Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2019-41
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair
Date of First Reading: March 25, 2019
Date of Second Reading: April 22, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MA in Investigative Journalism
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded the Cronkite School $3 million (with expectation of continued funding after a successful launch) to create a specialized Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and the first-in-the-nation Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism. This program will bring exceptional focus, faculty and funding to prepare a new generation of students to innovate and lead in this competitive field.
The program has two primary goals: to prepare the next generation of investigative journalists and to produce deep, impactful investigative journalism while those students are at the Cronkite School. We expect that the journalism produced by students at Cronkite will result in national stories that expose and explore some of the greatest challenges facing our country and the world today, including in education, public policy, business, health and the environment.