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Cronkite students consistently lead the country in national journalism competitions.

The Cronkite School has the best record in the Society of Professional Journalists' national "Mark of Excellence" competition over the past 10 years, including eight first-place finishes. In that span, students have won a total of 81 awards — 41 national winners and 40 finalists.

In the Hearst Journalism Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism, the Cronkite School has one of the nation's best records, with two first-place finishes and three second-place finishes. The Cronkite School also is the only journalism program in the country to have four consecutive national champions in a single contest at the Hearst Awards.

In the past six years, the Cronkite School has amassed 106 awards at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts, the most of any school in the country. Cronkite News, the school's weekday newscast, which reaches 1.9 million households on Arizona PBS, regularly takes home numerous honors in news, sports and documentary categories.

The Cronkite School will award a travel stipend of up to $300 to Cronkite students who place in the top three of specific national contests. This travel stipend is to be used to attend national awards ceremonies for the following contests as selected by Cronkite faculty and staff: RTNDA, SPJ, Hearst, BEA, ONA, AEJMC, BEA, IRE, RFK, Webby, CPSA, NASA, PRSSA and EPPY. Former students are eligible for the stipend if they produced the award-winning work as a student.

If a team of students qualifies for an award, travel stipends will be limited to two members of that team. A student or her/his faculty adviser must notify the Cronkite School business office and apply for the awards ceremony travel stipend at least 30 days prior to the awards ceremony to be eligible.

Top broadcast students from underrepresented groups are selected each year for the Cronkite-Meredith Fellowship, a week-long intensive broadcast program held over winter break each year.

Outstanding students also are recognized each semester at the Cronkite School’s convocation, where awards are given for the undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership.

Students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class are inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honors society, during Cronkite convocation each semester.

The wide range of student activities and recognitions are part of the Cronkite School’s commitment to providing a strong professional experience for students that will open doors and prepare them for their chosen careers.