Feb. 1, 2018 e-Cursor:  Re-accreditation recommended; 'Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets'; another Hearst award; 'Seabiscuit,' NYT sportswriter at Loft.

A three-member site team for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications recommended Jan. 24 that the UA School of Journalism be re-accredited for its experienced faculty, tight-knit students, out-of-class opportunities and strong internship program.

The school has been nationally accredited every six years since 1964, but this is the first time in 30 years that the school has earned re-accreditation without failing any of the nine key standards. In 2012 the school failed the assessment standard, but has since focused on measuring student success and passed the standard this year with strong praise from the site team.

About a quarter of all journalism programs are nationally accredited, and of those, about half pass without a failed standard, placing the school in about the top 10 percent of journalism programs in the nation.

“This is a result of hard work by faculty over the past several decades in building and improving the program,” school Director David Cuillier (left) said. “Students and alumni can feel proud to be a part of one of the best journalism programs in the country.”

The national council will consider officially approving the re-accreditation recommendation on April 28. More about the re-accreditation process is provided at the school website, including the self-study outlining strengths and weaknesses.

The site team included (photo above, from left) Dr. Marie Hardin of Penn State, Dr. George Daniels of Alabama and Mike Philipps, retired president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. They visited with students, faculty, staff and UA administrators, including President Robert Robbins.

In a Jan. 28 tweet, Robbins congratulated the J-school, saying it has a "bright future." Robbins plans to visit the school this spring.

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Friday, Feb. 9

Prof. Maggy Zanger will give a talk, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly': A Report from Iraqi Kurdistan at a Historic Turning Point," at 3 p.m. in Room 490 of the Marshall building, 845 N. Park Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

'Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets,' 5:30 p.m., UA Main Library Information Commons 112A. Preview

Sunday, Feb. 18

Journalism on Screen: "Seabiscuit" (2 p.m.) and Q&A with N.Y. Times sports correspondent Joe Drape, Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Click here for more info. Tickets

Saturday, April 7
School of Journalism Hall of Fame induction brunch and ceremony, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UA's Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. Click here for tickets. Story

Sunday, April 8
Journalism on Screen: "Good Night, and Good Luck," with Q&A with author and grad Lynne Olson, 2 p.m., The Loft.

Thursday, May 10

"Just Desserts" student awards event, 2-4 p.m., Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. 

Friday, May 11

UA commencement ceremony, 7:30 p.m. 
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• Fall 2017 Cursor

Photographers talk about Mexico strife 

Celebrated Mexico-based photographers, including one badly beaten by police who took his cameras early in January, will talk about challenges in covering Mexican violence at a panel sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Center for Border & Global Journalism.

“A Lens on Mexico’s Mean Streets” will feature Bernandino Hernández and Enric Martí on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the UA Main Library’s Information Commons Room 112A. Mort Rosenblum, a professor at the UA School of Journalism, will moderate.

They also will participate in a conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave., on Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m.

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Recent grad Glenn wins Hearst award

Jordan Glenn (right), a 2017 grad, placed in the top 20 nationally in the Hearst Multimedia Features Competition.

His documentary and story for Arizona Sonora News, “Out of the Gates,” finished 13th and is about Amelia Hauschild, one of the West's youngest jockeys.

Glenn is now the digital media coordinator at The White Mountain Independent in Show Low, Arizona.

He joins Danyelle KhmaraMaritza CruzAnnie Dickman (’15) and the school’s project as recent Hearst winners from UA.

• Another grad, copy editor Kristina Bui ('13), led a successful vote at the L.A. Times to unionize the newsroom.

'Seabiscuit,' NYT's Drape at Loft series

The school's Journalism on Screen series continues Sunday, Feb. 18, at The Loft Cinema with "Seabiscuit" (2003) and a Q&A afterward with New York Times sports reporter Joe Drape.

UA Student Media Director Brett Fera will interview Drape about the horse racing industry and sports journalism. Fera moderated a panel with Drape at the Tucson Festival of Books last spring, when they talked about Drape's book on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

The 2003 film, directed by Gary Ross, follows the undersized Depression-era racehorse who lifted the nation. Based on the Laura Hillenbrand book, it stars Tobey MaguireJeff Bridges (above) and Elizabeth Banks.

Read about the series.

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