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Cronkite Noticias is a program fully taught in Spanish at the Cronkite School. It offers an immersive professional experience for students pursuing careers in Spanish-language media and those interested in covering Latino and borderland communities.
Each semester, a team of bilingual Cronkite students produce in-depth Spanish-language digital and video stories for the Cronkite Noticias website. In addition, students produce a Cronkite Noticias newscast that airs on Univision Arizona on Saturdays during the academic year, and they produce a weekly Facebook Live with news for Cronkite Avance.
Students work under the direction of Valeria Fernández, an award-winning narrative journalist and former correspondent for CNN Español, to cover stories related to immigration, education, sustainability, elections and other issues important to the region’s Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.
The focus is on ground-level reporting and sustained coverage. Students have visited border communities to write about economic and development challenges, covered Phoenix mayoral and City Council races and produced a series of multimedia profiles on the resiliency of young people in the U.S. who are covered under the DACA program.
In collaboration with others at the Cronkite School, Cronkite Noticias students produced, wrote and edited a 2018 Spanish-language documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The documentary aired on Univision Arizona and Univision Puerto Rico and was a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award program in the category of Television In-Depth Reporting. Students also were recognized for digital reporting in Spanish by the Arizona Press Club.
Cronkite Noticias bilingual graduates are competitive for jobs at major news outlets. They have gone on to positions at such news organizations as Univision, Telemundo and ABC News, working in both English and Spanish.