Cronkite News Podcast Wins Murrow Prize

Cronkite News won a student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Audio Newscast for its Cronkite News 2Go podcast.

The winning podcast episode, which aired nine months ago, covered a series of urgent stories, including a story about US Representative Paul Gosar, a Republican from Prescott, who shared an edited video of him punching the US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword. . The episode also included a story on the use of state dollars for transitional housing and an update on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cronkite graduate student Emma VandenEinde hosted and co-produced the episode with student Michael Baribault. Graduate student Kamilah Williams also contributed to the podcast.

Cronkite News 2Go launched in the spring of 2019 as a daily flash briefing for Google and Amazon devices before becoming a full-fledged audio newscast, said Sadie Babits, a practice professor who leads audio and sustainability reporting for Cronkite News in Phoenix.

“It turned into something we’ve been offering students ever since,” Babits said. “The field of audio and podcasting is growing rapidly. It is an innovative space and we need to prepare our students to be in this space.

The idea of ​​CN2Go was to give students the opportunity to produce content on a daily schedule, learn audio production skills and tell a story through a podcast. Babits credited former student Jonah Hrkal with helping launch and grow the podcast into what it is today. The podcast now airs on KAWC, Yuma’s public radio. It also streams on Amazon and Google devices and can be listened to on major podcasting platforms including Spotify and Apple.

“We give students daily experience to decide what the best stories of the day are and how best to cover those stories,” Babits said. “I’m so proud of what our Cronkite Audio students do. Cn2Go is a student produced show and they produce to a high standard. »

Created in 2015 by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Student Murrow Awards celebrate excellence in student journalism at the college and high school levels. Student Murrows are awarded to an individual or team of students in eight categories – Audio Newscast, Audio News, Audio Report, Podcasts, Video Newscast, Video News, Video Report and Digital Report.

“I am extremely proud of this honor our students have earned and thank Professor Babits for his hard work and dedication in guiding Cronkite News 2Go,” said Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr., Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “This is another example of how our experiential learning approach prepares students for successful careers while meeting the news and information needs of our society.”

The RTDNA has recognized outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Among the most prestigious in the field of news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national reporting that adheres to the code of ethics of the RTDNA, demonstrate technical expertise and illustrate the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.

About Cronkite School
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “university hospital” model. Rooted in the centuries-old values ​​that characterize its namesake – precision, accountability, objectivity, integrity – the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics both in the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism. journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest journalism school-run outlet in the world. Learn more at

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