Dec. 5,  2017 e-Cursor: Year-end giving: Send a student on a reporting trip; UA J-school grads happy, poll shows; Finley contest winners; Loft series continues.

More than ever, we need to fight for quality investigative journalism and the right for people to know what their government is up to — locally and nationally. If you believe in the power of journalism education, make a difference with a year-end gift.

Give to the UA School of Journalism to help pay for reporting projects and trips, such as the one above to El Paso/Ciudad Juárez. Grad students traveled with Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante and Anthropology Prof. Linda Green to work on multimedia stories comparing the border there with Nogales.

Click HERE to make your tax-deductible donation to the journalism general gift fund. Or make a check payable to "UA Foundation/Journalism" and send it back in the postage-free envelope provided in the middle of your 2017 Cursor alumni magazine. Or mail to: UA School of Journalism/P.O. Box 210158B/ Tucson, AZ 85721-0158.

To have your gift included as a 2017 donation, envelopes ideally should be postmarked by
Dec. 18. A gift via credit card must be made by
Dec. 31 for 2017 tax purposes.

Check out the other ways to help students and faculty, including the Jacqueline Sharkey Watchdog Journalism Fund, and Hugh and Jan Harelson Operations Endowment (the Harelson family will match your donation 1-to-1!), as well as planned giving in our Journalism Forever campaign.

• Check out our Fall 2017 Cursor alumni magazine.

Friday, Dec. 15

Winter commencement for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2 p.m., Centennial Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
First day of spring classes.

Sunday, Feb. 18
Journalism on Screen: "Secretariat" (time pending) and Q&A with N.Y. Times sports correspondent Joe Drape, Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway.

Saturday, April 7
School of Journalism Hall of Fame induction brunch and ceremony, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UA's Center for Creative Photography. Look for ticket info in January's e-Cursor.

Friday, May 11

Commencement ceremony, TBA 

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Gallup: UA J-school graduates happy   

Compared to other college graduates, University of Arizona journalism majors are happier socially, feel better prepared for life, are more likely to get jobs, and are more appreciative of the professors who inspired them, according to a national study this year by Gallup.

Gallup surveyed more than 4,200 UA alumni who received a bachelor’s degree between 1949 and 2016, and compared
those results to graduates nationally.

Overall, UA grads reported more positive outcomes than other universities’ graduates, and the 97 journalism majors included in the sample expressed even more appreciation for their degree – and greater success in finding jobs after graduation.

• Read full story here.

Baier wins Finley writing contest

Rocky Baier captured
the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the UA School
of Journalism's fall 2017 best beginning news writing contest on Nov. 28.

Zachary Ogden placed second and Owen Zerambo finished third. Seventeen JOUR 205 students were selected for the contest. Baier will receive $1,000 in scholarship money, followed by Ogden with $750 and Zerambo with $500.

All 17 participants will receive engraved pens.

Students had an hour to write a story after a talk and interview session with Richard Elías, a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

• Click here to read more.

• Click here to see past winners.

Loft series sees 300 attend 'Obit,' Q&A

Prof. Nancy Sharkey interviewed Bruce Weber, a retired obituary writer for The New York Times, after a packed house of 300 watched "Obit" on Dec. 3 at The Loft Cinema.

Click here to see a video of the Q&A.

It was the third-largest crowd in the Journalism on Screen series, ranking behind "Citizenfour" with Glenn Greenwald and "Selma" with Diane McWhorter. Prof. Bill Schmidt is the co-organizer of the series.

Next up is "Secretariat" on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 (time TBA). Joe Drape, a N.Y. Times sports correspondent, will talk about how the press has covered the horse racing industry over the years, and what has changed.

• Click here for more info about the film series.

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