Phoenix Young Reporter Workshop, Jan. 27, 2018 

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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.

Former NY Times Phoenix Bureau Chief to teach Young Reporters Reporting Workshop

Fernanda Santos spent 12 years at The New York Times, including five as its Phoenix Bureau chief. Her first book, “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” received the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book.

Santos got her start in journalism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her home country. She speaks four languages – English, Portuguese, Spanish and French – and has reported in three of them, in Latin America and the United States. Her coverage of demographic changes in New England’s first majority-minority city won a Sigma Delta Chi Award in Public Service by the Society of Professional Journalists.  

Her story about a young man’s first year of freedom after a wrongful conviction was nominated for a Livingston Award. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Silurians and the Associated Press Media Editors. Jill Abramson, a former executive editor of The Times, once called her "the bard of the Southwest."  

Santos is a recipient of the Kiplinger, International Reporting Project and Casey Children and Family fellowships, and a co-author of “Latinos in the United States,” a reference guide by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, published In 2002. She is a board member of the Arizona Latino Media Association and a volunteer at the News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that teaches middle- and high-school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age.

Santos is now a Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching short-form and long-form narrative journalism

Award-Winning Photojournalist to Lead Mobile Photography Workshops

Dave Seibert is an award-winning photojournalist and visual storyteller who has spent his career telling stories across Arizona.

A fifty-year Scottsdale resident, Seibert has covered and learned Arizona history and produced hundreds of "Then/Now" comparisons during his 25 years with Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. While there, Seibert worked in a wide variety of roles from Director of Photography to Staff Photographer to Technology Development Manager.

After leaving the Arizona Republic, Seibert went on to be the digital media producer at the Phoenix Zoo, one of Bear Essential News' partners in Phoenix. 

You may see more of Seibert's work on his portfolio site: Dave Seibert Media.

Fox 10 Morning Producer to Lead Broadcast News Reporting Workshops 

Juliana Vasquez-Keating has been a morning-show producer at KSAZ Fox 10 News in Phoenix for more than five years. Vasquez-Keating made the move after spending a few years at KOLD News 13 in Tucson, Arizona -- her first job after graduating from the University of Arizona. 

Vasquez-Keating grew up in the small border town of Douglas, Arizona, where she knew at an early age that she wanted to be a writer. At 16, she started her career in news as the student reporter at the local newspaper, The Douglas Daily Dispatch.

She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where she was a student leader and an award-winning student journalist who specialized in border and immigration reporting, working with the likes of Gary Knight, a world-class conflict photojournalist, and Yvonne Latty, an award-winning journalist from New York. 

 

Parents, educators and advisers call and sign up for the Cronkite School Studios Tour! 

Cronkite School ambassadors will be on hand to lead tours of the beautiful facilities throughout the workshop. Parents, teachers and educators are encouraged to sign up for these to see what resources are available at the state-of-the-art facility of one of the top journalism schools in the country.  

 

 

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.