Our Professors Rule:
Two of Journalism and Public Communications own professors have been granted the title of Associate Professor and have gained tenure. Our congratulations to both Professors Dr. Joy Mapaye and Ron McGee.
Joy Chavez Mapaye joined the Department of Journalism and Public Communications in 2003. Mapaye has presented her research at top communication conferences including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Broadcast Education Association and others. She has won research paper awards at several conferences. Her research agenda includes her doctoral specialties in television, new media and digital culture and marketing communications. In 2011, the Broadcast Education Association recognized Mapaye with the honor of top dissertation in the nation. In 2012, UAA's College of Arts and Sciences honored Mapaye with a Teaching Excellence award. Mapaye’s master’s degree emphasis includes race and political rhetoric and public relations. Her bachelor’s degree is in broadcast journalism.
Ron McGee joined the Department of Journalism and Public Communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Fall 2005. McGee is a retired Air Force major, who spent his entire 15-year career as a public affairs manager. He worked as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News for four years. He was public affairs manager for the Anchorage Police Department for eight years.
Honored Students and Alum:
The Department of Journalism and Public Communications honored six students and one alum at its annual spring gathering Friday, April 26.
Mel Kalkowski, class of 1980, was honored with the JPC Alumni Award. Kalkowski was nominated for his long service to the community. He was a broadcast specialist in the U.S. Army before joining the private sector. He worked in television news, then moved to a position at UAA as chief public relations officer. He was a long-serving affiliate professor who taught strategic communications and television and radio courses. Later, he was UAA’s director of electronic communications. He became the director of military programs at UAA in 2005. A lot of the things we do today, Mel helped start. He was the producer of the annual commencement and convocation ceremonies at UAA. He was also the media coordinator of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout since its inception. We are grateful for his service and the great reputation he has given graduates of our program.
Bryan Arnold was chosen by faculty as this year's student scholar. Bryan’s paper “Tweets and Friends: A Survey of Social Media Use in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election” was one of several JPC papers that were finalists in the Student Showcase. He has demonstrated great tenacity and sense of humor during his time at UAA. Students have benefited from his presence in class and his contributions.
Erik Judson was chosen by faculty as this year's student service award recipient. Erik has been a committed student in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications, and he has shown his service around campus by working for Residential Life, ANSEP, JPC Television Productions. He has excelled at video production, design, and writing.
Bryce Hyslip was chosen by faculty as this year's outstanding student. Bryce Hyslip’s Communications and Media Research paper “A Crude Relationship: In-Depth Interviews Concerning the Viewpoints of Alaska's Oil and Media Companies” won the Student Showcase this year. He also presented it at an undergraduate communications conference in Indiana. For students lucky enough to have Bryce in class, you know he is a hard worker, an intelligent contributor and a creative force.
JPC is thrilled to have had two new awards created this year, both to honor loved ones who were active in journalism and public communications.
The first one was established by the Berg family to honor Dean Berg, who was a television journalist who then left news broadcasting to pursue media and public affairs positions with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, RCA Alaska Communications and the Teamsters Local 959.
The Berg Integrity in Journalism Award was given to senior Audri Pleas. Professor Elizabeth Arnold said this about her: "In her role as station manager of KRUA-FM, Audri continues to exemplify the integrity required to ensure employees, volunteers, and listeners a supportive and rewarding environment and experience. Whether it's settling a workplace dispute, monitoring content or simply providing a much needed pat on the back, Audri has set a standard of integrity at KRUA-FM and in the classroom that serves as a model."
Junior Nicole Luchaco was honored with this award. Professor red bradley said this about Nicole: "At UAA we see students come and go. Some make their way through the process and graduate; some excel; and then there are the few that inhale the craft of visual storytelling and run. In the professional community we usually refer to them as those with the 'golden touch.'" He said Max had it, and he sees that gift in Nicole.
The Alaska Filmmakers Institute
The Alaska Filmmakers Institute will be reactivated in the summer of
2014 with workshops in 16mm film production
Documentry Film Presents - The Turnagain Path
Led by adjunct professor D.K. Johnston, students of the Documentary Film class at JPC have been hard at work on their final project, "The Turnagain Path". This documentary about snow machine racing in Alaska has been their main focus for the semester.
In addition to making their own documentary the class has also been learning the ins and outs of film making in Alaska including, pre-production, production and post production.
Their final product will be shown on May 3rd at 7 p.m. in RH 117
Welcome New Professor: Dr. Doug Kelly
It Looks Good Enough to Eat:
Jessica Bjornstad of red bradley's Commercial Photography class spent several hours Wednesday taking photographs of the edible artwork from Chong's Tokyo Garden. Chong has always been willing to host students from Journalism and Public Communications; who have taking a large number of her promotional photographs as well as constructed television commercials for her. These four photos were selected from today's shoot.
