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The Cronkite Writing Center

The Cronkite Writing Center is returning this fall, offering one-on-one coaching and editing for students who are interested in improving their writing.

These faculty, who are expert writers and editors, are available to help either in person or online during scheduled times of the week:

  • Pauline Arrillaga, who served as the U.S. enterprise editor for The Associated Press before joining Cronkite as an editor in Cronkite News, where she leads a team of students who provide health coverage of underserved communities in the Southwest. She will be available for in-person coaching sessions.
  • Torie Bosch, the editor of Future Tense, a partnership of Arizona State University, Slate, and New America that explores the intersection of technology, science, policy, and society. Torie is based in Washington, D.C., and will be coaching remotely.
  • Kristin Gilger, former interim dean, associate dean and assistant dean at Cronkite. An author of a book about women leaders in news, she was a newspaper editor in Louisiana, Oregon and Arizona before joining the school. She will be available for in-person coaching sessions.
  • Susan Goldberg, the former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Magazine who also help leadership positions at Bloomberg, USA Today and several other newspapers. She will be coaching remotely from Washington, D.C., where she now leads Cronkite’s Washington bureau.
  • Fernanda Santos, contributing opinion columnist at The Washington Post and former New York Times bureau chief in Arizona. The author of a book about firefighters killed in a major Arizona wildfire, she is an expert in storytelling, narrative writing and bilingual reporting. In addition to coaching remotely, she will be hosting an in-person writing workshop for Cronkite students in late November.

Coaches will work with students on news stories, broadcast scripts, memos, papers, essays or any other assignment for any Cronkite class or professional program. They can help in any stage of the process – from coming up with a workable idea to outlines, drafts and work ready for submission. Coaches also can review cover letters, pitches and resumes.

Specifically, students can get help with:

  • Focus and framing
  • Ledes, openings and intros
  • Story structure and transitions
  • Sentence construction
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • AP style
  • Sourcing, quotes and attribution
  • Voice, description and literary devices
  • Holes in reporting that impact the storytelling

When you can get help:

Writing coaches will be available in two-hour blocks four times a week. Half of the sessions will be held in-person at the Cronkite School and the other half will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Appointments are available from Sept. 19 through the end of the semester.

  • Mondays, beginning Sept. 19 and ending Nov. 28, 2022

Remote: 1-3 p.m.*

  • Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 20 and ending Nov. 29, 2022

In-person: noon to 2 p.m.*

  • Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 21 and ending Nov. 30, 2022

In-person: 10 a.m.-noon*

  • Thursdays, beginning Sept. 22 and ending Dec. 1, 2022

Remote: noon-2 p.m.*

*Arizona time

How to schedule an appointment:

Pick a date and time by going to Once you’ve selected an appointment slot, a coach will be assigned to you, and you’ll be given a Zoom number for online appointments or a room number for in-person appointments.

For more information, contact Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism Kristin Gilger at