Student Kudos - 2013

December 2013

Allie Dorf had her third story for Wick Communications published Dec. 10: “After the fire: Lingering chemicals can make overhaul time dangerous.” 

Graduate student Melissa Guz defended her thesis, “An Ethnographic Content Analysis on the Portrayals of Muslims in the News Media,” Dec. 9. Her committee members are: Myiah Hutchens (chair), Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, Maha Nassar (MENAS), and Jake Harwood (communication).

Yoohyun Jung’s story on the Mt. Lemmon Sky School aired on Arizona Illustrated Nov. 29.

Corey Poindexter-Ramirez will defend his master’s level professional project, “The Border as Radio: The Arizona/Sonora Border Region as Seen Through Music,” on Dec. 16. His committee members are: Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante (chair), Jim Mitchell and Kim Newton.

Samantha Sais ’11 shot a border wall photo for The New York Times that was named by BuzzFeed as one of the top 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2013. See the image (#12) here.

Four students gave presentations at Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, Dec. 4-5, which were their final projects for the borderlands reporting class, taught by Lisa Button:

  • Christa Reynolds: “Urbanización espontánea: el crecimiento de colonias en Nogales  (Spontaneous Urbanization: The growth of colonias in Nogales).” She created a five-minute video and did voiceovers in Spanish to go with the piece. Reynolds also is the webmaster for the class website, EcoChronicleSonora.com.
  • Brenna Carpenter: “The Border Wall: A multi-tiered map showing restrictions of wildlife and water.” Cinthia Guillen interpreted into Spanish. This layered map showed the ranges of threatened and endangered species as well as where the border fence cuts off those ranges.
  • Cinthia Guillen: “El futuro de la energía removable en la zona fronteriza (The future of renewable energy in the border region).” Power Point presentation.
  • Murphy Woodhouse (took the class in fall 2012): “Hacia una ética de la fotografía fronteriza (Toward an ethic in borderlands photography).” Power Point presentation. Student work is or will be posted on EcoChronicleSonora.com.

Three students were honored Dec. 4 in Jour 203 as winners of the first Drew Gyorke Photojournalism Contest. Corina Gallardo took first place, Kathryn Mailliard won second place and Liza Rubin took third place. Kim Newton coordinated the contest. Read the story here.

Noelle Haro-Gomez has been named a Chips Quinn Scholar for the spring 2014 semester. She will work as a photographer with the Daily Opinion newspaper in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Irene McKisson, a 2003 graduate, was named “Employee of the Year” at the Arizona Daily Star.

Sam McNeil’s article “Environmental crimes run rampant in Tunisia” ran on Al Jazeera’s website Nov. 27. Read it here.

Lorraine Rivera, a 2004 graduate, has been named producer and host of PBS 6’s Arizona Week, AZPM's weekly news and public affairs program. She also will be co-teaching two classes in the School of Journalism in spring 2014.

Michael Schwartz, a 2008 grad, will be a production research intern in the stats and information department at ESPN.

November 2013

Journalism student Katelyn Kennon took first place in the Mark Finley Gold Pen for Best Beginning Newswriter Contest held Nov. 25 in the School of Journalism. Read the full story here.

Sam McNeil took part in the Grad Blitz, an annual event hosted by the Institute for the Environment in which graduate students from across campus present five-minute speed talks on their research findings or display posters. Graduate students studying creative writing, art, and journalism punctuated traditional scientific research talks with creative work that addressed environmental themes. McNeil presented a trailer for his film “A Siege of Salt and Sand,” which addresses climate change in Tunisia.

Nathan Olivarez-Giles, a 2008 journalism graduate, will begin Dec. 9 as a San Francisco-based assistant news editor at the Wall Street Journal. He’ll work with a team re-launching the Journal’s tech page online. Olivarez-Giles also is the Region 8 director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

The last two talks in the SBS Happiness Downtown Lecture Series were covered by graduate students Corey Poindexter-Ramirez and Jason Davis. Poindexter-Ramirez’s article ran in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 8. Davis’ story ran Nov. 15. Each of the five graduate students in Carol Schwalbe’s Science Journalism class covered one of the lectures for the Star.

Ashlie Stewart had an article on the growth of farmers markets in Tucson run in the Nov. 21 issue of Inside Tucson Business.

Kimberly Cain won a $200 travel voucher in the Study Abroad photo contest held on campus this week. Her photo "Make a Wish" won in the Landscape and Nature category. It depicts the Well of St. Patrick constructed in the 1500s by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and was taken in Orvieto, Italy as part of her summer 2013 study abroad trip. Three UA faculty members judged the contest, including Prof. Kim Newton.

