Veronica Guerin Washington Scholarship. Scholarship awardees Liam Coates and Erin Murphy with 9l-r); Prof. Kevin Rafter, DCU and Prof. Daire Keogh, President, DCU. Photo by Gerry Mooney

Cronkite School partners with Dublin City University to host two journalism students this summer

Tuesday, May 2, 2023


Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is partnering with Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland to host two students at the Cronkite News Washington Bureau in Washington, D.C., this summer.

The Cronkite School will welcome DCU students Liam Coates and Erin Murphy to the D.C. bureau, where they will work from May to July with D.C. bureau director Steve Crane and Cronkite News student reporters to deliver digital and broadcast news content.

“The Cronkite School is excited to welcome Liam and Erin to the Cronkite News Washington, D.C. bureau and provide them an opportunity to work alongside our talented students and esteemed faculty. We’re also excited to learn from the experiences of these two accomplished student journalists,” said Cronkite School Dean Battinto L. Batts Jr. “We look forward to collaborating with DCU and continuing the spirit of international cooperation between the two universities.” 

The partnership between the Cronkite School and DCU was developed by Crane and Professor Kevin Rafter of DCU’s School of Communications. 

The collaboration is part of a larger effort between ASU and DCU, which have been involved in a Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership since 2013. The agreement between the two universities aims to provide students with unique education and research opportunities, while growing the economies and positively impacting the communities in Arizona and Ireland. 

The partnership entails research projects, collaborative initiatives and study abroad opportunities for students from both universities.

Coates and Murphy will receive the same credentials as Cronkite News students to cover the U.S. Congress and be assigned beats. They’ll be responsible for covering those beats for Cronkite News and its clients.

Coates is currently arts editor at the College View, the DCU student newspaper, and was nominated for two National Student Media Awards in 2022. Murphy is deputy editor of arts and culture of the College View.

The two students are recipients of the Veronica Guerin scholarship, which was established by DCU’s School of Communications and Irish news outlet, Mediahuis Ireland. The scholarship was established in memory of Guerin, an Irish investigative journalist who was murdered in 1996.

The scholarship will allow the two DCU journalism students to complete their work experience placements in the United States for the 2022-23 academic year. Coates and Murphy are both final year undergraduate students at DCU’s School of Communications. 

“We are delighted to partner with the Cronkite School of Journalism to offer this fantastic opportunity to two DCU students. We are also very proud that this scholarship remembers Guerin, a fearless investigative reporter who remains an inspiration for everyone working in the Irish media,” Rafter said.

About the Cronkite School
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “teaching hospital” model. Rooted in the time-honored values that characterize its namesake — accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity — the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics in both the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Learn more at

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