Feb. 6, 2017 e-Cursor: Master's grad Encinas is NPR intern in D.C.; "The Insider" at The Loft; "Finding Oscar"; visiting scholar.

Jorge Encinas knew covering the Trump administration as part of his internship at NPR would be challenging, but even he admits he might have underestimated the task.
“Right now, it is a busy environment,” said Encinas, a December master’s graduate from the University of Arizona School of Journalism. “There is always something to look into or track to see if it could become a potential story as things change and new policies are announced.”
Encinas, 34, an Army veteran who served two tours in Northern Iraq, has stayed plenty busy. He’s working in Washington, D.C., on National Public Radio’s Code Switch team, which produces stories and podcasts to explore what it calls “overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, and how they play out in people’s lives and communities."
In his second byline, Encinas wrote a story Feb. 2, "There's A Long, Ignominious Trail Of Bans, Registries And Forced Relocation," following Trump's immigration order that caused nationwide protests for temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.

“There are a lot of statements that need to be fact-checked,” Encinas said about the administration. “The best thing that can be done is to not ignore or forget the lesser-known programs and people who may fall through the cracks of the bigger issues.”

• Click HERE to read the full story on Encinas.

• UA J-school students cover inauguration, women's march. Click HERE for links to their stories, photos.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Journalism on Screen at The Loft: "The Insider,"
2 p.m.; Q&A with Lowell Bergman and David McCrawTicket info
Sat-Sun, Feb. 18-19
News Hack Arizona 2017, UA Science and Engineering Library, 8 a.m. Click here for info.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
"Finding Oscar" documentary and Q&A, 6:30 p.m., AME 202 Auditorium, 1130 N. Mountain Ave.; Click here for info.
Sunday, March 4
Journalism on Screen at The Loft: "The Killing Fields," 2 p.m.; Q&A with Craig Whitney and Joe Sharkey.

Hall of Fame
Please send in your nominations for our new School of Journalism Hall of Fame by Wednesday, Feb. 8. Click here for info.

• Check out our 2016 Cursor alumni magazine.

See 'The Insider,' Q&A at The Loft   

Our Journalism on Screen series continues Sunday, Feb. 12, with a 2 p.m. screening of "The Insider" and a Q&A with former "60 minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (left) and N.Y. Times lawyer David McCraw at The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway.

Bergman is played by Al Pacino in the 1999 film, which is about a whistleblower (Russell Crowe) for the tobacco industry. Bergman is director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

McCraw, deputy general counsel at The Times, also will speak Monday, Feb. 13, at 12:15 p.m. at the UA College of Law, Room 164, on "Making Media Law Great Again: The First Amendment in a Time of Fake News, Hacked Emails and Presidential Tweets."

'Finding Oscar': Free showing, Q&A

The Center for Border & Global Journalism will host a free showing of "Finding Oscar," a documentary about a 1982 massacre in Guatemala and the long search to find one of only two survivors — a boy named Oscar.

A Q&A with the director (Ryan Suffern) and co-producer (Scott Greathead) will follow the film, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22., at the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Builiding (AME), 1130 N. Mountain Ave, north of Speedway.

Steven Spielberg is the executive producer.

See the movie trailer.
• Read ProPublica story.

School welcomes visit by Prof. Retis

Jessica Retis, an assistant professor at Cal State Northridge, will be a visiting scholar at the UA School of Journalism on Feb. 16-17.

Retis will talk to faculty on "Latinos and the Mediascape" and to students about "Teaching Civic Advocacy Journalism in the Digital Era: Young Latinos and the Media."

She has conducted research and has taught in Mexico and Spain. Prior to teaching, Retis spent more than 18 years as a journalist. including working for publications in Peru and Mexico. She also was a producer, scriptwriter and news anchor for TV stations in Spain and Peru.

More about Retis.

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