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Student journalists to take over Arizona airwaves

A 28-minute investigative report on the heroin epidemic in Arizona, produced by students at Arizona State University, will run Tuesday night on every broadcast TV station and more than 90 radio stations throughout the state.

The investigation, “Hooked: Tracking heroin’s hold on Arizona,” was a collaborative effort by 70 students and eight faculty members at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It documents Maricopa County’s status as one of the epicenters of the state’s heroin problem. It will air at 6:30 p.m. MST.

The idea for the report came from Art Brooks, president of the Arizona Broadcasters Association and a member of the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees, said Christopher Callahan, the school’s founding dean, in an email to Poynter. After a board meeting, Brooks told Callahan that heroin was a scourge on the state and convinced him to rally the students and faculty around the story.

From there, Brooks started persuading Arizona’s broadcasting community — some 33 television stations and upwards of 90 radio stations — to air the half-hour commercial-free report. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1wVTyIo

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