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The Cronkite School serves a test bed for journalism innovation for students, professional journalists and media organizations through a host of unparalleled programs and initiatives.
Eric Newton, a global leader in championing transformational digital innovation in the news media as an executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, serves at Cronkite’s innovation chief, working with Cronkite leadership to drive new, cutting-edge initiatives at Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS.
The Cronkite School also is home to the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab led by former BET executive and digital media entrepreneur Retha Hill. In a state-of-the-art digital studio, Cronkite students collaborate with engineering, design and business students in the lab to create cutting-edge digital media products for regional and national media companies and other organizations. Products have included mobile apps, interactive games and e-books, as well as a mass transit app for the Apple Watch.
The Cronkite School fosters innovation beyond the classroom hosting events and funding for journalism entrepreneurs and educators. Cronkite is home to the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, which brings professors from across the country who are interested in teaching the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial journalism. Cronkite also offers the Knight-Cronkite Alumni Innovation Grant, which awards up to $15,000 to Cronkite School graduates working in newsrooms as a way to accelerate innovation in journalism.