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Student Clubs and Organizations at the Cronkite School

Cronkite student clubs

In addition to clubs and organizations, students can also get involved with student media. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the Student Media page.

All Day Sports Productions

All Day Sports Productions is a media club that is all about creating sports news content. Our club is dedicated to creating an opportunity for those who are passionate about being a sports journalist.

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President: Caleb Bouchy at cbouchy@asu.edu

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA formed in 2012 as one of 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.

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President: Susan Wong at sswong2@asu.edu
Vice president: Tyler Bender at tkbender@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Christina Leonard at christina.leonard@asu.edu

Association for Women in Sports Media

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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: Riley Trujilo at rntrujil@asu.edu
Vice president: Ava Chovanec at 1999arc@gmail.com
Faculty adviser: Paola Boivin at paola.dieffenbach@asu.edu

Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists

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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.

Faculty advisor: Steve Kilar at steve.kilar@asu.edu

Cronkite Foreign Affairs and International Reporting Club

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

President: Aslan Hicks at athicks1@asu.edu
Vice President: Yoori Han at yoorihann@gmail.com
Faculty Advisor: Jan Holland-Malcom at JanHM@asu.edu

Fashion Journalism Club

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The Fashion Journalism 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: Megan Barbera at mmbarbe3@asu.edu
Vice president: Lauren Lippert at ljlipper@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Marianne Barrett at marianne@asu.edu

Multicultural Student Journalists Coalition

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The Multicultural Student Journalists Coalition re-debuted the summer of 2020. The Cronkite School once hosted a similar group, however the group dispersed into individual diversity organizations starting in 2010. A group of student leaders decided the diversity organizations could be stronger and make a larger impact if there was a unifying force behind them. The MSJC believes that there should be separate diversity organizations as well as a united one, to create the most effective results for student journalists of color. 

Co-President: Nicole Shinn at nsshinn@asu.edu
Co-President: Raphael Romero Ruiz at rjromer8@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Venita Hawthorne at vhawthor@asu.edu

National Association of Black Journalists

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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: Kiarra Spottsville at kspottsv@asu.edu
Vice president: Nicole Shinn at nsshinn@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Retha Hill at retha.hill@asu.edu

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

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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: Alexandrea Mora at amoramed@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Vanessa Ruiz at vanessa.ruiz.2@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: Raphael Romero Ruiz at rjromer8@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Kristin Gilger at kristin.gilger@asu.edu

Native American Journalists Association

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Native American Journalists Association exists to empower Native American journalists here on campus, but also exists to highlight those issues impacting Native Americans every day. NAJA is open to any student that is Native American or to any student that wants to cover Native issues — even if they’re not Native. We are excited to start this club here at Cronkite because we believe that it is important for Native students to have a voice and for the issues impacting our communities to be really looked into and reported on.

President: Noah Huerta at nahuerta@asu.edu
Vice president: Kiarra Spottsville at kspottsv@asu.edu

Public Relations Student Society of America

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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: Mary Louise Long at mllong4@asu.edu
Vice president: Melinda Sawyer at mlsawye1@asu.edu
Staff adviser: Krista Paniagua at Krista.Paniagua@asu.edu

Society of Professional Journalists and Online News Association at Arizona State University

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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: Cassandra Laubach at claubac1@asu.edu
Faculty adviser: Heather Dunn at Heather.Dunn.1@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 chapters of professional media associations, the president of the Walter Cronkite College Council and the school’s representatives on the university-wide student government.

Faculty adviser: Kristin Gilger at kristin.gilger@asu.edu

Walter Cronkite College Council

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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 and graduate students and organizations. Membership is open to all students attending the Cronkite School.

President: Mitchell Zimmerman at mezimme2@asu.edu
Vice president: Velvet Wahl at vewahl@asu.edu
Staff adviser: Mary Cook at mary.cook@asu.edu

The Wave

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The Wave is a student multimedia network, that primarily produces podcasts and videos, with the goal to give students a platform to showcase their work and sharpen the tools they will need to succeed. It was created by a group of students that wanted to share the knowledge they have received at Cronkite with as many other students they can while providing an environment for success and collaboration. Are you ready to ride The Wave?

President: Jackson Zuber at jzuber2@asu.edu
Vice President: Henry Schleizer at hschleiz@asu.edu
Staff Adviser: Mary Cook at mary.cook@asu.edu