Jan. 4,  2017 e-Cursor: Greg Hansen to speak at Loft series; grad gets Science News internship; Gyorke photo contest; remembering Steve Hirsch.

Our Journalism on Screen series at The Loft continues Sunday, Jan. 22, with a 2 p.m. screening of "The Natural," followed by a Q-and-A with Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen. The Star is a new co-sponsor of the series. 

Will Conroy, a Tucson-based screenwriter and president of the Arizona Inn, will interview Hansen. The 1984 film, directed by Barry Levinson, stars Robert Redford as baseball player Roy Hobbs and Robert Duvall as sports writer Max Mercy. Click here for tickets and to watch the trailer.

The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway, is set to show two more films in the series this semester: 
• Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m.: "The Insider" and a Q-and-A with David McCraw, First Amendment lawyer for The New York Times, and Lowell Bergman, freelancer journalist and former producer for "60 Minutes." The 1999 film about the tobacco industry stars Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.

• Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.: “The Killing Fields” and a Q-and-A with Craig Whitney, a former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor, and adjunct professor Joe Sharkey. Joe and Craig served in Vietnam in the same U.S. Navy unit. “The Killing Fields” (1984) won three Oscars, and tells the story of journalists trapped in Cambodia.

Click here for more information on future and past films in the Journalism on Screen series.


Wednesday, Jan. 11

First day of spring classes.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Journalism on Screen: "The Natural" and Q&A with Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen, 2 p.m., Loft. Ticket info
Sat-Sun, Feb. 18-19
News Hack Arizona 2017, UA Science and Engineering Library, 8 a.m. Click here for info.

Hall of Fame

Please email your nominations for our new School of Journalism Hall of Fame by Feb. 1. Click here for info.

• Check out our Fall 2016 Cursor alumni magazine.

Read about Bolles Fellowship winner Christianna Silva.

Eaton to be intern at Science News   

Winter grad Elizabeth Eaton has landed a prestigious internship at Science News, a magazine based in Washington, D.C. That means she “will be right in the middle of things during the new presidency,” she said.

“I’ve never been to D.C., so I’m looking forward to exploring a new place, and especially a place so full of history,” said Eaton, formerly a NASA Space Grant research scholar at the Arizona Daily Star and editor of the school's SciView magazine. “The newsroom is a 20-minute walk from the White House.”

Eaton said she will do a lot of short stories for the Science News website on new research — and her goal “is to have a big science feature spread in the magazine before the end of the internship.”

• Read the full story.

Jaquette's photo wins Gyorke contest

UA journalism student Michelle Jaquette captured first place in the fall 2016 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her image of a Wildcat volleyball match.

Elizabeth Kinney took second place with a photo of the Iraq Veterans Memorial, and Carmen Valencia finished third with an image of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The contest featured 12 photos from professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 class. All 12 of the images will hang on the School of Journalism hallway wall in front of Newton’s office (Marshall 327).

See all 12 images and a list of the photographers.

Advisory Council member Hirsch dies

Phoenix attorney Steven A. Hirsch, a 1977 School of Journalism alum and a member of the school’s Journalism Advisory Council, died on Dec. 1 in Phoenix. He was 61.

Hirsch, a strong supporter of the journalism program who purchased a table each year for students and faculty at the school’s Zenger Award for Press Freedom dinner, was diagnosed in April with pancreatic cancer. He was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame on Oct. 27.

“Steve was a very thoughtful and generous person, always looking for how he could contribute — to classes, his profession, the community — in meaningful ways,” said Jacqueline Sharkey, former director of the School of Journalism. “He will be deeply missed.”

Read the full obit.

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