Cronkite News is an immersive professional program in which advanced students pursuing their journalism degree work at least two full days a week in a professional newsroom setting in Phoenix or Washington, D.C.
Students pitch stories, get assignments and report and produce their stories on deadline under the direction of professional editors.
Students work across platforms, producing stories for newspaper, online and broadcast news outlets. Their packages have appeared in more than 30 professional news outlets statewide and some are distributed nationwide through an agreement with McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
Students working in Cronkite News Digital in Phoenix focus on public policy topics and stories of interest to a statewide audience. They cover the state Legislature, the governor’s office and state agencies as well as elections and politics, producing daily, in-depth and investigative pieces, often accompanied by video, photos and graphics.
Students in Cronkite News Broadcast also produce substantive news packages on public policy issues that have received airtime in the Phoenix, Yuma and Tucson markets. The packages also appear on the school’s award-winning student newscast that is distributed four days a week during the academic year by Eight World, a digital channel of Eight-Arizona PBS reaching 1.9 million homes across Arizona.
Students in Cronkite News’ Washington bureau work out of the ASU Washington Center, reporting on Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Their stories focus on public policy issues that affect Arizonans and are reported across platforms for digital, broadcast and print outlets.
The Washington bureau operates in the fall, spring and summer semesters, while the Phoenix bureau operates during the fall and spring semesters.