Sept 1, 2017 e-Cursor: Loft series begins again Sept. 17; school wins awards in Chicago; online group honors professor; Zenger tickets.

Going on its third season, the school’s Journalism on Screen series at The Loft Cinema continues to generate conversations about the importance of journalism and the challenges it faces.
The series, which features Q-and-A sessions with top journalists, returns Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. with “Shattered Glass,” with Arizona Daily Star Editor Jill Jorden Spitz (left). She is a 1989 graduate of the UA School of Journalism.
“I’ve been really pleased with the program,” said Professor William Schmidt, who organized the series with Professor Nancy Sharkey. “The whole media landscape has fractured, with questions of what is news, what is news you can rely on, what are facts. By using films, which speak to everybody, we’ve been able to talk about these themes.”
Schmidt and Sharkey work on the series' lineup with Jeff Yanc of The Loft, which just remodeled its main theater, and arrange for some speakers to talk to students on campus. In 2016, “Citizenfour,” with Glenn Greenwald, and “Spotlight,” featuring school alum Richard Gilman, drew big crowds.
“We’ve gotten a real variety of voices,” Schmidt said. “We’ve had people talk about Vietnam, the political process, how journalists deal with wildfires and natural disasters, and the connection between the civil rights movement and journalism.”
“Shattered Glass” (2002) chronicles journalist Stephen Glass (played by Hayden Christensen), a young reporter who rises quickly from a minor writing post in Washington to a feature writer at the New Republic, where his sources are questioned.
The series continues Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. with “Bill Cunningham New York.” Guy Trebay, a critic for The New York Times, will analyze the 2010 documentary about Cunningham, the late Times fashion photographer. Trebay profiled Tucson as an “unsung architectural oasis” in a 2015 Times’ story.
“Obit” on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. will feature New York Times obituary writer Bruce Weber, who will give insight into the 2016 documentary, which interviews Times writers as they research and compose obits such as one for JFK's speech writer.

The series will continue in the spring, with tentative films "Secretariat" (Feb. 18) and "Good Night and Good Luck" (March 25), featuring Q&As with New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape and UA alumna/author Lynne Olson, respectively.

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Thursday, Sept. 14

Talk & 'Tizers for grad students, faculty, 4:30 p.m., Marshall 340.

Sunday, Sept. 17

"Shattered Glass," 2 p.m., Loft Cinema, with Arizona Daily Star Editor Jill Jorden Spitz• Tickets

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Pizza & Portfolios, 5-7 p.m., Marshall 312. 

Thursday, Oct. 5

All Clubs/Faculty mixer, 6-8 p.m., Magpies Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave. 

Sunday, Oct. 8

"Bill Cunningham New York," 4 p.m., Loft Cinema, with NY Times critic Guy Trebay.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Family Weekend mixer, 10:30 a.m., Marshall 312.

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, 10:30 a.m., Marshall 312. Chat with other alums and tour the J-school. Email Mike Chesnick if you can go.

Sunday, Dec. 3

"Obit," 2 p.m., Loft Cinema, with NY Time obit writer Bruce Weber.

Friday, Dec. 15

Winter commencement,
2 p.m., Centennial Hall

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School reaps awards at AEJMC convention

Master's grad Mikayla Mace, Professor Linda Lumsden and the school's border project won awards at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Chicago.

Master's grads Jenny Hijazi and Steve Choice presented their research papers, and Professor Carol Schwalbe showcased master's alum Bakina Wellars' paper.

Professor Celeste González de Bustamante presented 10 students' project, a digital winner. Lumsden won in the History Division. Mace took first in the Graduate Student Interest Group for her mars paper. Director David Cuillier and Professor Jeannine Relly also attended. 

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Online news group
honors McKisson

Professor Michael McKisson is one of 17 online news educators in the nation chosen to be a "Disruptive Fellow" by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

McKisson will give insights about easy-to-launch projects that excite students and faculty at the Oct. 4-7 Online News Association conference in Washington, D.C., and participate in the Disruptive Educators Facebook group.

Read a news story about McKisson and the others, "whose approaches to teaching ensure that students succeed in the ever-evolving online news space," according to the Disruptive Educators Network.

McKisson, Prof. William Schmidt take teaching into the field.

Buy Zenger tickets, meet Times' Baquet

The school will honor Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, with the 2017 Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Oct. 20 at the Westward Look.

The public can meet Baquet at the 5:30 p.m. reception, or ask him a question after the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Individual tickets are $85 ($35 tax-deductible), while a table is $1,000 ($500 tax-deductible). You also can sponsor a student (fully tax-deductible). Click here to buy tickets on a secure UA Foundation site.

Baquet will talk at the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series, "Truth and Trust in the Global Scene," on Oct. 19 at the Fox Theatre.

More about Baquet
Zenger Award history

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