UA Journalism Students to be Honored
Border Beat, an online publication by students about regional border issues, is a finalist in the 2007 Online Journalism Awards.

By Jeff Harrison, University Communications
Sept. 12, 2007

An online publication produced by students in The University of Arizona’s department of journalism has been named a finalist for the 2007 Online Journalism Awards presented by the Online News Association and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Border Beat was named a finalist in the student journalism category. The site, launched in spring 2007 by online journalism students and their instructor, Jay Rochlin, offers news, insights and resources for those interested in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Border Beat is one of two online publications produced by UA journalism students. The Cat Scan was offered for the first time in January 2006. The Web-based publication features news, features, entertainment, blogs and photos.

In addition, UA journalism students produce two print publications: The Tombstone Epitaph is a biweekly newspaper produced for the historic Tombstone, Ariz., community; El Independiente is a monthly publication that offers stories in English and Spanish for the citizens of South Tucson.

Journalism students interested in broadcasting work on "Arizona Cat's Eye," which gives them extensive hands-on experience in writing, reporting, shooting, producing and editing hard news and feature stories. The best stories of the semester air as part of a news magazine on PBS affiliate KUAT-TV, Channel 6.

Border Beat’s recent offerings included a story on Mexican citizens traveling to Arizona border towns ( and a profile of a UA journalism professor who wrote a mystery novel on the Mission San Xavier del Bac (

The online journalism awards will be presented at the 2007 Online News Association Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet, in Toronto, Oct. 18-19.

Contact: Kate Harrison
Program Coordinator
Department of Journalism

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Online News Association Conference


Toronto, Ont.


Oct. 18-19


Resources for the media

Kate Harrison

UA Department of Journalism