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Cronkite Specializations

Cronkite students can specialize within the major, gaining professional experience and expertise that prepares them for jobs in some of the fastest-growing areas of journalism.

Students pursuing sports journalism can select from sports reporting, production and strategic media classes and complete internships with major media and sports organizations. They also have the opportunity to cover spring training for news organizations around the country and to spend a semester in Cronkite’s new bureau in Santa Monica, Calif., reporting on professional sports for media outlets. Students benefit from the school’s professional partnerships with ESPN, the Pac-12 Networks, FOX Sports, MLB.com and others.

The business journalism specialization combines a thorough understanding of business and economic principles with practical journalism course work and professional internships at major news organizations that include Bloomberg News, Thomson Reuters, CNBC, MarketWatch, MSNBC.com and the business news departments of the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Phoenix Business Journal and The Arizona Republic. The Cronkite School is the hub of U.S. business journalism, housing the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

The school’s Latino specialization teaches students how to cover border and immigration issues here and abroad. The specialization includes an in-depth reporting class and a multidisciplinary seminar at Cronkite as well as classes in the Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at ASU. Students have the opportunity to report abroad during a spring break in-depth reporting trip directed by Rick Rodriguez, former executive editor at the Sacramento Bee, who is the school’s first Carnegie Professor of Journalism specializing in Latino and transnational news coverage.