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Cronkite School Partners
 With Chyron to Bring 
Graphics to Newsroom

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 2, 2011) - Arizona State University is partnering with Chyron, a pioneer of innovative digital broadcast graphics products and services, to bring a new graphics management system to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Long Island-based company is donating to the school the cloud-based Axis World Graphics and CAMIO graphics management systems. The technology will give Cronkite students access to the industry’s most advanced tools for news graphics creation and delivery, better preparing them for their digital media careers.

The Cronkite News Service newsroom will be named the Chyron Media Center at a Nov. 2 ceremony.

"Chyron's investment will help ensure that future journalists and media leaders learn with the very best, state-of-the-art equipment and graphics software available to the industry, building a pipeline of professionals who know the power and value of Chyron technology," said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. "We are absolutely delighted about our partnership with Chyron."

Axis World Graphics simplifies, streamlines and facilitates the graphics creation process, enabling artists, reporters, production assistants and news producers to create broadcast-quality graphics.

CAMIO is a news graphics management solution that gives users control over the look and delivery of newsroom graphics.

“Our students’ ability to get experience on such cutting-edge technology helps give them a strong leg up in today's competitive job environment,” said Mark Lodato, assistant dean and news director at the Cronkite School. “This is exactly the sort of workflow you'll find in newsrooms today, which means our students will be well-prepared to enter the workforce.”

The Cronkite School is a nationally recognized professional school that prepares students for careers as multimedia journalists, including roles as reporters, editors, producers, correspondents, anchors, media managers and public relations specialists. The school has the best record over the past six years in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition, the Pulitzers of college journalism.

“The Cronkite School is a leader in developing high-caliber media and communications specialists, and we are pleased that the new Chyron Media Center will support the school as it continues this fine tradition of excellence,” said Chyron President and CEO Michael Wellesley-Wesley.


The 28th Annual Walter Cronkite Award for
 Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication

Christiane Amanpour  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Article by  Bette Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet Photos  by Ed Sharpe and Bette Sharpe

Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 
Christiane Amanpour reflecting on the 
 video the Cronkite students had 
produced about her career that
 was shown at the presentation.

Christiane Amanpour is an award-winning foreign correspondent and anchor of ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour". 


She has been with ABC News for the last year.  Prior to that when was an international correspondent for CNN for more the 27 years.  She reported from some of most dangerous regions of the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan Somalia, Palestinian territories, Rwanda and the Balkans.


She has interviewed dozens of world leaders, including the presidents of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Rwanda, Uganda, South African, Nigeria and France, as well as Palestinian leaders, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.  Recently, she conducted exclusive interviews with Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.


Amanpour has been recognized with broadcast journalism top honors which include nine Emmy Awards, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, two George Polk Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. 


Born in London and raised for part of her childhood in Iran, Amanpour graduated from the University of Rhode Island summa cum laude in 1983.


The 2010 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism was Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams in 2009 and Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil received the award in 2008. 


Amanpour considers journalism is a public service, and with that trust comes with positive forces and negative ones.  The job of a journalist is to ask rigorous questions to people in power. and  and to "...speak truth to power".  Journalists represent the public. And they should not be afraid to fail.  In fact, failing often leads to learning opportunities.  These opportunities would not be possible without the failure.  Embrace your mistakes, they can be learning tools.


Other words of advice for the many professional and student journalist in the audience was to  not confuse descent for disloyalty and unpatriotic.  A healthy democracy depends on information that often comes from asking tough questions. 


There is new media and new platforms used to deliver the news, but it is still the people how are the gate keepers.  Amanpour tries to show a little light to the subjects and topics she covers on her weekly program.


"You need to know the story of the other"  It is too easy to keep reinforcing one's own beliefs and not learning about what lies outside that comfort zone.  Knowing only one side, is arming yourself only half way.

She reminds the journalists attending today's luncheon that they are all part of the global community. 


Listen to the video of her acceptance address, it is inspiring.




( If you get this article in email please use this link to watch the VIDEO -  )
<Video by Ed Sharpe -  lo res 256kbps>



Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet 
Watching the on stage monitor during the video on Christiane Amanpour the Cronkite students produced.
Left to Right - 
Fred DuVal, Chairman, Arizona Board of Regents - Dr. Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University - Honoree Christiane Amanpour,  ABC TV, Winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication -   Christopher Callahan, Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication  and University Vice Provost, Downtown Phoenix campus -  John Misner, Chief Operating Officer, Republic Media and President, Cronkite Endowment Board.


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 7105.

Christiane Amanpour, 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication, and presenter Dr. Michael M. Crow,  President, Arizona State University.  Over twelve hundred were on hand to see Amanpour receive the award


Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet. no. 7101.

The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication.




Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism 


Introductory Remarks
Fred DuVal
Chairman, Arizona Board of Regents


Christopher Callahan
Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
 and University Vice Provost, Downtown Phoenix campus

Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University

Introduction of Christiane Amanpour
John Misner
Chief Operating Officer, Republic Media
and President, Cronkite Endowment Board

Presentation to Christiane Amanpour 
of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in
Journalism and Mass Communication

Remarks by Honoree Christiane Amanpour


From the event program.












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