Since 2019, Alaska Humanities Forum has been hosting programming designed to build trust between journalists and the community through the national Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative. Administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this nationwide effort was to examine the connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Between fall 2020 and spring 2021, the Forum organized a variety of programming focused on the question:

What’s possible when community
and media connect?

Whats Possible


Recommendations for Reimagining Community and Media in Alaska, 2021 to see what our participants have to say.

Network Map


Take a look at the network map that was developed to keep interested community members and media professionals connected. Scroll to the bottom and add yourself.

Spark Conversation

Spark Conversation.

Keep the conversation going. Gather five or more friends and have a conversation for at least an hour using our toolkit. Learn more and apply here.


Check Out.

The Community Journovation Fellowship was a competitive eight-week experience that explored the intersection of community and media through a series of virtual conversations. The group of 19 community members, media professionals, and students were broken into smaller regional groups and met independently to explore the local relationship between community and media. The fellowship culminated in publications that reflected on their experience or were examples of community engaged media.

Anonymous Eskimo

by Ralph Sara

I Am From

by Winter Marshall Allen

Kenai Peninsula Community Media: A Collaborative Response

by Elizabeth Earl, Desiree Hagen, Nancy Lord, Winter Marshall Allen, and Chloe Pleznac

Media For, By, & About Southeast Alaska

by Anna Laffery, Becky Meiers, Sage Smile, and Beth Weigel

(Miss) Representation

by Desiree Hagen

AKHF: Celebrating 50 Years!

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

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