March 3, 2017 e-Cursor: Cuillier offers strategies in Trump era; student covers Oscar snafu; professor goes to S. Korea; school has new promotional video.

The battle waged between President Donald J. Trump and the media is creating historic opportunities for student learning and faculty research at the UA School of Journalism.

School Director David Cuillier, whose research, service and teaching focuses on press freedom, has been busy this past month, wrapping up a study for the Knight Foundation on the state of freedom of information where he surveyed and interviewed more than 300 journalists and experts. The report will be released March 12.

“One reporter told me it’s going to be a ‘backyard brawl’ and he was right,” Cuillier said. “This is an amazing opportunity for students and the public to see just how important journalism is for democracy.”

Cuillier recently provided advice for reporters in a Quill magazine article, “Trump to make FOI great again” (pages 19-20). He lists 10 ways journalists can “push back at all levels of government, whether covering the White House or town hall.”

"Frankly, we're starting to see press oppression. Journalists are being singled out just for doing their jobs," Cuillier said at FOIA Fest in Chicago, where he was the keynote speaker on Feb. 25. He also wrote a Feb. 26 column for the Arizona Republic:  "Trump's attacks on the media attack us all" and an IRE Journal column, “Pro se power: How to sue for public records on your own” (pages 32-33).

Cuillier (center, in photo above) and Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller analyzed journalism in the Trump era in a Feb. 17 PBS 6 television interview with Arizona Public Media’s Lorraine Rivera (8:45 mark). Cuillier, on the Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, is former SPJ national president and co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

“The current state of national affairs illustrates just how important the school is for training dedicated, skilled and ethical journalists,” Cuillier said. “We continue to do that every day, as we have for 66 years. It doesn't matter who is president – journalists are there to shine light in dark recesses and provide people information they need to self-govern. If there is any time for journalists to bear down, it is now.”

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Sunday, March 5

Journalism on Screen at The Loft: "The Killing Fields," 2 p.m.; Q&A with former N.Y. Times foreign correspondent Craig Whitney and UA adjunct Joe Sharkey. The two served in Vietnam together. Tickets & info
March 11-12
Tucson Festival of Books, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., UA Mall. Go here for details.
Thursday, May 4
Just Desserts student awards ceremony, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Arizona Historical Society.

'Finding Oscar' panel
The Center for Border & Global Journalism hosted a screening Feb. 22 of "Finding Oscar," a Steven Spielberg-backed documentary about a 1982 massacre in Guatemala. Watch the director and a panel discuss the film.

Also ...
Watch our Journalism on Screen Q&A with former "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman and N.Y. Times lawyer David McCraw at The Loft.

Read alum Yoohyun Jung's recap of sensor journalism training at News Hack Arizona.

See photos from border safety training in Nogales.

Check out our 2016 Cursor alumni magazine.

New video to help recruit J-students

With narration from student Stephanie Soto, 2014 master's alum Anna Augustowska produced an engaging promotional video about the UA School of Journalism for the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Watch the video, which includes students' visits to Mexico and Canada, on the school's Youtube channel. It will be placed on the school's home page soon.

"It makes me want to go back to journalism school and do it all over again!" said Jo Marie Barkley, a 1986 graduate and a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council.

Soto works part-time at KOLD TV, where she helped the station develop an Spanish news app.

Professor Newton returns to S. Korea

Professor Kim Newton left Thursday for a two-week trip to South Korea to participate in a documentary for the 30th anniversary of the country's democracy movement.

A broadcasting company invited Newton after discovering a 1987 U.S. News & World Report photo he took of students holding a picture of Lee Han-yeol, a student killed in the uprising.

He says the film will focus on a riot police officer, a student and Newton, "discussing my views as a foreign photojournalist during the uprising and my impressions as they relate to today’s democratic situation and impeachment of their current president."

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TMZ intern Brodsky covers Oscar snafu

Senior Madison Brodsky (right), an intern at TMZ and TooFab, covered the Oscars on Feb. 26 and interviewed celebrities after the Best Picture

Brodsky also interviewed Elton John for a story on his Oscar viewing party's chef.

In all, Brodsky says she has published more than 50 articles for the TMZ or TooFab websites — including the article that broke the news of Mary Tyler Moore's death. She also has created numerous photo galleries and videos.

Brodsky also did interviews with Robin Givens (Mike Tyson's ex-wife) about her role in the CW's Riverdale; "This is Us" star Chrissy Metz; and Ice Cube for the premiere of "Fist Fight."

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