Alison Dorf has had another article published as part of her Wick Science Journalism internship. “UA, NASA study infectious disease in space” ran Nov. 11 in the Green Valley News. See:  

http://www.gvnews.com/news/local/ua-nasa-study-infectious-disease-in-space/article_4aa11af8-4b26-11e3-8382-0019bb2963f4.html

Tyler McDowell-Blanken will be attending the Arizona Blue Chip Program’s 2nd annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Nov. 21 with his mentor, Renee Schafer Horton. The Arizona Blue Chip Program is a four-year comprehensive leadership development program designed to build leaders who make a difference. 

Former graduate student Robert Alcaraz shot all the photos for a feature on longtime Tucson bartender Tom Ziegler that ran in the Nov. 7-13 issue of The Tucson Weekly. See: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/tigers-rules/Content?oid=3906699

Julian Ybarra had his photos the Tucson City Council elections celebration run in the Nov. 7-13 issue of The Tucson Weekly. See: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/wide-margins/Content?oid=3906690.

October 2013

Anna Augustowska completed her first TV package for “Arizona Illustrated.” 

Graduate student Steve Choice will be a part-time copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star. 

May graduate Marcella Corona just got hired as a continuous content reporter to cover breaking news updates and crime stories at the Reno Gazette-Journal (owned by Gannett).

Maya Kapoor, a creative writing graduate student in Science Journalism, covered the third talk in the SBS Happiness Downtown Lecture Series. Her story ran in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 1.  Each of the five graduate students in Carol Schwalbe’s Science Journalism class is covering one of the lectures for the Star.

Noelle Haro-Gomez, Amer Taleb, Ashley Powell and Scarlett McCourt talked to Amphi Middle School students about journalism, getting money for college, what college is like and related issues as part of the school’s student recruitment efforts. Sarah Gassen is leading the recruitment visits.

Shea Sorenson was accepted at Mississippi State University to earn a degree in Broadcast Meteorology. It’s a distance-learning program that lasts three years. Shea, who graduates in May 2014, has interned at KOLD and KVOA where she built weather graphics.

Graduate student Susan Swanberg was selected as the Wick Communications science intern for spring 2014.

Anna Augustowska conducted an interview segment on “Arizona Illustrated” that aired Oct. 15 on Arizona Public Media. See: https://ondemand.azpm.org/p/segments/2013/10/15/27665-ua-faculty-members-discuss-science-of-happiness/

Joey Fisher has been offered a Gannett design internship for this summer.

Graduate student Sam McNeil and Professors Maggy Zanger and Leila Hudson from Middle Eastern and North African Studies were awarded a $1,000 Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry grant to purchase video equipment to record interviews with visiting scholars and journalists. The interviews are to be posted to the website of the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflict (SISMEC). The grant's purpose is further both cooperation between the two departments and to increase public outreach about the region and journalism.

Each of the five graduate students in Carol Schwalbe's Science Journalism class is covering one of the lectures in the SBS Happiness Downtown Lecture Series for the Arizona Daily Star. Cathy Rosenberg's article about the kickoff talk ran Oct. 18. See: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/key-to-happiness-is-a-meaningful-life-not-money-ua/article_c5c805b1-a78f-5fd9-8549-9edfead8e515.html. And Kathleen Compton’s story on how compassion can lead to a healthier, happier life ran Oct. 25. See: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/ua-prof-compassion-for-others-can-lead-to-happier-healthier/article_157eab99-12a4-52f0-a461-098faf667cf9.html

Several members of the school’s National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter attended the California Chicano News Media Association’s annual Journalism Opportunities Conference Oct. 24-25 in Los Angeles. Attendees were: Adriana Espinosa, Heidi Jaenicke, Zayro Jimenez, Stefani Quihuis, Arturo Robles, Alex Rodriguez, Alicia Vega and Daniela Vizcarra.

Two UA journalism students got front-page coverage this week. Noelle Haro-Gomez had the cover photo in this week's Tucson Weekly story on drag queens and Caitlin Schmidt had a Page One story in today's Arizona Daily Star on hookah lounges

September 2013

Sami-Jo Roth served as an on-camera reporter for the Department of Public Safety’s News Update Sept. 21. She covered the department's first annual 5K to support survivors of fallen officers and interviewed some of the event organizers and participants on camera.

Carollann Scott helped work the booth at the UA's Meet Your Major fair Oct. 2.

Jason Davis is one of five graduate students selected to receive travel funding to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers in Gainesville, Fla. The other students are from UC Santa Cruz, Imperial College and Yale.

Lauren McCabe Herpich, a 2003 journalism graduate, created a website called Why Not Girl that was featured as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Women by Forbes. 

May 2013 graduate Hope Miller has been hired as an assistant web editor at the CBS affiliate in Anchorage.

The School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies has selected journalism graduate student Shekhah Al-Dosary to be an outreach scholar. See: http://cmes.arizona.edu/outreach/scholars. Sheka founded Al Nadi Al Arabi, which is the first Arabian Club at the UA. The club introduces Americans to the traditions and culture of the Middle East. The club also brings together students from various Arab backgrounds through activities and social events, such as movie nights, concerts and lectures.

