Past events

Snedden Lecture by Lois Parshley

Lois Parshley, 2019-20 UA Snedden Chair of Journalism, will be offering a free public lecture on Tuesday, 10/29, from 6:30-8:30pm called "Cold Comfort: An Uncomfortable Conversation about Change" in the Murie Auditorium on West Ridge. Don't miss this upcoming lecture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is a great opportunity to connect with an accomplished journalist at the UAF College of Liberal Arts.

Cold Comfort Lecture

Lois Parshley serves as Snedden Chair for academic year 2019-2020

UAFCOJO is excited that Lois Parshley has joined our faculty for the academic year.

Lois Parshley is an award-winning investigative longform writer and photographer. She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked at the Atlantic and Foreign Policy, and then in New York, as an editor in the features well at Popular Science. As an independent reporter, she has traveled the world covering the intersection of science and geopolitics. A National Geographic Young Explorer and a former Knight-Wallace Fellow, her reporting is wide-ranging, from covering Ebola in West Africa to social unrest in Venezuela. Her work has been published at the New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Granta, Newsweek, Outside, Wired, The Washington Post, and NPR, among others. She was awarded a Mirror Award and the Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine in 2018.

See more of her work at, or on Twitter and Instagram @loisparshley. 

Lois Parshley

Snedden Chair Lectures

2018-2019 Snedden Chair of Journalism, Alberto Arce will be providing a free public lecture on 11/8 at 7pm on the Caravan. Join us!

Alberto Arce

Snedden Guest Lecture Series

Don't miss our next Snedden Guest Lecture Series event coming up Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm. Alaska's own Mark Kelley will be discussing his career in "A Nature Photojournalist's Journey: From UAF to the Smithsonian" at the West Ridge Murie Auditorium.

Mark Kelley is an award-winning Alaska photojournalist and his books have sold over a quarter million copies. His bestseller “Alaska: A Photographic Excursion” is a Benjamin Franklin Award recipient. Mark graduated from UAF with a degree in journalism in 1978. He worked for 14 years as a daily newspaper photojournalist and became a freelance photographer in 1993.

Mark Kelley

Snedden Chair Lectures

Katie Orlinsky is an award-winning photojournalist from New York and spring 2018 holder of UAF's Snedden Chair of Journalism. Orlinsky's photography interests range from covering conflict and social issues to wildlife and sports. A regular contributor to publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times and The New Yorker, Orlinsky is now pursuing a long-term project documenting Alaska climate change.

Orlinsky is offering a free public lecture on February 21st, 2018 on UAF's West Ridge in the Murie Auditorium from 7-9pm. During this lecture at UAF's Murie Auditorium on West Ridge, Orlinsky with share and talk about her work. Drop by to get the chance to meet this amazing photojournalist! 

Katie Orlinsky

Katie Orlinsky serving as Snedden Chair for Spring 2018

UAF COJO is proud to share the news that our Snedden Chair of Journalism position will be filled by Katie Orlinsky, who will be arriving in early January 2018. Katie Orlinsky is an award-winning photojournalist from New York City. She received a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and began her career as a photographer in Mexico twelve years ago. Since then she has photographed all over the world exploring everything from conflict and social issues to unique subcultures, wildlife and sports. Katie regularly works with major publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian as well as universities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Since 2014 Katie has been working on a long-term photographic project about climate change in Alaska.


Katie Orlinsky

Free Public Lecture:

How Companies in the Internet Age know Everything about us (and what we can do about it).

Morris Thompson Cultural Center
October 5th, 2016 - 7pm

Adam Tanner, the 2016-17 C.W. Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is one of America's leading experts on privacy and the commercialization of personal information. He is the author of two major books on how our personal data is collected and sold.  Tanner has served as a Reuters news agency correspondent and bureau chief, and written many articles for major magazines and appeared on television news shows many times.

Join acclaimed Journalist and Snedden Professor Adam Tanner to explore the Wild West of data capture, and all the ways our personal information is driving commerce, whether we know it—or like it.

Adam Tanner

Snedden Guest Lecture Series:

Carolyn Cole, LA Times Photojournalist presents, "Europe's Migrant Crisis"

Cole's photojournalism work spans the globe - documenting wars, refugees and political upheaveal.  Among her many honors: the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, and two Robert Capa Gold Medals, NPPA Newspaper Photogoraphy of the Year and World Press Photo awards.

