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The Cronkite Writing Center

The Cronkite Writing Center is returning this spring, 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 appointments:

  • Pauline Arrillaga, News21 executive editor and former U.S. enterprise editor for The Associated Press
  • Torie Bosch, editor of Future Tense, a partnership of Arizona State University, Slate, and New America that explores the intersection of technology, science, policy, and society.
  • Stephen Doig, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Fulbright Scholar
  • Kristin Gilger, book author and former newspaper editor and reporter
  • Fernanda Santos, contributing opinion columnist at The Washington Post, author and former New York Times bureau chief in Arizona
  • Ken Foskett, book author and a former senior editor for investigations at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Celeste Sepessy, program manager at Cronkite News Co/Lab and former reporter and editor
  • Jeffrey Timmermans, director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and former Wall Street Journal reporter in Tokyo and Dow Jones editor in Hong Kong and Singapore

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

How to schedule an appointment

Writing coaches will be available throughout the week (Monday through Friday) to meet with students in half-hour to one-hour blocks of time. Some appointments will be in person, while others will be scheduled virtually.

Appointments can be made beginning Jan. 30 and ending April 28.

To make your appointment, simply email Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism Kristin Gilger at with your request. State what day and time you would like an appointment. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD MAKE THE REQUEST AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE DESIRED APPOINTMENT.

Professor Gilger will then let you know who you will be meeting with and other appointment details.

Please keep in mind that faculty are volunteering their time as writing coaches, so if you make an appointment, we expect you to follow through!