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Cronkite School Helps Public Media Leaders Guide Newsrooms During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is supporting public media leaders as they navigate newsroom coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work is an extension of the Cronkite School’s Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative, a two-year program funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide comprehensive leadership training for the next generation of public media leaders. By the end of 2020, a total of 100 leaders from 43 states will have participated in this in-depth development program.

The initiative, which is guided by Julia Wallace,Cronkite’s Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism and former editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, trains participants on how to lead public media into the future.

The goal of the program is to build a network of public media leaders who can share successes, solve problems and build collaborations – skills that are more necessary than ever during a time of crisis.

“Before the coronavirus pandemic, the media landscape was already rapidly changing,” Wallace said. “Now, more than ever, communities are turning to public media stations for coverage about coronavirus issues happening in their own backyards. With our help, fellows are leading organizations to establish even deeper connections with their audiences by providing the type of service journalism needed right now.”

Since the beginning of April, fellows from across the country have participated in bi-weekly virtual discussions focusing on topics such as how to keep their staffs safe, strategic planning and ways to engage online audiences. In addition to the webinars, fellows collaborate virtually through Slack, a communication platform, or during weekly calls led by their EILI coaches.

The following public media outlets are participating in the EILI initiative:

  • Alabama Public Radio
  • Alaska Public Media
  • American Public Media
  • Arizona Public Media
  • Boise Public Radio
  • Capital Public Radio
  • Colorado Public Radio
  • Community Idea Stations/WCVE News
  • Connecticut Public Radio
  • Daily News, MPR News
  • Detroit Public Media
  • ERA North Texas/Texas News Hub
  • GPB
  • Hawaii Public Radio
  • Houston Public Media
  • ideastream
  • Indiana Public Broadcasting Collaboration
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Iowa Public Television
  • KCUR
  • KERA
  • KJZZ
  • KNKX
  • KPCC + LAist
  • KQED
  • KQED Radio
  • KTOO & Alaska’s Energy Desk
  • KUAR-FM (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • KUER/NPR Utah
  • KUNC
  • KUNR Public Radio
  • KUOW
  • KUT
  • KUT - The Texas Standard
  • KYCir
  • KYUK
  • Louisville Public Media
  • Maine Public
  • Michigan Radio
  • Milwaukee PBS
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • MPR
  • Nashville Public Radio
  • Nashville Public Television
  • Native America Calling
  • Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
  • NET Radio/TV
  • New England Public Media
  • New Hampshire Public Radio
  • NJTV News
  • North Country Public Radio
  • NPR
  • Ohio Valley ReSource/Louisville Public Media
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • PBS39/WLVT
  • Reveal
  • Rocky Mountain Public Media
  • Sharing America/St. Louis Public Radio
  • South Carolina ETV
  • South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  • St. Louis Public Radio
  • The World
  • Twin Cities PBS
  • Vermont Public Radio
  • WABE Radio
  • WAMU
  • WAMU 88.5
  • WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Media Group
  • WBFO
  • WBMH
  • WBUR
  • WESA
  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • WFAE 90.7 FM
  • WFYI
  • WHRO
  • WHYY
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • WNIN
  • WNYC
  • WPLN
  • WPSU
  • WSHU Public Radio
  • WTTW
  • WUNC
  • WUSF Public Media
  • WUWM
  • WXXI Public Broadcasting

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About the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Cronkite School at Arizona State University is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and is home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. The school’s mission is to prepare the next generation of journalists and communications professionals while also taking responsibility for the fundamental news and information needs of the community through an innovative journalistic “teaching hospital.” In more than a dozen professional immersion programs, students create professional content under the guidance of faculty with deep industry experience and experiment with new ways of creating and delivering news and information. The school is located on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus in the heart of the nation’s 11th largest media market.