Student Awards and Organizations

Cronkite students are involved in a range of activities and organizations that showcase their work and give them opportunities for recognition.

From the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Relations Student Society of America, there are numerous opportunities for students to get involved. Students get to know professionals in their field and have the opportunity to plan projects and learn leadership skills.

Leaders of the student organizations, in addition to the editors of various student media, participate in the Student Leadership Advisory Council, which advises the dean on matters related to the school.

Many Cronkite students cut their journalistic teeth in Student Media, working for The State Press, ASU’s independent student newspaper or its Web site, the ASU Web Devil. Others work at SDTV, a student-run, closed-circuit television station that provides programming primarily for residence halls.

Still other students work at The Blaze radio station, which has been providing ASU students with news and entertainment since 1982.

The best student work from Cronkite magazine and depth reporting classes each semester is published on the CronkiteZine, an online magazine presented in a multimedia format.

Cronkite student work is regularly recognized in local, regional and national contests. In 2008-09, students were first in the country in the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards program, which honors the best college journalism nationally, and were first nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists awards competition. The following year, 2009-2010, the Cronkite School won more national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards than any other journalism school in the country for a fifth consecutive year.

Cronkite has now finished first or second in five of the past six years in the Hearst competition, the best performance by any journalism school in the nation in the contest often referred to as the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism.

In 2007-2008, Cronkite students topped the Broadcast Education Association competition, winning five first place awards in the association's annual news reporting and interactive media contests and taking home a total of 13 awards - more than any other school in the country. In the 2009-2010 BEA competition, Cronkite students won a total of 22 awards – four times the number won by any other school. In addition, Judges in that competition named the school's four-day-a-week student-produced live newscast, Cronkite NewsWatch, the best student newscast in the country.

The Cronkite School will award a travel stipend of up to $300 to Cronkite students who place in the top three of specific national contests. This travel stipend is to be used to attend national awards ceremonies for the following contests as selected by Cronkite faculty and staff: RTNDA, SPJ, Hearst, BEA, ONA, AEJMC, BEA, IRE, RFK, Webby, CPSA, NASA, PRSSA and EPPY. Former students are eligible for the stipend if they produced the award-winning work as a student.

If a team of students qualifies for an award, travel stipends will be limited to two members of that team. A student or her/his faculty adviser must notify the Cronkite School business office and apply for the awards ceremony travel stipend at least 30 days prior to the awards ceremony to be eligible.

Top broadcast students from underrepresented groups are selected each year for the Cronkite-Meredith Fellowship, a week-long intensive broadcast program held over winter break each year. And a new Village Voice Fellowship offers professional digital experience and opportunities to students from underrepresented groups.

Outstanding students also are recognized each semester at the Cronkite School’s convocation, where awards are given for the undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership.

Students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class are inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honors society, during Cronkite convocation each semester.

The wide range of student activities and recognitions are part of the Cronkite School’s commitment to providing a strong professional experience for students that will open doors and prepare them for their chosen careers.