Graduate student Hannah Gaber covered a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to Dodge Middle School on Sept.11 for School Transportation News, a trade magazine for the student transportation industry in North America.

Johanna Willett, a May 2013 graduate, was hired as a feature writer at the Arizona Daily Star.

Amer Taleb and Kate Harrison (journalism staff member) served as judges for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 6 Medallion Awards competition Sept. 7. 

Brandon Messick, who graduated in May, is the crime/city reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in Artesia, N.M.

August 2013

Matthew Casey, who finished his degree in journalism this summer, is completing his internship at CNN in Atlanta, then is off to Laramie, Wyoming, to take a reporting job with the Laramie Boomerang. 

Several students are attending the Society of Professional Journalists conference in Anaheim. They include: Fernando Galvan, Mariana Dale, Shahrazad Encinias, Yooyhun Jung, Razanne Chatila, Briana Sanchez and Gabi Diaz. Susan Knight is the group’s adviser.

Courtney L’Ecuyer has accepted a full-time internship with Edelman Public Relations in Seattle. She’ll be working on the account of their largest client, Starbucks.

Meaghan Wallace, a 2010 graduate, has left her job at KREX, Grand Junction, Colo., to become the weekend anchor and weekday reporter at WCSC in Charleston, S.C. She said her internship at KOLD in Tucson, while she was a student, paid dividends since KOLD and WCSC are both Raycom stations.

Brandon "Skip" Messick, who graduated in the spring, has joined the Artesia (N.M.) Daily Press as a staff writer. His first story led the paper's front page. 

Amer Taleb has been named the Arizona Newspapers Foundation's outstanding journalism student scholar. The honor includes a $1,000 scholarship.

Kedi Xia has landed an infographic internship at the Los Angeles Times. He spent the summer at The Arizona Republic, creating graphics for stories such as the Yarnell Hill Fire and the immigration bill.

Students in the International Journalism in Costa Rica program reported from locations throughout Costa Rica on subjects ranging from volcanoes to coffee farming, cattails to caterpillar architecture, women artists to community activists. Stories are posted on EcoChronicle.net and more are in the works. Visit the site to read articles and view photos and videos by Shahrazad Encinias, McKinzie Frisbie, Corina Gallardo, Kelly Juric, Shelby Marra, Jade Nunes, Brenda Puga, Nicole Thill, Kyle Wasson and Caitlin Watters. Lisa Button led the trip.

Though Matthew Casey’s internship with CNN.com officially ended Aug. 7, the news organization asked him to stay on through Sept. 6.

Guadalupe "Litzy" Galarza Pacheco presented a research paper, "Informacion en Peligro de Extincion: Environmental Information Policy about Endangered, Extirpated, and Extinct Species of Large Mammals in Sonora and Chichuahua," on Aug. 5 at the STAR-SRI Colloquium at the UA.  Her project was displayed in a poster session and recognized at an awards ceremony. Galarza, a senior journalism and political science major, was mentored by Kevin R. Kemper. She explored the FOI laws and procedures in Mexico for accessing public information about jaguars. Her participation was part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium, a program sponsored by the UA Graduate School to develop future graduate students.  Galarza and Kemper plan to submit the paper to the International Communication Association in May 2014 in Seattle and then develop into an article for Mexico Law Review.

Brenna Goth took second place in the International Multimedia News Story Contest held by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her story about a radio station in Guatemala was published for the UA School of Journalism's Arizona-Sonora News Service. She'll be honored at the AEJMC convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 8-11. Read the story here.

Sam McNeil has been covering the rallies in downtown Tunis along the famed Avenue Habib Bourguiba where citizens are protesting the current government and demanding justice for the slain Mohamed Brahmi. Follow his coverage at: instagram.com/mcneilstfacebook.com/stmcntwitter.com/stmcneil or his blog: stmcneil.com.

Journalism student Brittny Mejia, who is working as a Chips Quinn scholar at the Oakland Tribune this summer, had bylines on three of the five stories featured on the front page of the metro section Aug. 8. She's also had two A1 stories this summer, has been covering breaking news -- including the potential BART strike -- and has been pitching a lot of her own enterprise stories.

A story about student loans produced by Sami-Jo Roth appeared on the website of PBS. Watch it here.

Journalism students covered a presidential press conference in Costa Rica via Twitter July 30 as part of a Study Abroad class this summer taught by Lisa Button. Student reporters were Nicole Thill, Kelly Juric, Shelby Marra, Caitlin Watters and Kyle Wasson.

Alumnus Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame Aug. 26 as part of the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif. The 1981 UA journalism graduate joined the newspaper in 2007 as editorial page editor and was promoted to editor in 2012. 

