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Kofa High School student attends ASU Cronkite School Summer Program

Kofa High School student Lauren Zaragoza attended the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism for their annual, two-week summer program and returned to Yuma a published journalist.

While at the Cronkite Institute, Zaragoza had a packed schedule including interview planning, digital and broadcast communications, website journalism, podcast creation, and more.

“With so much happening in the world, it is frustrating journalists aren’t getting the acknowledgement for the hard work that they do,” Zaragoza said when asked about the experience. “Journalists want accurate information to get to the people.”

The students lived in a residence hall on the downtown Phoenix campus and attend sessions led by Cronkite faculty and local journalists. They also visited the newsrooms of several news organizations and to meet and talk with practicing journalists. At the end of the program, students produced a news website and a student newscast showcasing their work.

Zaragoza, who attended during the summer between her junior and senior year, found out about the program through the recommendation of a friend, and applied not expecting to get in.

“It was a surprise,” she admitted. “But I was grateful for the incredible experience, including meeting and working with people from all over the country.”

Zaragoza plans on applying to the Cronkite Institute for her postsecondary education after she completes her senior year at Kofa.

Ian Coltman