April 7, 2017 e-Cursor: Students land internships, awards; alum Frank Sotomayor's new online book; professors receive grants; alum Bill Walsh dies.

University of Arizona School of Journalism students continue to earn prestigious internships and awards.

Christianna Silva (top left) landed a summer internship at NPR in Washington, D.C., on the digital news desk.

"It basically means I'll be writing — a lot," says Silva, a Bolles Fellow who is covering the state Legislature now and is a past intern at FiveThirtyEight. She will follow recent master's alum Jorge Encinas, a spring NPR intern in D.C.

(Bottom left) Ciara Encinas parlayed her KOLD-TV internship into a CBS News summer internship in Washington D.C. She will be with the Newspath Team and will find, confirm and report news stories, log tapes, coordinate scripts, research stories, conduct preliminary interviews, assist during shoots and select footage.

(Right, from top to bottom) Julianne Stanford, an intern at the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, received a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic this summer.

Stanford also was named a finalist for the MAGGIE awards April 28 in L.A. for her El Independiente story, "Seeking safe haven," and was invited to participate in the Hertog Foundation's War Studies Program this summer.

David Del Grande accepted a summer internship with NJ Advance Media and, which creates content for 15 print newspapers in New Jersey, including The Star-Ledger in Newark.

Tobey Schmidt followed in Stanford's footsteps and landed a summer internship at The Skagway News, an award-winning community paper in Alaska.

"I've always wanted to explore Alaska, and this will be a perfect opportunity to do that and work on my career," says Schmidt, an Inside Tucson Business intern and Campus Rec marketing coordinator.

Maritza Cruz placed 11th in the top 20 finalists for the Hearst Multimedia News competition for her Arizona Sonora News video, "Shelter me: Homeless youth find help in Tucson."

Read more about Stanford's senior-year feats.


Wednesday, April 12

"The Future of Freedom of the Press in the Era of Fake News," 6-8 p.m., Room A314, UA Main Library. Panelists: David Cuillier, School of Journalism director; David Fitzsimmons,Daily Star editorial cartoonist; Linda Valdez, Arizona Republic editorial writer; Dylan Smith, editor of; and Mary Feeney, UA librarian. Sponsored by student SPJ chapter.

Tuesday, April 25

Spring student research symposium, "Mexico: The Storytellers," at UA Special Collections, 3:30-5:30 p.m.. Keynote speech by Prof. Lenin Martell (above, left) and presentations by UA Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante's Press and Latin America students, who went on a reporting trip to Mexico City. See photos from the class trip.

Thursday, May 4

Just Desserts student awards ceremony, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Arizona Historical Society.

Friday, Oct. 20

Zenger Award for Press Freedom Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Westward Look
Read Director David Cuiller's study for the Knight Foundation.

See photos from Prof. Nancy Sharkey's honors trip in New York City.

Sotomayor book tells story behind Pulitzer

Frank Sotomayor ('66) has published an online book, "The Pulitzer Long Shot," with help from web designer Kedi Xia ('13).

Sotomayor, who chairs the school's Journalism Advisory Council, co-edited a series written and photographed by Mexican-American journalists at the Los Angeles Times that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1984. Rebuffed twice, they had to convince the Times' brass to enter the series.

The series, Sotomayor said, "broke through the fog of often-stereotypical coverage about Latinos."

"Thank you for writing this so that a new generation of Latino journalists will know ... who helped pave the way for them," journalist Vicki Adame said on Facebook.

Grants go to Zanger, Schmidt, McKisson

Our Center for Border & Global Journalism awarded its first faculty research grant to Prof. Maggy Zanger for her proposal to study the effect of violence, economic crisis and extremist religious ideology on Iraqi Kurdistan's journalists.

An outside review panel did the judging for the $1,500 grant. Full story

Also, professors Michael McKisson (right) and William Schmidt won a school engagement grant to take students into the field to teach journalism with new 360 cameras.

Their advanced reporting and multimedia classes will be combined, allowing a larger block of time to work with students on projects in real time. Alum Al Litzow funded the $3,000 grant. Full story

Alum Walsh, notable copy editor, dies 

Washington Post copy chief and author Bill Walsh, a UA School of Journalism alumnus who started a website on copy editing in the 1990s that received national attention, died March 15. He was 55.

Walsh, a 1984 grad, was diagnosed with cancer of the bile ducts and liver in June. Walsh, who lived in Washington with his wife, Jacqueline Dupree, died at a hospice center in Arlington, Va.

"Copy editors are the unsung heroes of my profession, the folks who ensure that our work is as pristine and accurate as possible," Post managing editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz told his staff. "Today, we lost one of the giants in the field."

See full obit, links to Post, NPR appreciations

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