July 2013

Amer Taleb is helping produce Don Lemon's weekly box office segment and helped write the script for a story about a New Jersey home invasion and CNN's "The N-Word" special. He’s interning at CNN this summer.

Johanna Willett placed third in the service and information category of the annual AEJMC Magazine Division's Student Magazine Contest. Johanna wrote "Pinning down a niche in Pinterest" when she was an Arizona Daily Star apprentice. This year’s competition attracted 282 entries from 30 universities in the United States and Canada. That is more entries and more universities than have ever entered. Judges for the contest, which included 13 categories, were publishers, editors and writers for consumer and specialized business magazines. ‪

Britain Eakin continues her summer internship with Al-Arabiya in Washington, D.C. So far, she has been able to cover the Guantanamo trial for the accused mastermind of the USS Cole attack, the leak of the NSA surveillance programs, and the results of the Iranian presidential election. Eakin also covered a story that no other media organization had covered - a group of Palestinians is suing some American pro-Israeli settler organizations using the Anti Terrorism Act. This is the first time Palestinians have tried this approach. See her clips at:

Westley Wilkins, who is interning at KGUN 9 Sports, has been editing most pieces for the sports section of the newscast. Some of the stories he has worked on include:

June 2013

Scott Coleman has had several stories published as part of his internship with the Tucson Sentinel:

Emi Komiya just completed the ‪2013 Gannett Talent Development Program Conference at the Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia. She is the only University of Arizona graduate to ever have been accepted and placed in this competitive program and is now working full-time at KPNX 12News in Phoenix, where she interned during her last semester.

Two students have been working hard at internships at CNN in Atlanta. Matthew Casey has two stories published on CNN.com. See: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/27/travel/summer-park-katmai and http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/20/justice/brimfield-police-facebook. And Amer Taleb shadowed a reporter during his field interview with the band Heart, helped write scripts for anchor Don Lemon and monitored social media while Lemon was on air to gauge reactions to his show. 

Sam McNeil’s story on pollution in Gabes, Tunisia, appeared on Al Jazeera’s website June 14. Read it here.

Liz Kruesi, an associate editor with Astronomy magazine, featured graduate student Jason Davis' "great video" about the MMT Observatory on her blog. Davis shot and edited "An evening on top of the world" for the Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Technology class.

UA journalism alum Samantha Sais had a photo of immigrants reuniting with family in Nogales run on Page 1-A, above the fold, in the June 12 New York Times. She also had a Page One photo in the June 11 NYT

Amer Taleb is interning an associate producer for Don Lemon with CNN in Atlanta. He has attended a meeting where CNN President Jeff Zucker discussed story ideas and helped write a script and choose video for Don Lemon's show. Taleb is chronicling his adventures in a daily blog:  http://amertaleb.tumblr.com/

 

May 2013

Alyssa DeMember is interning at Charleston Magazine in South Carolina this summer. She shared that her editing class with Susan Knight “has been really helping me out here.”

Sami-Jo Roth has accepted an internship with PBS Washington Week for the summer.

An article on “The Moth Hunters,” complete with text, photos and video, by graduate student Susan Swanberg, appeared on the Scientific American Guest Blog: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/05/29/the-moth-hunters/. She prepared the project as part of the Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Technology class, taught by Carol Schwalbe, which made an overnight field trip to Biosphere 2 in March. One of the moth hunters, John Palting, was also a student in the multimedia class.

Kristina Bui accepted an offer to join the Los Angeles Times’ Metpro class in September 2013.

Spencer Higgins has started her summer internship with “Entertainment Tonight” in Los Angeles.

Kyle Mittan will be interning at the Montrose Daily Press in Montrose, Colo. The paper is owned by Wick Communications.

Piper Stoeckel took second place in the education reporting category of the Arizona Press Club competition for her story, “Teachers hard to discipline in TUSD,” for the Arizona Daily Star.

Melissa Guz, who spent the spring 2013 semester as an intern with Arizona Capitol Television, created the video for her graduate project. Watch it here.

Noelle Haro-Gomez photographed the Coachella music festival for three days for the Coachella Valley Independent.

Grad student Susan Swanberg's profile of geneticist Ryan Sprissler appeared in the Scientific American Guest Blog. Sprissler is a staff scientist and manager at the UA Genetics Core. Swanberg wrote the story for her Science Journalism class, taught by Carol Schwalbe.

Several students have landed internships outside Tucson this summer:

  • James Callahan - Big Bend Radio, Alpine, TX
  • Matthew Casey - CNN.com, Atlanta, GA
  • Shannon Killy - KKTV News, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Evyn Murray - Universal Sports, Denver, CO

Tucson-area internships include:

  • Scott Coleman and Ryan Revock - Tucson Sentinel
  • Alison Dorf, Derek Evans, Noelle Haro-Gomez and Briana Sanchez - Tucson Weekly
  • Rhiannon Helms - Madden Media
  • Alexandria Myers and Czarina Nafarrate - KVOA
  • Nick Nollenberger - KOLD
  • Brenda Puga - Madden Media
  • Kristina Smith and Westley Wilkins - KGUN

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

Young Composers to show their works

Caliente/Page 38

5/2/13

Courtney L'Ecuyer

Tucson/Region

Raising Hope and Funds

A2/A9

5/1/13

Ashley Powell

Regional

Couple dips into the smoothies business

Northwest/ N12

May 2, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

"All in Timing": 6 tales on power of words

Caliente, K 30-31

May 2, 2011

Check out the full list of student award and scholarship winners from Just Desserts here.

