, owner and chief craftsman at High Spirit Flutes in Patagonia.