June 7, 2019, e-Cursor: Who are the school's top students? 17 journalists added to podcast archive; students land internships, jobs; faculty accolades.

RECENT GRADUATES (from left): Ground — Zeina Cabrera-Peterson, Victor Garcia, Erin Thomson, Robby Leaño, Jordan Williams, Dalal Radwan, Alexis Richardson, Kristan Obeng. First step — Carsyn Currier, Olivia Jackson, Micheal Romero. Second step — Zach Ogden, Marissa Heffernan, Jasmine Demers, Alexander Gonzalez, Caryn Vieira, Hector Ponce, Alex Eschelman, Jessica Suriano, Ava Garcia, Ambur Wilkerson. Third step — April Lanuza, Nick Meyers, Eddie Celaya.


Jasmine DemersMarissa HeffernanAlec White and Jessica Suriano captured top honors at the University of Arizona School of Journalism’s 53nd Just Desserts student awards celebration at the Arizona Historical Society.

Demers, a graduating master's student, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year, which recognizes the top reporter/journalist in the program, from Professor Michael McKisson (at right).

She was an apprentice reporter at the Arizona Daily Star, writing several cover stories for "Caliente," and was editor-in-chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Demers also defended her master's project, "42 Repeats: A Family's Multigenerational Battle with Huntington's Disease," which includes an emotional video. See it at

Heffernan captured the Sherman R. Miller 3rd Award for Outstanding Senior. At the Arizona Daily Star, she was the NASA Space Grant Intern and an apprentice reporter, producing multiple front-page science and news enterprise stories.

White, a broadcast student, received the Brewster P. Campbell Award for Outstanding Junior. He was sports editor at the Arizona Daily Wildcat and landed an internship this summer at Fox Sports Arizona.

Suriano was named the Outstanding Graduate Student. Her master's project, "Prove It," focused on the social and institutional factors contributing to sexual assault on campus. She was a Pulliam Fellow at the Arizona Republic last summer.

Full story, with all winners
• Photo gallery by Nick Smallwood
• 2019 Just Desserts program 
• Video of ceremony

In a ceremony at an earlier faculty/staff meeting:

• (Left) Assistant Professor Susan E. Swanberg won the Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award, in which students nominated professors and an outside committee voted on the winner.

• (Right) The inaugural Carol and Cecil Schwalbe Staff Award for Outstanding Service went to Gladis Tolsa, a custodian with UA Facilities Management.

Saturday, June 8
Closing ceremony, Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, 1-2:30 p.m., UA Main Library Information Commons, Room 112. Watch on Facebook Live

Monday, Aug. 26
Fall semester begins.

Friday, Sept. 20
Zenger Award for Press Freedom reception and lunch, 11:30 a.m., Marriott University Park, honoring Christiane Amanpour of CNN. Tickets and story

• Retired J-school Professor Edith Sayre Auslander ('61) received the UA Foundation's Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award. Details


• Professor William Schmidt is serving as a guide and tour leader for a New York Times-sponsored travel tour of the Canyons of the Southwest. Details
• Tampa Bay Times reporter Bethany Barnes ('13 M.A.) is running for the board of the Investigative Reporters & Editors. She's also a finalist again for the Livingston Award, which honors journalists under the age of 35.

• Diana Steffen (’03), a Phoenix lifestyle blogger, photographer and graphic designer, was featured in a UA Alumni Association story, "How to turn your hobby into a career." 

Student/alumni and 
faculty and staff kudos
More news
e-Cursor archive

Podcast site adds
17 journalists 

Students in Professor Linda Lumsden's History of American Journalism 
class produced 17 more oral histories, giving the Sonoran Desert Journalists website 32 podcasts. Added were

• KJZZ-FM reporter Kendal Blust ('16 M.A.)
• Former Arizona Daily Star photographer Mike Christy ('11)
• Arizona Republic reporter John D'Anna
• Planetary Society's 
Jason Davis ('14 M.A.)
• Former Tucson Weekly editor Mari Herreras
• Star senior editor Debbie Kornmiller
• Arizona Public Media 
host Tom McNamara
• AZPM reporter Nancy Montoya
• Cochise County Record 
publisher Lupita Murillo
• Tucson Weekly editor Jim Nintzel
• Retired Star "La Estrella" editor Ernesto Portillo
• Music journalist Linda Ray
• AZPM's "Arizona 360" host Lorraine Rivera ('04)
• KVOI sports host Steve Rivera
• Star sports reporter Justin Spears ('17)
• Former CNN anchor Lou Waters
• KVOA videographer Edgar Ybarra

Summer interns, grads start work

Students fanned out across the state and country for summer internships, while several recent graduates landed full-time jobs.

Rocky Baier, Ava Garcia and Kristen Obeng are interns at the Arizona Republic. Garcia is one of 28 national Summer 2019 Chips Quinn Scholars.

Broadcast digital interns include (photo above) Alec White and Savannah Hughes with Fox Sports Arizona.

Apprentices at the Arizona Daily Star include Ty Hudson, Mark Lawson, Vanessa Ontiveros, Griffen Riley and Jesse Tellez.

Among 2019 grads getting jobs were Eddie Celaya, Arizona Daily Star opinion writer; Carsyn Currier, KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon; Jasmine Demers, Star science reporter; Marissa Heffernan (Longview, Washington) Daily News education reporter; and Olivia Jackson, KGUN-TV in Tucson.

Summer internship list
Celaya's Star column
UA's CHIPS scholars

Faculty members
earn honors   

Professor Susan Knight will work on C-SPAN's social media desk this summer in Washington, D.C.

Knight is one of six visiting professors awarded social media fellowships from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante is part of a subgroup of researchers who will look at press freedom in Latin America as part of the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS). She will lead the Costa Rica study and help with the Mexico study. Last month, she attended a WJS workshop in Miami and a National Science Foundation workshop on social cybersecurity and disinformation in Washington, D.C.

Earning promotions at UA were Director Carol Schwalbe (full professor), Kim Newton (full professor of practice) and Michael McKisson (associate professor of practice).

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