Journalists for the busy modern students

Come celebrate 30 years!

Journalism should amplify the conversations that people are already having.  At The Northern Light, that’s what we try to do. Journalists often report on what they think people should know instead of what people actually want to know.  TNL reports on things that are relevant to the UAA campus.  And TNL tries to remember that their audience, like the TNL staff, consists of busy, but hip college students.  That is, we try not to bring you too many stories about Medicare…

Sometimes that agenda means that a story might only appeal to a certain segment of people…

In the last year, TNL has reported on some very important issues ranging from military mistreatment to the appointment of incoming Chancellor Tom Case.  TNL also had some fun with stories about Zumba and the recent beard contest. TNL is an award winning paper and has even seen their stories picked up, after the fact, by Anchorage Daily News, KTUU and the Alaska Dispatch.

That’s certainly not meant to toot our own horn.  TNL has printed the wrong names in photo captions.  TNL has even gotten a few facts wrong, as evidenced by some letters to the editor.  And last week, TNL misspelled toilet.  It’s what the advising staff affectionately refers to as “a learning lab.”

A learning lab means that the most of the staff are not journalism majors and they are balancing their classes with a job that requires even more intellectual brainwork.  The process of making a story…

And while TNL is most certainly not perfect, we are working very hard to bring the UAA campus relevant, important and interesting news.  Sometimes that requires us to ask unpopular questions.

As the semester wraps up, TNL would like to thank all of our readers and give a special shout out to those who are graduating.  And for everyone who will continue to read our paper throughout the year, we hope to hear from you over the summer as to what we can do to make your paper better.