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.

    What is the Major?

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.

Student Media, Productions, and Community Engagement

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 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 the Anchorage Press, Alaska Public Media, and the Anchorage Daily News. Recently, Journalism and Public Communications students and faculty worked to curb the spread of misinformation and to create a healthier online information environment. 

Read more about JPC students' success!

Scholarship Opportunities

Student Internships and Jobs

Atwood Chair

john sharify atwood chair of journalism 2022

John Sharify, UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communications 2022 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

Our Past Chairs

Alumni Award

Kate Consenstein

Congratulations to Kate Consenstein, recipient of the UAA Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award.

Kate went on to work for several years as a communications director and account manager for various businesses before launching her own company in 2014, Rising Tide Communications.

UAA Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award

Past Alumni Award Recipients