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 McKisson, Susan Swanberg, Susan 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.