Celebrating a Century of Student Journalism

@ Northern Arizona University


The technology has changed (so have the fashions). But the need to get the news out to students and the rest of the campus community? Much the same.

In 1914, a group of students at what was then called Northern Arizona Normal School launched a weekly newspaper at their then 15-year-old institution. The first issue of The Pine, as they called their new publication, appeared that October. In 1946 students voted to rename the weekly The Lumberjack. Together, these papers have helped record and inform student life through the decades. They’ve weighed in on controversies of the day, recorded triumphs and tragedies. They’ve become a valuable archive of the university’s history. And they’ve served as an invaluable training ground for student journalists, many of whom have gone on to illustrious careers in the worlds of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and digital media.

This October, the School of Communication will celebrate The Lumberjack’s 100-year legacy with a feast of events, exhibits, and special issues aimed at all those who have joined in a century of communications and media education at Northern Arizona University. The shindig will take place over Homecoming Weekend, October 23-25, 2014. We invite you to join us!

Schedule of Events

Attendance is encouraged for all students, alumni, faculty and staff!


Friday, October 24th

The Lumberjack: Celebrating a Century of Student Journalism at Northern Arizona University

2-4 p.m. Panel Discussion & Speed Mentoring

The Keys to Career Success in Communication Professions: Hear from a group of NAU Communication alumni working in diverse media fields. Learn about the innovations in entrepreneurship, technology, and the professional world that will shape the future’s jobs.

Location: School of Communication rm. 118

Speed-Mentoring: After the conclusion panel discussion, students can join an interactive session where you'll have an opportunity to sit down with a few alumni mentors for an open discussion on career pathways and advice on kickstarting your future.

Location: School of Communication rm. 242

4-5 p.m. Tour the School of Communication

Come and hear from student guides as they take you on a tour of the School of Communication's state-of-the-art facility. This includes classrooms, exhibit space and the dynamic Student Media Center: Home of the Lumberjack, NAZ Today, KJACK radio and UTV-62.

5:30-7 p.m. Hall of Fame

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences greatly value our alumni and friends who have established a stellar reputation and status in their profession. Each year we host a Hall of Fame induction event during Homecoming. On an annual basis, current and former Hall of Fame members join faculty and staff to welcome and honor new inductees.

This year we will be inducting Tracye Hutchins, Les Kodlick, Lisa Olson, Adam Rogers, & Rebecca Shannonhouse. We are very proud of our inductees and invite you to learn about each of them, and to enjoy our photos and biographies from previous years.

Location: School of Communication rm. 119

Other Events

Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm

The Associated Press/Robert R. Eunson Award Ceremony: Join us for the School’s annual ceremony honoring Bob Eunson, an illustrious journalism graduate (1936) who spent his career at The Associated Press.

Hear about the future of journalism from a sharp-eyed observer of the profession, and honor one of NAU’s successful, award-winning journalism alumni.

Location: Liberal Arts rm. 120

Saturday, October 25th

Homecoming Parade @ 10 a.m.

March through downtown Flagstaff with School of Communication alumni and students in NAU’s Homecoming Parade.

Mid-Morning, Tailgate Party

Salute the Lumberjacks (the kind on the football field) at the School of Communication tailgate party outside the NAU Skydome

Football Kickoff @ 12:40 p.m.

Be on hand for the kickoff as the ‘Jacks face the Eastern Washington Eagles in this year’s Homecoming match. Tickets sold here. 

Please visit NAU Alumni for more information regarding university Homecoming events


Events on Friday, October 24th will take place within the School of Communication on the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Mountain campus. 


If you haven't already, make sure to register your RSVP now to reserve your slot for the The Lumberjack: Celebrating a Century of Student Journalism events on Friday, October 24th.


$200,000 for 100 Years

Help us create a state-of-the-art Media Theater in the School of Communication. Plans are underway to enhance an auditorium in the school with first-class acoustics, visual equipment and seats. Your contribution will allow us to create a professional environment to showcase student projects, host guest lectures and hold press conferences. $200,000 is needed to purchase and install top quality equipment in the Media Theater. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by a select group of generous alumni, so double your donation power and let’s help the next generation of communication students blossom!

Giving Levels

Media Mogul - $25,000+ donor

Communication Leader - $10,000 donor

News Director - $5000 donor

Managing Editor - $1000 donor

Correspondent - $500 donor

Newsmaker - $100 donor



The University Archives is our largest searchable collection that documents the activities, decisions, development, and events on campus since its inception in 1899 to present. The University Archives includes the records of former university presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and organizations on campus as well as the recent digitalization of the student newspaper (The Pine and Lumberjack).
As the voice of the student body, the student newspaper reflects the activities, events, culture, and opinions of the students since 1914, making the paper an important source of current and past information. The library and Special Collections and Archives are pleased to be able to provide access to this resource and we are grateful to have partnered with The Lumberjack Newspaper, which helped support the digitize and provide online access to the paper. It's a wonderful resource for the campus community and beyond.