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Inaugural Cronkite Day Celebration Set for October

Arizona State University journalism alumni are invited back to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the school’s first-ever large-scale alumni celebration Oct. 26.

Conceived and designed by the Cronkite School National Board of Advisors, Cronkite Day is an all-day festival of professional, social, career development and networking opportunities held at the Cronkite building on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite or the great strides and accomplishments made by the school that bears his name than our first Cronkite Day event,” said Craig A. Newman, chairman of the National Board of Advisors. “We live in an era when journalism’s role, methods and innovations are constantly reinvented, challenged and redefined. The Cronkite School has taken a leadership role in this global conversation, with many alumni who are industry leaders returning to campus for Cronkite Day to share their experiences, challenges and visions for the future of media.”

Headlining the event is a series of showcase panels featuring alumni on topics ranging from coverage of the 2012 elections, the impact of social media and international news coverage to public relations in the digital age and the state of local TV news. Alumni also will have the opportunity to talk with current Cronkite students and see their work in state-of-the-art newsrooms, TV studios, digital classrooms and innovation laboratories around the building.

Cronkite faculty and staff will be on hand to talk with alumni about career development opportunities, including the Cronkite New Media Academy, the Office of Career Services, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and graduate programs. In addition, alumni will be able to get feedback on their writing, photography, video and resumes with top Cronkite alumni and faculty in one-on-one settings.

Other Cronkite Day activities will include behind-the-scenes tours of the award-winning, LEED-certified Cronkite building with the building’s architects and a happy hour reception at a local restaurant.

“Cronkite Day is an unprecedented opportunity for Cronkite alumni from around the world to
reconnect with old friends and classmates and favorite professors, make new friends and professional connections and learn about what’s happening at the school,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. “We look forward to welcoming our graduates to this unique celebration.”

The event comes the day before ASU’s annual Homecoming festivities and football game. The following week, the Cronkite School will host the 29th annual Cronkite Award Luncheon, this year honoring NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, on Oct. 30.

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Cronkite Global Initiatives Suite Named In Honor Of Seversons

The international program headquarters at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University was named today in honor of alumna Adelaida Severson and her husband, Barry.

The Adelaida and Barry Severson Family Cronkite Global Initiatives Suite was dedicated in recognition of a generous gift from the 1995 master’s graduate and her husband, the founders and owners of Bushtex Inc., which specializes in providing remote satellite transmissions both domestically and internationally to broadcast, corporate and government clients.

Ms. Severson said the couple’s experiences have taught them that a strong awareness of international media is essential for today’s journalists to be competitive. They hope the investment will help prepare Cronkite students for careers in the current global media environment.

“We’re really honored to have (the Cronkite Global Initiatives Suite) named after our family,” said Ms. Severson, a founding member of the Cronkite National Board of Advisors. “Hopefully we can provide a legacy for students.”

The contribution will provide funds to assist students with international travel and related reporting projects designed to enhance their awareness and understanding of media policies in foreign cultures and countries.

“This generous gift comes at a time when the global media world is more important than ever,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. “Adelaida and Barry’s passion for ensuring that our students receive a broad global view of the news media and invaluable international reporting experiences will be an enormous benefit today and in the future.”

The Severson suite is home to Cronkite Global Initiatives, the umbrella organization for the school’s international programs, including the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for international journalists. Other Cronkite Global programs include the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, Cronkite study abroad programs, overseas faculty research projects, and invited scholars and professionals-in-residence.

“Doors will open around the world for our students, faculty and staff through the generosity of the Severson family,” said Associate Professor B. William Silcock, director of Cronkite Global Initiatives. “The Seversons share the Cronkite School’s vision that our students must ‘see the world, know the world and report the world’ in order to be successful in today’s global media landscape.”

For more information on Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit their website at cronkite.asu.edu.


CBS News President To Keynote Cronkite School Graduation

CBS News President David Rhodes will deliver the keynote graduation address next month at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University officials said today.

The announcement comes the day after the 50th anniversary of Cronkite’s first appearance as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

“It is a tremendous gift to our graduating students to be able to hear from one of today’s most important journalism leaders, and it is particularly appropriate as both Walter’s network and Walter’s school celebrate his 50th anniversary,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan.

Cronkite served as anchor and managing editor of the network’s nightly newscast from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981. Three years later, the journalism program at ASU was named in his honor. Over the following quarter-century, Cronkite made annual visits to the school, meeting with students, talking with faculty and personally bestowing the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on a journalism luminary. The first Cronkite Award winners were CBS founder William Paley and former CBS President Frank Stanton in 1984.

Under Cronkite’s guidance and vision, the school rose to national prominence. Today more than 1,300 students study in downtown Phoenix at the Cronkite building, a 225,000-square foot state-of-the-art multimedia complex that is home to Cronkite NewsWatch, a 30-minute nightly newscast that airs statewide on Arizona PBS, Cronkite News Service, a daily multimedia news service with bureaus in Phoenix and Washington, the New Media Innovation Lab and the Carnegie-Knight News21 digital media program. Faculty members include former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and former CNN anchor Aaron Brown.

Cronkite students have finished first nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition for six consecutive years and have the best record in the Hearst Journalism Awards over that time.

Rhodes, who was named president of CBS News in February 2011, oversees all network news operations, including “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation, “48 Hours Mystery,” CBSNews.com and CBS News Radio.

A New York native, Rhodes started his journalism career in 1996 as a production assistant at Fox NewsChannel and rose to vice president of news. During his 12 years at Fox, he led the political news team, edited international coverage of global hot spots such as Afghanistan and Iraq and directed coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other major events. He was a Fox News Channel assignment manager in New York on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

In November 2008, the Rice University graduate joined Bloomberg’s multimedia group as head of U.S. television. He was responsible for programming, development, editorial, newsgathering, production and operations.

Rhodes will deliver his convocation address on May 4 at Grady Gammage Auditorium, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed venue on ASU’s Tempe campus.