Several students have landed internships this summer:‬‬‬‬

  • Mariana Dale has accepted a paid internship with National Public Radio’s Morning Edition show. She will be interning at NPR West in Culver City, Calif. ‬‬
  • Kristina Bui, Brenna Goth and Kedi Xia have been named 2013 Pulliam Fellows at The Arizona Republic. Bui has been assigned to the copy desk, Goth to watchdog journalism and Xia to graphics.
  • Jessica Dollin, Phoenix New Times.
  • Daniel Desrochers, The Courier-Post in New Jersey.
  • Sarah-Jayne Simon, KTLA5 in Los Angeles.
  • Megan Mohler, KRIS 6 News in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Graduate student Jason Davis has been selected to receive a 2013 UA/NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship. He'll produce a 20-minute documentary that will tell the story of the space race and moon landing from scientists' perspectives. He's the first journalism grad student to receive this fellowship.

Nigar Fatali defended her master’s project titled “March to Oblivion: Alzheimer’s Diaries in Facts and Stories” May 1.

Amer Taleb was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Arizona Press Club.

The UA-SPJ chapter has elected the following officers for 2013-14:

  • President: Razanne Chatila
  • Vice President: Mariana Dale
  • Treasurer: Fernando Galvan
  • Secretary: Mary Rinker
  • Social Media Chair: Casey Knox
  • Activities Chair: Hannah Palaniuk
  • Membership Chair: Destiny Perez

The group’s faculty adviser is Susan Knight.

Former broadcast student, Sandra Westdahl (May '12), has been hired by AZPM for a full-time production technician job.  She starts May 6.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

 

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

Young Composers to show their works

Caliente/Page 38

5/2/13

 

Courtney L'Ecuyer

Tucson/Region

Raising Hope and Funds

A2/A9

5/1/13

 

Ashley Powell

Regional

Couple dips into the smoothies business

Northwest/ N12

May 2, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

"All in Timing": 6 tales on power of words

Caliente, K 30-31

May 2, 2013

April 2013

Journalism student Alison Dorf took first place in the Mark Finley Gold Pen for Best Beginning Newswriter Contest held April 22 in the School of Journalism.The students attended a press conference with Kim Janes, manager of the Pima County Animal Care Center. He spoke about improvements at the county facility and a community steering committee that is working to improve medical care for homeless pets. Janes took questions from the students, who then had one hour to write and complete a news story. Entries were judged by professors Susan Knight, Fred Brock and Sarah Gassen. Dorf wins $1,000 for her first-place story. Second-place finisher Brittney Smith wins $750 and third-place finisher Jordan McMahon wins $500. Each of the competitors, recognized by J205 instructors as being among the promising beginning newswriters of the school, received an engraved pen commemorating the event. Other participants were: Ryan P. Revock, Jordan C. McMahon, Drew N. Gyorke, Lucas M. Della, Julianne E. Boisvert, Michaela L. Kane, Katelyn M. Galante and Yasmin L. Gomez. The contest is named for the late Mark Finley. A graduate of The University of Arizona, Finley was a journalist and assistant for the publisher of Hearst's Boston newspaper for 17 years.

Several students, mostly in Jour 203, are having their photography displayed in the hallways of the School of Journalism. The student photographers are Jessica Ahles, Andrew Cockrum, Mariana Dale, Alison Dorf, Hailey Eisenbach, Malcolm Fuller, Drew Gyorke, Carlos Herrera, Ryan Revock and Briana Sanchez. Kim Newton handled all of the editing, preparing for print and framing of the images.

Graduate student Robert Alcaraz will defend his professional project on Monday, April 29, at 9 a.m. in Room 344. The project, titled, “Love, They Say,” looks at love through case studies. His committee members are Kim Newton, Nancy Sharkey and Terry Wimmer (chair).

Susan Swanberg won two awards in the amateur division of the 2013 Equine Ideal Online Photography Contest. In the wild horse category her Oatman burro image placed fourth, and her wild free-roaming burro received an honorable mention. See the winners at http://www.equinephotocontest.com/winners2013.asp?cat_id=150.

Amer Taleb will be working as a Chips Quinn Scholar while interning with CNN in Atlanta. Before beginning the internship, he will spend a week in Nashville as part of the Chips Quinn training program.

