The Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism provides support and training for high school journalism students and their teachers.
The institute is directed by Anita Luera, a longtime Arizona broadcast journalist and past president of the Arizona Latino Media Association.
Among the programs is the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, a two-week residential fellowship program for 35 high school journalism instructors from across the country that is administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative and funded with a generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Cronkite also hosts a full-immersion residential Summer Journalism Institute for high school students interested in journalism. Students work with Cronkite faculty and professionals and get experience reporting, writing and producing for broadcast and digital platforms.
The Cronkite School also has supported struggling high school journalism programs by providing equipment, training and support through its Stardust High School Journalism Program. The school installed fully equipped multimedia newsrooms at 10 underserved Arizona high schools.
As part of Cronkite’s ongoing outreach efforts, Luera visits dozens of high schools throughout the state each semester. She travels in a Cronkite School vehicle outfitted with broadcast equipment that can be taken into classrooms. The program aims to encourage students who might not otherwise be exposed to journalism to consider it as a career.
In addition, the Cronkite School supports daylong workshops each year for high school students, working closely with the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association, the Arizona Latino Media Association, the Arizona Indian Education Association and Valley Teen Leadership.
The school’s array of programs is arguably the most extensive offered by any university in the country, according to Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. By building stronger high school programs, the school hopes to create a pool of talented young people who will go on to study journalism in college and who will enter the profession.
The Cronkite School’s high school programs are supported by a variety of individuals and foundations, including: American Society of News Editors; Arizona Broadcasters Association; Cronkite Endowment Board member Tom Chauncey; Dow Jones News Fund; National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Donald W. Reynolds Foundation; Scripps Howard Foundation; Stardust Foundation and the ASU Foundation’s Women & Philanthropy group.