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.

  • Arizona PBS

    Arizona PBS

    Become a part of the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world.

    PBS Logo Reaches 1.9 million households on three television channels and serves as a journalistic “teaching hospital” for students at the Cronkite School. The station also is a test bed for news industry innovation and experimentation while providing critical content to news consumers.

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    “Nothing could have prepared me more for my work at CNN than the Cronkite School. Cronkite truly prepared me for the many lenses a journalist must look through when working on international news stories.”

    Samuel Burke (’09), anchor and correspondent, CNN

  • Cronkite News - Broadcast

    Cronkite News - Broadcast

    Join the award-winning weekday newscast on Arizona PBS, reporting, producing and anchoring.

    Recognized as one of the country’s best student newscasts, Cronkite News puts students to work in a state-of-the-art broadcast studio under the supervision of veteran journalists. The weekday newscast reaches 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS and is one of the only collegiate productions to air in a prime-time slot.

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    “The stories and important issues covered at Cronkite News were the same I encountered after graduation. Nowhere else will better prepare you for the world of professional journalism.”

    Phillip Mena (’08), national correspondent, ABC

  • Cronkite News - Phoenix Bureau

    Cronkite News - Phoenix Bureau

    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 Bureau

    Cronkite News - Washington Bureau

    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 - Digital Production

    Cronkite News - Digital Production

    Become a digital producer, developing interactive Web content for Cronkite News at Arizona PBS.

    From a cutting-edge multimedia studio, students serve as Web producers and multimedia specialists for Cronkite News, managing social media, analyzing audience metrics and optimizing stories for search engines. Students are directed by a digital media innovator and professional journalist.

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    “The bureau allowed me to jump into the new age of journalism by experimenting with new storytelling tools and media formats. This grasp of knowledge helped pave the way to my job as data visualizer for KNXV-ABC15.”

    Courtland Jeffrey (’15), data visualization, ABC15 (KNXV-TV, Phoenix)

  • Cronkite News - LA Sports Bureau

    Cronkite News - LA Sports Bureau

    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 Bureau

    Cronkite News - Phoenix Sports Bureau

    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

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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 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

  • 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 New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab

    Cronkite New Media Innovation and 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

  • Cronkite News - Reynolds Business Bureau

    Cronkite News - Reynolds Business Bureau

    Get hands-on experience covering business, finance and the economy for Cronkite News at Arizona PBS.

    Students work in the country’s only university-based newsroom that produces daily business coverage for regional and national media outlets. Students receive experience and training in the growing field of digital and broadcast business journalism under the supervision of a veteran professional business editor.

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    “My semester in the Reynolds Business Bureau was the best of my college career. I covered stories that were interesting to me and some even received national attention.”

    Will Sowards (’16), digital communications specialist, Passport Health

  • 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.)

  • Cronkite Public Relations Lab

    Cronkite 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

  • 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

  • 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

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education


Cronkite students annually win 200-plus professional and collegiate journalism awards.


Nearly all Cronkite freshmen are awarded university merit scholarships.

“Anyone who thinks journalism hasn’t changed enough to meet the competitive and technological challenges in media today needs to look closely at ASU’s Cronkite School. It leads the field.” — Sandy Rowe, former editor and publisher, The Oregonian

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Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite School Initiative Receives Gift from Organization of craigslist Founder

August 15, 2019

ASU's Cronkite School announced a $200,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support a project that will combat misinformation by improving the reach and effectiveness of journalistic corrections.

Recent Cronkite Graduate Wins Top Student Award in Society of Environmental Journalists' Competition

August 12, 2019

A recent graduate of ASU's Cronkite School took home the top student award from the world’s largest environmental journalism competition.

Arizona PBS, Cronkite School nominated for 39 Emmy and Student Production Awards

August 6, 2019

Arizona PBS received 13 Emmy nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, while Arizona State University students from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication dominated the intercollegiate contest with 26 nominations.

Award-Winning Journalist Stephanie Sy Named Anchor of Cronkite School-Based PBS NewsHour West

July 29, 2019

PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just today announced Stephanie Sy as anchor of PBS NewsHour West, which will operate from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Richard Coolidge, who has served as a senior content producer and managed station and partner editorial collaborations for NewsHour since April 2015, will lead the editorial operation in Phoenix as senior producer of PBS NewsHour West.

Students at Cronkite School Dominate Competition in National Native Media Awards

July 23, 2019

Journalism students at ASU's Cronkite School took home seven first-place awards during the 2019 National Native Media Awards, the most of any school in the nation.

New Book Captures Rise of Women Leaders in News

July 5, 2019

A new book by two Arizona State University professors chronicles the rise of women in America’s newsrooms and lessons about what it takes to lead in a traditionally male-dominated industry that has been rocked by the #MeToo movement.

Public Relations Specialist Joins Cronkite School, Arizona PBS, as Director of Communications

July 1, 2019

Chris Fiscus, an experienced public relations and journalism professional, is joining ASU's Cronkite School and Arizona PBS as director of communications.

Sports Broadcast Boot Camp

July 14, 2019: Sports Broadcast Boot Camp is a two-week residential summer boot camp for high school students interested in exploring sports journalism.

ASU Cronkite Fall Welcome

August 18, 2019: Join Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan, faculty and staff for the school's annual welcome event. The event includes a light lunch. Families are welcome to attend.

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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