Numerous media outlets publish and broadcast work produced by Cronkite students each year and extend internships and jobs to students in their professional newsrooms. In addition to those ongoing opportunities, the Cronkite School has formal partnerships with several major media corporations that give students unmatched professional experience in areas ranging from sports reporting to multimedia and broadcast production.
These partnerships include:
In the new Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau, students work with news organizations across the country, mining news sources and generating story ideas and angles through American Public Media's Public Insight Network. Guided by a professional journalist, they learn the tools and practices of citizen engagement as well as important research and analytical skills. PIN also provides students with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills – all while helping journalists tell solid stories.
Each year, more than three dozen Cronkite students report breaking news for azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic as part of a multimedia reporting class under the direction of Arizona Republic Editor-in-Residence Aric Johnson. The students not only receive course credit but are paid and gain valuable real-world experience reporting on news in real time.
Since the summer of 2010, Cronkite students have worked with reporters and producers at The Arizona Republic and 12 News to fact-check claims made by political candidates and campaigns as well as by political figures for AZ Fact Check. The student interns are paid, and their work appears on azfactcheck.com, part of azcentral.com.
The E.W. Scripps Corporation and Cronkite have partnered for a pilot program that places the school’s best broadcasting graduates in a Scripps newsroom training program. Every six months, four graduates are competitively chosen for full-time producer and multimedia journalist positions at Scripps’ KERO-TV station in Bakersfield, Calif. In addition to payment, they receive free housing. After six months, they can move up within KERO or the Scripps national network of newsrooms.
Cronkite partners with FOX Sports Arizona on several programs for students. From a studio set inside the Cronkite School building, FOX Sports produces 100 total pre-/post-game programs for Phoenix Suns road games. Students of all levels have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship opportunities that provide valuable experience working side-by-side with seasoned sports producers in both the editorial and production portions of the broadcast. There also is a sports marketing class where students develop and pitch promotional campaigns for FOX Sports Arizona. A winning campaign by ASU students focused on the relationship between Arizona sports fans and their teams and developed the slogan, “We bring the game home.” Additionally, students participate in "SportsWatch 101." The magazine-style show was conceived and created by Cronkite students and covers ASU athletics and student-athletes.
KJZZ and the Cronkite School are collaborating to produce long-form radio content for the NPR affiliate. Under the direction of former KJZZ reporter and anchor Paul Atkinson, students in the Advanced Radio class report, write and produce stories designed for the KJZZ audience. The pieces can be heard during the station’s regular news programing. The station also collaborates with the Carnegie-Knight News21 investigative multimedia reporting initiative in which ASU and other top journalism students travel around the country and do in-depth reporting each year on a topic of national significance.
For one week in January, top minority broadcast journalism students come from around the country to do an intense fellowship at the Cronkite School. They receive hands-on experience working in the CBS 5 newsroom with KPHO reporters, producers, editors and videographers, supplemented by training by instructors from the Cronkite School.
A partnership with five major media outlets gives Cronkite students interested in careers in sports journalism a unique opportunity to report on Major League Baseball spring training, specifically covering the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks, for major metropolitan news outlets. The course is taught by longtime sports journalists.
NBC News has created 12 exclusive-to-Cronkite-student internships every year at NBC News properties in New York, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Each semester, four competitively selected interns each semester work side by side with professionals at the network, researching and producing news stories.
Students in the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, headquartered at the Cronkite School, work on a major investigative reporting project each summer covering an issue of national importance. Past topics have included transportation safety in America, who can vote and food safety. Stories produced by these projects have been published in The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, the Center for Public Integrity and numerous others.
Four nights a week, the Cronkite School’s NewsWatch professional immersion program produces a live, student-produced 30-minute newscast that airs on Arizona PBS to 1.4 million households statewide. The newscast was named "Best Student Newscast" in 2009-10 by the Broadcast Education Association.
Students in Cronkite NewsWatch periodically produce a Spanish-language version of the newscast, "NewsWatch en Espanol," that airs on Univision’s TeleFutura network in Phoenix.