Two students deliver a newscast in Cronkite News.

Cronkite News Phoenix

Students in Cronkite News Phoenix gain valuable experience producing daily and in-depth news content on multiple platforms. We serve as the news division of Arizona PBS.

Report on Arizona’s stories

Cronkite News Phoenix students step into our state-of-the-art newsroom and hone their skills alongside more than a dozen award-winning professional journalists to produce both daily and in-depth content.  

Students get a full newsroom experience—from generating unique story ideas and reporting across the Southwest to posting and producing stories across our platforms, which include television, audio, digital and social channels.

Students create important, deep and differentiated news content that reaches a wide audience. Our 30-minute newscast airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. on Arizona PBS and reaches 1.9 million homes across the state in the nation’s 11th-largest media market. More than 100 outlets—newspapers, websites, newsletters, television and radio stations—regularly publish or air our students’ work.

Cronkite News emphasizes innovation, encouraging students to experiment with new tools and storytelling techniques. And we’re committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in our newsroom and in our content. 

Each year, Cronkite News garners top awards in student and professional journalism competitions. Our students emerge with skills that put them in high demand for today’s rapidly changing, cross-platform newsrooms. Students go on to jobs at local television and radio stations, network and cable television, and print and digital news organizations of all sizes. They work as reporters, editors, digital producers, newscast producers, audience engagement specialists, photographers and digital video producers.

Prerequisites

Undergraduate audio reporters: JMC 305/306, and JMC 301 or JMC 315 (JMC 394 Podcasting and Audio Storytelling, JMC 457 Advanced Radio Reporting or JMC 494 Advanced Podcast Production preferred)

Undergraduate digital reporters: JMC 305/306, and JMC 301 or JMC 315

Undergraduate broadcast reporters: JMC 305/306, and JMC 330

Undergraduate digital producers: JMC 305/306, and JMC 301/302 or JMC 315 (JMC 460 preferred)

Undergraduate photographers/digital video producers: JMC 305/306, and JMC 301/302 or JMC 315 (JMC 351 preferred)

Undergraduate newscast producers: JMC 305/306, and JMC 320

Graduate digital reporters, digital producers, photographers/digital video producers: MCO 502

Graduate audio reporters: MCO 502 (MCO 598 – Advanced Podcasting preferred)

Graduate broadcast reporters: MCO 502, and MCO 531

Graduate newscast producers: MCO 502, and MCO 521

Roles in Cronkite News

Audio reporters and producers

Our audio reporters and producers create news features, podcasts and a daily news briefing.

Broadcast reporters

Broadcast reporters get hands-on experience and cover important stories across the Southwest using professional equipment. Topics include politics, borderlands, health, sustainability, education and social justice, among others.

Broadcast producers

Producers work with reporters and studio production staff to build a 30-minute newscast for Arizona PBS each weeknight. They work as a team to create dynamic, innovative award-winning shows.

Digital reporters

Digital reporters hone their reporting, interviewing and storytelling skills while experimenting with innovative techniques, collaborating with team members and developing multimedia skills. 

Digital production and social media

Students grow their web production and design skills and gain experience with video, photo and data visualization. The team leads our social media strategy, including experimenting on TikTok and other platforms.

Visuals: Photo and video

Visual students capture still images and video content for digital and social channels. Visual students collaborate with other teams and experiment with different storytelling techniques, such as animated explainer videos.

1.9 million+ households

reached on Arizona PBS

100+ media partners

regularly publish or air Cronkite News content

300+ students

participate in Cronkite News each year

1,500+ digital stories

published on Cronkite News annually

A student delivers a newscast in front of cameras in Cronkite News.

Covering the community

Cronkite News is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in our newsroom – and in our coverage. We track the sources we feature to evaluate whether our coverage represents our community.

Faculty