UAF Communication and Journalism - Tell Great Stories.
  • UAF COJO students in class at Alaska Supreme Court with Justices Daniel Winfree and Susan Carney. Photo by Adam Tanner.

    UAF COJO students in class at Alaska Supreme Court with Justices Daniel Winfree and Susan Carney. Photo by Adam Tanner.

  • Snedden Lecturer Dorothy Parvaz (Al Jazeera) discusses the global refugee crisis during a recent public lecture at UAF.

    Snedden Lecturer Dorothy Parvaz (Al Jazeera) discusses the global refugee crisis during a recent public lecture at UAF.

  • Communication Graduate Students pose for a quick photo on campus.

    Communication Graduate Students pose for a quick photo on campus.

  • DARK WINTER NIGHTS: COJO Prof. Robert Prince interviews a hibernating ground squirel during a live storytelling event. CREDIT: Julien Schroder for ASSW2016

    DARK WINTER NIGHTS: COJO Prof. Robert Prince interviews a hibernating ground squirel during a live storytelling event. CREDIT: Julien Schroder for ASSW2016

  • Carolyn Cole, LA Times Photojournalist, provides a Free Public Lecture during her April visit as Snedden Guest Lecturer.

    Carolyn Cole, LA Times Photojournalist, provides a Free Public Lecture during her April visit as Snedden Guest Lecturer.

  • UAF COJO students attending class at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

    UAF COJO students attending class at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

  • Communication Graduates and Adjuncts pose with Dr. Taylor at the UA Museum of the North.

    Communication Graduates and Adjuncts pose with Dr. Taylor at the UA Museum of the North.

  • J-Student Aaron Walling shoots video as Snedden Lecturer Matt McGrath interviews Governor Walker for BBC News.

    J-Student Aaron Walling shoots video as Snedden Lecturer Matt McGrath interviews Governor Walker for BBC News.

  • Snedden Chair Richard Murphy discusses his work during a recent free Snedden Lecture at UAF's Murie Auditorium.

    Snedden Chair Richard Murphy discusses his work during a recent free Snedden Lecture at UAF's Murie Auditorium.

  • FIELD TEST--  Former Snedden Chair Richard Murphy portrays '97 mugging victim as students weigh Hartman murder testimony. Anne Bartholomew photo

    FIELD TEST-- Former Snedden Chair Richard Murphy portrays '97 mugging victim as students weigh Hartman murder testimony. Anne Bartholomew photo

  • FIELD HQ BRIEFING--News Writing student Ruby Walden questions Capt. David Provencher, of the 1-24th Infantry Regiment, about upcoming fall 2014 exercises at Fort Wainwright.

    FIELD HQ BRIEFING--News Writing student Ruby Walden questions Capt. David Provencher, of the 1-24th Infantry Regiment, about upcoming fall 2014 exercises at Fort Wainwright.

  • DARK WINTER NIGHTS - Fairbanks' premier live storytelling event has been created by Journalism's own Professor Robert Prince. PHOTO CREDIT: Julien Schroder for ASSW2016

    DARK WINTER NIGHTS - Fairbanks' premier live storytelling event has been created by Journalism's own Professor Robert Prince. PHOTO CREDIT: Julien Schroder for ASSW2016

  • Bernie Karl, owner of Chena Hot Springs Resort, discusses geothermal energy use with COJO students.

    Bernie Karl, owner of Chena Hot Springs Resort, discusses geothermal energy use with COJO students.

Timely and timeless... studying communication in all its varied forms invites us to think systematically and critically about questions that in some ways have never changed (the principles of public speaking today are not vastly theoretically different than they were 2500 years ago when Aristotle was writing about it, and the principles of good narrative development share much in common across cultures and across history). In other ways, the questions in communication are among the most current and cutting-edge, such as the ways in which social media and other information technologies influence how we interact, how we think, and how we get work done.

A degree in COJO blends theory and practice, helping students develop skills useful in the professions today, and for tomorrow.

Current News

COJO is representing at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference this year!  Check out the details here!

  • Dr. Amy May is facilitating a workshop on the importance of public speaking centers in high education:  Exploring Communication Centers: Reinforcing Relevancy Across the Country
  • Dr. Amy May has a top paper in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division:  Conceiving the Enormity of 9/11: Advocating for the Use of Digital Narratives to Promote Learning Through Lived Experience

Two graduate students are presenting their research:  

  • Nike Bahr:  “Eye paid attention!” A Comparative Study of Technological and Self-Assessed Measures of Engagement
  • Bekah Olson:  Are You Down With That? An Examination of Public Reactions to Media Representations Of Individuals With Down Syndrome

And for the first time, we have an undergraduate joining us:

  • Melissa Delgado:  “Screw it, I'm [sic] switching apps”: Confusion, Social Support, and Triggers among Fitness Apps Users

Katie Orlinsky announced as Snedden Chair for Spring 2018

UAF COJO is proud to share the news that our Snedden Chair of Journalism position will be filled by Katie Orlinsky, who will be arriving in early January 2018. Katie Orlinsky is an award-winning photojournalist from New York City. She received a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and began her career as a photographer in Mexico twelve years ago. Since then she has photographed all over the world exploring everything from conflict and social issues to unique subcultures, wildlife and sports. Katie regularly works with major publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian as well as universities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Since 2014 Katie has been working on a long-term photographic project about climate change in Alaska.

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