Cronkite Institute For High School Journalism Assignments

California Scholastic Press Association Workshop
July 8, 2018 - July 20, 2018 California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis Obispo, California
Application deadline: April 15, 2018

The past three National High School Journalists of the Year graduated from the non-profit, digitally focused CSPA Workshop, the longest-running high school journalism workshop in the nation. Recent graduates also have been key members of two Pultizer Prize-winning teams. Many others are in top journalism schools and news organizations, and even those who do not pursue journalism careers emerge as better communicators. The CSPA's all-volunteer, award-winning faculty is full of current and former professional journalists from places such as CNN, Gannett, the Los Angeles Times, the Mercury News in San Jose, NBC and the Orange County Register. Students complete more than 30 deadline assignments and receive instructors' detailed feedback in areas such as covering breaking crime stories and sports to photography and television production. The $1,475 tuition covers room, board and all workshop activities. The CSPA returns for the 67th year to San Luis Obispo, where students live, work and play (a little) on and around the gorgeous Cal Poly campus on California's Central Coast. Admission is limited to 25 high school journalists. Students in their sophomore, junior or senior years from any state or country are encouraged to apply.

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NSLC Journalism, Film & Media Arts Summer Program
July 26, 2018 - August 3, 2018 University of California, BerkeleySan Francisco, California
Application deadline: May 18, 2018

The National Student Leadership Conference’s Journalism, Film & Media Arts summer program for high school students uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of the communication field.

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ACA Pre-College Summer Program, Los Angeles
July 1, 2018 - July 27, 2018 University of California, Los AngelesWestwood, California
Application deadline: June 1, 2018

ACA is the ultimate in Pre-College Programs, specializing in enrichment, accommodation, safety and excursions worldwide. Build knowledge and confidence, make your summer unforgettable, leading you toward a college career that helps you get the most out of learning, and of life while you stay in prestigious UCLA! This program offers courses in journalism, media and communications, writing, public speaking, digital photography, radio broadcasting and production, sports reporting, and social media with a full campus immersion filled with activities and excursions. Los Angeles is nestled beautifully along the Southern California coastline – the best of all possible settings for the ultimate summer experience! You’ve got the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills and all the best that SoCal has to offer. It’s an endless summer of enrichment and adventure decked out in real California style! With ACA’s Los Angeles 3- and 4-week programs, choose between the option of participating in one course during your stay and earning 4 college credits or participate in two courses during your stay, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon. Our enrichment programs offer experiences that not only support you academically, but also let you grow intellectually. You can earn 4 college credits upon successful completion of specified courses. In addition, high schools often grant credit for ACA courses as well. We’ll be happy to work with your school ahead of time to determine whether your ACA coursework qualifies for such credit. Plus, the community-service component can often be applied toward high school graduation service requirements. July 1 – July 14 (2 Weeks) $4495 July 1 – July 20 (3 Weeks) $5495 July 1 – July 27 (4 Weeks) $6495

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July 17, 2018 - July 21, 2018 University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, California
Application deadline: March 31, 2018

GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. GRAMMY Camp offers a music journalism track, students learn effective writing and communication techniques in both traditional and new media outlets including but not limited to online blogging, photo journalism, and journalism practices and ethics. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in grades 9–12 (public, private, parochial, home school, etc.). If you are graduating from high school in the spring, you are eligible to apply. However, incoming freshman are not eligible. GRAMMY Camp tuition is $1,500 for each five-day nonresidential camp. Lunch will be provided. The $25 application fee is applied as a credit toward camp tuition.

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San Diego National Workshop
July 23, 2018 - July 26, 2018 JostensSan Diego
Application deadline: July 23, 2018

Join us at the Jostens San Diego National Workshop to jump-start your best yearbook ever. This unique workshop features an award-winning staff, specialty tracks and staff planning sessions designed to meet your individual staff needs.

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July 30, 2018 - August 2, 2018 Long Beach City CollegeLong Beach, California
Application deadline: July 15, 2018

Training for journalism advisers, editors and staff in curriculum, writing, editing, photography, broadcast, web and page design in a commuter workshop with off-campus facilities for those from out-of-area.

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Newsroom By The Bay
July 1, 2018 - July 8, 2018 Stanford University Department of CommunicationsStanford, California
Application deadline: April 1, 2018

Newsroom by the Bay at Stanford is a one-week summer camp for high school students. Students work on journalistic skills and develop an understanding of how to use them as multimedia storytellers. Morning classes focus on reporting and writing, creating photos and videos, and engaging audience via social media, while afternoon reporting time gives students a chance to work in news teams to cover campus and community events. Career professionals, media entrepreneurs, activists and press rights advocates visit for seminars and evening talks that offer a look at journalism beyond the classroom. Students work in teams to create and publish content during the week, including full-day reporting trips in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Residential students pay $2,395 for Stanford housing and dining plus instruction and all field trip costs; commuters pay $1,095. Early bird rate of $2,195 for students accepted and paying by Feb. 1.

