The Department of Communication and Journalism is officially unmerging for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please reach out to faculty with any questions regarding this unmerging.
PO Box 756120
101 Bunnell Bldg.
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6120
Undergraduate academic advising services in the College of Liberal Arts are provided by a combination of faculty and staff advisors.
- Students with freshmen and sophomore standing as well as students in pre-majors are advised by Kathy Nava, CLA’s Comprehensive Academic advisor.
- Students with junior and senior standing are advising by faculty advisor in the department of their major(s).
If you are a junior or senior COJO student, your faculty advisor can assist with registration, petitions, change of major requests and answer any number of questions related to the college experience. If you do not know who your faculty advisor is, contact Department of Journalism Administrative Assistant Courtney Pagh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-7761.
Mason has a joint appointment between the Department and Communication and Journalism, and the Department of Art, where he heads the BFA and MFA sequences in Photography.
Professor Charles Mason has taught photography and photojournalism at UAF since 1990. He actively and passionately pursues all kinds of photography. His work has garnered numerous awards including the Oskar Barnack Award at World Press Photo, POY awards, and others. He's also had a number of solo shows in and out of Alaska. His prints are in the collection of many individuals and museums.
Mason's photographs have been published widely, including in the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Time, LIFE and even The Weekly Reader. The cover of the bestselling book "Water for Elements" features a photograph he took here at a small circus here in Fairbanks. He's been in Pictures of the Year issues of Time, LIFE, Stern, and the Photography Annuals of PDN and Communication Arts.
Mason now mostly photographs his family, travels, and assignment and commercial work. He covers Alaska stories for the New York Times and is represented by Getty Images and the Well Street Art Company. When not taking pictures, Mason enjoys tending to his vast collection of carnivorous plants, practicing solo synchronized swimming routines, and spending time with his many Siamese cats.
Robert W. Prince
M.A. Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University
B.A. Communication Arts & Sciences, Calvin College
Professor Prince joined the Journalism Department in 2005. He specializes in video production and documentary filmmaking for the UAF Journalism Department. He has been working in video production since 1993. He began his post-college career at Kurtis Productions in Chicago, a documentary production company owned by the journalist and television personality Bill Kurtis. He went on to produce and direct live television programming for the PBS affiliate WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then ran the video production department at Calvin College. His award-winning documentary films have been broadcast internationally. His documentary "Making Choices" won the audience-choice award at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and is available on Amazon and Netflix. He is currently working on a documentary film about buying a DeLorean sports car and driving it up to Alaska. In 2013 Professor Prince was nominated and selected as one of eight UAF faculty fellows to serve as part of the Chancellor’s Program for Innovation in Technology and Elearning (CITE).
In 2014 Professor Prince created Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska, a live storytelling event, radio program, and podcast featuring Alaskans sharing true stories from life in Alaska. Within a year the event was drawing such a large audience that the live show had to be moved into a 1200 seat auditorium. The podcast is available on iTunes and there's more information at darkwinternights.com.
J. Jason Lazarus
Term Instructor in Photography / Computer Systems Analyst / Darkroom Labs Manager
M.F.A. '14, Photography, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
Jason Lazarus provides our technology-dependent department with its life support, keeping our computers, cameras, recorders, microphones, printers and all the rest of our gear in operating condition. He is a graduate of our very own department, with a degree in Photojournalism. Jason has been with us since 2004, taking over the management of our computer labs and traditional darkrooms. Since 2005, he's served as an adjunct (and recently as term instructor) for the department teaching both film and digital versions of our photography courses and had developed courses in Alternative and Historical Photo Processes. His hobbies range from vintage video games to exploring abandoned mines and dredges. He has a lovely wife, Deanna, and a 11-year old son named Aidan.
Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
M.A. '85, Broadcast Journalism, New York University
B.A. '77, History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Professor Brian Patrick O’Donoghue recently received Alaska Press Club’s highest honor, the 2016 First Amendment Award, for “dogged persistence in pursuit of the truth.” The recognition follows more than a decade of student-assisted reporting that helped exonerate the Fairbanks Four, a group including three Native Alaskans, wrongfully incarcerated 18 years for a white teen’s 1997 murder.
O’Donoghue’s 35-year career spans print, broadcast and mobile journalism. He’s taken readers with him pulling 7Gs in a F-16, accompanying Stryker Brigade soldiers sweeping palm groves for weapons in Iraq, observing pipeline construction on Arctic Ocean’s ice in 70-below conditions.
His news photos document Mid East peace talks, political campaigns, disasters, tribal gatherings and jazz greats. His books, My lead Dog was a Lesbian, and Honest Dogs, recount his misadventures mushing the distance in both Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
O’Donoghue spent 2012-13 teaching and researching digital media trends in India as Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in residence at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.
He is past president of Alaska Press Club and a dedicated member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He joined UAF Journalism’s faculty in 2001.
He and his wife, UAF Development and Alumni Relations Director Kate Ripley, have three kids, Rory, Robin and Rachel.