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Professional Programs Application, Summer/Fall

Please read these instructions carefully before filling out the applications below. Students must meet the prerequisites for professional programs before they can be approved for registration.

Cronkite News – Phoenix, Washington, Los Angeles

Cronkite News is a multiplatform news organization with a variety of professional roles available to students.

Reporters – Directors expect all reporters to pitch stories, conduct interviews, produce multimedia content and work side-by-side with directors to edit pieces. Students provide content for the newscast on Arizona PBS, the Cronkite News website and its social media channels. Directors assign reporters to content verticals: Borderlands; Consumer; Education; Future; Justice; Government; Money; Sustainability; and Investigative. If you select Phoenix, you must rank your preference of verticals. In Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, your director will assign your beat after you’ve been accepted into the program. We will attempt to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to assign teams as needed.

Prerequisites: JMC 301 or MCO 502 for digital reporters

                       JMC 330 or MCO 531 for broadcast reporters

                       Depth Reporting, News21 or a previous semester in Cronkite News for Investigative

Digital desk – Duties include data visualization; web production and design; video and photography; analytics and audience engagement; and podcast production. Journalists on the digital desk work individually and with other students to produce and promote content, but they also pitch ideas, report for multimedia stories and write text. Directors may ask the team members to report and write during breaking news events. Students must indicate the roles they prefer in the “objective” box on the application: Design/Data Visualization, Photo/Video, Podcast or Social Media.

Prerequisites: JMC 301 or JMC 330; MCO 502

Desired classes: JMC 460; MCO 307 and/or MCO 531

 

Newscast producing – The team coordinates all editorial aspects of the Cronkite News broadcast content – selecting stories, preparing presentation plans for reporters, writing scripts, creating graphics, editing video and managing the talent for the nightly Cronkite News newscasts on Arizona PBS, Facebook Live updates and the CNinsider social channel.

Prerequisites: JMC 320 or MCO 521: News Producing

 

Studio production – The team brings the newscast to life, using content produced by reporters and producers to execute the show. The studio production team, consisting of a director, technical director, audio and floor director, operates the control room equipment during the show, as well as both news and sports Facebook Live shows, Noticias – the Spanish- language version of Cronkite News – and other studio productions. Journalists will use Photoshop and After Effects to build creative graphics for the show and reporter packages.

Prerequisites – JMC 320 or JMC 315 and JMC 345

 

Cronkite Noticias

Reporters and producers cover and produce news in Spanish for broadcast and digital platforms. Students produce content in Spanish while sharpening and utilizing their bilingual skills during the news gathering process. In addition to reporters, the team also needs newscast producers.

Prerequisites: JMC 301 or MCO 502 for digital reporters

                       JMC 330 or MCO 531 for broadcast reporters

 

Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports

Broadcast and digital reporters cover a variety of professional and college sports in Arizona for regional and national media outlets. There are a limited number of sports-show producing roles in the bureau.

Prerequisites: JMC 302 or MCO 502 for digital reporting

                       JMC 331 or MCO 531 for broadcast reporting

                       JMC 320 for sports show producing

Digital sports reporters and broadcast sports reporters Directors expect all Phoenix sports reporters to pitch stories, conduct interviews, produce multimedia content and work side-by-side with directors to edit pieces. Reporters cover professional, college and high school teams across the Valley and major sporting events that occur in Arizona. Reporters also produce stories on a variety of issues in sports. Broadcast reporters provide content for multiple outlets, including Cronkite Sports Now, a daily sports show on Facebook Live, Cronkite Sports Report, a half-hour sports newsmagazine show on Fox Sports Arizona and the daily Cronkite News newscast on Arizona PBS. Digital reporters provide content for multiple outlets, including the Cronkite News website and clients across the state, including ArizonaSports.com.

All reporters must produce content for social media.

Broadcast sports producers – Broadcast producers in the sports bureau manage all editorial aspects of the Phoenix Sports Bureau’s video content – selecting stories, preparing presentation plans for reporters, writing scripts, creating graphics, editing video and managing on-air talent for the daily Cronkite Sports Now show on Facebook Live as well as multiple episodes of Cronkite Sports Report, a half-hour sports newsmagazine show on Fox Sports Arizona.

Digital sports production – Digital producers in the sports bureau create data visualization and manage web production, web video and photographs for stories published on Cronkite News as well as stories distributed to news clients across the state, including ArizonaSports.com.

Social mediaThe social media team in the Phoenix Sports Bureau is responsible for audience engagement, including managing the bureau’s social channels. This includes pitching, reporting and producing original content for social media, as well as working with other students to produce and promote content. Directors may ask the team members to report and write during breaking news events.

 

Cronkite News – Los Angeles Sports

Broadcast reporters cover professional, college and Olympic sports in the nation’s second-largest media market. Directors expect all Los Angeles sports reporters to pitch stories, conduct interviews, produce multimedia content and work side-by-side with directors to edit pieces. All students must produce content for social media.

Prerequisites: JMC 331 or MCO 531

 

Television Magazine

Students will produce a 13-week television magazine program for Arizona PBS focusing on science research at Arizona State University, using long-form DSLR video storytelling skills. This is an opportunity to field produce, report and develop videography, writing and graphic skills under the direction of Stephen Filmer, an on-camera correspondent and producer of such programs as ABC’s "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight."

Prerequisites: JMC 315 or 301 and JMC 345 or Non-Narrative Video Storytelling; MCO 502 with a C or better.

 

Sports Knowledge Lab

Students are part of a new interdisciplinary Global Sport Institute that aggregates, creates and shares sports-related research with the public. Students will produce and present a variety of curated and original content examining the impact of sport on society and providing context for top sports headlines from around the world. Content will include long-form writing, documentaries, articles, newsletters, data visualization and podcasts.

Prerequisites: JMC 305 and JMC 301, JMC 302, or JMC 315 with a C or better; MCO 502 with a C or better.

 

New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab: (Not offered in summer)   

Students work with computer engineering, design and business students to create cutting-edge digital media products for regional and national media companies and other organizations.

Prerequisites: JMC 305 and JMC 301 or 315

 

Public Relations Lab (Not offered in summer)   

Students work with clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups and nonprofits to create strategic communications plans and campaigns.

Prerequisites: JMC 417

 

Summer Application

Fall Application