UAF Murie Auditorium, 4.13.16, 7pm
Free Public Lecture

Flyer - Europe's Migrant Crisis - Carolyn Cole

Journalism Faculty Research Lecture Series:

J. Jason Lazarus presents, "Why the Darkroom Matters in the Digital Age"

Lazarus' photographic work often uses both traditional and modern methods of capture and reproduction to create narrative-driven imagery.  With over a decade of instructional experience in both analog and digital courses, Lazarus believes the magic of the darkroom and the values it teaches are essential lessons for any photographer.

UAF Murie Auditorium - 4.8.16, 6pm
Free Public Lecture

J.Jason Lazarus

Snedden Public Lecture Series: 

Richard Murphy presents, "Personal Journalism: What the photographs we take mean in the age of social media"

Wendesday, 3.9.2016

UAF Murie Bldg. Auditorium, 6pm

Richard Murphy, a life-long photojournalist, was the photo editor of the Anchorage Daily News for a quarter of a century. A two-time Snedden Chair of Journalism at UAF and former Atwood Chair of Journalism at UAA, Murphy also teaches photo workshops for Summer Sessions at UAF.

Richard Murphy

Dark Winter Nights: Lite

Live Storytelling Event

The third iteration of Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska is coming to UAF's Murie Building Auditorium on January 9th!  This short-form, one hour event will be held from 7-8pm this coming Friday and will be hosted by UAF Professor of Journalism Robert Prince.  Come hear real Alaskan stories from featured storytellers Dermot Cole, Ken Moore and Melissa Buchta.

Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska - LITE

Murie Building Auditorium - UAF's West Ridge

7pm-8pm, January 9th, 2015

Dark Winter Nights flyer

Snedden Chair Public Lecture Series:

From the pope to Pentecostal serpent handlers: Bringing meaning into journalism

Julia Duin has been a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and was an assistant national editor for The Washington Times for more than 14 years. More recently, she was a frequent writer for the Washington Post Sunday magazine and Style section along with the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and She's earning a second master's degree this fall, has written five books and has covered events from Iceland and Israel to Iraq and India having to do with religion, foreign policy, education and politics.

Read up on Julia's other accomplishments in her full biography located here.

Clips and Full Talk Available Online from Duin's October 2014 public lecture:

Clip #1 - "Do stories that change people" - Youtube Link

Clip #2 - Julia Duin describing Pentecostal snake handlers - Youtube Link

Full Lecture Video - Youtube Link

Julia Duin

Snedden Chair Public Lecture: 

Richar Murphy's Clips and Full Talk Available Online

Richard Murphy's April 2014 Public Lecture is available on Youtube for your viewing:

Richard Murphy

Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska

A Fairbanks Storytelling Event

Don't miss the second DWN live event coming up later on this month. Professor of Documentary Filmmaking, Robert Prince, will be hosting this free public event that invites Alaskans to tell their OWN stories - live.

Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska

November 22nd, 8-10pm

Pioneer Park Civic Center Theatre

Dark Winter Nights is not only a live event but is also a radio show on KUAC and routine podcast - subscribe to DWN Podcast here.

Daily Newsminer Article on Dark Winter Nights: Storytelling event puts Alaskans' tales on stage (November 21, 2014)

Alaska Dispatch Article on DWN: Fairbanks storytellers find eager audience for 'Dark Winter Nights'


Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska

Upcoming Storytelling Event: Dark Winter Nights

April 19th, 8pm at Pioneer Park Theater

Dark Winter Nights is a 90-minute storytelling event in Fairbanks, Alaska in which Alaskans tell true stories about living in Alaska.  The event will be video and audio recorded for distribution later and is intended to kick off a regular Alaska stories podcast coming out next year.

Ready to tell your story?
Got a great story about living in Alaska? Willing to share it with an audience? We want to hear from you for our “Dark Winter Nights” storytelling event 8:00pm Saturday, April 19, 2014 show at the Pioneer Park theater! Use this form to share it with us and we’ll be in touch if it looks like a good fit for the show. If you can’t make the April 19 event, still share your story. We may be able to use it in a future show.