Marcella Corona was named a Chips Quinn Scholar. She will do her internship with St. Paul Pioneer Press this summer.

A story by alumnus Alex Dalenberg was featured in the Pew Research Daily Briefing of Media News April 18: 

Amer Taleb has landed a summer internship with CNN in Atlanta.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente/Features

Tegan, Sara stop in for a sold-out show

April 11, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

Afrobeat! Stand up for beliefs

April 11, 2013

 

Drew McCullough

Metro

"Sailors on WWII-era ship share direct tie to city"

Tucson & Region/Page C1 & C2

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Metro

"Water is hands-on issue"

Tucson & Region/Page A5

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

"Israeli innovations, Tucson ties to be celebrated at Sunday fest"

Caliente/Page 28

4/15/13

Ashley Powell

Regionals

"Pair mark connection of 70 years"

East Side/ ES04- ES05

April 25, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

"Pima County Fair, a nostalgic, adventurous romp, begins today"

Caliente, K 25-26

April 18, 2013

 

Bethany Barnes has landed a job as a courts reporter with the Las Vegas Sun.

Paul Ingram and Amer Taleb were among 24 students chosen nationally for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, taking place in the School of Journalism May 19-June 2. Students were competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times from among a national pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Taleb is a junior who has spent the spring 2013 semester as a D.C. reporter intern for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire covering everything from Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. Ingram is an M.A. candidate in journalism who has worked as a freelance reporter for a number of agencies including Reuters, the Associated Press, and TucsonSentinel. He also has worked as a science writer and photographer for Biosphere 2.

Several journalism students will be honored at the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference in Las Vegas April 12-13 for their writing and photography. They include: Robert Alcaraz, Photo Illustration, “Trash talk,” for the Arizona Daily Wildcat; Cameron Moon, Sports Writing, “Arizona slapping its way to success,” for the Arizona Daily Wildcat; Bethany Barnes, Brenna Goth, & Jessica Canchola, General News Reporting, “Water Woes Drain the Budget,” for The Tombstone Epitaph (Instructor: Terry Wimmer); and Hannah Gaber, Non-Fiction Magazine Article, TransPlans: The Fresh Faces of Transgender Youth, El Independiente. Casey Knox, Aracelia Destiny Perez and Mary Rinker are attending the conference.

Brittny Mejia was just selected as a summer 2013 Chips Quinn Scholar at the Oakland Tribune. Spring 2013 Chips Quinn Scholars from UA Journalism include Serena Valdez (Oakland Tribune) and Kellie Mejdrich (Orange County Register).

Amer Taleb’s last story for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire was published April 12. It was an enterprise story on how anti-Islamic hate-crime rate differs greatly among states. Taleb said it took four months of research, reporting and creating a database from scratch.

The director of The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services resigned and an assistant he hired was fired Wednesday after Arizona-Sonora News Service -- run out of the UA School of Journalism -- reported that the new hire said menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat. Bethany Barnes, the school’s Don Bolles fellow, reported the story.

This summer, Britain Eakin will spend two months interning with Al Arabiya in their Washington, D.C., bureau. Eakin, a dual-degree graduate student, will report for their English-language website, conduct background research for stories, monitor Congressional hearings, White House briefings, State Department briefings, pitch and develop story ideas, and learn how to report and package stories for an international 24-hour TV news network. Eakin also presented a paper April 3 with a panel as part of the annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. The paper, "Agency on Their Own Terms: the Empowerment of Islamist Women in Morocco and Palestine," was presented at the panel called "Intertwined Interests? Islam and Institutions in the Middle East." In addition, fellow dual-degree student Sam McNeil presented "Contemporary Declensionism in Tunisia: Coastalization, Desertification, and Neo-Liberalism in the Capital-Port, the Salt Lake, and the Toxic Gulf" for the panel " Redefining the Land: New Configurations of Space and Technology in the Contemporary Middle East" on April 5.

Two images of burros taken by graduate student Susan Swanberg made the top ten amateur photographs of wild horses in an equine photography contest. She shot the images for an audio slideshow she produced for Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Technology.

The following students provided key assistance in organizing the visit March 27-28 to the UA Journalism School by Ryan Gabrielson, a Pulitzer winner and UA alum: Matt Casey, Razanne Chatila, Casey Knox, Cece Marshall, Aracelia Destiny Perez and Mary Rinker.

