Keynote Speaker: Mark Lodato, associate dean, associate general manager for Innovation and Design, Arizona PBS

Mark Lodato is associate dean of the Cronkite School and associate general manager of Arizona PBS at ASU. As associate dean, Lodato leads undergraduate recruitment and retention efforts and supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum.

Under his leadership, Cronkite School broadcast students have consistently ranked among the nation’s best in premier journalism competitions, including the Hearst College Journalism Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, the Murrow Awards and the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts awards.

Lodato joined the Cronkite School in August 2006 after working 16 years as television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Florida.

Kids get the scoop on the world of journalism

KVOA News 4's Paul Cicala led the 2017 Young Reporters Workshop at the KVOA studios held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Above is KVOA's coverage of the event. 

The Young Reporters Program gives kids in grades 3 through 8 the opportunity to experience journalism firsthand. Through this free program of Bear Essential Educational Services, kids learn the fundamentals of reporting and how to apply them by writing for the "Get the Scoop" section of Bear Essential News for Kids.

The program began 36 years ago. Its purpose is to help young people develop their writing and communications skills, and to bolster the reporters' self-esteem.

Even by professional standards, Young Reporters are a big success at getting the scoop. They cover stories close to home like school food drives and community events. They also nab national stories, interviewing some of the biggest names in politics, sports and entertainment. Young Reporters have the responsibility of reporting what's making news in their world.

Thanks to the hard work by Young Reporters, Bear Essential News is truly a newspaper for kids, by kids.

Joining the Young Reporters Program is simple! Just click on appropriate sign-up form for where you live.