Thank you so much for coming to visit my site! My name is Jordan Elder and I am currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. My emphasis is in broadcast and digital media. I am also completing a certificate in Leadership & Ethics. Next fall, I will begin my masters degree in Mass Communication, also from the Cronkite School.
The Cronkite School is the perfect place to call home, though I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri. Journalism has been my passion since I was seven years old. I grew up watching Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts take the journalism world by storm, and I wanted to be just like them. I'm truly blessed to be making my childhood dreams a reality.
I have gained valuable experience in digital analytics by interning with the Park Hill School District's communications team in Kansas City, Missouri, and earning my Google Analytics certification. I learned how to be a production assistant during my two semesters as in intern with Arizona Midday on KPNX Channel 12 in Phoenix, and after that internship was able to assist the weekend morning producers at 12 News by serving as the second-chair when there were live shots. I was also a producer and reporter for Catalyst on Arizona PBS, a show about the innovations in science and technology at ASU.
My greatest achievements thus far include two student Emmy awards. My first was from the Mid-America NATAS for on-air talent, from which I moved on to the national competition and won that Emmy as well. I was also the 2016 Student of the Year for the Student Television Network, the largest high school broadcast organization in the country. In 2017, I proudly accepted the Mike Wallace Memorial Journalism scholarship from NATAS and I look forward to carrying on the legacy that Mike Wallace left in the field of journalism.
After college, I hope to find an on-air reporting job that will allow me to utilize the many skills I learned at Cronkite, as well as learn new ones. The journalism world is changing very quickly, so I believe that the job I am meant to do in this field has yet to be created. I hope to be one of the innovators that changes the way we consume and produce news, which is something the industry desperately needs.