Cronkite students produce FOX Sports Arizona show
Broadcast students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are producing a new magazine sports show, “Sun Devils 101,” for FOX Sports Arizona.
The show, which features
“It’s about ASU athletics through the eyes of ASU students who are aspiring sports broadcasters,” says
The Cronkite student reporters may be the first in the country to produce a program for a commercial sports network.
“We don't know of any other journalism school that is producing a 30-minute program for a commercial sports network,” says Mark Lodato, news director and professor of practice at the
In addition to reporting for FOX Sports Arizona, Cronkite broadcast students produce news reports for a number of other media outlets, including ABC15 (KNXV), Eight/KAET and AZTV7/Cable 13.
The first “Sun Devils 101” will feature profiles of diving team members and a story about Josh Jordan, an ASU football player who also is a member of student government. It also includes a segment called “Devil’s Dish,” which shows a soccer player cooking a favorite meal. Fans of the show can follow it on Facebook and post fan videos.
Student reporters come from the staff of Cronkite
Lodato said FOX Sports staff members work closely with the students.
“FOX Sports Arizona staff has been very instrumental in leading this effort, with weekly meetings at Cronkite,” he says. “And the network has assigned professional mentors to each of the students participating.”
The genesis of the show was in May of this year when Reda toured the
“It's an ideal example of how our move downtown enhances our relationship with local media outlets,” Lodato says.
The first “Sun Devils 101” airs at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 and replays at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11; 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 13; 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 22; and 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Nov. 30. The second show will air at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, and additional shows are planned for the spring semester.