ABC News visits Cronkite School to air popular shows and interact with students

ABC News visited Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication last week to host its popular news shows “GMA3” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” from the rooftop of the cronkite school.

The show flew producers to Phoenix from Washington D.C., New York, and other locations to air Arizona’s popular news programming.

The network’s production team relished the opportunity to broadcast from Phoenix and interview politicians and public figures, especially as Arizona is seen as a battleground in the upcoming election. However, the crew’s interaction with the students was one of the highlights of their trip.

“As journalists, we always think it’s important to go back,” said “GMA3” executive producer Catherine McKenzie. “So if we can work with a school that has a great program like you, we thought it would be great to work with you so your students can see how we work and we can learn from them and see what they do and what interests them.

“GMA3” aired Friday from the Cronkite School rooftop while “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” aired Sunday morning from the same location.

Prior to their visit, the show’s staff emailed the students asking the riders to help the GMA team through the weekend.

Thursday, three students arrived at the Cronkite Building before 5:30 a.m. The sun hadn’t been up, but they were.

ABC News producer Dawn Piros brought the students up to the roof and into the helmets as often as possible while the crew rehearsed for the next show. The team plugged their ears and said, “You’re ‘Amy’,” in reference to “GMA3” anchor Amy Robach, or “You’re ‘the guest’,” and stared into the corresponding cameras as students model for the perfect camera angles.

“The Good Morning America producers and crew were so supportive and welcomed us with open arms. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Just being around amazing people who are dedicated to telling stories and caring about their jobs was really inspiring to see,” said Cronkite senior runner and student Roxanne De La Rosa.

Perita Carpenter, production manager at ABC News, said she was impressed with the Cronkite News package and everything available to students at the school.

“GMA3” continued its Friday morning tour with a Q&A session with students at Cronkite News studios on the sixth floor.

Robach and fellow presenter TJ Holmes answered students’ questions during the 30-minute session, sharing industry tips and describing how they overcame obstacles in their careers.

They discussed the challenges of their early years in the industry, work/life balance and health issues, when to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to an opportunity, encounters with racism and discrimination. , and how past experiences have shaped them for their current roles. with GMA3.

Robach said there was no big moment that brought her and Holmes to GMA3, but rather a number of smaller opportunities that prepared her for the show.

“It’s each of those little moments that got us to where we are,” she said. “I would never be able to name a moment and say it was the highlight of my career.”

Holmes also said that all the opportunities he received, both positive and negative, paved the way for him to reach his current position.

“The biggest opportunity was the one I wanted. It’s the one I didn’t want. It’s the one I accepted. It’s the one I turned down,” he said.

A handful of students learned valuable lessons from the Q&A session, as well as volunteering to work with the presenters and production team last week and throughout the weekend.

“I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that if you breathe positivity, good things happen,” said Cronkite freshman Ian McKinney, who has worked with other students to help the GMA3 production team. “Even when they had issues with a few technical things on the show, they were all very positive. They were like ‘okay, we can fix this’ and weren’t too stuck on the issue.

For Ashley Madrigal, a Cronkite senior who expects to graduate next spring, assisting the production team and attending the Q&A provided insight into the opportunities that exist in the broadcast journalism industry and the helped ease worries about pursuing a career after graduation.

“I used my time to ask a question and ask about one of their biggest challenges they face after graduation,” Madrigal said. “They explained their toughest times but also emphasized that you can pull through this and it really made me feel more comfortable and satisfied that I am where I need to be and everything is happening for a while. raison.”

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