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 fifth-largest city under the direction of veteran journalists and news editors.

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    “Reporting at the Olympics was by far my best memory and experience of my life. This experience will give me the chance to show my work to future employers and help me land my dream job one day.”

    Allison Gargaro, (’17) evening meteorologist at KERO in Bakersfield

  • 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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    “It brings you to a completely new environment. You have to learn how to survive and get story ideas and compete with national reporters who have worked the Hill for decades.”

    Kate Bieri, (’17) reporter, KVIA in El Paso

  • Cronkite News - LA

    Cronkite News - LA

    Report from the sidelines of professional and collegiate sports, and cover newsmakers, during this immersive program in the nation’s second-largest city.

    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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    “Sports stories are more than scores and highlights.”

    Tyler Paley, (’17) anchor/reporter at WTOL in Toledo

  • 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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    “This professional program allowed me to challenge my bilingual skills, especially after we decided to create a few Facebook lives in both English and Spanish. I am beyond grateful for this experience and I would do it again. I definitely feel much more prepared to go out into the world of journalism on my own.”

    Karina Espinoza, (’20)

  • Carnegie-Knight News21

    Carnegie-Knight News21

    A collective of the nation’s top journalism students produce investigative pieces on pressing social issues, earning RFK, Murrow and EPPY Awards for their comprehensive reporting.

    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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    “Having this opportunity so early in my career is one of those things that you can’t ask for. It’s just one of those blessings that you have to receive. I just tried to be a sponge and soak up everything.”

    Justin Parham, (’18) associate producer for the NBA

  • 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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    “I’m walking away from this unparalleled experience knowledgeable about Search Engine Optimization, paid media, and digital strategy prepared to start my marketing career. Lab director, Luis Bonilla, goes above and beyond to guide students and help them reach their greatest potential.”

    Emily Taylor (’19)

  • Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

    Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

    A program for mid-career journalists or career-switchers looking to leverage industry expertise as investigative journalists.

    An immersive master’s degree program where students dig into topics of national significance, applying investigative techniques gleaned from the Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty members offering instruction on data, writing and multimedia skills.

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    “My perception of information and the media has fundamentally shifted causing me to critically analyze everything I see and hear. I have a new and deep respect for investigative reporting and the reporters in the field.”

    Joel Farias, ’19

  • 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

  • RWJF Health Reporting Initiative

    RWJF Health Reporting Initiative

    Shining a light on the health issues facing the Native and Spanish-speaking border communities in the Southwest.

    Cronkite students hit the road to cover and report on health-related issues and topics among underserved populations, where information is scarce and health outcomes are more frequently poor.

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    “I had the chance to travel to the Navajo Nation to report on maternal health disparities for Native American women and speaking with locals helped me better acknowledge the culture and underlying history to this problem.”

    Jennifer Alvarez, (’20)

  • 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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    “The Sports Knowledge Lab allowed me to bridge the gap between my educational and professional careers. Taking the trip to Mexico City as part of our tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Summer Olympics was the highlight of my journey as a student at the Cronkite School.”

    Ross Andrews (’19), NBC Sports in Stamford

  • Television Production and Graphics Lab

    Television Production and Graphics Lab

    Gain behind-the-camera experience that dives into the technical and visual aspects of broadcast and digital journalism.

    Students take the reigns as program directors, learn to design motion graphics and get a feel for the technical and creative elements of journalism in an immersive program focused on production.

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  • TV Science Magazine

    TV Science Magazine

    Combine off-camera production and non-narrative storytelling to produce long-form broadcast pieces that focus on the cutting-edge scientific research being conducted at ASU.

    Students produce the 30-minute science magazine program called “Catalyst,” learning production, shooting and editing techniques that will prove critical for a career in television or film.

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    “TV Magazine made me a better storyteller by leaps and bounds. I gained hard skills with cameras, audio equipment and video editing, and I learned how to craft non-narrative pieces that allow the characters to tell their own stories.”

    Jordan Elder (’20) with master’s degree

Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite School Writer-In-Residence Investigates Rural Mental Health Crisis

December 4, 2019

Terry Greene Sterling investigates how rural areas are impacted by a lack of mental health services as part of a collaborative reporting effort for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Cronkite School To Showcase Best in Visual Journalism by Hosting World Press Photo Exhibition

December 2, 2019

The World Press Photo Contest returns to downtown Phoenix with an upcoming exhibition at ASU's Cronkite School.

Cronkite Students Spend Thanksgiving Dinner with Dean Callahan – One Last Time

December 2, 2019

On a cool and cloudy Thanksgiving day, 25 people gathered for “Thanksgiving with the Callahans,” one of the great unofficial traditions of ASU and the Cronkite School.

Founding Cronkite School Dean Named Next President of University of the Pacific

November 21, 2019

Christopher Callahan, who led the transformation of ASU's Cronkite School into one of the nation’s top programs, was announced today as the next president of University of the Pacific, the oldest chartered institution of higher education in California.

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.

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.

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

1.9 million

The Cronkite News broadcast reaches 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS.

$8 million

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

"The Cronkite School is training the young people who will defend our nation and will preserve the hope for freedom in the world." — Scott Pelley, managing editor and anchor, "CBS Evening News"

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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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