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ASU Cronkite School teams up with Google News Lab to spread innovation

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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is teaming up with Google News Lab to help test new tools and training and encourage their use throughout journalism education.

ASU launches initiative to support next generation of leaders

Arizona State University is a massive engine that runs at warp speed, and a new initiative is inviting a group of campus leaders to look under the hood so they can keep it going decades into the future.

The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a six-month immersive experience to cultivate a new pool of leaders to keep ASU on a trajectory of innovation and achievement.

ASU Law alum, Bears chairman George McCaskey says Vegas is ready for NFL

Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Wednesday that he was skeptical when the Oakland Raiders announced their intention to move to Las Vegas: He thought the city was too small and that gamblers would be too close to players.

But population data and the realization that betting is everywhere changed his mind about taking the NFL to Sin City, he said.

The newly approved move was among a range of topics McCaskey covered in a lecture at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

ASU professor: AT&T no longer phone company if deal goes through

An ASU business media professor says AT&T’s planned acquisition of Time Warner has the potential to change “the competitive landscape of content creation” if federal regulators approve the deal.

Mark Hass, professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the W. P. Carey School of Business, specializing in strategic communications and marketing, provides insight on the deal that he says signals a significant shift in the media landscape.

ASU program gives Native American entrepreneurs a boost

The presenter went around the conference room on Friday morning, asking participants if they thought of themselves as entrepreneurs.


Not one of them — eight Native American business owners — raised their hand or said yes.

“We’re taught to be humble in that sense, not to boast,” said Kelsey Haake, a Phoenix-based certified financial manager and estate planner. “We haven’t been ingrained to think ourselves of that way.”

ASU's Cronkite School receives challenge grant for innovative virtual-reality project

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has received a grant to fund a new virtual-reality project through a news initiative from Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Online News Association.

Journalism 360 awarded the Cronkite School a $30,000 grant for “Data Real,” in which students in the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab will develop a tool that easily enables journalists and content creators to add location-based data visualizations to virtual-reality content.

Cronkite Innovation Day to feature drones, telepresence robots at ASU

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting a public expo featuring a host of cutting-edge technologies impacting journalism’s future.

Cronkite Innovation Day includes a variety of interactive attractions, including indoor drones, telepresence robots, wearable technologies, 3-D printers, virtual reality experiences and more. The event is open to all ASU students, faculty, staff and the public.

Entrepreneurial spirit motivates ASU alumnus to advance innovative HIV test Idea

When Stephen Gamboa taught himself to play the recorder in the first grade, he earned a spot as the youngest student in the school’s recorder ensemble. Shifting his attention to percussion instruments, his childhood and most of his teen years were filled with lessons, practice sessions and involvement in every possible ensemble.

So it made perfect sense that he would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree in music.

But halfway through the program he began to think more deeply about his career path and the ways that he could make a difference in world.