Kenai Peninsula College student journalists publish the Ulu News

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006

If you like what you’ve been reading in the newspaper you’re holding, credit Kenai Peninsula College journalism students who are serving as the credentialed reporters for the Ulu News, the official publication of the Arctic Winter Games.

Giving up their Spring Break, 18 students—led by KPC Journalism and English instructor Janice High—have been responsible for gathering and writing stories, shooting photos, and writing cutlines for publication in the 4,000 daily copies of the Ulu News. Additionally, the Ulu News is published on-line, providing access to thousands of people interested in the Games, but unable to attend in person.

The Ulu News serves not only as the publication of record of the games in progress, but will also stand for years to come as the official historical record of the 2006 Games.

The International Committee has raved about the paper and is discussing the possibility of having each country send a student journalist to future Games to work on the newspaper. Additionally, the Yellowknife 2008 Host Society invited the students and co-editors Gary J. Turner and High to their “Launch” meeting on Thursday where they discussed how they can emulate this success in the 2008 Ulu News.

In October, in recognition of its journalistic commitment to the Arctic Winter Games, the college was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The funds were used to purchase a digital camera and related equipment, supplies and a very small amount to offset student gas costs.

The foundation for the Ulu News undertaking was the college’s Spring Semester “Reporting and Writing News” course taught by High, that included a specific Ulu News Arctic Winter Games component. Students who completed the “Reporting and Writing News” course in a previous semester are also participating in the Ulu News project.

KPC—a University of Alaska Anchorage college—is comprised of the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna, Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Resurrection Bay Extension Site in Seward, Anchorage Extension Site, and the Mining and Petroleum Training Service with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. With about 2,000 students attending each semester, the college offers one-year certificates; two-year associate’s degrees; a selection of four-year degrees and non-credit workforce development courses. For more information, visit www.kpc.alaska.edu



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