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In Cronkite News – Broadcast, students pursuing their journalism degrees report and produce an award-winning, 30-minute newscast under the supervision of veteran broadcast news professionals.
The newscast is aired weekdays at 5 p.m. during the academic year on the school’s public television station, Arizona PBS, reaching 1.9 million homes across the state. This gives the newscast play in the 12th largest media market in the U.S. and makes it one of the only collegiate productions to air in a prime-time slot.
Student reporters and producers work in a state-of-the-art newsroom, complete with control rooms, edit bays and studios, on the Cronkite building’s sixth floor that is the envy of many professional news organizations. The experience is fully immersive: Students spend two to four full days a week covering and producing news throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, across the state of Arizona and along the U.S.-Mexico border. They also report live from the nation’s capital, where they cover national news of interest to Arizonans from the Cronkite School’s Washington news bureau, and from the school’s Los Angeles sports bureau.
The students’ stories are fed to network affiliates throughout the state and are featured on http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/, the regional news website of Arizona PBS.
Cronkite News – Broadcast is directed by Assistant Dean and News Director Mark Lodato, who worked for 16 years as a television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla. He is assisted by a half-dozen other instructors with deep professional broadcast experience.
Students with Spanish-language skills have the opportunity to produce a Spanish-language newscast, Cronkite News en Español, which airs on channel 35, Cox Cable-Channel 54 and DIRECTV channel 13.
The Cronkite News newscast is regularly recognized as the best student newscast in the country, winning accolades from the Emmy Foundation, the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. For the past four consecutive years, a Cronkite student has won the national television championship at the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards.
Cronkite News can be seen live at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on Arizona PBS channel 8.1 (Cox/CenturyLink Prism channel 1008) and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/CronkiteNewsWatch, where archives also are available.