Nov. 7, 2017 e-Cursor: School starts tech/drone service, gets grant; Harelsons win alumni award; Cursor magazine out; Baquet videos.

Newsrooms across the state can now hire students from the University of Arizona School of Journalism to help them use emerging storytelling tools such as drones and 360-degree video cameras.

The school has launched Digital News Production and Consultation Services — — to offer training and consultation to news organizations that want to certify drone pilots, better understand product development in journalism or begin work with immersive reporting.

“The idea is that we are already teaching our students how to use this technology in class, so we thought it would make sense if we could help local newsrooms around the state at the same time,” said Michael McKisson (above, second from right), a UA journalism professor with multimedia skills who is leading the service. “The really cool thing about it is students will get experience and clips, and will be paid for their work.”

In addition, McKisson was awarded a $35,000 Online News Association challenge grant last month to partner students with the Arizona Daily Star in developing new electronic news products. Read about it here.

McKisson’s team of students has worked with drone videography for more than a year, including along the border in Mexico. Certified and insured, the team follows all FAA rules and has a strict safety protocol, he said. 

Besides drones and 360 cameras, the team also works with sensors that can help newsrooms gather data for stories, such as air or noise pollution.

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Sunday, Dec. 3

"Obit," 2 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, followed by a Q&A with New York Times obit writer Bruce Weber. Click here for more info on the school's Journalism on Screen series. Tickets

Friday, Dec. 15

Winter commencement,
2 p.m., Centennial Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Spring 2018 classes begin.

Friday, May 11

Commencement ceremony, TBA

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UA honors Harelsons with alumni award

Taking up their parents’ banner in supporting the School of Journalism, brothers Matt and Scott Harelson and their families received a UA Alumni of the Year Award on Oct. 27.

The family’s relationship with the School of Journalism spans seven decades, starting with Hugh and Jan Harelson, the late parents of Matt and Scott.

“The journalism school and its mission were very important to both of our parents, particularly in the later stages of their lives,” Scott Harelson said.

Read full story.
See the Harelson video shown at the ceremony.

See Cursor magazine online or ask for copy

Watchdog reporting, with junior Michelle Jaquette on the cover, is the theme of this year's Cursor alumni magazine.

We interviewed alums Ryan Gabrielson, Bethany Barnes, Arek Sarkisian and Caitlin Schmidt, top watchdog reporters. Other features include the school's inaugural Hall of Fame class,alumni notes and a Savannah Guthrie Q&A.

Click here to read The Cursor online. If you want a copy mailed to you, email Mike Chesnick, outreach coordinator, with your address.

Watch Baquet's Q&A videos at Zenger, Fox

Dean Baquet, New York Times executive editor, accepted the Zenger Award for Press Freedom before 170 guests Oct. 20 at the Westward Look 

The day before, Baquet talked to 225 students in three classes and did a Q&A with Prof. Nancy Sharkey at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Series, "Truth and Trust in the Global Scene," at the Fox Tucson Theatre.

• See Zenger Q&A with Baquet, Lorraine Rivera.
• Watch Facebook Live replay of Zenger, with Director David Cuillier.
• See replay of Q&A with Baquet, Sharkey at Fox.
• Photos of Zenger and class visits and 360.

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