March 2, 2018 e-Cursor: Workshop named after Carson; Hall of Fame:  Get tickets, send memories; Robbins visits school; Profs' podcast idea wins grant.
Above: Don Carson in 1980s; 2016 workshop student Thomas Lard flies a drone; Carson (far right) hosted an editing program for minority journalists for 20 years; 2017 workshop students.

To honor the late Donald W. Carson, the UA School of Journalism is naming its high school diversity workshop after the revered emeritus professor.

The Don Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School students will take place June
3-9, with 12 students living on the UA campus for a week. Carson founded the workshop in 1976, and it became solely for high school students in 1981.

Carson, 85, director of the journalism department from 1978 to 1985 and professor from 1966 to 1997, died on Feb. 1 of multiple health complications. His memorial service was Feb. 23.

"Prof. Carson championed diversity at the U of A and in the journalism industry at large," said Nathan Olivarez-Giles, a 2008 grad and a former workshop mentor. A former editor at the Wall Street Journal, he's active in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is now an innovation editor for Apple. 

The free high school workshop is sponsored by the endowed Don Carson Concerned Media Professionals Fund and the Dow Jones News Fund. Students learn news writing, reporting, editing, photojournalism and video-editing techniques, as well as ethics, media law, reporting for radio, and virtual reality and drone journalism.

Students produce a print and online newspaper called The Chronicle. They are paired with current UA journalism students, who serve as mentors, to pitch story ideas, as they would in a real newsroom. Faculty and professionals help lead the sessions.

"It's very appropriate to name the summer workshop after Don," said 1966 alum Frank Sotomayor, who chairs the school's advisory council.

In 1980, Carson also launched the Editing Program for Minority Journalists at UA with Sotomayor. For 20 years, it trained hundreds of the nation's minority editors, using UA students as reporters.

"It’s easy for some people to pay lip service to ending inequity, but Don 'did the work' to improve conditions," Sotomayor wrote in his guest column about Carson's legacy in the Arizona Daily Star.

• Read more about H.S. workshop and 2017 group
• See Don Carson's obit and student remembrances.
Donate to Carson CMP Fund benefitting workshop.


Friday, March 16

Spring Internship Fair for students, all day.

Wednesday, March 21

Free screening of South Korean film, "1987: When the Day Comes," 6 to 9 p.m., UA Main Library ILC 130, followed by panel with Prof. Kim Newton and co-sponsored by the Center for Border & Global Journalism. 

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

"Good Night, and Good Luck," Journalism on Screen, and 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.


Grad Toby Burges dies

• Watch Feb. 13 'Lens on Mexico's Mean Streets' panel, moderated by Prof. Mort Rosenblum.

and faculty kudos

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President Robbins tours J-school 

Calling our students and faculty "rock stars," UA President Robert C. Robbins toured the School of Journalism on Feb. 21 at the Marshall Building's third floor. 

Robbins praised the school for being recommended for reaccreditation. And he visited with professors, staff and students such as fellow medical doctor Dominika Heusinkveld (above), a dual master's candidate in journalism and Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences.

The president invited input on student retention — and liked the school's ideas for new degree programs and courses in digital and science/health journalism.

"Words are more powerful than the scalpel," the cardiac surgeon quipped.

Hall of Fame tickets set; send memories

The school's inaugural Hall of Fame class of 16 will be honored April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a brunch and induction ceremony at UA's Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road.

Click here for ticket information and how to donate in the inductees' names through the school's general gift fund or specific funds named in their honor.

Share memories and good wishes by sending an email or a note to any or all of our honorees. Email or write to the School of Journalism, P.O. Box 210158B, Tucson, 85721. The deadline is March 30, and the memories will be shared with the honorees and archived.

Profs capture grant for podcast idea

Professors Michael McKisson and Jeannine Relly were awarded the Al Litzow Teaching Engagement Grant for a podcast project proposal as an extracurricular activity called "The PreReq Podcast: An inside look at being a student in 2018."

The $3,000 grant funded by Litzow (right) will let students work with a producer from Arizona Public Media, and provide equipment and skills that can be integrated into the curriculum and clubs.

Jesse McCain, College of SBS engagement director; Arizona Daily Star reporter Caitlin Schmidt ('14) and former Star Editor Bobbie Jo Buel ('79) judged the contest. The runner-up was an "an environmental journalism class project proposed by Prof. Carol Schwalbe.

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