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Top Journalists, Communicators to Take Part in Cronkite School Lecture Series

August 17, 2018

Political journalists from The Washington Post, the religion editor of CNN and a top communications executive at Intel Corp. are among the headliners of a speaker series this fall at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Washington Post journalists Dan Balz, Scott Clement and Cathleen Decker as well as CNN religion editor Daniel Burke and Cronkite alumna Laura Anderson (’97), vice president of global marketing and communications at Intel Corp., are all part of this year’s “Must See Mondays,” a series of lectures, panels and presentations at the Cronkite School that are open to the public.

Speakers also include Brian Storm, founder and executive producer of MediaStorm, an award-winning film production and interactive design studio, as well as Sarah Holt who will discuss what it takes to make a documentary for NOVA.

The series kicks off Aug. 27 with a panel discussion featuring recent Cronkite alumni on careers in journalism and communications.

This fall marks the 11th year for the lecture series, which has brought more than 250 lecturers and panelists since 2008. Participants have included Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, national and international news correspondents, public relations executives and media innovators and entrepreneurs.

“This season’s talks take on important issues involving democracy and journalism as well as emerging fields in communications,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “We are excited to welcome some of the very best in the business and have them share their experiences with our students and faculty as well as the community.”

The talks start at 7 p.m. in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. They are free and open to the public. The complete schedule is below. 

Fall 2018 “Must See Mondays” Schedule

Aug. 27: Cronkite Nation in the Real World

Cronkite alumni Cydney Henderson (’16), Life NOW Reporter at USA Today, Lynnie Nguyen (’15), digital marketing program manager at U-Haul International, Kalia Pang (’10), senior public relations specialists at Sprouts Famers Market, and Aldo Vazquez (’11), a reporter at ABC15, discuss today’s media jobs in this panel discussion led by Michael Wong, director of career services at the Cronkite School. 

Sept. 10: Launching Your Career with Cronkite Professional Programs

Cronkite faculty members Paola Boivin, digital director of the Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau, Retha Hill, executive director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, Christina Leonard, executive editor of Cronkite News, Fran R. Matera, director of the Cronkite Public Relations Lab, and Jessica Pucci, director of Cronkite Digital Audience Programs, explore the immersive experiences available to Cronkite students in this panel discussion led by Assistant Dean Rebecca Blatt.

Sept. 17: Crowder Photojournalism Award: Visual Storytelling

Brian Storm, founder and executive producer of MediaStorm, leads a talk on the power of visual storytelling in this special event celebrating the winners of the Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award. The talk includes an introduction by Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger. 

Sept. 24: Covering the Border 

Alfredo Corchado, Mexico correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, shares his experiences reporting from the border and his new book, “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration,” in this talk moderated by Angela Kocherga, border/southern New Mexico correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal. 

Oct. 1: Election 2018: Politics and Polling

Special 6 p.m. start time 

Washington Post journalists Dan Balz, chief correspondent, Scott Clement, polling director, and Cathleen Decker, political campaign editor, sit down with former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism, to examine the 2018 election. 

Oct. 15: The Power of Integrated Marketing and Communications

Kim L. Hunter, president and CEO of Lagrant Communications, discusses the explosive growth of integrated marketing and communications with former Edelman U.S. President and CEO Mark Hass, professor of practice in strategic communications.

Oct. 22: Addiction: Behind the Making of a New NOVA Documentary

Sarah Holt, producer, writer and director of Holt Productions, offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a documentary for NOVA on PBS. The talk includes an introduction by Professor of Practice Peter Byck, a documentary filmmaker.

Oct. 29: Religion, Journalism and Democracy

Daniel Burke, religion editor at CNN, explores the intersections between religion, journalism and democracy in this talk sponsored by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs. The talk includes John Carlson, director and associate professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, and Kristin Gilger, Cronkite senior associate dean. 

Nov. 5: Global Corporate Communications 

Cronkite alumna Laura Anderson (’97), vice president of global marketing and communications and general manager of global communications at Intel Corp., discusses corporate communications in Silicon Valley.

Nov. 19: Barlett & Steele Awards: The Best in Investigative Business Journalism

The winners of the 2018 Barlett & Steele Awards share their award-winning investigations with Professor Andrew Leckey, president, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Nov. 26: Hate in America: A Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigation

News21 Executive Editor Jacquee Petchel and fellows present their in-depth national investigation into hate crimes.