Nov. 8, 2018, e-Cursor: Bolles winner; "All the President's Men" at Loft; Zenger recap; Homecoming vignettes; Prof. Relly's India study 

Senior Jordan Williams wants to be a political reporter one day.

Her dream job? How about covering Congress or the White House for the Washington Post, where her grandfather spent 30 years working in the circulation department.

“I think journalism is in my blood," Williams says. "My grandfather is the reason I keep working hard — he likes to read what I write. He also always had a camera on him because he loved capturing and documenting important moments.”

Williams received the school's prestigious 2019 Don Bolles Fellowship last month and will cover the Arizona Legislature (above) in the spring for Arizona Sonora News. The award is named after Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter who was killed in 1976 while investigating organized crime.

She hopes to cover education during her fellowship, especially since the Arizona Board of Regents — whom she covered for the Arizona Daily Wildcat — plans to set tuition and fees in the spring.

Named the school's outstanding junior in May, Williams got a good introduction to politics as a summer intern for The Cancer Letter in Washington.

She had six bylines, including a story about a U.S. House committee threatening to withhold funding from an international cancer research center for labeling glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp. 

“I soaked up a very niche new scene — cancer research policy,” says Williams, who became interested in journalism her senior year at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, after interviewing then-U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

“Today, being a journalist is the most important job in the world,” Williams said. “This notion that government—regardless of political party—can do whatever with no accountability is circumvented by the Free Press. … I believe that journalism done well keeps the world in balance.”

• Click here to see a list of the school's Bolles Fellows since 1977.


Sunday, Nov. 18
Journalism on Screen, “All the President's Men,” 2 p.m., and Q&A with Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller, Loft Cinema, 3221 E. Speedway. Tickets

Friday, Dec. 14
College of SBS Winter Convocation, 2 p.m., Centennial Hall

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
Journalism on Screen, “The Post,” 2 p.m., and Q&A with First Amendment lawyer George Freeman, Loft

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Just Desserts student awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Arizona Historical Society

• Associate Professor 
Jeannine Relly saw her manuscript with Rajdeep Pakanati titled, “Freedom of Information Lessons from India: Collaboration, Coproduction and Rights-based Agenda Building,” accepted for publication in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. The study included 110 interviews in 20 cities across India. See 2016 Cursor story (Page 8).
• Brittny Mejia ('14) covers massacre for L.A. Times.
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'All the President's Men' at Loft series  

The school's Journalism on Screen series enters its fourth season with a screening of “All the Presidents Men” on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at The Loft Cinema.

Afterward, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller will talk about the film, reporting and democracy with moderator Jim Nintzel, editor of the Tucson Weekly and a former J-school adjunct instructor.

Director Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into a 1976 film with Robert Redford (Woodward) and Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein).

On Feb. 17, 2019, at 2 p.m., The Loft will show “The Post,” starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, with First Amendment lawyer George Freeman talking afterward about the Pentagon Papers.

Relive Zenger event
with videos, photos

Telling students to keep the flame of investigative journalism alive, Carmen Aristegui accepted the school's Zenger Award for Press Freedom on Oct. 12 while paying tribute to the slain and missing journalists in Mexico.

Watch these videos: An introduction by Prof. Celeste González de Bustamante; the presentation by Dean JP Jones; Aristegui's acceptance speech; the audience Q&A; and Director Carol Schwalbe's state of the school. Also, see a photo gallery, a recap and emcee Nancy Montoya's AZPM interview with Aristegui.

“The Zenger award is a motivation to keep going,” Aristegui said with her son, Emilio (above).

In presenting the award, Jones told her, “You epitomize what journalism is all about: courage, truth-seeking, holding those in power accountable.”

School values stay with recent alums

Much of what 2016 graduate Brandon James learned in J-school is coming in handy on his job on the digital team for Hendrick Motorsports, a Charlotte-based company with four NASCAR racing teams.

Online writing, he said, is “somewhat different, but with any writing, it’s back to the basics and how do you write a good lead.”

And 2017 grad Michelle Floyd, who pitches professionally in Italy, said her time at the J-school helped her gain “an awareness of the world. ... I don’t just look outside and see a street. I see a story.” Floyd, who recently helped Venezuela win the South American softball championships (above), is handling social media for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Click here to read Prof. Susan Knight's interviews with James and Floyd.

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