Sept. 5, 2018, e-Cursor: Podcast project; alums cover McCain death; Zenger Dinner tickets; new wave of grad students.

What’s it like to be a Wildcat?
University of Arizona School of Journalism students will try to answer that question as they report and record episodes for the “PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018.”

Students are trying out new audio equipment and working with Andrew Brown, a producer from Arizona Public Media. The project is led by professors Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly, who were awarded a $2,000 teaching engagement grant from donor Al Litzow (’73) in the spring.
Zeina C. Peterson and fellow grad students Krissy Obeng and Ava Garcia interviewed students on dorm Move-in Day a few weeks ago.
“I was kind of nervous at first … but it’s really easy to have a conversation with someone,” Peterson said. “I think when people see a camera, they are likely to (be uncomfortable). But with audio interviews, people want to actually tell their stories. It feels very fluid and very natural.”
Peterson and others attended a podcast brainstorming session Aug. 31 to go over recording equipment and plot out their episodes. She, Obeng and grad students Dalal Radwan, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Meredith O’Neil, Ty Hudson, Ambur Wilkerson and undergrad Pascal Albright joined Professor Celeste González de Bustamante, McKisson, Relly and Brown in the school's Reading Room. Each person came up with ideas on post-it notes and sorted them on the wall.
The first episode will focus on the anticipation of college and why students are at UA. Future episodes may focus on diversity and inclusion, social interaction and health and well-being. Peterson is slated to be the podcast host.
Brown and McKisson gave the group tips and stressed the importance of getting clean audio, checking sound levels and recording room tones.
“We’re not fishing for soundbites,” Brown said. “We want to hear stories, so it’s totally OK to react as you would as a person. If someone tells you something that sounds unbelievable, you can say, ‘No way.’ Be yourself, in the moment, and have a genuine conversation.”
Added McKisson: “Approach the project as a fellow student. … Open up to people. Share honestly, and get them talking about their experiences.”

When the project is done, McKisson hopes it will be published by a media organization, or "we may end up putting it in the iTunes stores ourselves," he said.


Monday, Aug. 20
Fall classes begin

Wednesday, Oct. 3
Pizza and Portfolios, 5-7 p.m., Marshall 312.

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. Alumni open house, TBA.​

Friday, Dec. 14.
SBS Winter Convocation, 2 p.m., Centennial Hall​​

• Prof. Carol Schwalbe began her first semester as the school's director. Schwalbe (upper left) and the faculty had their annual retreat on Aug. 16. Read her profile.

Watch Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's border reporting class tour Nogales, including a drug tunnel.
Student/alumni and 
faculty and staff kudos
e-Cursor archive

Alums contribute
to McCain coverage

J-school grads covered the death of Sen. John McCain, including:

Ann Brown ('76): Wrote the Arizona Daily Star obit: "Southern Arizona loses steadfast advocate for military bases, wilderness."

John D'Anna ('82): Wrote an A1 story for USA TODAY: "He did great things, even on a small scale."

Kendra Paige Hall ('15): Covered Phoenix memorial service for Tucson's KVOA-TV. See her Twitter feed.

Saul Loeb ('04): Photographed a military honor guard carrying McCain's coffin outside of Washington for Agence France-Presse. See his photos on Twitter.

Savannah Guthrie ('93): NBC's "Today" show co-anchor interviewed Sen. Lindsey Graham about McCain. See her coverage on Twitter.

Also, Elizabeth Mangelsdorf ('84) posted an Arizona Daily Star photo she took of McCain during his first Senate run (above).

Tickets available
for Zenger Dinner

Here's your chance to meet renowned Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, who was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2017 by Fortune magazine.

Aristegui 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 will offer 360-degree views of the city and mountains on a rooftop terrace, accessible by elevator and stairs. The dinner starts at 6:30.

Tickets ($85 each) or tables of 10 ($1,000 each) are available through the UA Foundation at this secure site, with proceeds going toward student reporting projects and travel.

Aristegui has spent 20 years reporting on suspected cases of high-level corruption as a radio host and CNN en Español anchor in Mexico, where nearly 100 journalists have been killed or disappeared in the past decade. 

Read full story.

Grad program sees influx of students 

The J-school and new Graduate Studies Director Linda Lumsden (above) welcomed 11 new master's students this semester.

The group met returning grad students, faculty and staff, and took a tour of the labs and school on Aug. 17.

The new students are Claude Akins, Samantha Bishop, Monika Damron, Sascha Fruehauf, Ty Hudson, Alisa Ivanitskaya, Nina Kolodij, Meredith O'Neil, Elizabeth Whitthorne, Ambur Wilkerson and Justin Wylie.

M.A. students April Lanuza (CNN's Documentary Unit, Atlanta), Dalal Radwan (Tucson Local Media), Alexis Richardson (Costa Rica study abroad) and Jessica Suriano (Arizona Republic, Zambia trip) spoke about their internships and experiences this summer at the Sept. 4 "Talk & 'Tizers."

Click here to meet some of our grad students.

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