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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.

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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.

    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 sixth-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 - 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau

    Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau

    Work with professional media organizations to develop news stories and foster audience engagement.

    Students engage with news organizations across the country to find news sources, connect with audiences and generate story ideas using American Public Media’s innovative Public Insight Network. The Cronkite School is the only institution in the country providing PIN services to client newsrooms.

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    "The PIN Bureau taught me how to work with newsrooms across the country in a professional manner and how to keep up with multiple deadlines at once."

    Meredith Witthar (’15), production assistant, The List

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education

The Gold Standard of Journalism Education

100+

Cronkite has more than 100 full-time and associate faculty members. 

$8 million

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

“Cronkite has become the gold standard of journalism education in America.” — Clark Bell, journalism program director, McCormick Foundation

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Cronkite News and Events

Cronkite News and Events

Major US-Mexico Border Poll Finds Opposition to Wall, Says Election Politics Damaging

July 17, 2016

The Cronkite School's Cronkite News has released a major poll with Univision News and The Dallas Morning News on important election issues involving the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cronkite School Students to Cover Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 15, 2016

Cronkite students are traveling to the Republican and Democratic national conventions this month to cover important election issues.

CBS News, Cronkite School to Remember Walter Cronkite at Centennial Celebration at Newseum

July 6, 2016

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Walter Cronkite, a large-scale public celebration featuring some of the nation’s top journalists will be held this fall at the Newseum.

Top Media Executive to Join Cronkite Faculty as Russell Chair

June 29, 2016

Julia Wallace, a top Cox Media Group executive and a leading editor of newspapers in Atlanta and Phoenix, is joining the Cronkite School as the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism.

Cronkite School Fall Welcome

August 14, 2016: Join Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan, faculty and staff for the school's annual fall welcome event.

Cronkite Student Organization Night

August 22, 2016: Students are invited to this annual event designed to help connect with the numerous opportunities at Cronkite.

New Student Meet and Greet

August 25, 2016: The Cronkite School welcomes incoming new students to meet with advisers and connect with other new students at this welcome reception.

Family Weekend Tailgate Breakfast

September 24, 2016: Kick off Family Weekend with the Cronkite School’s Family Weekend Tailgate Breakfast as the Sun Devils take on the California Golden Bears.

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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