March 7, 2019, e-Cursor: Loft series hits milestone; students shine at Star; preserving diverse voices part of UA Libraries event; Ervin memorial March 9.

Journalism on Screen, the school’s film series that uses movies to explore the challenges and perils facing journalists everywhere, marks a milestone on March 17 when it hosts its 20th movie and post-film discussion at Tucson’s Loft Cinema.

“Witnesses to Democracy,” a documentary that examines the pro-democracy movement in South Korea, will be shown at 2 p.m., followed by a post-film discussion on stage with Professor Kim Newton, who was a photojournalist based in Asia at the time of the uprising. Man jin-Kim, the film's director, and UA East Asian Studies professors also will be on stage.

Newton is featured prominently in the film. In June 2017, he delivered a framed copy of an iconic image of student protesters during the 1987 democracy uprising to South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

The series’ fourth season will conclude April 14 with the 2 p.m. screening of “State of Play” as part of a program marking the 10th anniversary of the closing of the Tucson Citizen, the city’s longtime afternoon paper. A panel of former Citizen reporters and editors will discuss the film, starring Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams, and among other things, talk about what it means to a community when it loses one of its daily newspapers.

Jeff Yanc, program director at The Loft Cinema, which co-sponsors the series with the School of Journalism and others, praised the series.

“Journalists are the real heroes today,” said Yanc, who regularly helps introduce the films. He describes Journalism on Screen as one of his “favorite programs at The Loft.”

Journalism on Screen was launched in fall 2015 by Professors Nancy Sharkey and William Schmidt, who were longtime journalists at The New York Times before joining the J-School faculty. The series is also sponsored by The Times, the Arizona Daily Star, the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Arizona Daily Wildcat/UA-TV3 and the Arizona Inn, the local landmark that contributes lodging for series’ guests. The Center for Border & Global Journalism and UA’s East Asian Studies also are sponsoring “Witnesses to Democracy.”

Schmidt, a foreign and domestic correspondent at The Times who retired in 2013 as deputy managing editor, said the series is especially important now.

“Journalists are not perfect,” he said, noting that several of the films screened over the years are the stories of journalists who have fallen short or failed. But when many people these days are encouraged to view the press as villains and enemies of the people, movies about journalism “provide critical common ground and context, reminding us by example and by story that journalists and journalism have an essential role to play in holding the government accountable and safeguarding our democratic norms,” Schmidt said. 

“How else can we separate truth from rumor in a more perilous world?” he asked.

Since the first screening in September 2015, the series has brought 20 journalists, authors and First Amendment lawyers to the stage. The speakers visit UA classrooms from the School of Journalism and the School of Law to answer questions from students and lead discussion groups.

The Sunday screenings at the Loft average about 200 viewers. Several programs have sold out, including the screening of “Snowden” with Glenn Greenwald, and Diane McWhorter’s presentation of “Selma,” which coincided with Black History month and was co-sponsored by local Tucson civil rights organizations. “Spotlight” with former Boston Globe publisher Richard Gilman, a UA J-school graduate, nearly sold out.

• See more info and Q&A videos from all 20 films


Friday, March 15
Spring Internship Fair, all day, Marshall Building third floor.

Sunday, March 17

Journalism on Screen, “Witnesses to Democracy,” 2 p.m., followed by Q&A with Prof. Kim Newton, director Man-jin Kim and UA’s East Asian Studies, Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Tickets

Friday, March 29
"Preserving the Voices of Arizona's Diverse Communities," free symposium (8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) and reception (6-8 p.m.), UA Libraries. Info and registration.

Sunday, April 14
NEW DATE! Journalism on Screen, “State of Play,” 2 p.m., and panel Q&A to mark 10-year anniversary of Tucson Citizen’s closing, The Loft. Tickets

Wednesday, May 8
Just Desserts student awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Arizona Historical Society

June 2-8
Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students. Info, apply


• The Arizona Daily Wildcat took second place for best website and best weekly newspaper and fifth for best special edition at the ACP national journalism convention. Details

• Daily Wildcat and Daily Star photogs chronicled snow in Tucson. Images​
• Lou Waters, a former CNN anchor, shared his experiences and job advice with J-school students. Video
Lynne Olson (’69) published her eighth book, “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War.” Details
David Dykes (’73) detailed changing business models to the media in India.
A.J. Flick (’83) talked about her book “Toxic Rage” at the Tucson Festival of Books. Video

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

Interns contribute
at Star, AZPM  

Seniors Marissa Heffernan (left) and Emmalee Mauldin are among several interns and apprentices getting published at the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Public Media.

Heffernan, the Star’s NASA Space Grant intern, wrote two recent A1 centerpiece stories: “Researcher studies space dust” and “UA supporting school gardens.” Read all her work here.

Mauldin, an intern at AZPM, published stories on the economic impact of the gem show, the dangers of second-hand e-cigarette smoke and the Asian Lantern Festival at Reid Park. 

Other Star apprentices include Jasmine DemersAshley Fredde
Alex MunozRob Kleifield, Dalal Radwan 
David Martinez
while Alexandra Sharon Pere is at the Arizona Jewish Post.

• Click here for more info on the school’s internship and job opportunities.

• See where students interned during the summer in 2018, in 2017 and in 2016

Grad students part of library event  

Journalism graduate students and Professor Linda Lumsden will participate in a free symposium and reception at UA Libraries on March 29 titled “Preserving the Voices of Arizonas Diverse Communities.”

UA is collaborating on a grant to digitize African-American, American Indian and Spanish-language newspapers. The project will be included in Chronicling America, a free national database hosted by the Library of Congress.

Registration is required by March 21. The public can attend the symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., reception from 6 to 8 p.m. — or both.

Grad student Ava Garcia will talk at 11:45 a.m. on “Women in Arizona Journalism.” Lumsden will be part of the title panel at 10:15 a.m. The reception will include short talks by Claude AkinsMatt BrockmanGeorges ChavezTy Hudson 
and Lorraine Turpault-dHuve — grad students in Lumsden’s History of American Journalism course — as well as alum Frank Sotomayor and others.

Remembering Ervin, Castelan

A public memorial for 1984 UA journalism grad 
Yvonne Ervin (left) will be held Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

Ervin, 59, an Arizona Daily Wildcat alumna and founding director of the Tucson Jazz Society, died Dec. 26 after undergoing liver transplant surgery.

Ervin and her spouse, 
Alan Hershowitz, regularly participated in homecoming events with the J-school and the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This year, she and the Jazz Festival Foundation sponsored SBS’s Downtown Lecture Series.

Debra Castelan, program coordinator for the J-school’s Editing Program for Minority Journalists in the early 1980s, died
Feb. 4 from cancer.

Castelan, 65, received her master's in education from UA and worked at Edge Charter School and Pima Community College.

Family and friends held a memorial March 2 at Himmel Park, with guests wearing apparel from her beloved UA Wildcats, Green Bay Packers and favorite superheroes.

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