Journalism Professor, Student to be Honored at National Conference

An assistant professor and a May 2008 graduate of The University of Arizona department of journalism will be honored for producing the top research paper and news story, respectively, from the field's key professional association.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication will present the top faculty research paper award for the Media Ethics Division to David Cuillier at its national conference Aug. 5-9 in Chicago. Cuillier wrote about a study he conducted this spring showing how the thought of death affects journalists' attitudes toward ethics and morality. His experiment indicated that reminders of one's own mortality causes journalism students to see moral issues in more black-and-white terms and view journalism ethics breaches more harshly.

Cuillier, who joined the journalism faculty in summer 2006, also was chosen to make a Great Idea for Teaching presentation based on a role-playing simulation he uses to teach the importance of transparency regarding government information in his Reporting Public Affairs class. This is his fourth GIFT presentation at AEJMC.

A former journalism and honors student also is being honored at the AEJMC conference. Gabriela Renter�a-Poepsel placed first in the 2008 student international news story contest organized by the International Communication Division of AEJMC.

She wrote the story for an International Journalism class that traveled to Puerto Rico in 2007. The article on the large numbers of engineers who are recruited to Tucson from Puerto Rico appeared in the Green Valley News and Sun as part of a series the students produced about the U.S. commonwealth.

In addition, Linda Lumsden, an assistant professor of journalism and director of graduate studies in the UA journalism department, had a poster on black press coverage of the women's liberation movement accepted at the conference.