President Crow part of delegation to bolster US-Mexico education, innovation ties

May 23, 2014

Arizona State University President Michael Crow was among the officials participating in the official launch of the Bilateral Forum for Higher Education, Innovation and Research, which was held May 21 in Mexico City. Also participating in the launch was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jose Antonio Meade, Kerry’s Mexican counterpart.

All members were in Mexico to discuss growing ties between the U.S., Mexico and other Latin American countries in education and innovation. Download Full Image

Goals of the event included increasing student mobility, consolidating links among researchers and developing joint research and innovation projects. The forum was part of an agreement signed by President Obama when he visited Mexico in May 2013.

The forum was designed to increase the amount of university-to-university connections, including academic exchanges for students, professors and researchers, and innovation and technology transfer. One of the goals outlined in the Obama agreement was to increase the number of students who travel to study abroad from the U.S. to Mexico and from Latin American countries to the U.S. to 100,000.

Secretary Kerry said during a press briefing on the visit that it was very helpful because participants worked together to set “a real agenda, a real set of objectives that will see more students from America study here in Mexico and more Mexicans study in America, that will see us have more research and innovation projects where we create the jobs and the opportunities of the future.”

“We share a border and many common interests with Mexico,” President Crow said. “It’s natural that we seek stronger ties through education, research and innovation so we can help each other prepare for the challenges and the changing nature of the advanced workforce of the 21st century."

Crow was accompanied at the forum by Arizona Regent Greg Patterson and ASU adviser Rafael Rangel Sostmann, former president of Tec de Monterrey – one of the leading universities in Mexico.

The forum was attended by several officials from higher education, including Janet Napolitano, who heads the University of California System and is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Arizona.

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Cronkite hosts training for Dow Jones News Fund interns

May 23, 2014

Top journalism students from across the country will receive intensive digital journalism training this summer as part of a Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) program at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Eleven college journalism students, including five from the Cronkite School, will spend a week on ASU’s downtown campus, receiving rigorous multimedia training before they head to internships that include The Denver Post, the International Center for Journalists, AccuWeather and The Arizona Republic. The training runs from May 25-31. Download Full Image

The Cronkite School is the only DJNF-sponsored digital training center for college students in the country. Six other universities offer training in areas such as business reporting, news editing and sports editing.

“It is our honor and privilege to train students for their digital internships this summer,” said Michael Wong, director of the program and Cronkite’s director of career services. “We’re excited to have America’s best student journalists here with us.”

DJNF interns at Cronkite will participate in in-depth sessions on visual storytelling, digital tools and interactive multimedia before beginning 10-week paid internships across the nation.

Launched in 1960, the DJNF summer internship program supports seven training sites at leading journalism schools. This year, 85 undergraduate and graduate students were selected from more than 600 applicants for the program. Interns returning to college receive $1,000 scholarships.

"We're pleased 2014 digital interns will be trained at the Cronkite School again this year,” said Linda Shockley, deputy director of DJNF. “Even after the summer has ended, we're sure this program will have strengthened students' preparation for careers in 21st-century media."

The Dow Jones News Fund is a nonprofit organization supported by the Dow Jones Foundation, Dow Jones and Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and other media companies. Its mission is to encourage high school and college students to pursue journalism careers by sponsoring workshops and providing internships.

This year’s Dow Jones multimedia interns and their assignments are:

Mike Denison
University of Maryland
The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida
Iva Dixit
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
International Center for Journalists, Washington, D.C.
Ross Dunham
Arizona State University, Phoenix
Glen Luke Flanagan
Radford University
Alabama Media Group, Mobile, Alabama
Jacob Green
Arizona State University
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Alabama
Colin Kennedy
Virginia Commonwealth University
New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut
Courtney Marabella
Temple University
The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis
Rex Santus
Kent State University
The Denver Post, Denver
Chenea’ Schacher
Arizona State University
AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania
Alexandra Scoville
Arizona State University
Alabama Media Group, Mobile, Alabama
Weslie Swift
Arizona State University, Phoenix

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