News Writing for the Media

Spring 2021

Accessing Gender-Affirming Medical Care in Small Town Juneau, Alaska Proves to be Difficult 

TW: mentions of suicide An under-the-radar people in Juneau, the transgender community, face few and scarce options to receive medical treatment.  By: Chatham Moser   In Juneau, Alaska, the transgender community now faces an additional obstacle—having limited options for obtaining medical gender-confirmation treatment. Compared to most capital cities in the US, Juneau is uniquely surrounded…
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Online Educating: The Pros and the Cons of a Pandemic-Driven Transition

Online Educating: The Pros and the Cons of a Pandemic-Driven Transition The advantages and disadvantages professors face teaching from a virtual classroom.   By Isaiah Wolcoff   Globally, 1.6 billion students are experiencing the “largest disruption of education systems in human history.” Educators have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of their students in a…
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Community Attempts to Prevail at UAF: A Look at LLCs and how they have looked in a Pandemic Stricken World

  Disclaimer: the writer works personally for the department that the article discusses and therefore also the people interviewed within the article   Last spring, the world was thrown into disarray due to Covid-19. As people struggled to accept the new normal, the University of Alaska, along with other universities around the world, were forced…
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Student Clubs, Amid A Pandemic

How the clubs of UAF managed to keep in touch despite being unable to meet in person. Few were prepared for the effects of quarantine on education.  Fewer still predicted the extended duration of social distancing that followed.  Still, human beings are usually social animals, and will find ways to stay together regardless of their…
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Juneau Douglas High School Men’s Basketball Season Cut short because of COVID Regulations

The Juneau Douglas High School men’s basketball team started off their 2021 season hot in January, winning 16 of their 17 games. After dominating the region V tournament and conference play to sweep the regular season and conference title, the Crimson Bears had their eyes on the state title. But right after winning their conference…
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NASA Cancels RMC Third Year in a Row: UAF Robotics Club Left to Seek New Motivation

On January 25th, NASA canceled the Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) for the third year in a row due to the COVID pandemic and travel restrictions. The cancellation left the Aurora Robotics club participants searching for new motivation.  As described by NASA, the RMC is a competition that requires teams to participate in multiple events. These…
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Police Headlines in Reference to George Floyd

I was looking through the various headlines of CNN and one that struck me was the headline “How Minneapolis Police first described the murder of George Floyd, and what we know now”. It stood out to me because, while it was relevant to the current events of the United States, it was not the most…
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Arthur Delaney: Beat Reporter

When looking for beats I scrolled through various articles within the politics category on Huffpost, I found two articles by Arthur Delaney within a few spaces of one another and I knew that I had found my beat reporter. Arthur Delaney covers all manner of subjects within the political beat, I found myself reading through…
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Migrant Children and the Stories Around Them

When looking at story structure I was first looking for a headline that would catch my eye, I figured this would be a good initial indicator for the setup and potential writing structure of the piece. That’s when I found this article about migrant children and their parents. The headline, while a bit wordy, struck…
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Big Topic Feature – Prince Phillip: a life in pictures

An article titled  “Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: A life in pictures” commemorated Prince Phillips’s long and historical life. Pictures were used as prompts to describe the pivotal moments in the Duke of Edinburgh’s life. Beginning as a young man leaving school to train in the Royal army, up until his retirement in 2017 at…
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