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Ignite Journalism University
July 30, 2018 - August 2, 2018 Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, California
Application deadline: July 14, 2018

Learn foundations of journalism in your medium: yearbook, newspaper, online, video/photojournalism at Balfour Yearbook's Ignite Journalism University. As a school, develop content for immediate release across platforms — bring your students and advisers from all publications. Work with experts in scholastic newspaper, yearbook and photojournalism. Explore five universal themes: Storytelling, Design, Photojournalism, Ethics and Business Choose your weeklong project: 1. yearbook theme packet 2. 12-image photoessay 3. 2-minute video 4. 9-month marketing calendar 5. daily news online

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The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (often abbreviated to The Cronkite School by its students and faculties), is one of the 24 independent schools at Arizona State University and named in honor of veteran broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite. The school, which is located at the downtown Phoenix campus, offers programs leading to a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication, master of mass communication, and in fall 2011, the school launched its first journalism and mass communication doctoral program.


The Cronkite School began as the Division of Journalism under the ASU's English Department in 1949, 18 years after ASU began to offer journalism courses to its students, in 1931.[1] The school began to expand in 1954, when radio and television journalism courses were made available.[1] The entire Division of Journalism was elevated to department by the University in 1957, and changed its name to Department of Mass Communication.[1] The school moved from its original location at Old Main to what is now the Academic Services building at ASU Tempe in 1969.

In 1974 the school received its national accreditation and moved into the Stauffer Hall building.[1] The school was later renamed Department of Journalism and Telecommunication and became a part of the new College of Public Programs in 1979.[1] Stauffer Hall would serve as the school's home until August 2008, when the school moved to its current location in Downtown Phoenix.

In 1981, the Cronkite School began to offer master's degrees to its students. A year later, the school established a student radio station, The Blaze, as a place for prospective students to mature their skills[1] (The State Press used to fulfill that role, but it became independent in the '70s). In 1984, the school was renamed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication in honor of the veteran news reporter. At the same time, the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence was established.

In 1989, a professional news program produced by the school's students began production, and later evolved into the well-known Cronkite NewsWatch TV news program.[1]

In 2001, the school voted to change its name to Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[1] The school received independent school status in 2004. The school chose Christopher Callahan as its founding dean in 2005.[1] A year later, the school established the Cronkite News Service for advanced journalism students to distribute TV and print stories to various professional media.[1]

In 2008, the school moved to ASU's Downtown Campus and into the brand new Cronkite Building.[1] The building has six stories, is 110 feet (34 m) tall, and has an area of 223,000 square feet (20,700 m2). The building, which also houses the future KAET studio, cost $71 million to build.[2]

In 2010, the school won an International Architecture Award.The awards were presented and exhibited at ‘The City and The World conference’ in Spain, from November 4–7, 2010.[3]

New campus[edit]

When the Cronkite School received independent school status in 2004, plans were made to transfer the school to a newly planned campus in Downtown Phoenix. A ceremony marking the start of construction was held in early 2007, with construction being completed in mid-2008. The school moved into its state-of-the-art facility in Downtown Phoenix in August 2008, and officially dedicated the new building, and celebrated its 25th anniversary, in November of that year[4]

The new six-story, 225,000 sqf, 110-foot tall, LEED Silver building has become an integral part of the fabric of ASU’s downtown campus. Delivered in a design-build, fast-track method, work began on design in October 2006 and the school opened its doors in August 2008, 22 months later. The new building was designed by HDR, Inc. and Ehrlich Architects. Sundt Construction was responsible for construction[5]


Notable faculty are retired Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr., noted American technology writer and former San Jose Mercury News-columnist Dan Gillmor, former editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Tim McGuire, and Eric Newton, a former executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Walter Cronkite was not a faculty member, but visited the campus a few times a year to interact with students and present the Cronkite Award.

The school has moved away from the traditional academic structure of hiring only tenured professors. In addition it hires veteran journalists like Downie and Gillmor to be professors of practice and also draws practicing journalists from the Phoenix area as adjuncts who teach many of its courses.

Cronkite News[edit]

Cronkite News is the nightly thirty-minute news program produced entirely by students at the Cronkite School and began in 1989. The program airs five nights a week on the local PBS affiliate KAET at 5pm.

Cronkite News en Español is the Spanish-language edition of the program which airs Sunday mornings on the local Telefutura affiliate KFPH-CA - sister station of the local Univision affiliate.

When the school moved into its new downtown-facility, Cronkite Newsbegan broadcasting the nightly news program entirely in high definition and moved into a new studio on the sixth floor of the building - housing a news set and control room designed for high definition. A traditional three camera format is used on the at the anchor desk, weather center, one of the largest green screens - all of which back onto a working newsroom, assignment desk and outdoor terrace for live reports.

The program airs stories from the school's Cronkite News Service which is a broadcast wire service that provides its content to local print, online and broadcast news outlets across Arizona.


The Cronkite School houses the national headquarters of the News21 Initiative and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism. It is also home to the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, the National Center on Disability and Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The Cronkite School recently made its programs available to online students.

Student media and other Cronkite Students activities[edit]

Cronkite Students have traditionally served as paramount members of each of Arizona State University's student media divisions, particularly State Press and KASC.

Cronkite Students also serve as reports for the university independent Downtown Devil.

Cronkite Students also typically participate and contributing to the Cronkite Zine, the NASA Project or other Student Organizations.


Coordinates: 33°27′13.7304″N112°4′23.6604″W / 33.453814000°N 112.073239000°W / 33.453814000; -112.073239000

Stauffer Hall, the former home of the Cronkite School
The new building at the Downtown Campus

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