A History of The Northern Light

Just like local newspapers, the goal of a campus newspaper is to keep a finger on the pulse of the community it serves. And, as the UAA campus has continued to grow, so has the student newspaper.

Before there was The Northern Light, there was the UAA Voice and the Anchorage Community College (ACC) Accent. The budget for the UAA Voice the first year it was published was $1,889.70. Today, that amount would not even cover the cost of printing one issue of the newspaper.

When the merger between UAA and ACC took place, the two newspapers combined to form one: The Northern Light. The first issue came out September 19, 1988. Its mission was “to provide truthful and non-biased reports of newsworthy items and incidents.”

As the UAA campus continues to grow, so does The Northern Light. Today, The Northern Light has a circulation of 5,000 each week during the school year, making it the fifth largest newspaper in Alaska. It is distributed both on and off campus, and is mailed to many public agencies and government officials around the country. During the summer, it is published in print once a month, though the news is continually transmitted to its readers through updates on its Web site.

The majority of funding comes through student fees, though advertising revenue continues to grow as an important source of income, now making up almost half of the yearly budget. The Northern Light staff exercises full editorial control of the newspaper’s content and is responsible for all operations and publishing. Unlike many student papers, no outside professionals have any hand in production.

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Mailing address: University of Alaska Anchorage 3211 Providence Drive Student Union, Room 113 Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 786-1313
Email: editor@thenorthernlight.org  

Executive Editor’s Desk – 907-786-1434
Managing Editor’s Desk – 907-786-1313
Advertising Manager’s Desk – 907-786-6195
News/Features Desk - 907-786-1576
Sports/Arts Desk – 907-786-1512


  • Online Pacemaker Finalist for Associated Collegiate Press 2012
  • Pacemaker winner, the Associated Collegiate Press 2009 and 2011. Nominated in 2007, 2000.
  • Best in show, Associated Collegiate Press, 2011 (3rd place)
  • Best sports reporting, Alaska Press Club, 2011, (1st place Taylor Hall)
  • Best news feature, Columbia Scholastic Press Awards, 2007 (1st place  Mary Lochner)
  • Best education story, best short feature, Alaska Press Club, 2006 (1st place James Halpin)
  • Best weekly newspaper, Alaska Press Club, 2006, 3rd place
  • Best opinion writing, Hearst Journalism Awards, 2004 (1st place  Michelle Bartleman Loscher)
  • Best newspaper web site, College Media Advisor’s Apple Award, 2004
  • Best informational graphic, Alaska Press Club, 2001
  • Best breaking story, Alaska Press Club, 1997 (2nd place  Jill Shaw and Daniel Perrien)
  • Best sports photo, Alaska Press Club, 1993 (2nd place  M. Scott Moon)
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