ASU journalism student wins Roy Howard reporting trip to Japan

March 20, 2017

For the seventh time in nine years, an Arizona State University student from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is among the winners of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Cronkite junior Olivia Richard was one of nine journalism students across the country to win the prestigious honor, which includes a nine-day reporting trip to Japan. Since 2008, Cronkite students have won the award seven times, the most by any journalism program in the country. Olivia Richard, Cronkite School Cronkite School student Olivia Richard is heading to Japan in May after being named among the winners of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. Download Full Image

At the Cronkite School, Richard has covered the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 presidential election and the Special Olympics World Games. She also has interned with NBC News in Los Angeles and with several Arizona news outlets, including NPR member station KJZZ, CW6 and Arizona Capitol Television.

“For me, winning the Roy W. Howard Competition is a testament to both the people whose stories I was able to tell and to the incredible teachers and mentors I've had at Cronkite,” Richard said. “The skills I've learned and developed at the Cronkite School have given me confidence in myself as a reporter and the skills to take risks with stories and my career.”

The all-expenses-paid trip begins May 11 and includes excursions to Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka in Japan. The trip also includes visits to Tokyo as well as Hiroshima to tour the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park, dedicated to documenting the first atomic bombing.

As in previous years, the nine winner were chosen based on the quality of their journalistic work, an essay about their interest in international affairs and letters of recommendation.

Richard’s win marks the third consecutive year that a Cronkite student has been selected. She joins previous winners Rebecca Smouse (2016), Sophia Kunthara (2015), Jack Highberger (2012), Dan Neligh (2011), Natalie Podgorski (2010) and Deanna Dent (2008).

“Olivia is an outstanding, enthusiastic broadcast journalist who is making an impact as a student,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “To be among the winners of the Roy W. Howard Competition is a tremendous accomplishment. We are thrilled that she will be representing the Cronkite School in Japan.”

The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with Indiana University Media School, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922‐1953 and United Press from 1912‐1920. This is the 12th year the Scripps Howard Foundation has sponsored the study tour to Japan, a country Howard visited several times as a journalist.

“The Scripps Howard Foundation develops the next generation of leaders in journalism through programs such as the Roy Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “This year’s winning applicants represent some of the most talented future journalists, and we look forward to their contributions to the industry.”

ASU professor selected as 2017 fellow by American Association of Nurse Practitioners

March 20, 2017

The fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) announced its selection of 67 nurse practitioner leaders from across the country for induction into the 2017 FAANP.  Heather Ross, clinical assistant professor with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was selected as one of only three fellows from Arizona this year.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives. The program also provides opportunities for fellows to mentor and provide leadership development for other nurse practitioners. Ross joins a group of leaders whose scholarly contributions have positively influenced health care and the nurse practitioner role. Heather Ross Download Full Image

At the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Ross is the director of the Applied Ethics in the Professions master’s degree program where she teaches biomedical technology, society and policy. Her research explores human technology interaction with a focus on wearable technologies and health security. She also hosts the Future Out Loud podcast, which is available on iTunes and other platforms, and she is a research scientist with ASU’s Global Security Initiative

“We’re grateful for Heather’s commitment to our students and her expertise in health care, specifically biomedical technology and health policy,” said David Guston, director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. “Her leadership in the classroom, mentoring students, contributing to cross-disciplinary research, and in the studio where she facilitates conversations on important scientific topics have enriched the collaborative spirit at our very new school.”

In addition to her focus on innovation and technology at SFIS, Ross teaches health policy in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and mentors current DNP students. In addition to her teaching and research, she continues to see patients one morning each week in her role as a nurse practitioner. It is critically important, Ross said, for researchers and health care educators to remain current and engaged in practice.

“I always want to keep my research focused on the ultimate goal of improving health and the human condition, so I think it’s important to keep a foot firmly planted in the day-to-day experience of health care — particularly as health and health care are constantly evolving with new technologies, policies, and ways of thinking,” she said. “We do little good to produce research knowledge or classroom opportunities that do not apply to people's real lives.”

Ross and the entire group of 2017 FAANP fellows will be inducted at a fellows ceremony and luncheon in Philadelphia on June 22.

Denise Kronsteiner

Director of Strategic Communications, School for the Future of Innovation in Society