Experience Cronkite!

The Cronkite School is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading journalism schools. Both the Times of London and The New York Times have singled out the school as an innovator in journalism education.

As “the journalism school for the digital age,” the Cronkite School teaches students how to apply traditional journalism fundamentals across digital, broadcast, text and interactive media platforms. Graduates are prepared not only for the jobs of today but ready to create the jobs of tomorrow.

Students receive a broad-based liberal arts education, with approximately 80 credits in liberal arts that complement about 40 credits in journalism at Cronkite, where they take classes from renowned journalists such as former executive editor of The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr., former CNN anchor Aaron Brown and former BET vice president Retha Hill.

Students who meet the school's selective admission requirements begin taking journalism classes in their freshman year and also can participate immediately in the campus newspaper, radio broadcast, two online news sites and sports journalism extracurriculars.

The school arranges more than 600 internships every year for students, who can apply for their first internship during the second semester of their freshman year.

In addition to internships, students obtain real-world industry experience in the school’s innovative professional programs, which include:

  • Cronkite NewsWatch, a live, four-day-a-week, student-produced news broadcast that reaches 1.4 million households on Arizona PBS and is regularly recognized as the nation’s best student newscast.
  • Cronkite Sports, part of the school's robust sports journalism program. Students cover sports for professional media partners from a bureau in Santa Monica, Calif., and spring training for news outlets across the country.
  • Cronkite News Service, in which students produce news packages on issues affecting Arizona for major print, online and broadcast media outlets across the state and Cronkite's Washington D.C. news bureau, where students cover the nation’s capital for Arizonans.
  • The New Media Innovation Lab, in which students develop cutting-edge products and digital applications for major media companies and learn how to create, launch and market their own new media ventures.
  • The Public Relations Lab, in which students create PR campaigns and provide related services for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and startups.
  • The Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, a funded fellowship program in which students produce in-depth multimedia projects on issues of national significance, partnering with The Washington Post, NBCnews.com and others.

Classes are taught in a $71 million, state-of-the-art journalism building that has the most sophisticated technology found anywhere in the country. And because the school is located in downtown Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city and 13th-largest media market, students are within walking distance of dozens of media outlets where they complete internships and connect with professionals.

Learn more about ASU's downtown Phoenix campus in the video below.

Cronkite students have one of the nation's best overall records in the annual Hearst intercollegiate journalism competition, often called the Pulitzers of college journalism. And they have finished first in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards nationally for seven of the past eight years. The school's newscast has been named Best Newscast by the Broadcast Education Association in three of the past four years. And students have won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for depth reporting projects in three out of the past five years.

High-performing students can become part of ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College. They also can opt in to the school's 4+1 bachelor's/master's program. Students can report on sports journalism, borderlands issues or business journalism, or they can pursue a minor or a related area elsewhere at the university.

Visit the links at right to learn more about the school, our admissions requirements and other programs. If you have questions not answered on these pages, contact Elizabeth Smith at elizabeth.grace.smith@asu.edu.