The School of Journalism and Strategic Media, located on the first floor of Kimpel Hall, is striving to immerse its students in a learning environment that educates and creates highly employable graduates. This is accomplished through the use of multimedia classrooms, computer labs, and a professional television news production facility.
The journalism school advises and works closely with university student media. The Arkansas Traveler, the student newspaper located on the first floor of Kimpel Hall, runs a fully functional newsroom with space for editors, reporters, photographers and production staff. KXUA, student-run college radio, is located in the Arkansas Union and provides students with the opportunity to participate in radio broadcasting in a professional environment. The Razorback, a student-produced yearbook also located in Kimpel Hall, is the oldest publication on campus and has won many awards. And UATV operates a student-run, 24-hours a day, television station carried on Cox Cable throughout northwest Arkansas. The Lemke Newsroom, in Kimpel 111, operates each fall under the guidance of three faculty members. The newsroom is staffed by student journalists who cover an assortment of beats across platforms and media as daily journalists while receiving 15 hours of journalism credit. Students must apply. Most enter the newsroom the fall of their junior year.
The J.B. Hunt Transport/Information Technology building, next door to Kimpel Hall, includes 8 digital video editing suites and a 40-seat screening room to support classes in documentary film production.
The Sanders News Lab, located in Kimpel 119J, was originally established decades ago with manual typewriters. Today, it’s filled with 19 iMac computers with a full complement of software used by newswriting and multimedia reporting classes.
The journalism school's other lab, Kimpel 115, is primarily used for multimedia production in classes like Creative Strategy and Web Design. It has 20 iMac computers equipped with software for design, web, photography, and video production.
Outside of the school, journalism students have access to the Student Technology Center, a lab and support staff that provides software, hardware, and expert training, and any general access computer lab on campus.