Journalism is not for the meek or the faint of heart.
It takes passion and stamina to face down politicians ducking tough questions, to dig out the corruption in corporate records, to chase down rumors and cultivate sources. And it demands skill to boil reality down to 20 inches of newspaper type, to two televised minutes or a single photographic image.
At UAF Journalism, we can't teach you that passion or grit. But we will teach you the skills you need to step into a newsroom and start covering the cop beat, to file your first photo assignment without missing your deadline, or to deliver your first stand-up without shaking and stuttering.
As working journalists, we know you can't learn most of this by sitting in a lecture hall taking notes or by memorizing theories. We'll teach you the tricks of the trade by sending you out to cover local elections or to investigate a questionable murder conviction. You'll produce your own newscast in a professional television studio, work on a student newspaper so intent on doing its job that it has been known to file suit against its own university, and producing our award-winning online publication, Extreme Alaska.
By the time you are ready for your professional internship in print, photojournalism, television or new media, you won't have to ask if the government can hide records from you; you'll understand precisely your legal right to information. You won't drown in your first ethical quandary; you'll have worked through a dozen of them and formed your personal approach. And you'll have become addicted to the peculiar adrenaline of American journalists, a delicious sense that what you do every day really counts.
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.
Snedden Chair for Academic Year 2013-2014: Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy began chasing ambulances as a newspaper photographer at the age of 18, and continued to work in that capacity during his college summers. In 1974 he joined the Jackson Hole News, a small weekly in Jackson, Wyoming, where he served as a darkroom technician, press assistant, chief photographer and beat reporter. In 1985 he became photo editor of the Anchorage Daily News, and was on the team of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and team leader for the 1990 Pulitzer nomination in news photography for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He has served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prizes, and in 2011 the National Press Photographer’s Association named him Editor of the Year.