Thanks everyone for a great 2018 conference!
Find all the award winners, including First Amendment and Public Service Awards, here.
2018 Alaska Press Club Conference
April 19-21, 2018 at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Public Media.
Registration: Become an Alaska Press Club member to receive entry to conference sessions.
General $30 | Associate $45 | Student $10
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Purchase memberships and awards celebration tickets here.
Full Conference Schedule is available here!
Keynote Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the Investigations Desk at The New York Times. He joined the Times in 2017 after working as an investigative reporter and editor for The Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Before that, he covered crime for The Palm Beach Post. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, in 2014 for exposing problems in a Florida homeless program and in 2016 for a series on one Florida county’s neglect of schools in black neighborhoods.
We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alaska Humanities Forum for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
Indhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy magazine. For over a decade she has worked in the intersection of branding, editorial, and interaction design for The Bold Italic, Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura and Medium. Rojas has also served as a facilitator, teacher, and mentor. She holds a Masters in Design from California College of the Arts and a Bachelors in Communication Design from Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and exhibited at Pasadena Museum of California Art in Los Angeles, Calif. When she is not hard at work, she enjoys traveling, photography, and immersing herself in the arts. Her favorite place is the beach in Samana, in her home country, Dominican Republic.
Tim Evans has worked as a reporter at the Indianapolis Star since 1997. As a member of The Star’s investigative team, he has reported extensively on topics related to child welfare, the criminal justice system, and government and institutional accountability. Evans is a former Indiana Journalist of the Year, and recipient of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Casey Medal for reporting on children’s issues. In 2017, Evans and two colleagues who uncovered a national sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics received the Tom Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Evans worked for 20 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Indiana and North Carolina prior to joining The Star.
Jason Lamb: For the past five years, Jason Lamb has told the stories of Middle Tennessee as a reporter for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, but it was Alaska where he got his start as a reporter, working for Channel 2 News beginning in 2008.
He has previously taught at the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop in Atlanta and he will be speaking later this year at the Ignite Your Passion Visual Storytelling Workshop.
Jason grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Missouri.
Catherine Steward is a photojournalist for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, but she knows Alaska well; she grew up in Palmer and graduated from UAA, before working at both KTVA 11 News and Channel 2 News.
Catherine has previously taught at the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop in Atlanta and she will be speaking later this year at the Ignite Your Passion Visual Storytelling Workshop.
Keith Woods is NPR’s Vice President of Newsroom Training & Diversity. Since 2010, Keith has led the network’s diversity efforts and has worked with journalists at more than 30 member stations. Before NPR, Keith trained journalists in writing, editing and diversity at the Poynter Institute, where he spent 15 years, five as faculty dean. He was a sportswriter, news reporter, city editor and editorial writer in 16 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
His April 19-20 sessions will cover Sourcing for Diversity, The Power of a Question, and Covering Race, Identity and Diversity.
Alison MacAdam is the Senior Editorial Specialist for the NPR Training Team, where she focuses on audio storytelling and editing. Alison got her start as a producer at WBUR. Alison spent more than a decade at NPR’s All Things Considered, including six as Senior Editor. In 2013-14, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. In addition to her training work, Alison has recently helped edit NPR pilots and podcasts, including Code Switch and It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders.
Rob Byers is the Senior Production Strategist for the NPR Training Team. Rob started his public media career at NPR and led the part of the audio engineering and operations team at Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media from 2008-2016. At MPR | APM, Rob’s work contributed to a Pulitzer and a Peabody.
Sara Kehaulani Goo is managing editor of NPR, responsible for the digital editorial strategy and staff. She joined NPR in 2016 after more than a dozen years at The Washington Post, where she served as Senior News Director, digital editor and national reporter covering major technology firms, the aviation industry and the intersection of Washington and business. She oversaw the integration of the Post’s digital and newspaper newsrooms. And she founded Pew Research Center’s data blog, Fact Tank.
Heather Bryant is the founder of Project Facet, an open source software platform that helps newsrooms manage the collaborative editorial process. As a journalist and software developer she is completely fascinated with the intersection between journalism, technology and class. Her journalism career started in Alaska where she worked as the new media producer and digital services editor at KTOO Public Media in Juneau. She took a brief break to level up as a programmer, teaching software engineering in San Francisco while starting Facet. Last year Heather was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University working to help newsrooms create and manage effective, meaningful collaborative partnerships.
- Alaska Humanities Forum
- Alaska Public Media
- Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc.
- The Northern Light
- KRUA 88.1 FM
- Online News Association
- University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Journalism & Communication
- Alaska Teen Media Institute
- Coast Alaska
- Thompson & Co.
- Anchorage Press
- Crude Magazine