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Welcome from Dean Callahan

Letter from the Dean

Welcome to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world.

Our mission to is to prepare the next generation of journalists and communications professionals while also taking responsibility for the fundamental news and information needs of the community through an innovative journalistic “teaching hospital.”

Students get hands-on experiences in a dozen intensive, full-immersion professional programs that produce news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation. They cover the most important issues of the day from public affairs news bureaus in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and report on sports from bureaus in Los Angeles and Phoenix. Other immersion programs focus on digital audiences, public relations, Spanish-language news, digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Students also conduct national data-driven investigations into issues critical to Americans through the Carnegie-Knight News21 program.

Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, serves as the hub of this “teaching hospital” and a testing ground for innovation in journalism. Students produce a nightly newscast that reaches 1.9 million households across Arizona on four TV channels and multiple digital platforms.

All of these initiatives originate in a state-of-the-art media complex that is considered one of the best journalism education facilities in the nation. It is equipped with 14 digital newsrooms and computer labs, three TV studios, 385 digital student work stations, the Cronkite Theater, the First Amendment Forum and the latest and most sophisticated technology found anywhere. The school is located in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city, with easy access to internships at media companies and to news events and sources at major sports and cultural complexes and government agencies and offices.

Each year, we draw extraordinarily bright, inquisitive, passionate and diverse students from across the country. Over the past decade, our students have consistently led the country in national journalism competitions. Cronkite has been No. 1 in the nation in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition and the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts awards and has finished in the top 10 in the Hearst Journalism Awards, often called the Pulitzers of college journalism, each year.

Students are guided by a faculty that is made up of award-winning journalists and media professionals and world-class media scholars. Cronkite professors include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, digital media thought leaders, top TV producers and correspondents, major metropolitan newspaper editors and strategic communications executives. They are master teachers, writers and scholars who often teach and speak around the globe on the most important issues facing journalism today.

In addition to our unparalleled facility and faculty, we have a career development center that helps our students get the best internships and jobs possible because, after all, the most important measure of a professional journalism program is where students go after graduation and beyond. Our alumni hold positions around the world as reporters, editors, producers, correspondents, anchors, media managers and public relations specialists at online media outlets, television stations, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, newsletters, public relations firms and corporate and government public relations departments.

Aside from our students, our biggest asset remains the foundation of excellence and integrity set by Walter Cronkite. Our program has carried the name of the former CBS News anchor, who is remembered as “The Most Trusted Man in America, since 1984. And Cronkite’s legacy lives on in the spirt and passion with which we teaches both the skills to practice journalism in today’s fast-paced media environment and the time-honored ethics and news values necessary to do it in the manner that would make him proud.

Our website has much more information about the school, and we’re always happy to talk with you or visit in person. 

Sincerely,


Dean Christopher Callahan