This project asks the compelling question: how does journalism shape communities and how do communities shape journalism. This question has particular relevance following the bankruptcy of the state’s primary newspaper. In partnership with the Alaska Press Club the council will kick off the program at the Club’s statewide conference, where two high-profile Pulitzer Prize winners will be featured speakers. The event will be followed up by two community workshops to be held in Anchorage and Utqlagvick (formerly Barrow).
2018 Alaska Press Club Conference – Anchorage, AK – Alaska Humanities Forum is partnering with the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Public Media to feature keynote Michael LaForgia at the Alaska Press Club Conference. LaForgia is an investigative reporter for The New York Times, which he joined in 2017 after working for The Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Prior to that, he covered crime for The Palm Beach Post and has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Once in 2014 for exposing problems in Florida’s homeless program and again in 2016 for a series on one Florida county’s neglect of schools in black neighborhoods. See the full schedule here.