Welcome to the Journalism Days website. J-Days is a week of events each spring sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism to celebrate our students and alumni. The events and timing now are being confirmed. Please check back.
Details about the April 2017 week will be at the Events page.
Throughout the week, alumni and other friends of the department visit classes to inspire our students and to confirm that the skills they are learning in the classroom are those they will need in the workplace.
The week is also when our top students receive scholarships. Thanks to our many donors and friends, our students receive more money to support them in their college careers than almost any other department or school on campus. Students are honored at a midweek scholarship reception, with faculty, friends, their parents and many of the donors present.
One of the most anticipated events during the week is the Roy Reed Distinguished Lecture Series. A veteran journalist and author, Roy Reed taught our students for 16 years before retirement to his beloved Hogeye. Reed wrote an incisive biography of Gov. Orval Faubus and was a renowned writer and reporter for the Arkansas Gazette and The New York Times.
The lecture series has brought to Fayetteville such renown journalists as Gene Roberts, John Siegenthaler, Hodding Carter III, Bill Marimow, Dean Baquet and legendary Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.
Parking for both the scholarship and Roy Reed events: 20 spots are reserved for first-come, first-served in lot 44 across from the Alumni House and another 20 in lot 56. People can ride the green bus from 56 to the alumni house. In addition, there is limited parking behind and to the south of the Alumni House.
In addition, each Journalism Days celebration includes an auction to support student travel, as well as a salute to alumni and graduating seniors.
The Lemke Journalism Department is part of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences.