The Journalism Department offers students opportunities for developing leadership capabilities and networking with other students with similar interests. The Department also provides students with a number of media outlets for campus and community.
KUAF/National Public Radio
Our department is responsible for the operation of KUAF, 91.3 FM, the University’s National Public Radio affiliate. Associate Professor Rick Stockdell is station manager and works with other radio professionals to operate KUAF 24 hours a day.
KUAF features four full hours of in-depth news weekday mornings (Morning Edition) and afternoons (All Things Considered). Classical music and talk radio are programmed daily. Weekends feature a mix of blues, jazz and folk music, as well as entertainment programming like Car Talk, Whad’Ya Know and A Prairie Home Companion.
Journalism students work part time at KUAF in the newsroom, on-air and in other areas. Part-time work and internships are available.
The Arkansas Traveler
The Arkansas Traveler is the award-winning student newspaper, publishing in print and online. The “Traveler” and its staff have won numerous regional and national awards, and was a top three finalist, out of 3,600 entries, in the Society of Professional Journalists national competition in the category of Best All Around Non-Daily Newspaper at a Four-Year University in 2010. The Traveler also produces an annual magazine featuring long-form narrative journalism and photojournalism.
Journalism students are invited to apply for positions that include section editors, reporters, photographers and production staff.
Apply at the Traveler office, 119 Kimpel Hall, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 479-575-3406.
- News: 497-575-5708
- Features: 479-575-3886
- Sports: 479-575-8741
- Editor: 479-575-8455
- Advertising: 479-575-3406
- FAX: 479-575-3306
KXUA Student Radio
KXUA 88.3-FM is fully managed and operated by students providing the opportunity to participate in radio broadcasting in a professional atmosphere. Eclectic mix of music half chosen by a board of students, half by the DJ on duty airs from 6am to 6pm weekdays. Specialty and genre specific shows air after 6 and on weekends, programmed by specific student DJs for each show. Students are given the opportunity to help promote the station, and to work with professionals in the music industry to promote music and various cultural and non profit events. Students are constantly encouraged to broaden their musical horizons, and to be creative and come up with new ways to use the station creatively.
Planned and produced programming for a 24-hour 7-day schedule, UATV broadcasts from its on-campus studio across the region on its exclusive Cox digital channel, 214. UATV features live nightly newsbriefs that are written, produced and anchored by senior students in an advanced television reporting course, Monday through Thursday. Audio newscasts are produced and broadcast on UATV Monday through Thursday by students in basic broadcast courses. An original 30-minute news/interview program, Arkansas on Campus, is produced weekly by students in an upper level broadcast reporting course. On the Hill, a monthly 30-minute news magazine program, is sponsored by seniors in an advanced television news production course. Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Productions, which has included Cultural Sensitivity on Campus (a forum on cultural and ethnic awareness at UA), Associated Student Government Debates and other panel discussions, news features and studio audience productions are also regularly featured. UATV also airs U of A Programs produced by other departments and college, including the band and music departments, UA recruiting tapes and sports highlight programs.
The University of Arkansas yearbook, the Razorback, published its 100th edition in 1998 is a perennial powerhouse, frequently winning national awards for design, content, reporting, photograph, writing,and overall quality.
All university students are invited to apply to work on the yearbook. The editor is selected by the university board of publications, but positions are available for copyeditors, photographers and layout artists. Apply at 119 Kimpel Hall, or call 575-3305.
The Ad Club
The Ad Club is for students who wish to participate in the Northwest Arkansas advertising community.
Society of Professional Journalists
The U of A Journalism department sponsors a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Students in all journalism sequences work together on important issues including the Freedom of Information Act and how to secure media jobs after graduation. Every spring, the student SPJ chapter sponsors the student government presidential debate, a program that airs live on campus TV station UATV. In 1998, the UA SPJ chapter was voted co-chapter of the year by the national SPJ, over college chapters in Arkansas, Louisianna, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Public Relations Student Society of America
The Public Relations Student Society of America is an organization that strives to develop future public relations practitioners who are well-informed and well-prepared professionals. Dr. Phyllis Miller is the UA sponsor for PRSSA.