August 1, 2017 e-Cursor: New class on internships/jobs; donor list; students can now specialize; school welcomes Cross, Ellwand. 

Every week, Renée Schafer Horton sends out a listserv email to students with the latest internship and job opportunities. It's paying off.
The School of Journalism placed 131 students in internships or apprenticeships during the 2016-17 school year — doubling last year's total — and internship coordinator Schafer Horton hopes that number increases as she begins to teach a one-unit class this fall called Career Success, or JOUR 201A.

By the end of the five weeks, she hopes students will have a polished résumé and cover letter, an individualized internship/job hunt plan, a LinkedIn profile that will help draw recruiters — and a Plan B, in case their journalism dream job has to wait.

Schafer Horton (left) says students also will learn what to include in an online portfolio, the most efficient way to search for internships/jobs and how to succeed in an internship/job interview.
“Instead of reaching out to students when they are juniors and seniors, I can start when they are freshmen or sophomores — and then they get the idea,” Schafer Horton says.

Students had 45 internships in the fall and spring semesters and 48 in the summer.

“I have started talking to them about cold-calling small papers in their hometowns, especially in the summer, and I think that’s why our numbers went up," Schafer Horton says.
One of those students is David Del Grande, whose summer internship at near his hometown of Paramus, New Jersey, involves writing and doing multimedia reporting for 15 area newspapers and websites. His scoop, about a local museum that unearthed wine more than two centuries old in the cellar, was picked up by The Associated Press, New York Times, CNN and others.
“Being part of the breaking news team has been challenging and exciting,” Del Grande says. “The pace is lightning-fast. Covering New Jersey's gubernatorial primary was a wonderful learning experience — including live tweeting."
Tobey Schmidt (photo above) became the second straight UA J-school student to land an internship at The Skagway News in Alaska, beating out more than 50 applicants nationwide. In addition to reporting, the avid outdoor enthusiast has time to climb, such as Pyramid Peak near Skagway.

"It's amazing," she says. "My first story, I wrote about the native language here (Tlingit). "I get to explore almost every day, even the days I'm working. The sun comes up at 3 a.m. and doesn't fully go down until around midnight."

• For more info, click on "Internships" in our website toolbar, and go here for a list of summer interns.


Monday, Aug. 21

Fall classes start.

Friday, Oct. 20

Zenger Award for Press Freedom Dinner honoring New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet (above), 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. • Tickets. Story

Saturday, Oct. 28

Homecoming mixer, TBA. The J-school will host alums from the classes of 1957, '67, '77, '87, '97 and '07, and give them a tour our facilities. Email Mike Chesnick if you plan to go. J-grads from any class are welcome!


• Adjunct instructor Tom Beal (above) retired from the Arizona Daily Star, where he was a reporter, columnist and editor for 43 years. Read his farewell column. For more faculty news, go here.

• The Star hired Mikayla Mace ('17) to replace Beal as science reporter and alum Hank Stephenson to cover K-12 education. For more student/alumni news, go here.

John D'Anna ('83) and the Arizona Republic won a legal battle to protect his unpublished notes in a crime case. Read story.

More news: Click here, and please "like" our Facebook page.

Check out donor list for last fiscal year

The University of Arizona School of Journalism is grateful to the alumni, friends and foundations who supported us during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

Click here to see the donor honor roll, including the 26 members of the Zenger Giving Circle for giving a $1,000 or more.

The school relies on donations to support student reporting projects, such as the award-winning

Click here to give via the UA Foundation. Options include Journalism General Gifts, the Harelson Operating Fund, International Travel Fund for Students, Jacqueline Sharkey Watchdog Fund and Center for Border & Global Journalism.

• For more info, go here, and consider a planned gift with Journalism Forever.

J-school students can now specialize

Journalism majors and graduate students will have the option of earning specializations on their transcripts and diplomas.

Undergrads can get a specialization in either broadcast journalism or global journalism, while master's candidates can choose a specialty in digital journalism, global journalism, or science and environmental journalism.

To complete the specializations, students will take the core courses required to get a bachelor's or master's in journalism.

“The specializations really highlight the strengths of our school,” said Director David Cuillier. “We hope this will be one more way we can help students hone their interests and better compete in the job market.”

Undergrad specialties

Graduate specialties

Meet the newcomers: Cross and Ellwand

The school welcomes Debbie Cross as a program coordinator and Geoff Ellwand as a full-time associate professor of practice.

Cross is coordinating our graduate studies and the Center for Border & Global Journalism. She managed Antigone Books and also did fundraising for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She has a master's in creative writing from the UA and a bachelor's in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio.

Ellwand will teach media law and broadcast journalism. He is a criminal lawyer and a former reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He has a law degree from the University of Calgary. His wife, Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, is the new dean for the UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture.

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