The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the nation’s top journalism schools and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Students receive hands-on experiences in Cronkite News, a multiplatform daily news operation with bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles. With professional programs in digital media, public affairs reporting, broadcast news, digital innovation, public relations, sports reporting, Spanish-language news and more, Cronkite offers a real-world education for the digital media world of today and tomorrow.

Professional Programs at Cronkite

Professional Programs at Cronkite

Immersive Experiences That Transform You into a Professional

The Cronkite School’s nationally acclaimed “teaching hospital” model of education offers students real-world training in live newsroom environments under the supervision of top professional journalists.

  • Cronkite News - Phoenix

    Cronkite News - Phoenix

    Report on the region’s top stories across media platforms for Arizona PBS and other news outlets.

    Students work as multimedia reporters covering important stories across the state of Arizona, producing text, videos, photos and graphics for online and broadcast media outlets. Students work in a state-of-the-art newsroom in the nation’s sixth-largest city under the direction of veteran journalists and news editors.

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    “Working in the Phoenix bureau meant covering hot issues like voting rights and immigration reform and getting to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention.”

    Natasha Khan (’12), reporter, Public Source

  • Cronkite News - Washington

    Cronkite News - Washington

    Cover public policy as part of Arizona’s largest newsgathering operation in the nation’s capital.

    Students spend a semester in the nation’s capital, reporting across the city – from the halls of Congress to the steps of the Supreme Court – for Cronkite News. Students work across platforms, covering daily breaking news and investigative stories from a cutting-edge newsroom under the supervision of a veteran political journalist.

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    “Every class shaped me to be the reporter that I am today, but it wasn’t until I experienced the Washington bureau that I learned to be more aggressive and efficient. I got a job a month after it ended.”

    Liliana Salgado (’15), reporter, Noticias Univision Nevada

  • Cronkite News - LA

    Cronkite News - LA

    Cover professional and collegiate sports in southern California for broadcast and digital distribution.

    Students spend a semester in the nation’s second-largest city, reporting on professional and collegiate sports for Cronkite News and other professional media outlets. Students use the latest digital and broadcast tools to create cutting-edge multimedia sports stories, working under an experienced sports broadcast professional.

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    “Working at the Cronkite Sports Bureau in LA allowed me to work with professionals in the field and gave me experience that I wouldn't be able to get anywhere else on the college level.”

    Mark Mingura (’15), reporter/anchor, NBC 25 (KNDU-TV, Tri-Cities, Washington)

  • Cronkite News - Phoenix Sports

    Cronkite News - Phoenix Sports

    Cover professional and collegiate sports, including MLB Spring Training, for outlets across the country.

    In the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, students cover four major professional sports leagues, college bowl games, spring training and many other signature sporting events. Students produce digital and broadcast stories for Cronkite News and media outlets such as Sports Illustrated and MLB.com.

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    “The Cronkite School challenged me to learn all aspects of storytelling, which in turn helped me work for NBC.”

    Robby Baker (’14), digital sports producer, NBC 12 News (KPNX-TV, Phoenix)

  • Cronkite News - Borderlands

    Cronkite News - Borderlands

    Cover Latino issues in the U.S., Mexico and along the border for distribution in Spanish and English.

    Students cover important immigration and border issues in English and Spanish for Cronkite News under the guidance of two award-winning professional borderlands journalists. The program is based in a state-of-the-art newsroom from which students travel across the region for their reports.

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    “The Borderlands Initiative has made a huge impact on my investigative reporting and my ability to understand different cultures.”

    Alex Lancial (’14), video producer, Boston Globe Media

  • Cronkite Noticias

    Cronkite Noticias

    Get experience producing a variety of in-depth, Spanish-language digital and video stories.

    Bilingual students work with professionals to create digital content for the Cronkite Noticias website, which serves Spanish-speaking audiences in Arizona. Students also may contribute to a Spanish-language newscast focusing on important Latino community and statewide issues that airs on UniMás.

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    “I always wanted to inform the Latino community in their own language. Cronkite News not only allowed me to do this but it exposed me to the concerns and problems they were facing, and it was then that I realized that this was what I really wanted to do.”

    Maria Berrelleza (’17), multimedia journalist, Univision Philadelphia

  • Carnegie-Knight News21

    Carnegie-Knight News21

    Be part of a major investigative report in partnership with
    The Washington Post, NBC News and others.

    Carnegie-Knight News21 brings the nation’s most talented journalism students to the Cronkite School to investigate issues of national significance. Students spend the summer traveling the country, reporting and producing in-depth multimedia stories under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

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    “News21 is a rare opportunity to work collaboratively with some of the nation's top journalism students while being guided by a great lineup of editors.”

    Joe Henke (’12), reporter, NBC 2 (KJRH-TV, Tulsa, Okla.)

  • Digital Audiences Lab

    Digital Audiences Lab

    Grow and engage audiences for real clients in an agency environment.

    The Digital Audiences Lab is a first-of-its-kind professional immersion program, where students harness digital strategy, social media, SEO, analytics and more to grow and engage audiences for real clients.

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    “Students in the Digital Audiences Lab get the skills to grow and engage audiences, plus innovation and leadership experience that expands their career possibilities.”

