Beat Reporter Funding Opportunities

Alaska Public Media retains complete editorial control over all reporting.

Urban Affairs Desk:
Minimum commitment: $10,000 per year for three years
This supports a Urban Affairs Desk. This desk will provide in-depth reporting on social, cultural, and health issues, especially as they affect the underserved and under covered communities of Alaska. This urban affairs reporter, Anne Hillman, will focus on Southcentral Alaska. Alaska Public Media is enthusiastic about this partnership because we are uniquely positioned to research these issues, produce quality news stories, and share our findings with a large audience in multiple media formats.

Broadcast responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, 2-3 stories per week, video and audio newscasts and radio affiliate interviews. Alaska Public Media’s News Director, Lori Townsend, will supervise the reporter.

This position is one of utmost importance. Critical stories of how poverty, alcoholism, homelessness, and incarceration affect communities often go untold and their underlying causes remain unexamined. We believe in the importance of reporting on these issues, questioning their root causes, and fostering dialogue about them.

Support From:
The Richard L. and Diane M. Block Foundation



Energy Desk:
Minimum commitment: $15,000 per year for three years
This reporter will spotlight energy issues important to Alaskans through independent, in-depth, multiplatform journalism. Few states have a more varied and complex range of energy, social and political challenges and opportunities than Alaska. The issues must be fully understood and debated vigorously if Alaskans are to build livable, sustainable and vibrant communities for the future.

From ongoing North Slope production to untapped possibilities in wind power, the energy issues Alaskans face are both multifaceted and pressing.

Alaska’s financial, political and social existence largely revolves around energy. From oil, gas and coal, to geothermal, tidal, and wind energy, Alaska thrives as an energy-producing powerhouse. With this wealth of resources come overlapping jurisdictions of federal, state, local and tribal governments that create complex networks of regulatory authority and policy. The clarity needed for adequate public understanding of Alaska’s energy sector calls for in-depth reporting.

This energy reporter will add clarity to the discussions surrounding Alaska’s energy landscape. He or she will be responsible for statewide coverage. Broadcast responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, 2-3 stories per week, video and audio newscasts and radio affiliate interviews. Alaska Public Media’s News Director, Lori Townsend, will supervise the reporter.

This project will bring energy issues to the forefront of Alaskan’s news in a deeper, more substantial way than has been previously seen. The potential impact of this project is vast. Energy issues are vital to this state, which, in turn, makes decisions surrounding their resources that impact the rest of the world. The creation of an energy reporter desk will protect this crucial news beat.

Support from:
The Atwood Foundation


For more information, please contact Torrie Allen at fallen [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or .907.550.8423