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.
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.
Snedden Chair Adam Tanner - Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Fresh from a fellowship at Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science, non-fiction author and veteran journalist Adam Tanner joins UAF Communications and Journalism Department as a visiting professor. His appointment extends through academic-year 2016-2017.
Tanner is the author of the 2014 book “What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It.”
The Washington Post named the book one of 50 books notable works of non-fiction in 2014.
Tanner has lectured in the Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Mauritius and he has appeared on media including CNN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, the BBC, VOA, WNYC, Al Jazeera, and PRI's The World.
From 1996-2011 he worked for Reuters News Agency as Balkans bureau chief based in Belgrade, Serbia, San Francisco bureau chief, and reporter posted in Moscow, Berlin and Washington D.C. He has written for Forbes, Scientific American, Pacific Standard, Slate and other magazines. His next book, “The Big Health Data Bazaar: Uncovering a Multi-Billion Dollar Trade in Our Medical Secrets,” will be published in January 2017.
This fall Tanner is teaching JRN F421 (Syllabus [.docx]) Perspectives in Journalism, MWF 1-2 p.m.
- Former Snedden Chair Julia Duin writes article on Dalton Highway for Washington Post
- UAF Journalism alumna Heather Bryant named 2016-2017 U.S. Knight Journalism Fellow
- Recent ADN article discussing upcoming statewide Dark Winter Nights event
- Fall 2015 Snedden Guest Lecture Matt McGrath - Full Video & Clips available on Youtube
- Snedden Chair Richard Murphy covers the Yukon Quest in this ADN Photo Series
- Newsweek quotes Prof. O'Donoghue on neighborhood racial polarization back in the '90s contributing to Hartman murder tensions.
- "Native America Calling" features exoneree Kevin Pease, Prof. O'Donoghue, AK Innocence Project's Bill Oberley, crusading blogger April Monroe fielding questions about Fairbanks Four from listeners around nation.
- Alaska Dispatch highlights role of Prof. O'Donoghue and UAF Journalism students in column following Fairbanks Four release from prison.
Dark Winter Nights - True Stories from Alaska
Links for DWN information, tickets and the website can be found below:
Dark Winter Nights isn't just a live storytelling event - it's a radio and television program and a podcast! Connect with DWN through our social media outlets for updates: