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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. Here is a sampling of those partnerships:
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, an entrepreneurial digital innovation lab and a digital production desk, among other offerings.
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 that takes place at the newspaper, located about two blocks from the school. Students work two days a week under the supervision of Republic editors, gaining experience and bylines while also receiving course credit and pay.
Under a partnership with the E.W. Scripps Corporation, top Cronkite broadcast graduates are placed in a Scripps newsroom training program immediately following graduation. 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 salaries, the graduates receive free housing. After one year, 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 Arizona produces nearly 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 the production of the broadcast. Students also can take a sports marketing class in which they develop and pitch promotional campaigns for FOX Sports Arizona. 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.
The Houston Chronicle reserves a 12-week fellowship in data journalism for one Cronkite graduate each year. The fellow rotates through the newsroom, learning different ways to use data in reporting and contributing to the newspaper’s data projects.
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. Under the direction of KJZZ reporter Holliday Moore, students in the Advanced Radio class report, write and produce stories designed for the KJZZ audience. The pieces can be heard during the station’s regular news programming.
Partnerships with major media outlets give Cronkite students interested in sports journalism careers a unique opportunity to report on Major League Baseball spring training. Students head to stadiums around the Valley to cover the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and other clubs for MLB.com and major metropolitan news outlets.
Students working out of Cronkite News bureaus in both Los Angeles and Phoenix cover sports and produce programs for the Pac-12 Networks. Productions include “Crosstown Stories,” a magazine-style television show focusing on Pac-12 athletes competing in Southern California. Cronkite students covering the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 Olympics in Rio produced dozens of stories about Pac-12 athletes competing in the games.
Each summer, the Cronkite School places a top business journalism student at the Phoenix Business Journal to report on local business and economic issues. The student also contributes to the website of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center on Business Journalism, which is part of the Cronkite School.
The “PBS NewsHour” publishes and airs content produced by ASU students working at Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. Students focus on Arizona stories with appeal to a national audience, such as a controversial proposed tourist development at the Grand Canyon. The Cronkite School also is home to a West Coast bureau of the NewsHour, with a team of PBS professionals working out of the school to cover a wide swath of the West for digital and broadcast audiences.
Sports Illustrated publishes content produced by ASU students working in the Cronkite News – Phoenix and Los Angeles 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 produce a Spanish-language version of the newscast, "Cronkite Noticias," which airs Saturdays on Univision Arizona in Phoenix.
Students in the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, headquartered at the Cronkite School, produce a major investigative reporting project each summer covering an issue of national importance. Past topics have focused on federal emergency response to disasters around the country, hate crimes, water quality and voting rights. Students’ stories, documentaries and multimedia content are regularly published by major media outlets that include The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity.