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Cronkite students have numerous opportunities to get involved on campus through student media. Students can report for campus news organizations such as The State Press or The Downtown Devil. They also can work for ASU’s radio station, Blaze Radio, in a state-of-the-art radio studio in the Cronkite School.
In addition to student media, students can also get involved with clubs and organizations. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Student Clubs and Organizations at the Cronkite School page.
Blaze Radio is operated by the Cronkite School and staffed primarily by journalism students who produce news, sports, music and online content for over-the-air and online audiences. Blaze Radio also is aired outside the Cronkite building through speakers placed along Taylor Mall.
Participation in the radio station has grown from about 30 students in 2008 to more than 400 in spring of 2019. Blaze Radio was named one of the top five college radio stations in the country by Billboard Magazine and The Princeton Review. Every year the station is recognized at the International Broadcasting System (IBS), and sends students to the awards ceremony in New York City.
The student-run radio station offers a way for students to immediately get involved in broadcast journalism and practice their writing, reporting, announcing, social media and production skills. In addition, students in the school's broadcast intermediate reporting classes report and produce newscasts that air on the station throughout the school year.
Members maintain a website and social media pages for news, sports and alternative music fans. The promotions team plans and promotes concerts, remote broadcasts and other events via social media and traditional methods. The Sports department provides the sole radio play-by-play coverage dozens of ASU athletics games each year. The news department sends members out for event coverage in the Phoenix-metro area, and hosts a wide variety of broadcasted shows. Music students enjoy opportunities ranging from artist interviews to personal DJ shows. Student work has also expanded into podcasting.
The station operated for many years on the Tempe campus but was partially moved to the Cronkite building in 2008 when the school relocated to downtown Phoenix, and the remainder of the station was moved in 2013. Students now utilize state-of-the-art radio studios, field equipment and editing facilities in the Cronkite building. Students are guided under the advice and direction of an adjunct Cronkite faculty member.
Station manager: Jordan Spurgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotions director: Gannon Hanevold at email@example.com
Program Director: Allie Krusniak at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty adviser: Jim Jacoby at email@example.com
In 2019, The Cut Network changed its look, name and goals. Formerly known as Cronkite Cut, the organization has grown out of their comfort zone to achieve higher levels of quality production. This included new graphics, inclusive positions in the studio and control room, and professional learning experiences. The Cut Network covers entertainment, sports, and political/local news attracting multiple audiences to the program.
The Cut Network is a student-led mini-network that produces content weekly for multiple digital platforms. Students write, direct, produce and anchor the production from a studio at the Cronkite School.
Reporters, photographers and other members go out into the field for live hits and coverage. To prepare for this role, they endure a 3-week boot camp where leaders show them the ins and outs of the organization.
In addition to posting The Cut Network episodes on YouTube, the staff publishes new articles each week and regularly engages with viewers on social media. Leaders of The Cut Network like to think of the production as preparation for the school's professional program, Cronkite News.
Downtown Devil is an independent online news publication dedicated to covering the downtown Phoenix community. Since 2009, after a group of Cronkite freshmen launched the website in Taylor Place, the Downtown Devil covers anything happening in downtown Phoenix like City Council, local arts and entertainment, small businesses and downtown education systems through writing, photography and video.
Downtown Devil attracts up to 80 students, many of them freshmen, each year and has won a number of regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Downtown Devil alumni have gone on to hold jobs at prominent publications like CNBC, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more.
Inferno Intel provides an outlet for sports-minded Cronkite students to cover ASU sports. The site features digital and multimedia content, including feature stories, videos, photos, game stories and much more. Prior to June 2019, our organization was called Devils in Detail, a website affiliated with FanSided. We chose to take a different direction, as we want to provide the most unbiased, quality and wide-reaching content to Sun Devil fans and college sports aficionados alike.
The State Press, ASU’s oldest student media outlet, has published news and information for ASU audiences for 120 years. While independent of the Cronkite School, students who are part of The State Press, ASU’s daily student news outlet, work out of a newsroom on the fourth floor of the Cronkite building with approximately 1,800 square feet of space that includes an open newsroom workspace, conference room and student and professional offices. (The newspaper also has a newsroom on the Tempe campus.) Student Media students who have received training on broadcast equipment use a Cronkite television studio and control room to produce and edit videos. In addition, the editorial adviser to The State Press, an alumnus and longtime adjunct Cronkite faculty member, maintains an office in the building.
In 2014, the State Press became an all-digital publication – the first major university student newspaper to convert entirely from print to online. The news organization publishes at statepress.com and maintains an active social media presence. It also publishes The State Press Magazine, which appears online and is distributed as a print product on campus each quarter.
The State Press is an independent news organization, with students controlling editorial decisions. A part-time editorial adviser works with students to promote high standards of journalism and provide training. An advisory board made up of faculty, students and journalism professionals select editors and offer editorial advice. Several Cronkite faculty members serve on the board, which is chaired by the school’s Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger.
More than 100 students – most of them journalism majors – typically work for The State Press each year. Additionally, students from Cronkite classes, such as the beginning and intermediate news writing and reporting courses, regularly contribute material for publication. Many Cronkite students get their first news experience at The State Press, volunteering as reporters, photographers, videographers and producers in their freshman year; some then move into paid reporting, producing and editing roles later in their academic careers.
Cronkite Sports Network is a student-run broadcasting and digital organization that offers play-by-play and production opportunities for students. Launched in 2012 by a group of sports-minded students, Cronkite Sports Network covers all ASU Division sports for its multimedia-rich site. Students partner with the Pac-12 Network to cover women’s basketball and soccer, hockey, softball and gymnastics. The network also produces “Cronkite Sports Live,” an online sports show that airs live on Friday afternoon during the fall and spring semesters on YouTube.