Brittny Mejia, Ryan Revock and Amer Taleb have been selected to intern with The New York Times’ Phoenix bureau for fall 2013.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns play The Rock in Tucson April 3

Caliente/pg. 30

3/24/13

 

Scarlett McCourt

Tucson golf program giving kids a way to stay on course

Tucson & Region A2

4/15/13

Drew McCullough

Metro

Tech N9ne, crew of others on label headed for Rialto

Caliente/Page 41

March 21, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

'Wicked' enchants kids, who find it all crazy, cool, awesome

Home and Life, E6

March 24, 2013

Courtney L'Ecuyer

Science

UA-led effort seeks valley fever diagnoses

A1

2/27/13

National pioneer on eating disorders to speak tonight

A5

2/27/13

Health/Medical

New website offers one-stop HIV resource

A1

3/16/13

Tai chi after stroke aids balance, UA study finds

Section: A

3/16/13

Socks for a pressing issue

A1

4/2/13

March 2013

The following journalism majors were invited to apply for Phi Beta Kappa status: Vianca Alicia de la Roca Cao, Brenna Goth, Savannah Martin, Brittny Mejia, Mary Simpson and Katelyn Swanson.

Amer Taleb covered the landmark DOMA and Prop. 8 same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court. He also covered a Senate hearing on the Department of Homeland Security's management improving significantly in the decade since 9/11.

Graduate student Shahrazad Encinias has won a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for the 2013-2014 academic year from the UA Center for Latin American Studies. The fellowship will pay the full cost of in-state tuition and registration at the University of Arizona and provide a $7,500 stipend each semester.  The Center for Latin American Studies administers the federally-funded (Title VI, US Department of Education) FLAS fellowships.

Kyle Mittan had a full-page story run in the March 21-17 issue of The Tucson Weekly on a proposed cell tower going up in a midtown Tucson neighborhood. Read it here.

Amer Taleb had a story he wrote on a couple that worked as interrogators during the Iraq War run on Page One of the Arizona Daily Star March 20. He wrote it for Scripps Howard News Wire. Read it here.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

Run, girls run- this mud race is for women

Caliente/Page 10

Feb. 21, 2013

Corporate frontman goes out on his own

Caliente/Page 10

March 7, 2013

Caliente

Sugar and spice and everything mud

Cover Story/Page 22-23

3/14/13

 

Scarlett McCourt

Sahuarita coach molds kids through caring, discipline

Tucson & Region B5

3/30/13

Drew McCullough

Metro

UA administrator's retirement: Fighting sex trafficking in India

Tucson & Region - A2/A8

March 9, 2013

Ashley Powell

Regional

St. Pat's is a big deal, but not only draw at old-time saloon

Business/ A13-A14

March 16, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

Bewitching time arrives

Caliente, 30-31

March 14, 2013

Features/Caliente

Anniversary of Note

Home and Life, E4

March 17, 2013

Jessie Schwartz, a 2002 UA graduate, has been named a staff editor in the photo department of The New York Times. She worked with The Daily Beast, ABC News and for the past two years, The New York Times, creating visual narratives illustrating major events from the capture of Osama Bin Laden to Hurricane Sandy and from New York Fashion Week to the Presidential Election of 2012.

Dorothy Parvaz, a 1997 UA journalism graduate, has been named the 2013 recipient of the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. Parvaz, a reporter for Al Jazeera's English-language channel in Doha, Qatar, was captured, jailed and interrogated for 19 days while covering the civil war in Syria. The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage will present Parvaz with the medal during a ceremony in the fall. Details: http://uanews.org/blog/ua-alumna-captured-journalist-receive-medal.

Graduate students Paul Ingram and Murphy Woodhouse were winners in the 2013 Eye on the Environment photo contest sponsored by the Institute of the Environment. Ingram won for Best Engineering and Design for Sustainability and Woodhouse won for Best Governance and Policy (and Best in Show). Check the images here.

Austin McEvoy had a story on a UA hand surgeon published in Tucson Sentinel. Read it here

Michelle Monroe, a 2012 graduate of the School of Journalism, joins the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix as a copy editor on March 25.

Amer Taleb covered a Senate hearing for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire on tax reforms that can reduce the deficit: http://www.shfwire.com/node/7536.

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Caliente

UA alum return for show tonight at Congress

Caliente...Tuned In- Blog

2/21/13

Drew McCullough

Metro

Students learn to save our precious rainwater

Tucson & Region A2, A9

Feb. 19, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

ChamberLab will 'jam it out'--up close and personal--Sunday

Tucson & Region, A8

Feb. 23, 2013

PCC's 'itching like a man on a fuzzy tree' 

Caliente, Page 19

Feb. 21, 2013

Traditions of native art unite here

Caliente, Page 8, 9

Feb. 21, 2013

 

February 2013

Amer Taleb covered the Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of collecting DNA: http://www.shfwire.com/node/7501

Several journalism students covered the Tucson Rodeo and had their images featured in the Tucson Weekly.  Photographers included Drew Gyorke, Yoohyun Natividad and Briana Sanchez. Alison Dorf, Jessica Ahles and Cecilia Alvarez were among the National Press Photographers Association and UA Sports Journalism Club members who attended the rodeo with Professors Kevin Kemper (sports journalism adviser) and Kim Newton (NPPA adviser).

