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Student Clubs and Organizations at the Cronkite School

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA formed in 2012 as the first university-based organizations affiliated with the national Asian American Journalists Association. The association provides support to Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and offers information, guidance and scholarship assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander journalism students.

Faculty adviser: Christina Leonard at christina.leonard@asu.edu


 Association for Women in Sports Media

Association for Women in Sports Media launched in 2013 in response to the growing number of female students interests in sports journalism. The chapter is affiliated with the national AWSM professional organization, which provides networking, mentoring and advice. The club is open to both men and women and works to promote fair portrayals of female professionals in sports media.

President: Adia Taylor at ajtayl16@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Paola Boivin at paola.dieffenbach@asu.edu


Cronkite Broadcast Association

The Cronkite Broadcast Association incorporates three clubs: Associated Press Television and Radio Association, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Radio Television Digital News Association, and serves students with an interest in broadcast journalism. The student chapter connects members with local journalists and sponsors activities that promote interest and skills development in broadcast media.

President: Chloe Ranshaw at chloemranshaw@cox.net
Faculty adviser: Mark Lodato at mark.lodato@asu.edu



Cronkite Foreign Affairs and International Reporting Club 

Cronkite Foreign Affairs and International Reporting Club formed in 2015 and brings together students who are interested in international reporting to discuss issues related to global journalism and connect with professionals who have worked internationally. 

Co-president: Lillian Donahue at  donahuelillian@gmail.edu
Co-president: Desiree Cunningham at  desiree.cunningham@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Xu Wu at  xu.wu@asu.edu


Cronkite Innovation Club

The Cronkite Innovation Club aims to fuse the tech world with journalism. Our partnership with Downtown Devil and other Cronkite organizations gives us the platform to have our content published. The current focus is on 360 videos.  

President:  Lauren Marshall at  laurenmarshallfaith@yahoo.com
Faculty adviser: Retha Hill at  Retha.Hill@asu.edu


Fashion Journalist Club

The Fashion Journalist Club attracts students interested in careers in reporting on the fashion industry. Members report and write stories for a club blog on local and national fashion week events and network with industry professionals.

President: Emily Taylor at eataylo3@asu.edu

Adviser: Marianne Barrett at marianne@asu.edu

National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists formed in 2011 with a focus on career advancement and networking. The group, which is open to students regardless of race and affiliated with the national organization, provides social and professional opportunities for students and enables members to help each other advance in their careers.

President: Micah Bledsoe at mbledso1@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Retha Hill at retha.hill@asu.edu

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Association of Hispanic Journalists launched in fall 2010. It was one of the first NAHJ student chapters in the country. Working with national and local chapters, students are mentored by professional journalists, apply for scholarships and attend the organization's national convention.

President: Nicole Gutierrez at miriamnicole@asu.edu

Faculty adviser: Anita Luera at anita.luera@asu.edu


National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association formed at the Cronkite School in fall 2010. It was the nation’s first student NLGJA chapter. Working with the national organization, students work to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The club also provides networking, mentorship and educational opportunities.

President: Alex Stevenson at ajsteve3@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig at michelle.craig@asu.edu


National Press Photographers Association 

The ASU student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association is committed to the enlightenment and education of students interested in the field of photojournalism. Through the exploration of journalistic writing, digital media and photography, students take part in valuable hands-on experiences and skill-building opportunities.

President: Carly Henry at cdhenry@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Kristin Gilger at kristin.gilger@asu.edu


Public Relations Student Society of America 

PRSSA is a nationwide organization focused on providing students who aspire to have careers in the public relations/communications industry with experience in the field, via networking, internships, scholarships and other resources. ASU Cronkite's chapter offers opportunities for students to meet public relations professionals, gain mentors, broaden industry knowledge and communication skills, and share fellowship with other public relations professionals.

President: Alena Sanderson at alenasanderson@gmail.com

Faculty adviser: 
Sonia Bovio at Sbovio@asu.edu


SPJ/ONA Cronkite: Society of Professional Journalists and Online News Association

For more than 100 years, SPJ has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. The Online News Association is a nonprofit membership organization for digital journalists, connecting journalism, technology and innovation. Since 1999, ONA has been at the forefront of a truly revolutionary age in digital media. The programs and services it provides help digital journalists in news organizations around the globe and across the corporate, independent and non-profit sectors adapt to the changing environment.

President:  Nicole Tyau at nicole.tyau@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Christina Leonard at christina.leonard@asu.edu


Student Leadership Advisory Council

The Student Leadership Advisory Council is a group of Cronkite School student leaders who advise the dean. The council comprises the student leaders of the various student media on campus (The State Press, The Blaze), the campus-based media associations, the president of the Cronkite Council student government and the school’s representatives on the university-wide student government.

Faculty adviser: Dean Christopher Callahan at christopher.callahan@asu.edu

Walter Cronkite College Council

The Walter Cronkite College Council consists of elected leaders and students associated with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Through event programming, funding advocacy, community service and providing leadership opportunities, the council strives to support and serve undergraduate organizations. Membership is open to all students attending the Cronkite School.

President: Bryce Newberry at bnewberr@asu.edu
Staff adviser: Mary Cook at mary.cook@asu.edu