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The News Starts Here

The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state's largest post-secondary institution. Located in the heart of Alaska's largest city, the campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system perfect for students' active lifestyles.

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Chris Klint
Staff Reporter for Alaska Dispatch News
Class of 2005

The Department of Journalism and Communication is multifaceted, reflecting the dynamic fields that comprise the unit. We prepare students to engage in the role that communication and free expression play in a global society. Our contribution to the university and the community's involvement in the public square is central to our mission. We engage with the citizens of Alaska and the world by supporting public debate and creative expression. Through its research, creative activities, and community engagement, the department also strives to meet Alaska's communication needs and contribute to the development of the economic and social environment of the state. We achieve our mission through classroom instruction, community and university service, advising, and academic scholarship.

The Department offers a bachelor of arts in Journalism and Public Communications and a minor in Communication. Our faculty members also teach the Oral Communication general education requirement courses that every UAA student needs in order to graduate.

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Left to right: Nicole Luchaco, Erik Judson, Professor Paola Banchero, Audri Pleas, Bryce Hyslip.

Student media, productions and community engagement

Journalism and Communication students are consistently involved in media production and community engagement. They work for organizations such as the Anchorage Press, Alaska Public Media, and Alaska Dispatch News. Recently, Term Instructor of Communication Marsha Olson had her students engage with other students about voter registration. 

See more of what our students are doing!

Equipment Check-Out

Students who are currently enrolled in a Journalism Class and have recieved proper training may check out studio equipment. Questions may be sent to Sam Zeller at 907-786-6487.
Equipment Check-Out Form & Calendar

Advisory Board

The Department is happy to team up with members of the Alaska Journalism community to provide students with unique opportunities.
Meet the Advisory Board

Atwood Chair

j. omalley
Julia O’Malley is an independent journalist and blogger who writes about Alaska’s people, politics, culture, home and food. She is the 2016-2017 Atwood Chair.