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First Draft 2020 Live Simulation Conference

January 31, 2020 - 9:30am to 6:30pm

First Draft will be hosting an immersive event including a state-of-the-art live simulation training that is designed to help journalists mitigate the threat disinformation poses.

Through this live simulation, presentations, and masterclasses you will build core competencies in identifying disinformation online and develop protocols for responding to information emergencies by building institutional capacity and provide tools and resources for navigating the complexities of information disorder online.

Due to space limitations, we are inviting anyone interested in attending to apply to attend this free event. Preference will be given to journalists currently employed by a newsroom. We invite other interested parties to apply as well and give us a reason for your interest, but please note: by applying you are not guaranteed a spot. A member of staff will reach out to confirm your attendance. We thank all applicants for their interest.

Big Game Party 2020

February 2, 2020 - 4:30pm

Join Cronkite Nation in the First Amendment Forum to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs during the biggest football game of the year! Join us for free food and fun beginning at the 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

World Premiere: Indian Country Today

February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Must See Mondays

Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, will discuss the media outlet's move into the Cronkite School. Trahant and his staff are busy keeping up with presidential candidates and launching a daily television program – part of the goal to improve coverage of Native American issues and to change the media narrative about Indian country.

“We all know the stereotypes and narratives that come out of Washington or Hollywood,” Trahant said. “So a news program, one that reaches millions of people via public television stations, has the chance to change the story, showing the beauty, intelligence and aspirations of Native people.”

The discussion will be introduced by Assistant Dean Rebecca Blatt.

Female Empowerment in China, Pakistan and Cuba

February 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Global Conversations

Societies the world over are feeling the wave of female empowerment, but the response is not universal. How are women's rights and interests addressed in the public agenda abroad? Is there discrimination or other issues in professional fields, society and family? Humphrey Fellows Chentao Cui, a broadcast journalist from China, Noreen Shams, a multimedia journalist from Pakistan, and Monica Rivero, a digital journalist from Cuba, will discuss female empowerment in these countries.

ASU Open Door

February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Arizona State University is inviting the public to its Downtown Phoenix campus to experience what life is like at one of the most innovative universities in the nation.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Phoenix, future young professionals, their families and friends can explore the exciting spaces while participating in free interactive, hands-on activities.

Come make Curious George puppets with Arizona PBS and take a photo with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Or, explore prize-winning photos as part of the World Press Photo Exhibition in Cronkite’s First Amendment Forum.

Click here for a list of activities on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

PBS NewsHour Looks to the West

February 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

"PBS NewsHour" has a long history of setting the standard for broadcast journalism. When PBS NewsHour ‘West’ opened as a bureau inside Cronkite, it created a tremendous opportunity for students while giving the show a perch to use to help provide deeper and more nuanced news coverage of issues critical to the West.

What’s in store for the new bureau, how will it help with coverage of issues from the border to elections, and what impact will the bureau have on students? Join Richard Coolidge, senior producer, and Stephanie Sy, anchor, of PBS NewsHour West in a discussion moderated by Associate Dean Mark Lodato.

South China Sea Conflict and the Influence of China in Southeast Asia

February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Global Conversations

The disputes in the South China Sea among several Southeast Asian states and China have remained unresolved for decades. With China's emergence as a regional and global power, the area has turned into a flashpoint in China-U.S. relations. Humphrey Fellows Camille Elemia, a multimedia reporter from the Philippines, Ha Tran, a broadcast journalist from Vietnam, and Aung Naing Soe, a multimedia journalist from Myanmar, will look into the maritime dispute, China's increasing militarization in the contested waters and its economic expansion in the region.

The Art of the GIF

February 14, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

90-Minute Mastery

Learn how to make animated GIFs that will engage your audience! Cronkite News Digital Desk Director Lori Todd will show you how.

Storytelling for All: Diversity in the News

February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

Director for Diversity Initiatives Vanessa Ruiz will lead a panel discussion on the importance of diversity within newsrooms. The panel discussion will include:
• Maria Hechanova, reporter, 3TV/CBS5
• Jennifer Longdon, member, Arizona House of Representatives
• Laura Gómez Rodriguez, reporter, Arizona Mirror
• Jamar Younger, communications coordinator, Arizona Charter Schools Association

Refugees and Humanitarian Action

February 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Global Conversations

International migration is quickly becoming a larger, global humanitarian and economic issue as conflicts continue in different regions and climate change impacts vulnerable communities. As populations impacted by these circumstances become poorer, they also seek opportunities as migrant workers. Humphrey Fellows Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, a Ugandan journalist, Pierre Dupenor, a media veteran in Haiti, and Mona Aly, a digital strategist in Egypt, discuss how migrant workers impact a country's economic growth.

