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The Cronkite School is a place where journalism and communications professionals from across the state and around the world gather to interact with students, faculty and each other. The school hosts numerous conferences, workshops, training programs and seminars each year for everyone from business journalists to high school journalism students and their teachers.
Cronkite partners with dozens of professional media organizations to bring these programs and events to the school and to provide training, jobs and visibility for students and their work.
The school houses both the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the nation’s largest professional business journalism training program, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s largest organization of business journalists. Both offer ongoing training that helps thousands of journalists improve their coverage of business and the economy.
Other programs, such as the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, train faculty from schools around the country in the concepts and practices of infusing entrepreneurship into journalism education, while the National Center on Disability and Journalism offers helps and guidance for journalists who report on the disability community and disability issues around the world.
In the summer, high school journalism students learn digital skills and journalism fundamentals in another two-week residential program. Other summer programs include a sports journalism camp and one in broadcast journalism for high school students.
Through the Cronkite New Media Academy, professionals from around the Valley and the state participate in a series of ongoing workshops that provide skills training in everything from videography and photography to social media and branding.
Other public offerings include the Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture Series, which brings a prominent journalist to the school each year to discuss critical issues such as political coverage, investigative reporting, ethics and freedom of the press.
Many of Cronkite’s outreach programs are made possible through partnerships with local, regional and national media companies and foundations. These companies include The Arizona Republic, the Meredith Corporation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and numerous others.