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Learning and Leading at an Exceptional Student Newspaper

For two years I was employed by The Northern Light, the student newspaper of the University of Alaska Anchorage. I was a a part of a vibrant team that won the Associated College Press's Pacemaker Award for best student weekly in 2009 and again in 2011.

Multimedia Editor

As an editor I was responsible for publishing content in my section every week. I trained others and helped provide video, slideshow, podcast and info graphics for other stories as well.

Below is a documentary short that I published as multimedia editor. I flew in a two seat Cessna to the native village of Tyonek to cover a land use conflict between the tribal community and the Alaska state Department of Natural Resources.

The Cultures of Anchorage web video series was another one of my major projects as multimedia editor. Six web videos opened a space for leaders in Anchorage's many immigrant communities, from Polynesian to Hmong, to share their stories. The online videos were published in tandem with three print articles.

Political Journalist

I covered anything political that moved at the University of Alaska Anchorage. From students running for state and local office to a professor loosing his federal grant funding for being involved in advocacy.My complete Northern Light portfolio has even has an obituary.

 Here are some more examples: 

Students protest proposed 22% tuition increase

The V Word: Students raise voices against rape

Alaska’s Polynesian community responds to Tsunami in Samoan Islands

‘Atmosphere of hostility’ splits USUAA

For as long as I worked at The Northern Light, Jerzy Shedlock did too. He became our executive editor and now writes for the Alaska Dispatch. If you have questions about my time at The Northern Light I am happy to put you in touch with him.