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Cronkite School students reporting on ABC15

December 17, 2007

ASU Cronkite students are now appearing weekly on a network television affiliate in one of the nation’s largest media markets.

Under a new partnership between the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and ABC15 in Phoenix, the station airs a Cronkite News Service student report each week on its 6 p.m. Saturday newscast.

KNXV-TV started the partnership with packages by Ian Lee on the California wildfires and on the presidential campaign as well as a story by student Jeff Mitchell on the border patrol.

Sue Green, the former managing editor at ABC15 who now serves as director of the broadcast news division of Cronkite News Service, said she believes that this is the only place in the country where college students’ news reports are appearing on a network affiliate in a major market. Phoenix is the 12th largest media market in the United States.

“Channel 15 has been very supportive of our broadcast students,” Green said. “They have helped us out with live shots, and they have used video from our stories. Now they are taking it one step further by airing complete packages.”

ABC15 Managing Editor Andy Ramirez said the station will benefit from the additional news coverage, and the students will get unparalleled exposure. “We’re committed to the Cronkite School, and we want to make sure that young journalists achieve their dreams,” Ramirez said.

Cronkite students already have their best TV work featured nationally on MSNBC under a partnership with the national cable news network for its “MSNBC on Campus” program.