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Welcome from Dean Gilger

Kristin Gilger with students

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 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.”

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. And students get hands-on experiences in 15 different full-immersion professional programs that produce news, information and community engagement on critical issues for the state, region and nation.

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 workstations, the Morgan Murphy 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, news events, 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. Our students consistently lead the country in national journalism competitions, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence, the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competitions and the Hearst Journalism Awards. Cronkite students have won five international Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards for reporting on social justice – by far the most of any university in the country.

Students are guided by a faculty of master teachers, writers, scholars and practitioners with deep experience and expertise in every aspect of journalism and strategic communications. We also have a career development center that opens doors to the best internships and jobs around the country 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. Since 1984, our program has carried the name of the former CBS News anchor, who is remembered as “The Most Trusted Man in America.” Cronkite’s legacy lives on in the spirit and passion with which we teach 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 https://cronkite.asu.edu/ has much more information about the school, and we’re always happy to talk with you or visit in person.


Kristin Gilger