Unleash your curiosity.
Journalists explore issues, find answers, investigate mysteries, inform the public, expose wrongdoing and record history. We do it by telling stories.
At UAF Journalism, we teach the skills you need to succeed, whether in a newsroom or a boardroom. You’ll learn to question the status quo, research important issues, write stories that change lives, make photographs that capture the human spirit and shoot and edit video that illuminates the world around us. And instead of sitting in a classroom listening to endless lectures, you’ll learn these skills by actually doing them.
As the media industry continues an era of unprecedented change, UAF is committed to training the next generation of multimedia journalists. With a journalism degree from UAF, you’ll be ready to not only thrive in today’s media landscape, but also to help shape it. Our program combines a solid liberal arts education with a curriculum that focuses on skills rather than the latest software platform. Our graduates have gone on to become newspaper reporters, digital media producers, television news anchors and award-winning photographers.
With an excellent faculty to student ratio, you’ll get personal attention from professors who are also working journalists. Small classes and access to the latest equipment — from HD video cameras to digital voice recorders to flyable drones equipped with GoPro cameras — mean you’ll enjoy hands-on experience collecting and telling stories that truly impact people’s lives.
While you’re enrolled in UAF’s journalism program, you’ll contribute to the program’s award-winning website, Extreme Alaska. You may see your photographs and stories in print in The Sun Star, the student newspaper. You’ll host an opening of your own photography show. You may hear your stories on the student radio station, KSUA, or on the local public radio station, KUAC, both located on campus. You’ll also complete an internship with an established media outlet.
As a student of UAF Journalism, you’ll know the satisfaction of a job well done, feel the adrenaline rush of completing a story on deadline and enjoy the delicious sense that what you do every day really counts. So unleash your curiosity and join us.
UAF Journalism: Tell Great Stories.
Snedden Chair for Academic Year 2014-2015: Julia Duin
She earned her BA in English from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., in 1978, the same year her father became the Coast Guard admiral over all of Alaska.
Duin spent more than 14 years with the Times and published several books, including Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing and What to Do About It and Days of Fire and Glory: The Rise and Fall of a Charismatic Community.
Duin has won numerous awards for her work, which spans everything from a five-part series on America’s clergy to "female feticide" (gender-selective abortions) in India.
Other notable assignments include reporting on Kurds in northern Iraq and the 2005 election of Pope Benedict.
as well as the Economist, CNN.com and the Wall Street Journal. Her latest book project involves 20-something Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia who use Facebook to spread their beliefs. In December, she expects to receive a second MA (in journalism) with the University of Memphis.
The 2014-15 Snedden Chair relocated to Alaska from Tennessee with her 9-year-old daughter, Olivia Veronika.
The Chair and associated Snedden Lecture series brings distinguished journalists to campus for visits as short as three days on up to Duin’s year-long faculty appointment within UAF’s College of Liberal Arts.
The program was funded through a generous $2.6 million endowment established by the late Helen Snedden. That gift, honoring the legacy of her husband, longtime News-Miner Publisher C.W. Snedden, has enlivened classrooms and community forums with perspectives of more than a dozen Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, photographers and editors since 2005.
UAF Journalism Mission Statement
Our mission is to prepare versatile journalists who are ably suited to enhance the profession in Alaska and elsewhere. The Department is committed to the development of professional skills, critical thinking and journalistic ethics.