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Cronkite News – Phoenix is an immersive professional program in which students polish their skills in a cutting-edge newsroom covering important stories across the state of Arizona.
Students work with professional editors and producers in the heart of nation’s fifth-largest city. They pitch story ideas, get assignments and report and produce multimedia stories on deadline under the direction of professional editors for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS.
Their packages are published on Cronkite News at http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/ and also regularly appear in more than 30 professional news outlets statewide. Some are distributed nationwide through an agreement with Tribune News Service, and others air on the school’s award-winning student weekday newscast that is carried on Arizona PBS and reaches 1.9 million homes across Arizona.
Cronkite News students develop skills across all media platforms, producing text, videos, photos and graphics for digital, broadcast and print news outlets. They are expected to experiment with new tools and new ways to tell stories, engage as journalists on social media platforms and understand and use Web analytics. They emerge with skills that put them in high demand for today’s rapidly changing, cross-platform newsrooms.
Students also develop expertise in key beat areas, such as sustainability, education and future and technology. They cover public policy, the state legislature, the governor’s office and stories of interest to a statewide audience – all while meeting the expectations of a professional news organization.