Sports Journalism at Cronkite

The Cronkite School’s sports journalism specialization includes a class that covers MLB spring training for professional news organizations, among other sports-related courses; internships at major sports teams and the media outlets that cover them; professional partnerships with ESPN, the Pac-12 Network, Fox Sports Arizona and others; and student media opportunities that afford students real-world professional experience in the competitive arena of sports reporting. Browse some of the opportunities below.


Cronkite-Professional Partner Opportunities:

ESPNU
Cronkite School students contribute reports to ESPNU's broadcast and online networks. All students are welcome to apply.

Fox Sports Partnership
From a studio set inside the Cronkite School building, Fox Sports will produce 100 total pre-/post-game programs for Phoenix Suns road games. Students of all levels will have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship opportunities that will provide valuable experience working side-by-side with seasoned sports producers in both the editorial and production portions of the broadcast. Students can contact mark.lodato@asu.edu for information or to apply.

Pac-12 Network Partnership
Cronkite students get hands-on sports production experience with the Pac-12 Network. In the fall semester, students work about 25 ASU sporting events for the Pac-12 Network including football, volleyball, soccer and basketball games. The students work on the field operating parabolic microphones, assisting with camera operation and running information to and from the production truck, acting as spotters for announcers and assisting with keeping game statistics for the live production. Students apply for these paid positions through the Cronkite School's Career Services office and are selected based upon their previous internship experiences, knowledge of sports and interest in sports production.

SportsWatch 101 on Fox
Students produce SportsWatch 101 (formerly Sun Devils 101), a 30-minute magazine-style TV show that produces in-depth features on athletics and athletes for FOX Sports Arizona three times a semester. The shows are broadcast in a five-week rotation on FOX.


Curriculum-based Opportunities:

Covering the Olympics
Eighteen Cronkite students spent three weeks in London covering the 2012 summer Olympics. Students produced full multimedia coverage for readers and viewers in Arizona, which appeared in a variety of professional media outlets. The trip was part of Cronkite’s summer study abroad program.

Cronkite NewsWatch Sports Reporting
Students in Cronkite NewsWatch, the school’s daily half-hour advanced television newscast, are credentialed to cover college sports as well as professional sporting events such as the MLB playoffs, College World Series and March Madness.

Multimedia Sports Reporting: Covering Spring Training
Students in this hands-on course produce daily multimedia coverage of Major League Baseball spring training teams for several major metropolitan daily news operations. The course is taught by a longtime sports journalist for USA Today. Students’ work, which includes text, video and photos, is featured prominently on the websites of partner newspapers, which have included The Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune and Seattle Times.

Photography II: Covering Spring Training
This class focuses specifically on providing photo coverage of Major League Baseball spring training teams. Working in concert with the multimedia sports reporting class, students work under the direction of a veteran sports photographer and produce daily photo coverage that appears on partner newspaper websites.

Sports Marketing and Campaigns
Students who are interested in public relations and sports will find this class an ideal merger of the two. Students collaborate with peers to develop and design marketing and public relations campaigns for Arizona’s No. 1 sports cable network, Fox Sports Arizona. The class is taught by a veteran marketing, advertising and PR executive who has worked with Fox, the NBA and The Tribune company.

Sports and Media (i-course)
Designed for aspiring journalists and media users, this course explores why great sports journalism is essential to our society. It establishes the goals, dreams and expectations for sports journalism and introduces ethical philosophy and popular ethical models and decision-making tools. Students then apply these tools to sports journalism.

Sports Writing
Students learn the basics of sports reporting and writing from a veteran USA Today sports reporter. The class exposes students to sports-writing greats and gives them the opportunity to write their own sports stories in multimedia formats. Many of the stories are published by newspapers and websites around the country. The course is recommended for students interested in Cronkite’s multimedia sports reporting class.

Sports and Media
This graduate-level course explores the intersection of sports and media and the impact on society.

Strategic Sports Communication
Taught by the Arizona Diamondbacks' vice president of communication, this course covers the wide-ranging field of strategic sports communication and prepares students for positions in the strategic sports communication field.


Student-led Opportunities:

The Blaze, 1330 AM
Students as young as freshmen work for campus radio station The Blaze, providing play-by-play coverage of several ASU sports. Some of the games are simulcast on the website of Fox Sports Arizona, with the students' audio supplementing professional video from FSN.

The State Press
Freshmen can apply to work for The State Press, an independent student media outlet with print and online products covering all four campuses of ASU. Sports journalism is among the many topics students cover.

Sun Devils Sports Night
Sun Devils Sports Night (SDSN) is a weekly 30-minute show featuring ASU athletics. Each episode breaks down the highlights of the week prior and previews upcoming events of Sun Devil teams. The show includes unique stories out of Tempe, hot topics around the Pac-12 Conference and notable news involving Valley pro teams. Students from all class standings are invited and encouraged to join the show to gain invaluable experience both on-camera and behind-the-scenes. To view archived episodes and recent content by the SDSN team, go to Facebook.com/SunDevilsSportsNight. For more information, email SDSN President Louie Vertone at lvertone@asu.edu.

Walter Cronkite Sports Network
The Walter Cronkite Sports Network (WCSN) is a student-run broadcasting organization offering live sports play-by-play and production opportunities. Students' abilities and willingness to work - not their year in school - determines the range of opportunities and responsibilities available to them. WCSN produces live webcasts of sports on and off campus, including the Sun Devils' nationally-ranked hockey team, junior hockey, ASU club sports, roller derby and more. For more information, contact WCSN at cronkitesportsnetwork@gmail.com.