Cronkite News offered on mobile devices

November 14, 2011

A mobile news app for smartphones such as iPhones and Androids is now available for Cronkite News, the multimedia daily news site produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Since its launch in September 2010, the student news operation has been providing Arizonans with daily coverage of critical public policy issues facing the state on its website. Download Full Image

Now, readers can display a mobile version of Cronkite News by bookmarking on their smartphone’s Web browser.

The mobile edition of the news site, developed by Cronkite students in the school’s New Media Innovation Lab, is believed to be the only one in the state that offers broadcast newscasts in their entirety as a service to viewers.

The Cronkite School developed the application because “consumers want to engage with news in a format they prefer, and for many today that format is mobile,” said Steve Elliott, director of digital news for Cronkite News Service.

“Having the depth of Cronkite News content available on mobile devices – from text to videos to photos to entire newscasts – will help keep Arizonans up to date on critical public policy issues,” Elliott said.

Cronkite Assistant Dean and News Director Mark Lodato said viewers will now be able to much more easily access and watch individual video stories as well as full Cronkite NewsWatch newscasts on their mobile devices.  

“I don’t know of any other television outlet in Arizona that offers a full newscast on a mobile device,” he said. “This enables us to expose more viewers to the strong statewide content our students are producing every day.”

Most Cronkite News content comes from two of the school’s professional reporting immersion programs: Cronkite News Service, which provides daily and investigative news packages to print, online and broadcast media outlets statewide, and Cronkite NewsWatch, the school’s live, 30-minute newscast that airs four nights a week to more than 1.1 million households on Arizona PBS. Cronkite NewsWatch has been named the top student newscast in the country.

Cronkite News also incorporates special reports from students participating in the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program based at the Cronkite School; AZ Fact Check, a partnership of Cronkite, The Arizona Republic, and 12 News, KPNX-TV; and the Southwest Borderlands Initiative, in which students cover issues affecting people living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cronkite’s New Media Innovation Lab, directed by Retha Hill, former vice president of content for BET Interactive, brings together students from across ASU to develop new multimedia products for media companies.

Reporter , ASU Now


College experiences at ASU are life-changing for shy student

November 14, 2011

College is supposed to be a time of personal growth and discovery. But for Emilio Galan it was more like a metamorphosis, from a shy young man to an outgoing campus leader who has the world by the tail.

Galan excelled in his classes at Oaks Christian High School in Camarillo, Calif., but he had no idea what college he’d attend or what his major would be. His friends knew him to be an introvert. When Arizona State University recruited him to attend Barrett, the Honors College, they didn’t expect him to say yes on the spot. Download Full Image

Three years later he is one of the most active student leaders at Changemaker Central, an ASU center for students who are passionate about social change.  A senior majoring in biology and society, he’s the founder of a start-up initiative, honestHealth, having won a grant from ASU’s Edson Foundation to create a health care network for the uninsured. He’s active in Innovation Challenge and 10,000 Solutions.

He’s also one of the most visible and well-known students on the Barrett campus, a different young man from the one who enrolled as a freshman.

Galan is headed for medical school, having been invited to interview at Mayo Clinic, UCLA, Northwestern, the University of San Francisco and the University of Chicago. "As an entering freshman, I would never have thought I would be able to do some of the things I've done, and be where I am today,” he says.

Through Barrett he was able to shadow doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and participate in an intensive two-week program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with the Barrett Honors College Pre-Medical Scholars Program.

“I ended up striking a friendship with one of the doctors who invited me to stay with him for two weeks in the winter, to see if I could take the weather in light of my medical school aspirations. Additionally, because of my interest in health policy and reform, I was able to connect with Mayo's legal counsel and the vice president of operations. At the medical school, I even met with the deans."

It was the Barrett deans who urged him to apply for the Edson grant. They also arranged an introduction to the former CEO of Mayo, who joined the advisory board for honestHealth. That individual is now directing his senior thesis, which focuses on the legal barriers to creating a transparent medical marketplace.

“ASU is an amazing place,” he says. “You get the resources of a major research institution, with the support of a tight-knit community like Barrett. I can honestly say that professors and administrators have taken a personal interest in my development and success, and I am honored to have relationships with them."

At Changemaker Central, Galan helps students network with each other and also with local business leaders, connecting them with technology, workspace and resources to bring their ideas to fruition. Galan says he wants to inspire and support other students to create change in the university, the community and the world.

Galan set out to redefine himself at the start of freshman year by being a more outgoing person, he says, saying hello to everyone, taking chances on new opportunities that came his way.

“I ended up rediscovering who I already was,” he says. “I’m indebted to ASU for that opportunity. If you have the drive to take advantage of all the resources here, the sky’s the limit. It’s all here for you.”

Written by Sarah Auffret