I grew up listening to public radio, and even as a kid I sought it out. Driving home, my whole family would often sit in the car and wait for a story to finish, long after the car was parked.
In journalism school I had the tremendous opportunity to take three classes from one of my heroes, NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold. Her Ethics, Information Gathering and Radio News Reporting classes, often with under ten students, gave me a vital grounding in the art of radio reporting.
While taking her Radio Reporting class, I interned at the Alaska Public Radio Network, (APRN). I was reporting and editing many stories for Alaska News Nightly, broadcast on 23 stations statewide. Meanwhile, I was also contributing to other programs. One of my stories was broadcast across North America when it was picked up by National Native News. Another one of my radio stories was broadcast to coincide with a 3,000 word coverstory I wrote for Anchorage's Alternative weekly, The Anchorage Press. Another 3,000 word Coverstory for the Anchorage Press was followed up with an hour-long round table with two of my interview subjects on APRN's Talk of Alaska, hosted by Lori Townsend.
The thoughtful nature of public radio gave me experience in objectively reporting complex stories, a hub for my multimedia journalism and a community of journalists to learn from. APRN's News Director and Host Lori Townsend is one of my journalism references, I''m happy to share her contact info upon request
Please enjoy three of my stories for Alaska News Nightly.
April 29, 2011 - 5:19 pmJoshua Tucker, APRN – Anchorage
In Alaska, Amateur Radio operators have played a critical role responding to disasters in the past. After the ’64 earthquake phone lines were down. People in Anchorage had no way of communicating with Homer, Seward or Kodiak to see if the to see if the towns had survived. It was Amatuer Radio operators who re-established contact, reporting back that the towns were not gone – just badly damaged. Since then, members of Alaska’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service have built up more resources to respond to disasters.
April 4, 2011 - 5:37 pm, Joshua Tucker, APRN – Anchorage
The Mat-Su valley’s new 70-acre prison complex is almost complete. The Goose Creek Correctional Center will be able to hold 1,500 prisoners. The Department of Corrections had hoped it would open next year, but the legislature voted to withhold the prison’s first year operating budget Friday. Lawmakers are concerned because Goose Creek would cost the State a projected $70 million a year to run. Some lawmakers say that cost is too high and are considering leaving the prison empty, permanently.
Most prom queens are in their teens. But at a unique prom held last week in Anchorage, the crowned royalty were middle-aged. That’s because these women are convicted criminals. The prom was a chance for them to experience a piece of youth they missed. It was also a way to celebrate a new life after many years behind bars.