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 Lecture April 2013: Lew Simons
"Tales From the Golden Age of Journalism: Vietnam to Iraq” - Thursday, April 25, 2013, Noel Wein Library, 7pm
Lewis M. Simons has been a foreign correspondent since 1967, reporting from Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia; India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran; China, Japan, North and South Korea, and the former Soviet Union. He wrote for the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Knight-Ridder Newspapers and won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Marcos family's hidden billions. Author of Worth Dying For, he is a regular contributor to National Geographic and his op-ed articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.