Graduate students Jennifer Hijazi and Kendal Blust have been awarded scholarships through the Online News Association to attend the ONA national conference Sept. 15-17 in Denver.
"I'm looking forward to meeting other VR (virtual reality) journalists and brainstorming how different reporters are using evolving technology for their own storytelling," Hijazi says.
Journalism professor Michael McKisson, who teaches multimedia classes and advises the UA ONA club, will join Hijazi and Blust in Denver.
"I'm thrilled that we will have two student representatives going," McKisson says. "Both of them were instrumental in the projects ONA at UA completed this year."
Hijazi (above, left), a dual master's student in Journalism and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, returned this summer from Lebanon and Egypt, where she worked on her master's project in immersive journalism that includes filming 360-degree views of borders in the Middle East. She received the Innovation Award and Professionalism Award at the UA School of Journalism's annual student awards in May.
Blust received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year, which recognizes the top reporter/journalist in the program, and the Excellence in International Journalism Award. She also captured a prestigious Maggie Award in Los Angeles in May for her story on Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church in the fall 2015 El Independiente.
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