May 3, 2017 e-Cursor: 2017 Zenger Award winner; Bordering website; watch students interview Savannah Guthrie; Finley, Gyorke awards.

The University of Arizona School of Journalism will honor New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet with the 2017 Zenger Award for Press Freedom for championing the news media’s rights to question authority and for defending the public’s right to know.
Given by the school since 1954, the award is named after pioneering journalists John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger. Past winners include Walter Cronkite, Katherine Graham, Bill Moyers and 2016 recipient Dana Priest.
Baquet will accept the award at a dinner Oct. 20 at the Westward Look in Tucson, open to the public. Click here to buy tickets or a 10-person table.

“It is such an honor to receive this award for press freedom at a time when the truthful, mission-driven press is under assault,” Baquet said. “And it is humbling when I look at the list of past winners, all of them courageous journalists who exposed wrongdoing and told truth to the powerful.”
The New York Times’ coverage of Vladimir Putin and Russia won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for revealing techniques that included assassination, online harassment and the planting of incriminating evidence on opponents.
Baquet also has been a leading voice refuting President Trump’s assertion that the news media are the “enemy of the American people,” and cautioned the administration against trying to change libel laws.
“It illustrates, perhaps, not understanding the role of the media," Baquet told CNN on April 29. “We’re supposed to be tough. We’re supposed to ask him hard questions.”

Baquet worked with UA journalism professors William Schmidt and Nancy Sharkey at the Times, where he was a metro reporter and special projects editor for the business desk in the 1990s. He returned in 2007 as Washington Bureau chief, national editor, assistant managing editor, managing editor and then executive editor in 2014.
He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2000 and became managing editor and editor. In November 2006, Baquet defied orders from his corporate bosses to make cuts in the newsroom and was forced out after giving a rousing speech to the staff. He also led a team of three Chicago Tribune reporters that won the 1988 Pulitzer for investigative reporting for uncovering city corruption.

"Dean is an extraordinary, tenacious journalist," Schmidt said.
Tickets for the Zenger Dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Westward Look, 245 E. Ina Road, are $85 per person ($35 tax-deductible), $85 to sponsor a student (fully deductible) and $1,000 for a 10-person table ($500 deductible).

• Click here for a full story and more Zenger details.


Thursday, May 4

Just Desserts student awards ceremony, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. The school plans to show the event on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.

Friday, Sat. May 12-13

Spring commencement for SBS grad students, Friday, May 12, 9-11 a.m., Fox Theater; Spring convocation for SBS undergrads, Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m., McKale

Monday, Aug. 21

Fall classes start

Friday, Oct. 20

Zenger Award for Press Freedom Dinner, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. Tickets

Saturday, Oct. 28

Homecoming: event TBA 

• Click HERE to read the new El Independiente magazine, "Living in Shadows: The Long-Term Undocumented," with students reporting on the impact of President Trump's deportation plans and proposed border wall.

• Click HERE to read about our Journalism Advisory Council, including three new members who are alums: Hipolito Corella , senior editor at the Arizona Daily Star; Chyrl Hill Lander, former Star journalist; and Nicole Santa Cruz, reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Watch our April 12 panel discussion on "fake news" at the UA Library.

See senior Jordan Glenn's short documentary on jockey Amelia Hauschild, 16.

Classes unveil border
website, Mexico event 

Ten students from our fall U.S.-Mexico border reporting class produced a striking website, "Bordering 110°," with stories comparing the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta.

Brenna Bailey, Maritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Jennifer Hijazi, Erik Kolsrud, Genesis Lara, Chastity Laskey, Julia Leon, Amanda Oien and Stephen Oliver used drones, 360° video and audio on the project with help from Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante and Michael McKisson.

Meanwhile, 21 students from Bustamante's spring U.S. Press & Latin American class presented "Mexico: The Storytellers" at UA Special Collections on April 25 — with research on immigration, violence against journalists and U.S.-Mexico relations under President Trump. Lenin Martell, a professor from Mexico, was the keynote speaker at the event, co-sponsored by our Center for Border & Global Journalism

Alum Guthrie speaks to students via Skype

Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor for NBC's "Today Show" and a 1993 UA journalism grad, gave advice and reflected on her career in a funny, engaging Skype interview with 50 students.

Click HERE to see the full video of the April 20 Q&A in Marshall 340.

Prof. Nancy Sharkey moderated the event, organized by Colleen Bagnall, of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students who asked questions included UA quarterback Brandon Dawkins, and Savannah's mom, Nancy Guthrie, attended.

Questions included how White House coverage has changed with the new administration, career advice, most memorable interview, obstacles as a woman in journalism, her UA experience, law school, her interviewing style, how to get people to go off script, and advice for interns.

Finley, Gyorke photo awards announced

Sophomore Hannah Dahl captured the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the school's spring 2017 best beginning news writing contest.

Junior Gabrielle Mix placed second and junior Michaela Webb finished third after 15 students in JOUR 205 participated in the April 17 contest. Students had an hour to write a story after a talk and interview session with TUSD board member Adelita Grijalva.

Click here for a full story.

Meanwhile, Nels Bergeron captured first place in the spring 2017 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for his image of a homeless man in front of a Wells Fargo bank.

Simon Garelick-Mettler took second with a photo of UA basketball player Kadeem Allen, and Cory Kennedy was third with an image of a bungee jumper.

See the images here.

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