Student/Alumni Kudos

Aug. 18, 2017

The school's new master's students met faculty and current grad students Aug. 18. Welcome Chris Boan, Matt Brockman, Katie Caldwell, Vivian Colter, Jasmine Demers, Krys Estes, Ava Garcia, Dominika Heusinkveld, Danyelle Khmara, David Martinez, Krissy Obeng, Zeina Peterson, Karissa Pottorff, Dalal Radwan, Alyssa Schlitzer, Chris Stidley, Jessica Suriano and Lauren Trench, and Ph.D. minor students Kate Chisholm and Maria del Mar Navarro.

The school's digital-winning project — reported on by Julia Leon, Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Jenny Hijazi, Erik Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Laskey, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver — was presented at the at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. The project took first place in the Best of Digital Competition in the Individual/Single Class website category. Read a story about the conference.

Danyelle Khmara was hired as a staff writer at the Tucson Weekly, where she has been freelancing and producing cover stories. Khmara is enrolled in the school's Accelerated Master's Program. Read the editor's note about her.

Incoming graduate student, Dominika Heusinkveld, published a science story on Scienceblogs, a highly-regarded science blog network, "NASA team provides free satellite public health data to researchers and communities." She wrote the story in Prof. Susan Swanberg's class last semester.

Gloria Knott, a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star, will continue to freelance food stories for the Star and at Edible Baja. For the Star, she also wrote about a mermaid parade in downtown Tucson.

Jamie Verwys detailed the lack of inspections of the city's splash pads as a summer apprentice at the Arizona Daily Star. She is the opinions editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

Ciara Encinas completed her internship at CBS News in Washington, and got to do a mock news update in the studio. Encinas visited the White House and Capitol, and went on shoots with field producers and reporters. She worked in the Newspath department, editing stories to send out to network affiliates such as Tucson's KOLD.

Ashley Fredde, an intern at Good4Utah in Salt Lake City, received some major air time this summer for her on-air segments about "bath bombs" and "Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats."

Amanda Oien finished her internship at Experience Arizona by doing a piece on indoor skydiving. Among other stories, she did a video piece on  also can watch her video story, "The Bisbee Fly Swatting Contest."

Brenna Bailey, an intern at Arizona Public Media, wrote about a decreasing freshmen class, "UA looks to nontraditional students to offset enrollment losses," on Aug. 8.

Julianne Stanford ('17) accepted a reporting job at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington, where she'll cover the Naval base and shipyard. "If anyone has recommendations for a good pair of rain boots, let me know," she writes on Facebook. Stanford had five internships while at the J-school, including a Pulliam Fellowship. Read earlier stories on her Maggie Award and her internships.

Master's grad Mikayla Mace ('17) received the top student paper award from the Graduate Student Interest Group from Ohio University's Burton Speakman at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago. Mace, now a science reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, presented her paper, “Newspaper Coverage of Mars in the U.S. and the U.K. 2011-2016.”

Jenny Hijazi ('17) presented her master's paper at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago, a collaboration with School Director David Cuillier“Effects of virtual reality news video on transportation, attitudes, fact-recall and intentions to act.”

Steve Choice ('16) presented his master's paper, “Love and courage: Resilience strategies of journalists facing trauma in northern Mexico," at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago.

Bakina Wellars ('17) had his master's paper, "Influence of Foreign News Programs on the International News Agenda of Rwandan Television and Newspapers.” presented by Prof. Carol Schwalbe at the AEJMC Conference in Chicago. Wellars could not attend after being named an acting journalism dean at the Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Rwanda.

Alum Ryan Gabrielson of ProPublica gave insight into Joe Arpaio — and how Gabrielson and alum Paul Giblin won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for revealing that immigration enforcement by Arpaio's office undermined investigations and emergency response.

Alicia A. Caldwell, a UA Comm alum took J-school classes, had her first byline Aug. 9 for the Wall Street Journal, "Arrests at southern border rise for third straight month." She's now an immigration reporter for WSJ, based in Los Angeles, after a 12-year stint at The Associated Press.

La Monica Everett-Haynes ('01) is director of communications services for student affairs at San Diego State University after the former Tucson Citizen reporter left the UA as a senior communications manager.

Michael Chihak ('71), former Citizen publisher, has retired as news director at Arizona Public Media and is teaching Reporting Public Affairs for the UA J-school this fall.

Andrea Kelly ('05), a former Arizona Daily Star reporter, has been promoted to assistant news director at AZPM.

Frank Sotomayor ('66) was the subject of an Aug. 5 column by the Arizona Daily Star's Ernesto Portillo Jr., "1983 project launched new era of Hispanic journalism." Read Sotomayor's e-book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot."