Arizona State University journalism school receives $800K education grant

Mar 15, 2016, 11:00 AM
Follow @KTAR923...

PHOENIX — The journalism school at Arizona State University has recently been awarded an education grant totaling almost a million dollars, according to a press release.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication received an $800,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to fund the school’s Edith Kinney Gaylord News Innovation Initiative.

According to the press release, the initiative will act as the innovation hub for Cronkite News, an Arizona PBS daily news division.

The initiative will also fund new courses in journalism innovation and entrepreneurship at the school, headed by Jessica Pucci.

Pucci will direct social media and analytics for Cronkite News and will teach a course on data analytics and audience engagement in the fall.

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan said in the release that the grant will allow the school to explore digital options referring to journalism in order to adapt to an newly-changing medium.

“We are in the midst of one of the most exciting and tumultuous times in the history of American journalism, with the digital revolution disrupting economic models that stood for generations,” the release read. “The key to solving this challenge is to innovate.”

The initiative also allows Cronkite to collaborate with the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Students at the college will be able to participate in Cronkite classes through video conference and Cronkite professors will visit Gaylord to speak with classes and meet with faculty members.

Gaylord School Dean Ed Kelley said in the release that the collaboration between the two universities will not only bring an excess of education to the students but will provide them with a good time as well.

“Being able to collaborate with the Cronkite School will be of great benefit to our students, and a lot of fun as well,” the release read. “We are so grateful to Ethics and Excellence for its vision and willingness to invest in two journalism programs that want to help find innovative ways to ensure journalism has a bright and meaningful future.”

In addition to the $800,000 grant, the foundation also awarded the Cronkite School with a $150,000 grant over three years in order to annually host a Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics in order to teach ethics and diversity.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

This illustration made available by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA depicts NASA's DART probe, upper rig...
Associated Press

NASA spacecraft smashes into asteroid for defense test

A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth.
19 hours ago
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2021...
Associated Press

Valid signature numbers debated in Arizona voucher challenge

Supporters of an expansion of Arizona’s private school voucher system said public school advocates failed to file enough signatures to temporarily block the law.
19 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs com...
Associated Press

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema defends bipartisanship at McConnell Center

Members of Congress face "intense pressure" to play to the extreme elements of their own party, Kyrsten Sinema argued in a speech.
19 hours ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Ron Wolfley breaks down Cardinals’ perplexing offensive performance in loss to Rams

Radio analyst and host Ron Wolfley joined KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Monday to break down the Cardinals' loss to the Rams.
19 hours ago
Thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overtu...
Associated Press

Planned Parenthood seeks stay of ruling that bans most abortions in Arizona

Planned Parenthood asked an Arizona judge Monday to put on hold a ruling that allowed prosecutors to enforce a law banning abortion in nearly all cases.
19 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Pedestrian asking for help in Phoenix killed when car gets knocked into her

A pedestrian was killed in Phoenix early Monday when a vehicle hit the car she’d flagged down to ask for help, authorities said.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Arizona State University journalism school receives $800K education grant