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Twenty-eight high school students from across the country will learn multimedia reporting skills this month as part of the annual Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The students, many from underrepresented communities, will attend classes at the Cronkite School and live on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus from June 5-17.
Students are receiving full scholarships to cover housing, meals and training through support from the Arizona Broadcasters Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and generous gifts from Cronkite Endowment Board members Tom Chauncey and Tim Riester.
“There is no other opportunity like this for students to get a real glimpse into the broadcast industry,” said Art Brooks, president and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association. “It’s an honor for us to have such a positive impact on the lives of students.”
Students will attend class sessions taught by Cronkite faculty on reporting, writing, multimedia journalism and videography and editing. They also will tour local media outlets and meet professional journalists. The students cap the experience by producing a newscast and a multimedia-rich website at the Cronkite School.
Additionally, students will experience the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, staying at the Taylor Place residence hall and visiting the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.
The Summer Journalism Institute is led by Anita Luera, the Cronkite School’s director of high school journalism programs and president of the Arizona Latino Media Association. Classes are taught by Luera and Cronkite faculty and staff, including Associate Professor Craig Allen and faculty associates Chuck Emmert and Ceasar Hernandez.
“Each summer we work to provide unparalleled multimedia journalism experiences for high school students,” Luera said. “This year will be no different as students will see what a future could be like in journalism today.”