Why earn a Journalism degree?

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

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News and events

  • Lynne Snifka

    Lynne Snifka serves as Snedden Chair for academic year 2021-2022


    UAFCOJO is excited to announce the return of one of our favorite faculty members - Lynne Snifka!

    After a five-year absence from UAF, Lynne is delighted and honored to return as the CW Snedden Chair. She looks forward to bringing her decades of experience in broadcast, print, and web journalism back into the classroom.

    Her print and web work has appeared in Smithsonian, Marie Claire, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Alaska Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,  the Anchorage Daily News, and others. Her broadcast work has appeared on CBS, PBS affiliates nationwide, and the Discovery Channel, among others.

    Read more about our Snedden Chair of Journalism
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Contact information

Department of Journalism

Email: uaf-cojo@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-474-7761
Fax: 907-474-6326

Physical address:
101 Bunnell Building
1790 Tanana Loop

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 756120
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Department Chair

Charles Mason

Office: 101 Bunnell Building
Phone: 907-474-7761
Email: cwmason@alaska.edu

Administrative Assistant

Courtney Pagh

Phone: 907-474-7761
Fax: 907-474-6326
Email: courtney.pagh@alaska.edu