Cronkite News Service

Student Ian Lee (foreground) is part of a CNS crew covering a controlled burn south of Flagstaff
Student Ian Lee (foreground) is part of a CNS crew covering a controlled burn south of Flagstaff

Cronkite News Service is an immersive professional program in which advanced journalism students 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. Their work is distributed to news organizations across Arizona and is published on the Cronkite News website.

Students work across platforms, producing stories for print, online and broadcast 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 Service 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 Service Broadcast also pursue a public policy agenda, producing substantive news packages that have received airtime in the Phoenix, Yuma and Tucson markets. The packages also appear on Cronkite NewsWatch, 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 1.1 million homes across Arizona.

Students in Cronkite News Service’s 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 is open during the fall and spring semesters.

Cassondra Strande and Nathan O'Neal
Cassondra Strande and Nathan O'Neal cover a story at the Capitol.

In recent years, graduates of the program have gone on to jobs at the Los Angeles Times; The Cincinnati Enquirer; The Associated Press; SNL Financial; Atlantic Media; CNN, KPHO-TV in Phoenix; KNXV-TV in Phoenix; KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oka;; KVOA-TV in Tucson; KERO-TV in Bakersfield, Calif.; KTUU-TV in Alaska; The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.; Naples (Fla.) Daily News; The (Trinidad) Guardian and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star, among many others.

Three veteran journalists head the news bureaus:

  • Steve Elliott, a professor of practice, is director of digital news, leading the bureau’s efforts for newspapers and news websites. Elliott spent 19 years with The Associated Press, serving as Arizona chief of bureau and as an executive at AP’s New York headquarters.
  • Susan Green, a professor of practice, is Cronkite News Service’s broadcast director. Green was managing editor at KNXV-TV/ABC15 and, before that, executive producer at WABC-TV in New York.
  • Steve Crane, a professor of practice, runs the CNS Washington bureau. He was a political reporter and editor for The Washington Times and directed Capital News Service for the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where he was an assistant dean.

For more information about the program, contact Elliott at, 602.496.0686, Green at, 602.496.0687 or Crane at, 202.684.2398.