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The Cronkite News – LA Sports Bureau offers extraordinary sports journalism training experiences in the nation’s second-largest media market.
The LA Sports Bureau is much more than just a sports journalism course. It offers an immersive experience for students covering professional and intercollegiate sports for national and regional media outlets, including the Pac-12 Networks, MLB.com and regional FOX Sports networks. Students spend one semester at a time living and working in Santa Monica, Calif., learning how to craft content end-to-end that is tailored to a sports audience. They are taught the finer details of how to shoot, edit, write, voice and utilize music specifically crafted in a sports context.
Students in the bureau work 3-4 days a week for eight hours each day. Their day is split between work in the field shooting, interviewing and time in the bureau’s headquarters editing, voicing, and when news warrants, appearing on-camera for Cronkite News. In addition, they have opportunities to hone their craft by putting in extra time working events on nights and weekends primarily for the Pac-12 Network and involving competitions in southern California.
Students are under the guidance of veteran sports journalist Tom Feuer, a four-time Emmy winner who has produced some of the world’s largest sporting events, including 10 Olympic Games. He has had 30 years of experience in all levels of sports television production including stints with FOX Sports, Turner Sports, ESPN and NBC.
The bureau is located in the ASU California Center, a short distance from many of the city’s professional and collegiate sports teams.
In one semester, students get the sports journalism work experience needed to take the next step in their careers as sports reporters and producers.