Congratulations: JPC Student Showcase Winners!
Shawna Sweeney (second from left) and Bryce Hyslip (not pictured) of JPC have won at the annual UAA Student Showcase. The Student Showcase features some of the best work of UAA student in research, projects, art and performance every year. Their work is judged by a panel of experts from the community and from UAA.
Both of their projects come from professor Dr. Joy Mapaye's Communications and Media Research class, which instructs JPC students how to conduct graduate level research. Shawna's piece was entitled "Looking at College News: A Content Analysis of Online College Newspapers Using Eye Tracking Methodology" and Bryce's was "A Crude Relationship: In-Depth Interviews Concerning the Viewpoints of Alaska's Oil and Media."
Congratulations to all who entered the Student Showcase.
Preview: The Turnagain Path
JPC Documentary Film
JPC Documentary Film is taking its own projects to the big screen this week. The course requires its students to create two short form documentary projects using production methods and techniques presented to the class through lectures and guest speakers during the semester. Story ideas are discussed in class and then researched and produced for a mid-term and final project. Determining the production schedule, overall look, interviews and final cut are all done outside of class by the students.
This semester the students were also encouraged to share their work outside of class through marketing techniques, targeting audiences related to their material, as well as the local film community. Students Dmitry Surnin and Philip Ginther recently submitted, and were accepted, to screen a trailer for their final project entitled "The Turnagain Path" at Anchorage's Open Projector Night (OPN).The event will screen at the Bear Tooth Theater on Thursday March 28th starting at 10 p.m. Final projects for the class will be screening at UAA. The course is headed up this semester by Adjunct Professor D.K. Johnston.
Congratulations to Shawna Sweeney, Emily Rosa, Bryce Hyslip, Erik Judson, Tim Twombly, Rebekah Tempel, Bryan Arnold and Krystal Garrison for having their work presented in the 2013 UAA Student Showcase.
UAA News Live
The Broadcast News class lead by professor Gina Romero will start its annual news broadcast shortly. UAA News goes live at 12 Noon Alaska time on March 28, April 4 and April 11. These news updates feature information about UAA that directly impacts students, staff and faculty as well as events around Anchorage that involve the university.You can watch live on the JPC page above or on our ustream page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uaa-jpc-tv you can also watch archives of the news show if you miss the live event.
Thank You Atwood
The Department of Journalism and Public Communications is forever grateful to Bob and Evangeline Atwood for their generosity in founding the Atwood Chair of Journalism at UAA. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Department, the Atwood Foundation and many friends honored the Atwoods with a gathering at the Atwood mansion, the Marilaine.
One of many special moments of the event happened when founding JPC founding Chair Sylvia Broady met several current or recently graduated JPC women. They basked in her confidence and grace, and she enjoyed their vitality. From right: Krystal Garrison, December '12 graduate; Audri Pleas, KRUA station manager; Valerie Hudson, strategic communications student; Sylvia; Nita Mauigoa, Northern Light assistant features editor; Jolene Almendarez, Northern Light executive editor.
Thanks to the Atwood Foundation for making it such a special night.
Digital Video Production and Commercial Photography Work to Make Fur Rondy Look Good
Four commercials have been concepted, scripted, shot and edited by JPC students for their class work. They will begin airing on KTUU and GCI cable Feb. 21 as the official commercials for the 2013 Fur Rondy.
The Video and Commercial Photography classes are also the official photographers of the 2013 Rondy, gathering stock footage for next years Rondy promotional items and commercials.
Click to watch their hard work on You Tube...Commercial 1 - Commercial 2
Three JPC students selected to attend national research conference
Three students from the Department of Journalism and Public Communications have been selected to participate in the 39th annual DePauw University Undergraduate Honors Conference. Krystal Garrison, Bryce Hyslip and Emily Rosa will all respresent JPC.
The national conference brings together students from around the country to discuss and disseminate research in communication and related disciplines.
The students’ research papers examined BP’s Facebook response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the evolutionary concept of sexual selection in advertising and the relationship between Alaska’s oil and media companies. The research papers were developed as part of the capstone course JPC 403 Communications and Media Research. This is the first year students from JPC and UAA have been selected to participate in the conference April 4-6 in Greencastle, Indiana.
For close to 40 years, the DePauw University conference has fostered a tradition of research and jourrnalism excellence. The Society of Professional Journalists, one of the most prominent journalism organizations, was founded at DePauw in 1909.