Cronkite student wins collegiate reporting prize


March 30, 2012

Jack Highberger, a student in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is one of nine journalism students from across the country to win the 2012 Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Highberger and the other winning students will travel to Japan for a nine-day journalism study tour in June. The trip includes stops in the cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, where they will visit news organizations and media outlets as well as major historical sites. The students also will visit Hiroshima, site of the first use of the atomic bomb, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Download Full Image

The expenses-paid trip is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co., which owns television networks, newspapers and interactive media businesses. Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said in a prepared statement that the trip helps address the need for student journalists to have a better understanding of international affairs.   

"A number of previous winners have chosen careers in international journalism,” Philipps said. "They often cite this journalism study trip as the motivation behind their decision."

Highberger, of Rye, Colo., was chosen based on a portfolio of his work and an essay on his interest in international affairs. A senior at the Cronkite School, he is a reporter for Cronkite News Service and has interned at The Arizona Republic and with NBC News in London.

Highberger is the fourth Cronkite student in the past four years to win the competition. Previous Cronkite winners include Dan Neligh (2011), Natalie Podgorski (2010) and Deanna Dent (2008).

The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of Roy W. Howard, who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press International from 1912-1920.

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Washington Post editor discusses 2012 presidential election coverage


March 30, 2012

The national political editor of The Washington Post discussed how the new media landscape is changing the coverage of the 2012 presidential election Thursday night at Arizona State University.   

“The versatility of what our journalists do now is much, much broader than it used to be,” Steven Ginsberg told an audience of more than 100 people at the sixth annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The journalism we do is similar to what we used to do and also very different.” Download Full Image

Ginsberg, who supervises the Post’s political coverage over all platforms, said the use of multiple platforms has changed the publication’s approach to presenting the news. 

“We want people not just to come to The Washington Post the next day to find out what happened yesterday and what to think about it,” he said. “We want people there at the moment it happens.”

The Post’s digital media offerings include a live blog and a recently introduced iPad app, Ginsberg said. The live blog is the centerpiece of an effort to bring readers to the Post’s website at the moment news breaks, while the iPad app helps distill news into the information that audiences most want to know.   

Ginsberg emphasized that while technological innovations help enhance the way news is presented, good storytelling is still at the heart of journalism.

“A good story is still the best thing in journalism,” he said. “If you write a good story, it works on every platform.”

Ginsberg began his journalism career at the Post in 1994. He covered local and state politics in Virginia before moving to the regional transportation beat. In 2006, he became a metro editor, and the following year he was part of the editing team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech.

A self-described “campaign addict,” Ginsberg was part of the Post’s national political team for the 2008 presidential election as well as the top editor of its coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial race the following year. He rejoined the paper’s national political staff in 2010 as deputy political editor, leading coverage of that year’s midterm elections. He was named the Post’s national political editor in 2011.

The Cronkite School established the Schatt lecture series in 2007 in honor of longtime Arizona Republic reporter, editor and columnist Paul Schatt, who was an adjunct faculty member at the Cronkite School for more than 30 years.

The series is supported by an annual gift from The Arizona Republic and an endowment created in Schatt’s memory by his widow, Laura Schatt-Thede.

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