Oct. 4, 2018, e-Cursor: County honors J-school; Zenger tickets still available; Pizza & Portfolios; "All the President's Men, Steller at Loft.

Chairman Richard Elías and the Pima County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October "Freedom of the Press Month" and honored the UA School of Journalism for its "vital role in training those who report the news."

Elías presented the framed proclamation to undergraduate student Pascal Albright, an Arizona Daily Wildcat editor, at the Sept. 18 board meeting.

Also recognized (from left) were Profs. Michael McKissonSusan SwanbergSusan Knight, Rogelio Garcia, Kim Newton and Celeste González de Bustamante, Director Carol Schwalbe and Arizona Daily Star reporter and adjunct instructor Joe Ferguson ('06).

Part of the proclamation reads:

"Whereas, the University of Arizona School of Journalism educates young people who aspire to be journalists and emphasizes that reporting on public affairs is fundamental to the practice of American journalism; and

"Whereas, the UA School of Journalism's mission is 'to provide future journalists with the intellectual training and professional skills necessary to gather, evaluate, organize and disseminate information in a way that enables citizens to participate in a democratic society in a meaningful way.' "

Knight coordinated the proclamation with Elías. Students from the school's Reporting Public Affairs (RPA) class have been covering county board meetings for five decades. 

"Many of you have seen our students here over the years," she told supervisors and audience members. "We value teaching public affairs reporting, which is the cornerstone of our program."

Elías' family published the Spanish-language newspaper El Tucsonense for more than 60 years.

"We’ve had a lot of discussion in this country about Freedom of the Press. We wanted to make sure we commented on it as well," Elías told the audience. "It’s particularly important to me."

Elías turned to faculty and said, "All these folks are working to train young people to become journalists. I'm very proud of them."

See more photos from the proclamation event.

Read El Tucsonense, which has been digitized by UA Library's Special Collections.


Friday, Oct. 5
Professors David Cuillier and Jeannine Relly (moderator) will be part of the inaugural UA Debate Series' free event, “Your Government: Rights to Information,” at 6 p.m., at McClelland Park, Room 103, 650 N. Park Ave. 

Saturday, Oct. 6
Family weekend. Open house for parents, 10 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 12

Zenger Award for Press Freedom reception and dinner honoring Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, 5:30 p.m., Westward Look Resort, Sonoran Ballroom, 245 E. Ina Road. Tickets

Friday, Oct. 19
Fall Internship Fair, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Homecoming weekend.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Journalism on Screen, "All the President's Men," 2 p.m., Loft Cinema, 3221 E. Speedway.

• Professor Susan E. Swanberg will receive the 2018 Rising Scholar Award from the American Journalism Historians Association this weekend in Salt Lake City. Story
• Student Simon Asher and Prof. Michael McKisson did the drone photography for AZPM stories on a local marathoner and monsoon mushrooms. Go to reportingservices.
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Panel, profs attend 
Pizza & Portfolios

Students received job tips from professionals and professors at the Oct. 3 Pizza & Portfolios, organized by internship coordinator Renée Schafer Horton (left).

Jordan Glenn ('17, center), a marketing producer for KOLD-TV, and alum Dylan Smith (right), editor of the Tucson Sentinel, were on the panel with senior editor Debbie Kornmiller and reporter Curt Prendergast ('11, M.A.) of the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Public Media news director Andrea Kelly ('05) and KOLD-TV sports anchor Damien Alameda.

Profs Susan Knight
Nancy SharkeyMaggy Zanger, Rogelio Garcia and Kim Newton reviewed students' resumes and portfolios.

Read more from Schafer-Horton and the internship and job listings.  

Public can still buy
Zenger tickets

Tickets to see renowned Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui are available until Wednesday at 10 p.m. through this secure site from the UA Foundation.

She will receive the school's Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Friday, Oct. 12, at Tucson's Westward Look Resort's Sonoran Ballroom, 245 E. Ina Road. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.

You can buy tax-deductible tickets or sponsor a student for $85, with proceeds going toward student reporting projects and travel.

Aristegui was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2017 by Fortune magazine. She has spent 20 years reporting on suspected cases of high-level corruption as a radio host and CNN en Español anchor. Read full story.

'All the President's Men' at Loft series  

The school's Journalism on Screen series enters its fourth season with a screening of “All the Presidents Men” on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at The Loft Cinema.

Afterward, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller will talk about the film, reporting and democracy with moderator Jim Nintzel, editor of the Tucson Weekly and a former J-school adjunct instructor.

Director Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into a 1976 film with Robert Redford (Woodward) and Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein). 

Click here to read more about the Journalism on Screen series at the Loft, 3233 E. Speedway, and click here for more information on the film and to see the trailer.

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