Cronkite News Service Launched in Arizona

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By: E&P Staff

A news service has been launched by Arizona State University’s (ASU) Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Cronkite News Service’s (CNS) student-written stories have already appeared in daily newspapers, on Web sites, and on TV newscasts in and near Arizona. Print journalism reporters have covered rural water issues, the debate over tributes to Navajos who served as code talkers during World War II, and development around the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

CNS is directed by Steve Elliott, a 19-year Associated Press veteran who ran AP’s Arizona operations for five years. The news service’s namesake, of course, is former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, who wrote a weekly King Features Syndicate column for more than 180 newspapers from 2003 to 2004.

Students working for CNS are based at University Center on ASU’s new downtown Phoenix campus. The newsroom will move next door to the Cronkite School’s new building in fall 2008.

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