Howard Center Student Investigations

February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays

One of just two in the country, the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism inside the Cronkite School trains the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. Howard Center students uncover, deeply research and publish stories of significant importance.

Join a panel of Cronkite Howard Center students as they discuss their recent investigation in a conversation moderated by Executive Editor Maud Beelman and Executive Producer Lauren Mucciolo.

Reconciliation in the Balkans

February 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Global Conversations

Almost 30 years after the Yugoslav Wars, people are still wondering what went wrong. Gen Z was born after the war, but ended up hating their neighbors. What can national and regional media do to help with reconciliation? What about social media and music? Is Bosnia and Herzegovina irreversibly a failed state? Humphrey Fellows Nera Valentic, a broadcast journalist in Croatia, and Radovan Bogojevic, a journalist in Montenegro, look at how the region can leave the past behind and look to the future.

How to Read and Negotiate a Job Contract

February 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

90-Minute Mastery

Navigating your first job offers? Learn how to read the legalese during an in-depth discussion with veteran journalists and media executives.

Please note the special location: Cronkite 256/The classroom.

Drugs, Devices and Deception: Reporting on America's Health System

March 2, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Must See Mondays
Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture

Christina Jewett, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will discuss her award-winning work that includes a top prize in the recent Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism.

Jewett discovered that for nearly 20 years, the FDA was striking deals with medical device makers to keep millions of malfunction and injury reports out of a public database – and instead letting device makers submit reports to a secret database, hidden from public view. The hidden database included 500,000 reports of injuries or malfunctions tied to breast implants and 66,000 surgical stapler malfunctions.

Jewett will be introduced by Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean and Reynolds Professor in business journalism.

The Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture is an annual event each spring at the Cronkite School to honor the longtime Arizona Republic editor who taught journalism at ASU for more than 30 years.

The Undefeated: A Conversation with William C. Rhoden

March 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Must See Mondays

William C. Rhoden is a writer-at-large for The Undefeated and a longtime New York Times columnist. He is a visiting professor at the Cronkite School and will teach “Opinion in the Digital Age,” a new course being offered as part of the sports journalism program. The class will introduce students to the art of crafting and forming thoughtful opinion pieces for print and broadcast.

Rhoden will talk about the intersection of sports and culture, and the new class, in a discussion moderated by Brett Kurland, director of sports programs and the Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau.

Crisis Communications in the Digital Age

March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Must See Mondays

Aaron Walker (’02) is the chief communications officer at Rock Ventures, responsible for the overall communications strategy for numerous national brands. He works with communications leads from Quicken Loans to the Cleveland Cavaliers to make sure the brands’ narratives are aligned. Previously, he headed up Edelman's crisis and risk practice in the Washington, D.C., office with a specialty in digital crisis and strategy.

The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Schmidtke, director, Public Relations Lab.

SEO 101

March 27, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

90-Minute Mastery

Digital Audiences Lab Director Luis Bonilla will show you how to use Screaming Frog, a website crawler tool, to optimize any website for search engines.

Covering the Presidential Election

March 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

Must See Mondays

A panel of experts will join the discussion live from Washington, D.C., to discuss covering presidential elections ahead of the 2020 elections.

The discussion will be moderated by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism and the longtime former executive editor of The Washington Post, where he earlier helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage.

Advanced Video Editing and Graphics

April 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

90-Minute Mastery

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

Critical Issues in American Sports

April 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

Must See Mondays

Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer, ESPN, will join Paola Boivin, digital director, Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau, for a discussion on critical issues arising in sports.

Making a Difference in Local Television News

April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
Must See Mondays

Christine Devine (’87) is an anchor at Fox 11 in Los Angeles. She will return to Cronkite to close out the spring Must See Mondays lineup with a discussion about local news.

Topics will include how to make traditional TV relevant to viewers, the power of community reporting, underreported areas that are opportunities for local news, how to navigate the job hunt for entry-level local newsroom positions, and top skills needed for journalists in local newsrooms today.

The discussion will be moderated by Melanie Asp Alvarez, executive editor, Elemental.