Student/Alumni Kudos

May 19, 2017

Mikayla MaceStephen ChoiceJenny Hijazi and Bakina Wellars had their master's research papers accepted to be presented at the national AEJMC conference in Chicago in August. "We’re 4-for-4 this year," Prof. Carol Schwalbe says. "It’s relatively rare for master’s students to present a paper at a national conference." Mace won first place in her division. Click here for a full story.

Ten students from the school's fall U.S.-Mexico border reporting class placed 16th in the Hearst Team Multimedia Competition Top 20 with their project, "Bordering 110°." Julia Leon, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Camila Dominguez Azua, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Clark Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Eva Laskey, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver compared the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta with help from Profs. Celeste Bustamante and Mike McKisson. It was the school's second Hearst this year, with Maritza Cruz placing 11th with her Arizona Sonora News video, "Shelter me."

In a new website, students from Linda Lumsden's history class posted interviews with 15 Tucson journalists. "Sonoran Desert Journalists" includes anecdotes about covering 9/11 (Ryan Finley), the Gabby Giffords shooting (Christopher Conover), undocumented migrants (Margaret Regan) and the jaguar ‘Macho B’ (Tony Davis). The student interviewers included Nick Cada (Alfredo Araiza), Reina Morrison (Douglas Biggers), Victor Herrera II (Cathy Burch), Ashley House (Conover), Chris Stidley (Davis), Gabrielle Mix (Carmen Duarte), Christian Torres (Joe Ferguson), Fernando Galvan (Finley), Marie Teemant (David Fitzsimmons), CJ D’Innocente (Sarah Gassen), Joshua Steele (Stephanie Innes), Nathan Delfs (Irene McKisson), Elsayed Issa (Todd Miller), Zeina C. Peterson (Regan) and Ashley Mikelonis (Zac Ziegler). Click here for a full story.

Anchors Riley Brown and Spencer Halliday, along with Danielle Fork, Chris Delgado, Andie Milkis, Jamie Hewitt, Cherie Cole, Jamie Lobel and Steph Soto produced the latest "Arizona Cat's Eye." The student-run news broadcast includes stories on the new UA president, local job growth, the UA Campus Pantry and a blind radio DJ, to name a few, plus a promo with alumna and "Today Show" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. Watch the episode. 

Graduate student Anna Mae Ludlum defended her master's project proposal titled "Apologias of the Millennial Generation." Her committee members serving are: Jeannine Relly (chair), Nancy Sharkey, and Renée Schafer-Horton.

At the SBS Convocation at McKale Center, Nick Johnson watched a special message from his sister, who is serving overseas, when he went on stage. Click here for photos. Go here for photos of the SBS grad students' ceremony.

Justin Spears accepted a job with Cox Media Group in Atlanta, covering Pac-12 sports for a new site that will include stories and a podcast. Spears received the Donald Still/Arizona Daily Wildcat award from Student Media adviser Brett Fera at Just Desserts

Student Tobey Schmidt and recent master's grad Kendal Blust each had front-page bylines in the latest Tucson Business and Daily Territorial editions, respectively. Blust, whose "mothers" story is at, works for the Nogales International. Schmidt, whose "YWCA" story is at, starts an internship at Alaska's Skagway News soon.

Pitcher Michelle Floyd, a graduating journalism senior, and the UA softball team won the Pac-12 title yesterday for the first time since 2007. 

Fernanda Echavarri ('07) received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Radio Journalism for "The Strange Death of José de Jesús." Echavarri, of NPR's "Latino USA," worked on the two-part documentary with Marlon Bishop. She will be honored May 23 at Washington's Newseum. Click here to see the winners. Echavarri also was nameda finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for the story.

Jazmine Woodberry ('12) won a prestigious Ragan & PR Daily ACE award for "industry newcomer." Judges in the global communications contest said Woodberry, of Longboard Asset Management in Phoenix and a former Arizona Daily Wildcat reporter/editor, "knew what journalists wanted." Click here to see the awards.

The Kentucky Derby had more UA connections: Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Dan Desrochers, a 2015 J-school grad, and Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Justin Sayers ('14) helped cover the event at Churchill Downs. Trainer Todd Pletcher, a UA Race Track Industry Program grad, won his second Derby with Always Dreaming. 

Lynn C. Elder, a 1976 journalism master's graduate. Lynn, 68, of Naples, Florida, worked as a reporter and copy editor for newspapers in New York and Massachusetts. Later, she wrote fiction, including an autobiographical novel, and several plays and screenplays. Our condolences to her family. Click here to read the obit.