The Lumberjack: 100 Years of News

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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!

Save the Date for the Lumberjack Centennial Celebration!

Homecoming 2014 - October 23rd-25th

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm

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

Friday, October 24th

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

3-4 p.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion

The Present (and Future) of the Communication Professions: Hear from a group of NAU Communication professionals working in diverse fields: learn about the innovations in entrepreneurship, technology, and the professional world that will shape the future’s jobs.

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. We will also be presenting our plans for expansion. An Alumni and student speed-mentoring event will take place during this time period, more details to come soon!

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. In 2009, the SBS Advancement Council decided to formalize our appreciation by creating a Hall of Fame to recognize the achievements of our outstanding alumni. 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. 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.

Saturday, October 25th


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


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


Football: Be on hand for the kickoff as the ‘Jacks face the Eastern Washington Eagles in this year’s Homecoming match. Kickoff @ 12:40 p.m.

***Alumni Discount***

...and while you're here in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ

Be EXTREME! Checkout the Flag Extreme Course!!  All ALUMS  will receive 20% off 24th through the 26th of October the code is:


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Lumberjack staff review a recent edition of the paper