A global leader in journalism and digital media joins the Cronkite School to lead an initiative for working professionals and those seeking skills

Sree Sreenivasan, an internationally acclaimed journalist, digital media manager and educator, will join Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to lead a new professional education and training initiative.

Beginning July 1, Sreenivasan will serve as Managing Director of CronkitePro, which will serve the training needs of journalism and communications professionals, or their businesses, and potentially offer a suite of offerings to undergraduate candidates. He will be based at ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

An accomplished digital media expert, Sreenivasan has trained journalists, entrepreneurs, businesses, nonprofits, and executives around the world. He is currently the first Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation and Public Engagement at Stony Brook University, named after the influential editor of Fortune and Money magazines. Sreenivasan will join the Cronkite School on July 1.

Sreenivasan is CEO and co-founder of Digimentors, a digital and virtual events consultancy. He hosted several shows during the pandemic, interviewing more than 600 experts, doctors, nurses and scientists to fight misinformation and provide accurate insights into the global crisis. He has served as chief digital officer for three major institutions: Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City. He was named the most influential digital director in the world in 2014 by the CDO Club.

Sree Sreenivasan

“I have long been an admirer of the Cronkite school for its innovative approaches to teaching journalism,” Sreenivasan said. “Joining the faculty and leading CronkitePro is an honor that far exceeds what I could have dreamed of growing up watching Walter Cronkite tell us” and that’s how it is. “”

In 2015, Fast Company named Sreenivasan one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, and in 2010 he was named one of the 35 Most Influential People in Social Media by the Poynter Institute.

“The challenges facing our society demand that we provide access to journalism and communication skills to as many people as possible, in as many modalities as possible,” said Battinto L. Batts Jr, Dean of the Cronkite School.

CronkitePro is inspired by ASU’s Learning Enterprise, which designs programs to serve lifelong learners across various disciplines to meet workforce needs and societal challenges.

“Sree Sreenivasan, who is a well-known and connected practitioner with immense expertise and experience, is the perfect person to lead Cronkite’s efforts in this space,” Batts said. “We look forward to working closely with industry partners and others to design programs and offerings that meet practical and specific needs delivering the excellence expected of Cronkite and ASU.”

Sreenivasan worked on the faculty of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism from 1993 to 2013 as a professor of professional practice, teaching courses on new media, web design, and social media in journalism practice, as well as on media entrepreneurship. In 2005, he was named Dean of Students, overseeing student-focused programs, and was later named Dean of Student Affairs, overseeing Admissions, Student Services, and Career Services.

In 1994, Sreenivasan co-founded SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association. In 1999, he was the founding administrator of the Online Journalism Awards for ONA, the Online News Association.

About Cronkite Pro

The Cronkite School’s acclaimed “University Hospital” education model has been adapted to provide professionals with hands-on education and real-world training under the guidance of top industry leaders. Cronkite enables media and communications professionals to accelerate their careers and develop their skills. Through events and programs, attendees will learn new skills and stay current with the latest industry trends. Learn more about CronkitePro and sign up to receive upcoming training notifications at cronkite.asu.edu/cronkitepro.

About Cronkite School
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top professional journalism programs and has received international acclaim for its innovative use of the “university hospital” model. Rooted in the centuries-old values ​​that characterize its namesake – precision, accountability, objectivity, integrity – the school fosters journalistic excellence and ethics both in the classroom and in its 13 professional programs that fully immerse students in the practice of journalism. journalism and related fields. Arizona PBS, one of the nation’s largest public television stations, is part of Cronkite, making it the largest journalism school-run outlet in the world. Learn more at cronkite.asu.edu.