    Jessica Pucci, digital audience programs director, Cronkite School

  • New Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab

    New Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab

    Create cutting-edge digital products, including apps and news games, for professional clients.

    Cronkite students collaborate with computer engineering, design and business students to create cutting-edge media products, including mobile apps, news games and interactive websites, for media companies and other organizations. Students present their ventures to local investors and experienced entrepreneurs.

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    “Through the NMIL, I learned to be a project manager, amateur coder and designer, financial adviser, bookkeeper all at once — essentially an entire business major's curriculum and beyond thrown into one class.”

    Domenico Nicosia (’15), social media strategist

  • Public Relations Lab

    Public Relations Lab

    Develop PR campaigns and social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits.

    Students work for a public relations agency based in the Cronkite School, producing communications campaigns and strategies for clients. The lab offers experiences in all aspects of PR, including event planning and promotion, reputation management, crisis communications and social media campaign development.

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    “The PR Lab gave me unparalleled access to the resources that ultimately helped pave the way to my acceptance of a position with The Walt Disney Company just two months after graduation.”

    Tayllor Lillestol (’15), public affairs coordinator, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

  • Sports Knowledge Lab

    Sports Knowledge Lab

    Examine the impact of sport on society and provide context for top sports headlines from around the world.

    Students in the Sports Knowledge Lab, which is part of ASU’s Global Sport Institute and the Cronkite School, learn how to connect people to the power of sport by translating and amplifying complex sports research to broad, global audiences. Content includes long-form writing, documentaries, articles, newsletters, data visualization and podcasts.

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    “This innovative approach will use the unifying power of sport to make a positive impact in the world.”

    Kenneth L. Shropshire, Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport Institute

Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite School Honors NBC’s Lester Holt with 36th Cronkite Award

November 4, 2019

Lester Holt, the award-winning anchor of “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC,” accepted the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today from ASU.

News21 Wins Seventh National EPPY Award for Investigation into Disaster Recovery

October 29, 2019

For the second consecutive year, the Carnegie-Knight News21, based at ASU's Cronkite School, has won the top investigative collegiate award from Editor & Publisher magazine.

Google Chooses Cronkite School Project in North American Innovation Challenge

October 28, 2019

ASU's Cronkite School is a recipient of Google News Initiative’s first North America Innovation Challenge, a program that funds innovative projects that focus on increasing audience engagement in local newsrooms.

PBS NewsHour West Begins Broadcasts from ASU’s Cronkite School

October 14, 2019

PBS NewsHour West, the new bureau of the “PBS NewsHour,” is producing its first broadcast on Monday, Oct. 14. In addition to producing news stories based in the western U.S., the Phoenix-based team will update PBS NewsHour’s 6 p.m. Eastern time zone broadcast for West Coast audiences.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Cronkite School Announce 2020 Public Media Editorial Integrity and Leadership Fellows

October 10, 2019

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and ASU's Cronkite School are pleased to announce the second round of fellows selected to participate in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative (EILI).

Media Executives Pursue Innovation for Local TV News at Cronkite

October 16, 2019

News executives from around the country returned to the Cronkite School this week to create change and innovation in local television. This week’s sessions are the second of five planned over the course of a year where media executives discuss ways to innovate their newscasts and approaches to everything from digital storytelling and reader engagement to growing revenue.

Cronkite Award Luncheon

November 4, 2019: Join the Cronkite School and the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees in honoring the 2018 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, NBC anchor Lester Holt, at the 36th annual Cronkite Award Luncheon.

Cronkite Family Weekend Tailgate Breakfast

November 9, 2019: Join us for a special Cronkite Family Weekend Tailgate sports panel discussion featuring some of the top sports industry media professionals, and stick around after the panel for food and games before the ASU Sun Devils take on the USC Trojans.

DPC FestDevil

November 21, 2019: Celebrate Homecoming at the annual block party on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus to gear up for Saturday’s big game vs. the Oregon Ducks. DPC Fest Devil includes free food each hour, a photo booth with Sparky, and student organizations and university departments tabling to promote ASU spirit, pride and tradition.

Cronkite Fall 2019 Convocation

December 17, 2019: The Cronkite School's fall 2019 convocation ceremony is held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Doors open at 6 p.m. Graduates arrive at Gammage beginning at 6 p.m. There is signage directing the graduates to the lineup area for the processional. The processional begins promptly at 7 p.m. Degree candidates' names are read as they cross the stage to receive personal congratulations from Dean Christopher Callahan.

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education

94%

Nearly all Cronkite freshmen are awarded university merit scholarships.

$8 million

Cronkite students receive a variety of university and college scholarships, totaling $8 million per year.

The Cronkite School “ranks as one of the best schools of journalism and mass communication in the United States.” — Susanne Shaw, executive director, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

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Degrees at Cronkite

Degrees at Cronkite

Start Your Career in Journalism at Cronkite

With more than a dozen degree options and customizations, the Cronkite School prepares students for the media jobs of today and tomorrow. Cronkite offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism as well as degrees in sports journalism. Students also can combine a study of journalism with another discipline, such as meteorology or sustainability. All Cronkite degree programs offer students hands-on, expert instruction from world-class media scholars and award-winning journalists. Explore Cronkite’s degree programs today.

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