Diversity and Outreach

Lemke Journalism Project students

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media is committed to a diverse learning and work environment, as well as outreach and impact in the community. Learn about our diversity initiatives, faculty research and work, and the Center of Ethics in Journalism.

SJSM is proud to host a number of diversity programs as our contribution to better diversity in media. We work everyday toward Inclusive Excellence according to our University standards and our own standing as an elite school of Journalism. It is of utmost importance that we recognize the inclusion of voices in pursuit of accurate coverage for our pluralistic society.



Diversity Initiatives

At SJSM, we believe in the importance of diversity, which requires the inclusion of voices from all economic backgrounds, ages, races, genders and religions in pursuit of accurate coverage of our pluralistic society. We're proud to host a number of diversity programs as our contribution to better diversity in media.


The Lemke Journalism Project, founded in 2001, is an annual multimedia program for high school students interested in writing about diversity issues in Northwest Arkansas. LJP runs for six weeks in the early spring. Bus service is provided to campus from local schools, and students work on news stories, podcasts, photography projects, and television broadcasts. SJSM faculty and students serve as mentors to high school students, who interview guest speakers and learn about media literacy. Graduates of the program are eligible for scholarships to study journalism at the University of Arkansas. You can see samples of recent student work


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Emerging Voices is a graduate diversity visitation program geared toward prospective graduate students from diverse backgrounds with academic interests in media.

Students come out for a three-day campus visit to meet with faculty, students and campus diversity leaders to learn about journalism and strategic media grad studies at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville campus. We offer plenty of time to meet, interact and learn about the journalism program, graduate school, funding opportunities and the application process on your journey to earning a master's.

Students also have the opportunity to apply for a GRE test fee waiver.

We strongly encourage students of color and participants from the Arkansas Delta region to participate.


Formal Introductions and Grad School Application Tips
Meet the Graduate Coordinator and the Chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Learn what it takes to submit a polished application and stellar letter of intent. 

Let's Talk Financial Aid and Packages 
Get the scoop on how to pay for your master's degree at the University of Arkansas and learn what financial opportunities are available.

On coming to and thriving at the U of A
We'll introduce you to faculty members, campus diversity leaders and other key leaders of color at the University of Arkansas. 

Learn the Real Deal from current graduate students
You'll get a chance to talk to current graduate students from all three journalism concentrations in an open discussion.