High school students experiment with media innovation at ASU's Cronkite School


June 20, 2018

Twenty high school students from across Arizona are at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of an intensive, two-week media innovation training camp.

The High School Media Innovation Camp, a joint venture among the Cronkite School, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com and the USA Today Network, pairs high school students with entrepreneurs, technologists, journalists and professors to learn how to create compelling content for digital audiences. Innovation Camp Students from across the state are exploring news games, virtual reality and more at the High School Media Innovation Camp at ASU's Cronkite School. Download Full Image

The residential camp on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus is free to participants thanks to support from the Arizona Republic’s Media in Education program, which is funded by subscribers who donate the value of their subscription during vacations or other temporary stoppages.

“The High School Media Innovation Camp is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of journalists to immerse themselves in the future of news,” said Greg Burton, executive editor of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. “Our ability to deliver deep and engaging stories is limited only by our imagination, and this camp is a place where imagination takes hold.”

The camp, which started June 17 and runs through the end of the month, is led by Retha Hill, director of the Cronkite School’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, and Anita Luera, the school’s director of high school journalism programs.

The camp includes sessions on news games, 3D model creation, 360-degree video and 3D printing, among other topics taught by Cronkite faculty and Arizona Republic/azcentral staff.

“The High School Media Innovation Camp exposes students to some of the latest cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping journalism,” Hill said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the students design for their final projects.”

Students experience the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, staying at the Taylor Place residence hall and visiting the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.

ASU has topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings as the most innovative school in the country for three consecutive years. The Cronkite School has played a key part in the university’s drive to innovate with recent initiatives that include Innovation Day, an annual daylong celebration dedicated to journalism innovation.

2018 Media Innovation Camp Participants

Mikayla Anderson
Fountain Hills High School, Fountain Hills

Aubrey Carpenter
Desert Edge High School, Goodyear

Sydni Cloutier-Standiford
Horizon Honors High School, Chandler

Riley Duemler
Red Mountain High School, Mesa

Anthony Ellerman
Basha High School, Chandler

Talia Frindell
Chaparral High School, Scottsdale

Amanda Hicks
Centennial High School, Peoria

Andrew Kim
BASIS Chandler, Chandler

Minha Kim
Desert Vista High School, Phoenix

Minseo Kim
Desert Vista High School, Phoenix

Alexandra Krueger
Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

Connor MacSpadden
Regis High School, Phoenix

Xavier Martinez
Cesar Chavez High School, Phoenix

Aaryan Mukherjee
Hamilton High School, Chandler

Kris Ortiz
Douglas High School, Douglas

Melissa Rimsza
Cactus Shadows High School, Scottsdale

Sam Sarlo
Thunderbird High School, Phoenix

Emmerald Smith
Westwood High School, Mesa

Mario Stinson-Maas
McClintock High School, Tempe

Eve Wodarcyk
Hamilton High School, Chandler

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Community activist Barbara Ridge, who helped establish ASU's West campus, dies at 78


June 20, 2018

Barbara Ridge, the West Valley business owner, civic leader and community activist who helped to conceive of and lead the successful grassroots effort for what would become Arizona State University's West campus, died on June 6. She was 78.

Her passing was communicated to ASU by her son, Jamie Ridge. Download Full Image

Ridge, along with her husband Sterling, the former Glendale mayor, advocated for an ASU campus near Glendale starting in the 1970s and continued to be strong supporters of the university well past the campus’s establishment on West Thunderbird Road.  

“Barbara Ridge was a tremendous leader in our community,” said ASU executive vice president and university provost Mark Searle, the former provost of the West campus. “She and Sterling were a powerful force to drive the establishment of ASU’s West campus and to push for its continued excellence. We will always be thankful for Barbara’s contributions to our university, her civic mindedness and her commitment to education.”

Ridge’s vision of a four-year degree-granting college in the West Valley initially came out of the desire to finish her own bachelor’s degree after becoming a mother; the trip to Tempe to complete that work was impractical. She and others saw the need for an institution of higher education that could serve the fast-growing community on the other side of the Phoenix metro area. 

Ridge was proud of what the West campus has become, especially the access to higher education it provided to a broad and diverse group of students, according to her son.

Those wishing to honor Barbara’s memory may contribute to the Barbara and Sterling Ridge Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be made out to the Glendale Union High School District, 7650 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301 (Attention Tina Charette). Please include “Barbara and Sterling Ridge Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line.