What’s possible when community and media connect?

Jann Mylet • June 22, 2021


Since 2019 the 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.

The Alaska Humanities Forum hosted a variety of programming, including community conversations, a professional development workshop series, a statewide virtual conversation, and the Community Journovation Fellowship. This competitive 8-week-long fellowship explored the intersection of community and media through a series of virtual conversations. The group of 20 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.

Check out their work below!

Anonymous Eskimo

by Ralph Sara

I Am From

by Winter Marshall Allen

Media For, By, & About Southeast Alaska

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

(Miss) Representation

by Desiree Hagen

Community | Media | Possibility Reflection by by Aud Pleas, Jeff Chen, and Lila Hobbs

Interested in community and media? Host a conversation in your community.

Learn more about this project at akhf.org/cmp

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