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Cronkite Career Services Hosts Summer Series of Events for Cronkite School Alumni

June 11, 2021

By Nicholas Hodell

The Career Services team at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has launched a new virtual summer series for Cronkite alumni who are looking to advance their careers.

The Cronkite Nation Pro+U Summer Series features a panel of alumni who share expertise on a variety of topics, including how to start a media company, ways to improve professional resumes, and how to take the next steps within a company.

The series began on May 15 and will continue on June 12 with events every other Saturday until July 24. All events begin at 11 a.m. Arizona time.

Becca Smouse, a program coordinator with the Career Services team, came up with the idea for hosting this series of events. She said the idea originated with the intention of increasing engagement with the Cronkite School’s alumni network.

The Career Services team determined through a survey of more than 100 respondents that a workshop series would be a good starting point to give alumni career advice.

“We really wanted to have this idea that the Cronkite School is here to help you not only when you’re a student but also as a professional because you reflect the Cronkite School brand,” Smouse said. “You’re a part of our Cronkite School family and we take care of our family.”

Here is a list of Cronkite Nation Pro+U events:

June 12: Working abroad: Taking your skills global
Dinah Abulfotuh, VP of Marketing and Communication at The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Thomas Bonifield, Former MOscow Bureau CHief and deputy foreign news editor, NBC News
Christine Burke, Daybreak reporter, Bloomberg in Saudi Arabia

June 26: Your Professional Brand: Resumes, Cover Letters, and more
Becca Smouse and Nicole Ashton, Program Coordinators, Cronkite School
Abby Zufelt, Digital Marketing Manage, Cronkite School and host of Working Girl Talk podcast

July 10: Navigating the “promotion/raise” conversation
John Misner, professor of practice, Cronkite School
Dakota Webber, ASU Career Services

July 24: Being your own boss: Starting your own media company
Phil Alvidrez, General Manager and Executive in Charge of Production, MagicDust Television
Aisha Marshall, CEO and Founder of Creative Label

Alumni interested in attending an event in the Cronkite Nation Pro+U Summer Series can RSVP for upcoming events at www.cronkitecareerservices.com/pro-u-summer-series.