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Numerous media outlets publish and broadcast work produced by Cronkite students each year and extend internships and jobs to students in their professional newsrooms. In addition to those ongoing opportunities, the Cronkite School has formal partnerships with several major media corporations that give students unmatched professional experience in areas ranging from sports reporting to multimedia and broadcast production. These partnerships include:
In the new Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau, students work with news organizations across the country, mining news sources and generating story ideas and angles through American Public Media's Public Insight Network. Guided by a professional journalist, they learn the tools and practices of citizen engagement as well as important research and analytical skills. PIN also provides students with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills – all while helping journalists tell solid stories.
The Cronkite School is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media organization operated by a journalism school in the world. Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform news division of Arizona PBS, includes a nightly television news broadcast, digital reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, a business reporting bureau, an entrepreneurial digital innovation lab, a digital production bureau and a newsgathering and civic journalism bureau for students.
Each year, more than three dozen Cronkite students report breaking news for azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic as part of a multimedia reporting class under the direction of Arizona Republic Editor-in-Residence Lindsey Collom. The students not only receive course credit but are paid and gain valuable real-world experience reporting on news in real time.
Since the summer of 2010, Cronkite students have worked with reporters and producers at The Arizona Republic and 12 News to fact-check claims made by political candidates and campaigns as well as by political figures for AZ Fact Check. The student interns are paid, and their work appears on azfactcheck.com, part of azcentral.com.
The E.W. Scripps Corporation and Cronkite have partnered for a pilot program that places the school’s best broadcasting graduates in a Scripps newsroom training program. Every six months, four graduates are competitively chosen for full-time producer and multimedia journalist positions at Scripps’ KERO-TV station in Bakersfield, Calif. In addition to their salary, the graduates receive free housing. After six months, they can move up within KERO or the Scripps national network of newsrooms.
Cronkite partners with FOX Sports Arizona on several programs for students. From a studio set inside the Cronkite School building, FOX Sports produces 100 total pre-/post-game programs for Phoenix Suns road games. Students of all levels have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship opportunities that provide valuable experience working side-by-side with seasoned sports producers in both the editorial and production portions of the broadcast. There also is a sports marketing class where students develop and pitch promotional campaigns for FOX Sports Arizona. A winning campaign by ASU students focused on the relationship between Arizona sports fans and their teams and developed the slogan, “We bring the game home.” Additionally, students participate in "Cronkite Sports on FOX." The magazine-style show was conceived and created by Cronkite students and covers ASU athletics and student-athletes.
Students in Cronkite News produce multimedia news stories for the website of NPR member station KJZZ, as well as for on-air programming. Students, who work closely with a team of professional Cronkite News editors, report on a variety of Arizona issues, including the border, education, sustainability and the economy.
Cronkite students working at Cronkite News produce stories for KPBS in San Diego for the Fronteras Desk, an unprecedented multimedia collaboration among public radio stations across the southwestern U.S.
KTAR and the Cronkite School are collaborating to produce in-depth radio reports. Under the direction of KTAR reporter Holliday Moore, students in the Advanced Radio class report, write and produce stories designed for the KTAR audience. The pieces can be heard during the station’s regular news programming.
For one week in January, top broadcast journalism students from underrepresented groups come from across the country to do an intense fellowship at the Cronkite School. They receive hands-on experience working in the CBS 5 newsroom with KPHO reporters, producers, editors and videographers, supplemented by training by instructors from the Cronkite School.
Partnerships with four major media outlets give Cronkite students interested in sports journalism careers a unique opportunity to report on Major League Baseball spring training, specifically covering the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, for major metropolitan news outlets. The course is taught by longtime sports journalists.
The “PBS NewsHour” publishes and airs content produced by ASU students working at Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. Students have reported on issues of importance to Arizona, including a controversial proposed tourist development at the Grand Canyon.
Sports Illustrated publishes content produced by ASU students working in the Cronkite News – Phoenix and Los Angeles Sports Bureaus. Students have produced multimedia content for SI.com, including an interactive Super Bowl travel guide and in-depth coverage of collegiate sports.
Students in Cronkite News periodically produce a Spanish-language version of the newscast, "Cronkite News en Espanol," which airs on Univision’s TeleFutura network in Phoenix.
Students in the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, headquartered at the Cronkite School, work on a major investigative reporting project each summer covering an issue of national importance. Past topics have included transportation safety in America, who can vote and food safety. Stories produced by these projects have been published in The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, the Center for Public Integrity and numerous others.