June 1, 2017 e-Cursor: Photo award sways students; school fares well in AEJMC; watch Just Desserts video; violence against journalists focus of study.

When Tobey Schmidt won the Drew Gyorke photojournalism award, she used the $200 to help pay for a new full-frame DSRL camera. Two years later, she hopes to make photojournalism a career.

She is just one of many recipients who said the contest, held every semester in Professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 class, gave them confidence in their photography skills.

“The award inspired me to take photography seriously, buy a really nice camera, build a website for myself and start selling my work,” Schmidt said. “I hope to pursue a career in photojournalism after I graduate.”

Schmidt, whose photo of a climber at Mount Lemmon is above, is putting her skills to use as an intern this summer at Alaska’s award-winning community paper, The Skagway News.

Drew Gyorke (bottom right), an adventurer and aspiring photojournalist at UA, died his junior year in a May 2013 car accident. The award, endowed by his family and friends in fall 2013, recognizes the best beginning photojournalism students.

The top three images each semester — along with photos from the nine other finalists — hang in the School of Journalism hallway near Newton’s office (Marshall 327). The winner is awarded $200, followed by second place ($100) and third ($75).

The school recently asked past winners of the award how they were affected by the contest, and their replies were forwarded to the Gyorke family.

Sara Gyorke, Drew’s mother, called the students’ response “really touching on many levels, a real tear-jerker — so awesome.” She and her husband, Andy, are “very happy we set up this award knowing how much Drew enjoyed photography.”

“Having something to strive for, especially the recognition from your peers, is so important for young students and a wonderful way to build confidence and have them feel accomplished,” Sara Gyorke said.

“Drew was a very giving person and enjoyed being there for people by listening to their stories. He respected and accepted others’ differences. He also loved skiing, being outdoors and sports which were strong motivations for him to be a photojournalist.”

Read more student testimonials on Gyorke award.
See a list of past winners and their photos.

Top photo: Climber at Hitchcock Pinnacle, by Tobey Schmidt (fall 2015). Bottom, from left: High school football, by Ashley Summerset (fall '14); folklorico dancer, by Pablo Lopez (spring '16); Drew Gyorke.

• More cool stuff in UANews: "UA profs take teaching into the field."

Monday, Aug. 21

Fall classes start.

Friday, Oct. 20

Zenger Award for Press Freedom Dinner honoring New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner, Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road. • Tickets. Story

Saturday, Oct. 28

Homecoming mixer, TBA. The School of Journalism will host alums from the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007, and give them a tour of the school. Please email Mike Chesnick if you are interested in attending. J-grads from any class are welcome!


•  Prof. Linda Lumsden's history class produced a web project, "Sonoran
Desert Journalists,"
which includes audio interviews with 15 local journalists. Read story.

• UA alums did well at the Arizona Press Club awards, including Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times winning the 2016 Sledgehammer Award for efforts to expose truth, and Curt Prendergast ('11) of the Arizona Daily Star sharing a first place in Spanish-language news reporting. Alex McIntyre ('17), Mike Christy ('11) and Alfredo Edwardo Araiza ('80) also were honored in the photography divisions.

AEJMC honors M.A. grads, border project

In a rare feat, four recent master’s graduates from the School of Journalism were selected to present their research papers at the AEJMC's national conference in Chicago.

Mikayla MaceStephen ChoiceJennifer Hijazi and Bakina Wellars had their manuscripts accepted for the Aug. 9-12 event, with Mace taking a first place.

In addition, the school's "Bordering110°.com" project took first in the AEJMC's web competition and will be presented in Chicago. Ten students —Brenna BaileyMaritza Dominguez, Mark Flores, Hijazi, Erik KolsrudGenesis LaraJulia Leon,
Chastity Laskey,
Amanda Oien and
 Stephen Oliver — compared the towns of Nogales with two in Montana/Alberta led by Profs. Celeste González de Bustamante
and Michael McKisson.

Profs. Linda Lumsden,
Jeannine Relly and David Cuillier, director, also will present papers in Chicago.

Read full story, papers.
Read UANews story.

Silva gets top award; watch Just Desserts

Christianna Silva,
Chastity LaskeyJamie Verwys and Jennifer Hijazi took top honors May 4 at the University of Arizona School of Journalism’s 51st Just Desserts student awards celebration at the Arizona Historical Society.

Click HERE to see the Facebook Live video.

Silva, a graduating senior, received the Philip Mangelsdorf Award for Outstanding Newsperson of the Year, which recognizes the top reporter/journalist in the program. 

Laksey captured the Sherman R. Miller Award for Outstanding Senior. Verwys received the Brewster P. Campbell Award for Outstanding Junior. Hijazi was named the Outstanding Graduate Student.

Professor Carol Schwalbe, director of graduate studies, won the Hugh and Jan Harelson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Read full story, with all the winners.
• See a photo gallery and another.
Just Desserts program

Journalists' deaths part of profs' study 

The number of journalists assaulted, threatened and killed around the world is growing with more than 825 journalists killed in the last decade — including six in Mexico in the last three months.

A study by UA journalism professors Jeannine Relly and Celeste González de Bustamante in the June issue of Journalism & Communication Monographs offers a theoretical framework to study action and global and domestic responses to the increasing violence against journalists and potential paths to research institutional and social change.

The study, “Global and Domestic Networks Advancing Prospects for Institutional and Social Change: The Collective Action Response to Violence Against Journalists,” focuses on Mexico, listed among the "five worst countries" for journalist and media worker casualties this year by the International News Safety Institute.

Look at full story.
Read the study.
See commentaries from four scholars.

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