Cronkite School podcast is No. 1 on iTunesU

April 28, 2011

A new podcast series produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is the most popular selection of Apple’s iTunesU.

The series, “Journalism in the Digital Age,” contains episodes of an ongoing Cronkite speaker series in which journalism leaders discuss critical issues facing the news media. The podcast series garnered more than 44,000 plays and nearly 20,000 downloads during the week of April 10-16 alone. Download Full Image

The most popular episode was “Investigative Journalism in a Nonprofit Newsroom,” in which Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica, the national investigative reporting nonprofit, was interviewed by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School and former executive editor of The Washington Post, for the Must See Mondays speaker series in the school’s First Amendment Forum. Apple reported that 29,284 people played the podcast during the week of April 10-16 and 11,716 downloaded it – the most of any iTunesU offerings.

The podcast series is one of many ways by which the Cronkite School distributes content in new media formats. Videos of the speaker series are available on the Cronkite School’s website. The school also maintains popular Twitter and Facebook accounts. And Cronkite News Online, an outlet for the reporting done by the school’s professional immersion programs, has its own mobile phone app in development.

“We teach our students to think about new media distribution models, so it’s only fitting that the school models the same innovation,” said Liz Smith, outreach director for the Cronkite School. “The Must See Mondays speakers are national experts in their area of journalism, chosen to speak because they have valuable insights to offer on important issues in the fast-changing field of journalism. The podcast is one way that the Cronkite School is making these ideas available to an even larger audience who can benefit from these experts’ knowledge using the power of social media and the Internet.”

This week’s podcast features citizen media expert Dan Gillmor, director of the school’s Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, speaking about his new book, “Mediactive,” and the unique ways through which he has chosen to make it available to a digital-age audience.

Previous podcasts include talks by Susan Lisovicz, former CNN Wall Street reporter and Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism, on covering the financial industry during the boom, bubble and collapse; Marcia Parker, West Coast editorial director at AOL/Patch Media, on how"> style="text-decoration: underline;"> covers communities across the nation; and

David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times and"> style="text-decoration: underline;">, talks about the role of investigative and public-service journalism in today’s media.

Listeners can play, download and subscribe to the podcast. Those who subscribe will receive updates each time new episodes become available. To subscribe, go to">">

Law professor testifies before Congress

April 28, 2011

Professor Orde">">Orde F. Kittrie of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade hearing on Wednesday, April 6. The hearing entitled, “Financial Hardball: Corralling Terrorists and Proliferators,” focused on the use of financial tools to combat terrorist groups, state sponsors of terrorism and nuclear proliferators.

In his testimony, Kittrie provided an overview of U.S. sanctions on Iran and their impact thus far. He also made a series of recommendations for next steps with regard to U.S. sanctions on Iran, with an emphasis on financial sanctions. Download Full Image

The other witnesses at the hearing were Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and currently a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and David Asher, former North Korea sanctions coordinator for the National Security Council and currently a fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Kittrie is a leading expert on nuclear nonproliferation and especially nuclear nonproliferation legal issues and sanctions. Kittrie currently serves as chair of the Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has testified on nonproliferation issues before both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and recently served as one of 12 members of a special Congressionally-created committee to make recommendations on how to better prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Prior to joining the law faculty, Kittrie served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as the lead attorney for nuclear affairs.

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