Contact Prof. Robert Prince at or through his website at to submit your story concept.

Dark Winter Nights

Snedden Guest Lecture Series: 

Susan W. White, Executive Editor, InsideClimate News

The Future of Our Children's Children: Why Journalism is Essential in the Climate Debate

Wednesday, 03.12.14, UAF Murie Building Auditorium, 7pm

In May, Susan White’s seven-person newsroom at received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for “The Dilbit Disaster: The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never heard Of.” Three years earlier, White’s investigative team at landed the first-ever Pulitzer awarded to an online news organization. This former San Diego Union-Tribune editor is, arguably, industry’s leading figure today defining serious digital journalism.

Susan White

Snedden Lecture April 2013: 

Lew Simons presents, "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.

Lewis Simons

Snedden Lecture:

David E. Sanger

Monday, March 25th - 7pm at UAF's Schaible Auditorium

Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

David E. Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times, where he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. He has also won numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and foreign policy. Mr. Sanger is author of two New York Times best-sellers: “The Inheritance’’ (2009), and most recently, “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power’’(2012). As a visiting senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he has taught national security policy.

David Sanger

William Wylie lecture

Feb 21st, 2013, 5:30-7pm

See the attached PDF for additional information about the upcoming artist talk from William Wylie.

William Wylie schedule (PDF)

William Wylie lecture

Snedden Guest Lecture Series 

Cheryl Thompson present, "Guns in America"

Wednesday, 7pm, October 19, 2011

Emmy award-winning journalist Cheryl W. Thompson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post who has written extensively about government corruption, immigration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington, D.C. police department’s handling of homicide investigations.

Most recently, she tracked guns used to kill more than 500 police officers—including several in Alaska—since 2000. The groundbreaking series examined how the killers, many of them felons, got their firearms.

A Chicago native, Ms. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, and Georgetown and Howard universities. She was part of a Washington Post team of reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Cheryl W. Thompson

Preston Gannaway and pictures from "Life Other Side"

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Preston Gannaway has worked as a documentary newspaper photographer for the past 10 years. Gannaway believes the daily newspaper is an inclusive medium that brings visual storytelling to a diverse audience. She currently works for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk. In 2008, Gannaway's intimate photo story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Her work has been honored in numerous other national and international competitions, including Pictures of the Year International's One Week's Work and an award of excellence in Best Multimedia Project. A native of North Carolina, she began her career at the Coalfield Progress in rural southwest Virginia after earning a BA in fine art photography at Virginia Intermont College.

Wednesday 3.2.2011, 7pm
Noel Wien Library

Preston Gannaway

Cheryl Hatch presentation

War photographer and newspaper reporter Cheryl Hatch covered conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, including the aftermath of the first Gulf War in Iraq and the famine in Somalia. Hatch will share her photographs and discuss the effects of war on women and children – and on her as a journalist.

Tuesday 2.8.11 - 7 p.m.
Schaible Auditorium
UAF Bunnell Bldg.

Cheryl Hatch

News and events roundup

  • Mark Trahant will be giving his lecture, "Native Americans, Media and Health Care Reform", at the Schiable Auditorium (Bunnell Bldg., UAF Campus) at 7pm on 2/11/10.

  • UAF student Kaleb Yates and Journalism Professor Robert Prince are working on a half-hour documentary on the new postal regulation effecting letters to Santa!

  • UAF Journalism recently presented the local community with a Borough Mayorial Debate!

  • Iraq Embed: Read about our three students and faculty member who traveled to Iraq to embed with the Ft. Wainwright-based Army Stryker Brigade in their blog, Short Timers.


Alaska Press Club 2009 Public Service Award

The Public Service Award is the highest honor Alaska Press Club, a 300-member professional organization, annually bestows for work published or broadcast in the previous calendar year. The competition is open to any and all Alaska media. The award recognizes a news organization "marshaling resources above and beyond what is expected" in its pursuit of a story deemed to be important to society.

A pair of judges determined this year's Public Service winners: Gary Cohn, a former Atwood Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other national journalism awards. Loretta Tofani is a longtime investigative reporter and foreign correspondent and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other national journalism awards.

Newsminer's Decade of Doubt front page