Programs & Models



Program Contact
Taylor Strelevitz

Conversation Programs Manager
(907) 272-5321 |

Community | Media | Possibility explores the question, "what is possible when community and journalism connect?"  The goal of this series is to build trust between journalists and communities to support civic communication and to create spaces of belonging.  As the project progresses, this goal will likely evolve. 

There are four different ways to engage in this program:

1. Community Conversations

Partner educational institutions will host virtual conversations exploring the guiding question, "what is possible when community and journalism connect?" These conversations will be held on Zoom and will be open to the public. 


Nov 18th, 2020 at 4:00pm over zoom. Everyone is welcome.
Hosted by UAA

Register here.


Nov 20th, 2020 at 2:00pm over zoom. Everyone is welcome. 

Register here.

We will list additional events as information becomes available.

2. Journalism Workshop Series: Connecting With Community

Journalists, media, and Communications students and faculty are invited to take part in the Connecting with Community journalism workshop series. Knowing the communities you serve increases trust and supports public participation. Enhance your journalism skills to generate stronger relationships, mutual understanding, and empathy with communities so everyone thrives. 


> Register here.

Series Topics and Dates:

Wednesday, December 2 |10:00am-12:00pm
The Sixth W: What’s Possible Now?
Listening for what’s possible leads to stories that give life to a community. Learn and practice skills for appreciative listening to tell stories that inform, engage, inspire and activate your audience.
Hosted by Journalism That Matters - Peggy Holman, Lori Shontz

Wednesday, December 9 |10:00am-12:00pm
Improving Our Community Connections Through Texting
Texting is easy to use and ubiquitous— making it an ideal channel to meet our communities where they're at, especially at a time when we can't meet in person. Learn how to put texting to work to broaden and deepen community connections, drive better journalism, and create lasting relationships.
Hosted by GroundSource - Andrew Haeg

Wednesday, December 16 |10:00am-12:00pm
Understanding Your Fault Lines
Explore how blind spots across race, class, gender, generation, geography, sexual orientation create perception bias in hiring and news coverage. "Fault Lines" blind spots lead to:

  • Unconscious Bias: How biases are formed, how to be conscious of your own.

  • Microaggressions: What are they and who commits them?

Hosted by Maynard Institute - Felecia Henderson

January 6th and 27th | 10:00am-12:00pm
Complicating the Narratives to Bridge Polarizing Conversations
What if journalists didn’t simply report opposing viewpoints, but instead covered controversial issues based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious?  Learn new skills for constructive storytelling on complex, conflicted issues. 
Hosted by Solutions Journalism Network - Hélène Biandudi Hofer, Michelle Faust Raghavan

3. Community Journovation Fellowship

Journalists, community members, and college students from Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Utqiagvik, and Fairbanks are invited to apply for a paid, 8-week long virtual fellowship that will explore the intersection of community and journalism, consisting of four guided virtual conversations. The fellowship will culminate in a publication from each community.


Stipend: prorated up to $500 (amount will depend on number of sessions attended)

Application deadline: December 21st, 2020

Fellowship dates: January - March 2021

> Apply here.

4. Statewide Conversation Online: What is possible when community and journalism connect?

 Join an open conference, an opportunity for small group discussions, networking and community connection, where ideas and actions large and small may be born or accelerated. We’ll set the agenda in real-time around the questions that matter most to you. Using  Journalism That Matters' signature Open Space approach to “unconferencing” online, this participant driven exchange of information and ideas will create a lively and productive exchange among a diverse group who care about meeting the news and information needs of communities.


More information to come.