Department of Journalism & Public Communications
“Being a student in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage meant the world to me. My professors and fellow students gave me the strength to keep going after a bout with cancer, and each day I’m in the field I think of my time at UAA with fondness and gratitude. Journalism was my Plan B, and UAA gave me the tools to succeed in this field. Thanks to JPC, I’m living my best life.”
— Bethany Brunelle, crime, courts, breaking news and visuals journalist, Las Cruces, New Mexico Sun-News. She is pictured here with Puanani Rogers, a Kanaka activist, when she was a reporter in Hawaii.
Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Graphic Design
One year certificate preparing students to enter the workforce and meet the needs of Alaska's industries.
This 24-credit certificate program trains students to create high-impact design and
strategic messages, and it offers courses in graphic design, computer art, media literacy
strategic communications. The OEC in Graphic Design prepares students for employment as graphic designers, creative directors, advertising art directors, web designers, packaging
designers and a variety of art and communications professions.
JPC A490 Special Topics: Environmental Reporting
Students will focus on producing insightful stories about environment, science and health-related issues that are often complex, emotionally charged, and highly politicized. The course will focus on understanding and communicating risk and science, and the best practices for reporting on critical topics such as risk assessment, epidemiology, environmental law, climate science, regulation and advocacy.
Student Media, Productions, and Community Engagement
Wesley Early '16 His JPC internship at Alaska Public Media led to a full-time position as web editor/education reporter. He was the News Director at KOTZ-FM Kotzebue, and now serves as a reporter with Alaska Public Media.
Journalism and Public Communications students are consistently involved in media production and community engagement. They work for organizations such as Alaska Public Media, Thompson and Co. PR, the Anchorage Daily News, MSI Communications, and a variety of industries across Alaska and the U.S. Recently, Journalism and Public Communications students and faculty worked to curb the spread of misinformation and to create a healthier online information environment.
Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Stories
John Sharify, UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communications 2022 and 2023-2024 Atwood Chair of Journalism, has a career that spans four decades, has taken him around the world and the recipient of many accolades. Despite his success, he remains steadfast in his desire to "tell the stories that matter."
UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism
Congratulations to Leah Boltz, recipient of the UAA Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award.
Leah graduated from the UAA with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications in 2006. Even before graduating, she was editing and writing at the MILEPOST travel guide.
UAA Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award
Journalism & Public Communications Faculty Directory