Journalism in the Walter Cronkite Tradition… From Behind the Camera

February 19, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Cronkite alumnus Chris Shlemon (’83), the 2017 ITN Video Editor of the Year and member of the White House News Photographers Association, explores the power of videography with Cronkite Professor of Practice Peter Byck.

New Challenges and Opportunities in Strategic Communications

February 26, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick, explores the world of strategic communications with an introduction by Professor of Practice Mark Hass.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What to Do When You Encounter It?

February 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Women, the Media and the Workplace

Advice for people who experience sexual harassment in the workplace and for the women and men that hear about it.

Panelists include:

  • David J. Bodney, partner in the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP, who has extensive experience working with newsrooms on sexual harassment and hostile work environments
  • Melissa Forbes, vice president of public relations at LaneTerralever in Phoenix, who says just because you’re entering the heavily-female PR world, don’t think you won’t face sexual harassment
  • Mi-Ai Parrish, the Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership, who exposed a state legislator’s inappropriate comment to her while she was publisher of The Arizona Republic
  • Sarah Spain, a reporter, columnist and radio host at ESPN, who took on vicious sexist trolls in an award-winning video “More than Mean”

Governments at War with the Media

February 28, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Cronkite Global Conversations

Attacks on the press extend far beyond the White House. Global journalists Daneel Knoetze from South Africa, Bopha Phorn from Cambodia, and Martín Aguirre from Uruguay share their experiences covering governments that are hostile toward journalists and important lessons for journalists.

Experience the Cronkite School in Washington D.C.

March 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

As part of the Ambassador Barbara Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center Launch Event Series, the Cronkite School is hosting a panel discussion featuring some of Washington's leading journalists, followed by a tour of the new, state-of-the-art facility and reception hosted by Dean Christopher Callahan and Weil Family Professor Leonard Downie Jr. The scheduled for the evening will be as follows:

6 p.m. Keynote Panel
Leonard Downie Jr., the former longtime executive editor of The Washington Post who now serves as the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, moderates a panel of leading journalists who cover Washington.

7 p.m. Tour
Explore the new state-of-the-art Barrett and O’Connor Center in this tour with Cronkite School leadership. The tour will include the Cronkite News – Washington Bureau, the McCain Institute and more.

7:15 p.m. Reception
Talk with journalists as well as alumni, students and friends of the Cronkite School over complimentary drinks and hors-d'oeuvres. Hosted by Dean Christopher Callahan and Weil Family Professor Leonard Downie Jr.

Note: This is an invite-only event.

The Power and Promise of Diversity

March 19, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Associate Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, Christina Leonard, executive editor of Cronkite News, and Vanessa Ruiz, director of Cronkite News Borderlands, discuss diversity in journalism with moderator Jennifer Greer, president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The talk includes an introduction by Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan.

What Women and Men Can Do to Change the Culture that Allows Sexual Harassment

March 20, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Women, the Media and the Workplace

A discussion on how to change the culture that fosters sexual harassment and the tough challenges for media. Panelists include:

  • Anita Helt, the general manager of ABC 15, who leads the highly-rated ABC affiliate in Phoenix.
  • Retha Hill, director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, who has written about the challenges African-American women face
  • Lara Setrakian, CEO and co-founder of News Deeply, who as one of the accusers of political commentator Mark Halperin wrote about the need to change the way TV news views and treats women
  • Chrys Wu, a media tech innovator, who is the product strategist for Matchstrike and co-founder of Write/Speak/Code, a conference for women developers

90-Minute Mastery: Google Trends

March 23, 2018 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Ethics and Excellence Professor of Practice Jessica Pucci explains how to use Google’s Trends tool to identify audience interests and mine story ideas.

PR Lab Mentorship Lecture and Aspire Award Presentation

March 26, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Alex Thompson, vice president of brand stewardship and impact at REI, discusses the power of mentorship and presents Cronkite student Jackson Dorsey with the Aspire Award, established in honor of Enid R. Pansky.

You’re Doing What? Cronkite Grads as Innovators

April 9, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Recent Cronkite School alumni share their experiences as media innovators with Retha Hill, director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.

Beyond Sexual Harassment: What It Takes for Women to Succeed in Media Today

April 10, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Women, the Media and the Workplace

A discussion on important issues such as pay equity, balancing life at work and home, and making sure you’re taken seriously in the workplace. Panelists include:

  • Karen Bordeleau, former senior vice president and executive editor of The Providence Journal, who was named one of the most powerful women in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly
  • Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean at Cronkite and longtime newspaper editor, who is working on a book on women leaders in journalism
  • Rashida Jones, senior vice president for specials at NBC and MSNBC, who has quickly moved through the ranks at one of the country’s top news organizations
  • Jennifer Kaplan, owner of Evolve PR and Marketing, who says focusing on relationships is the key to success.
  • Mike Wong, director of career services at Cronkite, who places and tracks the school’s alumni

90-Minute Mastery: Advanced Video Editing

April 13, 2018 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Director of Studio Production Jim Jacoby walks through next-level video and motion graphics editing in Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

The Limits of Objectivity

April 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Tanzina Vega, former national reporter on inequality and race at CNN and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, explores objectivity in journalism in this talk introduced by Vanessa Ruiz, director of Cronkite News Borderlands.

Getting It Right: The Art of Investigative Reporting

April 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture

Carol Leonnig, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Washington Post, discusses investigative journalism with Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and former executive editor of The Washington Post.

This talk is part of the Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture, an annual event held each spring by the Cronkite School in honor of the longtime Arizona Republic editor who taught journalism at ASU for more than 30 years.

Spring 2018 Convocation

May 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Cronkite School's spring 2018 convocation ceremony is held on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at Comerica Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The processional begins promptly at 7 p.m. Degree candidates' names are read as they cross the stage to receive personal congratulations from Dean Christopher Callahan.

For details on ASU’s university-wide commencement ceremonies, visit