Short Articles

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Rest

by Chris Clabaugh
Broadcast journalism is often one of the more popular forms of journalism, as opposed to print or photojournalism for example, because broadcasting offers something that other forms of news-giving do not: notoriety for the journalist. Broadcasting allows journalists to connect with their audience in a more immersive way by being brought almost directly into the home of the viewer. Audiences feel as though they share a special connection to broadcasters because they see them every day. However, there is another side to the broadcasting profession that many new journalists and audiences fail to recognize. A side that gives employees more control in the newsroom, more power over the newscast, and even has more need in the broadcasting industry. I am talking about producing. (more…)

Cronkite NewsWatch


by Laura Sposato

NewsWatch is a student run newscast that airs weekdays on KAET 8.3 in Arizona.  It is a program that Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication prides itself on.

News Director and Assistant Dean Mark Lodato said it prepares students for the path ahead in broadcast news. (more…)

Cronkite Tour

Cronkite Building
by Mei Prang and Will Argeros
Journalism schools that provide hands-on experience will prepare students for a career in the broadcast industry. Technology continues to advance in the industry, and it is essential for students to learn how to use the tools used at professional news organizations.The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University gives students access to programs and equipment that they will use in their future careers. (more..)

Dress for Success

Graph on dressing for success.

by Will Argeros

Part of being a broadcaster is your look, especially if you plan on being in front of a camera. That means dressing the part, in addition to having the voice. While the dress is professional, there are ways to personalize your look without losing credibility. This interactive guide should help point you in the right direction. (more…)


by Darby Fitzgerald

Freelancing offers journalists freedom and flexibility. It provides opportunities for broadcast journalists and print journalists. As a freelancer you can set your own hours, eliminate the commute, work for a variety of employers and operate on your own terms.

Freelancers can be reporters, videographers, editors or graphic designers.  They are either independent freelancers or contracted freelancers.

Some people are full-time freelancers and others are only part-time. Many pick up freelance projects on the side in addition to a full-time job. (more…)

How Students Cover the Election

Mark Lodato explaining how students cover the election.

by Darby Fitzgerald and Mei Prang

NewsWatch students are covering the election from all aspects. Assistant Dean Mark Lodato says reporters will be at the Democratic and Republican headquarters covering stories, in Tucson with Senate candidate Rich Carmona and in the community touching base with different groups involved in the election process. NewsWatch is producing two-and-a-half hours of live election coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. (more…)

Phoenix News Stations

Fox 10 News Studio

by Mei Prang and Laura Sposato

Phoenix is a large market and there are several news stations in the city. The 12 News and Fox 10 News studios are two examples.

The Cronkite School’s proximity to different news studios in Phoenix gives students the opportunity to get internships and to report stories that professional news organizations are covering. (more…)

Robotic Journalists

Robotic Journalism

by Laura Sposato

Robots revolutionized the automobile industry.  Surgeons are beginning to trust robotic hands more than their own.  The military has begun using droids in combat, and very few of us can say we have been to the grocery store and not used the quick, robot assisted, self-check-out when in a hurry.

Whether we realize it or not, robots are persistently becoming common place in society.  What some journalists fail to realize is that they are already working alongside these machines in the newsroom. (more…)

Tips For Finding a Job After College

by Darby Fitzgerald

With more students enrolling in journalism programs every day and more jobs in the industry being cut, the competition for college grads is fiercer than ever.  Recent grads are not only competing with other recent grads, but also with industry professionals who are out of work.  It’s important that while you’re in school, you take advantage of the opportunities available like internships or emersion programs offered through your school.  You never know what may come out of an internship or volunteer opportunity.

Mike Wong, the Director of Career Services at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says that it is critically important that students get an internship while in school. (more…)

Top Journalism Schools

by Mei Prang

If you want to be a broadcast journalist, it’s important to go to a school that allows you to get as much experience as possible.

Having a degree is helpful, but taking advantage of the opportunities that your school offers is going to set you apart in this competitive industry.

It’s difficult to find a comprehensive ranking of journalism schools online. There are several out there, but they vary the schools listed and which order they are in. (more…)


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