Humphrey Program’s Mark on the Cronkite School

chris_callahanChristopher Callahan, Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

We believe the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is, quite simply, the premier institution of professional journalism education in the U.S.

Since we were made an independent school by Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow in 2005, we have built a state-of-the-art media complex, added world-class faculty and launched bold new professional programs for training for today’s demanding journalism and communications jobs.

But no addition to the Cronkite School has been more important than the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

In 2010, Cronkite became only the second school in the country to host a Humphrey Fellowship in journalism through the U.S. State Department and the Institute of International Education. In the past four years, 39 professionals spanning the globe have come to Cronkite to receive leadership training and develop connections with media organizations across the state and country.

The benefits of the program have been reciprocal. The Humphrey Fellowship Program has left an indelible mark on the Cronkite School. Its fellows have added richness to our school in ways large and small.

They have given us important new perspectives through conversations with faculty and students in and out of the classroom. They have generously shared their professional expertise through events such as Cronkite Global Conversations. And, they have embodied the values that characterize our school’s namesake – accuracy, responsibility, objectivity, integrity – through a spirit of service, leadership and dedication to our field.

Each year’s cohort leaves a lasting legacy at the Cronkite School. This year’s group is no exception. They told insightful stories on terrorism’s impact on the global environment as well as journalism success stories from their home countries. They traveled across the state, sharing their global experiences with Arizonans. Most important, they forged friendships at Cronkite that will last a lifetime.

It’s with more than a little sadness that our time together with this year’s group has come to an end. But we are comforted in the knowledge that their passion and spirit will live on in this e-book as a valuable resource for Cronkite students, faculty and alumni for years to come.

Hubert H. Humphrey said, “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent and debate.” The Humphrey fellows embody this sentiment and make the Cronkite School a better place because of it.

The legacy of the Humphrey Fellowship Program continues to grow richer every single year, and we are amazed by the extraordinary work of our fellows.

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