Daily Archives: November 1, 2008

ASU journalism school in downtown Phoenix to serve as election night center

Cartogram of the 2004 U.S. election results (area adjusted for population size).

Starting at 5 p.m. on November 4, 2008, the new home of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix will serve as an election night hub, with top analysts providing commentary, students, and community members watching the returns in the First Amendment Forum and advanced students producing three hours of live TV election coverage. “The new Cronkite School building was designed for major public events — and there’s no more important and exciting event than a presidential election,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. “We will have students, faculty, political leaders, and community members all together sharing in this historic night.”

Leading political and media analysts from Arizona State University will be available to provide expert commentary to local, national and international media covering the elections. The experts who will be available for interviews throughout the night include:

  • Craig Allen, associate professor of journalism. Expertise: Campaign ads; historical trends in presidential elections.
  • Aaron Brown, former CNN news anchor and the Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism. Expertise: Presidential elections; media coverage.
  • Robert B. Denhardt, Director of the School of Public Affairs and Lincoln Professor of Leadership and Ethics. Expertise: Leadership and presidential politics.
  • Steve Elliott, former Associated Press Phoenix bureau chief and director of Cronkite News Service. Expertise: State and local races; state referendum issues.
  • Andrew Leckey, director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Expertise: Impact of economy on campaigns and elections.
  • Kelly McDonald, assistant professor in School of Letters and Sciences. Expertise: Presidential debates; national politics.
  • Bruce Merrill, director of the Cronkite-Eight poll and one of the leading experts on Arizona politics. Expertise: National elections; Arizona politics; polling.
  • Rick Rodriguez, Carnegie Professor of Journalism. Expertise: National politics; the Latino vote.

“Having all of these experts in one place will provide easy access for reporters seeking to help put election night results into perspective for readers and viewers,” said Callahan, a former political correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Cronkite NewsWatch will provide three hours of live election night coverage. The coverage, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., can be seen on KAET 8.3 (Cox Cable 88), ASU-TV (Cox Cable 116), Tempe 11, and Mesa 11. More than 70 Cronkite students and faculty will be providing live coverage from Republican and Democratic headquarters in Phoenix and the national McCain-Palin headquarters. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Will Suns games boost downtown Phoenix business?

[Source: ABC Channel 15 News] — As Valley businesses deal with these tough economic times, the downtown Phoenix area may have a slam dunk on its hands.  That is if the Phoenix Suns keep hitting their shots. Thursday night was the Suns home opener.  Business owners around the US Airways Center say they are hoping fan foot traffic generated by the game will help boost sales after a slow summer.  

One owner said companies rely on the increased business every year, but this season is especially important given the down economy.  Other business managers said they are thrilled people are going to the game because it helps take their minds off the economy.

Arizona, Phoenix face shortage of locally grown food

[Source: Jessica Stephenson, Special for The Republic] — Farmers markets are budding all over Arizona, but there are not enough farmers to meet the needs of all of the Arizonans hungry for local, organic food. The craze for organic and local food has brought about 21 farmers markets into the Valley, but Dee Logan, senior coordinator for Arizona Community Farmers Markets, says the demand for farmers greatly outweighs the actual number of direct-market farmers — those who sell produce directly to the buyer. Logan said the markets that customers want across the Valley cannot be created until Arizona has more direct-market farmers. “We need to grow farmers, and we need to grow growers before we expand too much more,” Logan said.

Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections, a non-profit group trying to alleviate hunger and develop food sufficiency for low-income households, says she gets five calls a day from people requesting more farmers markets. However, the work required of direct-market farmers is too great to meet the demand. Several factors prevent the development of more direct-market farmers, such as the effort required to produce organic food that customers seek, Gentry said. Zoning laws make it difficult for commercial and residential land to be converted back to farmland. Also, market farmers sell directly to the public, and this requires more marketing expertise, which conventional farmers may lack. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Downtown Phoenix Public Market: Seasonal produce from local growers. Specialty foods, including breads, pastries, pasta, free-range eggs, salsa, and more. Details: 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 721 N. Central Ave. website.

On Nov. 1-3, watch PHX11 to learn foreclosure prevention tips

PHX11 viewers can learn foreclosure prevention tips by watching a one-hour special, “Foreclosures: What You Need to Know,” which features a panel discussion among housing experts. Representatives from Community Housing Resources of Arizona (CHRA), Phoenix Association of Realtors, and city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department present options to avoid foreclosure and explain how to seek assistance from area housing counselors.  The panel also explores the advantages and disadvantages of short sales, plus the responsibilities of a homeowner who is in a foreclosure situation. In addition, questions from the audience are answered.

The program will air on PHX11 at the following times: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3; and 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. PHX11 is the city’s award-winning, 24-hour cable news and information television station. The station has been providing news, information and entertainment for Phoenix residents since 1984. For additional program replay times, click here.