Thirty years ago, we’d never have even thought about it!
Northernarizonanews.com has taken the resources of NAU’s student newspaper, The Lumberjack, student radio station, KJACK, and NAZ Today, Northern Arizona’s only live TV news program, to establish a credible source for news. Together, they aim to deliver quality stories in text, image, and video formats.
Rory Faust, journalism instructor at NAU’s School of Communication, said last semester was the first time students from each of the three disciplines worked together for a common cause.
Faust, along with Charlie Hicks and Brandon Neuman who advise NAZ Today, Kurt Lancaster who advises the web, and Norm Medoff who advises KJACK, worked to change the org chart in the newsroom to better reflect the emerging news operation in which some of the student-managers earn tuition assistance similar to scholarship athletes, while others work for class credit.
“The students were in their own silos until then,” Faust said. “But now, we are seeing a lot more collaboration.”
That is evidenced by Northernarizonanews.com recently breaking a story about the discovery of remains of two centuries-old bodies that were unearthed at a construction site in a neighborhood near NAU.
NAZ Today is carried by NPG cable on NAUtv, channel 4, and nationally on Dish Network channel 9411. Shows run during the regular semester, four nights per week, at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Lumberjack is published every Thursday during the regular semester and is distributed across NAU’s Mountain Campus and around Flagstaff.