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Cronkite School students have numerous opportunities to get involved on campus through student media. Students can report for campus news organization such as The State Press or The Downtown Devil. They also can work for ASU’s radio station, Blaze Radio – 1330 AM, in a state-of-the-art radio studio in the Cronkite School.
The State Press
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.
Executive Editor: Ethan Millman at Execed.firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty adviser: Tom Blodgett at email@example.com
Blaze Radio, which 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.
The station operated for many years on the Tempe campus but the news operation was moved to the Cronkite School in 2008 when the school relocated to downtown Phoenix, and the remainder of the operation was moved in 2013. Students utilize state-of-the-art radio studios, field equipment and editing facilities in the Cronkite building.
Like The State Press, the radio station is particularly popular with freshmen and 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.
Students make programming decisions under the advice and direction of an adjunct Cronkite faculty member. They maintain websites and social media pages for news, sports and alternative music fans. Promotions volunteers plan and promote concerts, remote broadcasts and other events via social media and traditional methods, and sports students provide the sole radio play-by-play coverage of dozens of ASU athletics games each year. Student work has recently expanded into podcasting.
Participation in the radio station has grown from about 30 students in 2008 to more than 250 in spring of 2016 when Blaze Radio was named one of the top five college radio stations in the country by Billboard Magazine.
Station manager: Hayley Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Production director: Eliav Gabay at email@example.com
Faculty adviser: Patti Piburn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Devil is an online news site dedicated to covering the downtown Phoenix community. Formed by a group of Cronkite freshmen in 2008 when the Cronkite School moved to the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, the online news site provides hyperlocal news in all formats. The 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.
Executive editor: Kara Carlson at email@example.com
Editor-in-Chief: Stephanie Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cronkite Cut involves dozens of students interested in entertainment news who produce a weekly show for the web that centers on entertainment news and features multimedia content. Students write, direct, produce and anchor the production from a studio at the Cronkite School. Cronkite Cut covers topics such as movies, music, fashion and art, as well as local and national entertainment news. In addition to Cronkite Cut episodes, the staff publishes new articles each week and regularly engages with viewers on social media.
Devils in Detail provides an outlet for sports-minded Cronkite students to cover news and provide commentary about ASU sports. The site was launched by students in January 2013 and is hosted by FanSided Network, a national network of sports, entertainment and lifestyle websites. Devils in Detail features student-produced text, video and photos and gives fans a place to catch up on the latest ASU sports news and discuss their passions.
Editor: Sam Ficarro at email@example.com
Site manager: Zach Pekale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty adviser: Paola Boivin at paola.Boivin@asu.edu
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.
President: Karlie Matthias at email@example.com
Vice President: Tyler Manion at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty adviser: Mark Reda at email@example.com
House of Sparky is the only SB Nation site comprised of only students, giving its members a vast platform that allows for growth in writing, videography, photography and social media on a forum that is seen and followed by many.
Managing editor: Brady Vernon at Bevernon@asu.edu
Co-managing editor: Andrew Bell at Atbell1@asu.edu