Alum Eric Newton Named Innovation Chief at Arizona State's Journalism School

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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ASU NEWS -- Eric Newton, a global leader in championing transformational digital innovation in the news media as an executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is joining Arizona State University as the innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professor Newton will work closely with the school’s leadership to drive new, cutting-edge ideas and initiatives at Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform daily-news operation. Cronkite News will serve as a test bed for news-industry innovations and experimentation while providing critical content to news consumers in Arizona and across the country.

Newton wrote or edited numerous works on journalism, including “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism.” He holds a Master’s degree in international studies from University of Birmingham in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University.