Department of Journalism & Public Communications

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    Learn by doing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Students in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications learn and practice the skills of multimedia journalism and strategic communications — skills that are required in almost every field — media, government, business, health and science. Our students get jobs and make meaningful change at the local, state and national level.

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New Scholarship Opportunity!

Attention students! The Elaine Atwood Completion Scholarship is now available for the coming spring semester. This scholarship, generously supported by the Atwood Foundation, is for any JPC student in need to complete the degree program. Applicants are not required to have filled out a FAFSA. This scholarship is to help JPC student during this unprecedented time to continue coursework toward graduation in our program. The deadline for this coming spring semester is November 30, 2020.

Puanani Rogers and Bethany Brunelle

“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.


Welsey Early in the Studio

Wesley Early '16 His JPC internship at Alaska Public Media led to a full-time position as web editor/education reporter. He is now News Director at KOTZ-FM Kotzebue.

Journalism and Public Communications students are consistently involved in media production and community engagement. They work for organizations such as the Anchorage Press, Alaska Public Media, and the Anchorage Daily News. Recently, Professor Joy Chavez Mapaye’s students worked on rebranding a local company.  

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Atwood Chair




Larry Persily brings almost 50 years of journalism and public policy experience to his new position as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the 2019-2020 school year.

UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism

Alumni Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Schrage, recipient of the UAA Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award.

Schrage is the co-founder of Signature Land Services, a leading contracting service company specializing in snow removal, concrete and asphalt paving. Jennifer oversees major client relations, marketing and contract management.