Graduate student Susan Swanberg's essay entitled "Cochise Stronghold" was accepted for publication in the spring 2013 issue of The Blue Guitar magazine, which is a project of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. This story is about Susan's adopted daughter, Dana, and their discovery (after the adoption) of her Native American heritage. The story describes the history of the Apache, Susan's relationship with Dana, and her travels in Arizona and New Mexico to places of significance to the Apache. Susan wrote the essay for Jay Rochlin's Feature Writing class.

Here's part of the acceptance letter from Becca Dyer, the editor of The Blue Guitar magazine: "Wow, Susan! Your essay is absolutely incredible — so powerful and moving! I have to say, I feel so very honored that you have thought of us and have submitted to us! :)

"We want to publish you in our Spring Issue if you are still amenable! You have totally made my day, indeed my decade! You have totally made this Spring Issue something special! :)"

Graduate student Jason Davis, who is the school’s Wick Communications science intern for the spring 2013 semester, wrote a story on Rosemont Copper for the Green Valley News. He also produced the info graphic. Read the story here.

Amer Taleb photographed President Obama and covered the Medal of Honor ceremony Feb. 11 for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. The two stories he wrote about the Medal of Honor were published this week:

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published:

Scarlett McCourt

Regional

Soccer team scores big higher-ed goal

Feb. 14, 2013

 

Urban fishing: a lot of people are hooked 

Northwest 10/11

2/28/13

Drew McCullough

Metro


UA's Olympia club all about thinking, debating, exploring

(Note: Two students in the intellectual club are honors students in Jour 105: Daniel Olitzky and Raymond Sanchez

Front section/Page A1, A4


Feb. 9, 2013

Ashley Powell

Regional

Lodgings with rustic view

Business/ A13-A14

Feb. 9, 2013

Johanna Willett

Features/Caliente

'Love Song': What better on a date night? 

Jan. 31, 2013

 

Sami-Jo Roth will be covering the President’s State of the Union with Time Warner Cable Feb. 12. She’s in Washington as part of the Fund for American Studies, which involves taking classes at George Mason University’s D.C. location and interning either in journalism or with Congress. 

Arizona Daily Star apprentices have had the following stories published:

Rachel Cabakoff

Couple relay a healthy way to set pace for Valentine’s

Feb. 7, 2013

Eat. Play. Celebrate Year of Snake

Feb. 7, 2013

Johanna Willett

Calif. Poet laureate helps people find distinctive voice

Feb. 3, 2013

 

January 2013

Britain Eakin has accepted a summer internship with Al Arabiya in Washington, D.C.

Amer Taleb had two stories published the week of Jan. 28, 2013, as part of his internship as a reporter with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. They are:

 

Christa Reynolds’ final multimedia project on buffelgrass was featured in the “Friends or Ironwood Forest” newsletter.

Amer Taleb had three stories published  the week of Jan. 14, 2013 as part of his internship as a reporter with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. They are:

He also filed these stories as part of inauguration coverage:

See his inauguration photo gallery at: http://shfwire.com/node/7354

Sami-Jo Roth and Amer Taleb are covering the presidential inauguration Jan. 21. Roth was selected for the Fund for American Studies, which involves taking classes at George Mason University’s D.C. location and interning either in journalism or with Congress. Her internships are with Time Warner’s D.C. bureau and with CBS News. Taleb is an intern with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. A story on their coverage of the inauguration ran on the website of KVOA.

The StarNet editor's blog features a mini-documentary on light pollution in Arizona by graduate student Jason Davis.

Jacob Hazzard, a journalism major and walk-on to the men’s basketball team, was featured on the front page of the sports section of the Jan. 16 issue of the Arizona Daily Star.

A photo of a free-range cow in prickly pear taken by graduate student Susan Swanberg will appear in the latest edition of the textbook The Economy of Nature. The textbook will be published in August.

Amer Taleb is interning with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. He is a D.C. reporter, covering everything from politics to metropolitan issues. His first article, about U.S. reconstruction failures in Afghanistan, is scheduled to be published Jan. 11.

Graduate student Jason Davis wrote a story about a program designed to show caregivers what Alzheimer's patients experience every day. "Walking awhile in their shoes" appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 1, 2013. Read it here.

Emi Komiya has been offered a spring internship at KPNX in Phoenix. 

Three more Q&As appeared on the SBS Research Institute website as part of a collaboration between SBSRI and the Science Journalism class to feature social science researchers:

  • Brandon T. Bishop spoke with Dr. Sonia Shiri, the UA’s Middle East language programs coordinator, about her innovative work to bring Arabic fluency into the reach of any college student.
  • Tyler Stenzel interviewed Eric Heffter, an anthropology graduate student, about excavating archaeological sites in Europe, Iceland and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
  • Jose Serrano learned about Dr. David Gilman Romano's excavation of a sanctuary said to be one of the birthplaces of Zeus, in Arcadia, Greece.