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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 azcentral.com 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.

Spring 2020 Convocation Ceremony

May 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Cronkite Convocation

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication spring 2020 convocation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Arizona Federal Theatre, formally known as Comerica Theatre.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and graduates should plan to arrive at 6 p.m. There will be signage directing graduates to the west entrance of Arizona Federal Theatre off of 5th Avenue.

For additional ceremony details — including parking, livestreaming and the clear bag policy — please visit our Cronkite convocation webpage.