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The Northern Light (college newspaper)

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The Northern Light is the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Northern Light began in September 1988, after the University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage Community College merged. The paper is completely produced by students.


The Northern Light has a circulation of 5,000 copies a week during school semesters, making it the third largest weekly in Anchorage. It is financed by student fees and advertising. Every Tuesday, The Northern Light is delivered to stands around campus and Anchorage. It is also mailed to businesses and politicians in Alaska, as well as any public member who requests a copy. The paper consists of five sections: News, Features, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment, and Sports.

The Northern Light is an affiliate of UWIRE, which distributes and promotes its content to their network. It has also been a member of the Associated Press since 1988.

The current Executive Editor is Samantha Davenport. The current Managing Editor is Kathryn DuFresne.


Since 1993, the staff has won state and national award for its content, design, photography and website, including over 40 Alaska Press Club awards

  • The Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker in 2011 and 2009 in the non-daily, four year category for general excellence. The Northern Light was also nominated for a Pacemaker in 2000 and 2007
  • The website was an Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker finalist in 2012.
  • 3rd in ACP Best of Show, 2011.
  • 2nd best weekly newspaper in Alaska by the Alaska Press Club, 2005.
  • Staff

    The Northern Light's staff consists of college students of all majors and backgrounds. All open positions are listed on UAkJobs.

  • Executive Editor
  • Managing Editor
  • Advertising Manager
  • Copy Editor
  • Layout Editor
  • News Editor
  • Assistant News Editor
  • Features Editor
  • Assistant Features Editor
  • Arts & Entertainment Editor
  • Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Assistant Sports Editor
  • Photo Editor
  • Web Editor
  • Multimedia Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Advertising Representative
  • Staff Reporters
  • Staff Photographers
  • Past editors

    Executive Editor:

  • Ashley Snyder (2013–14)
  • J. Almendarez (2012–13)
  • Shana Roberson (2011)
  • Jerzy Shedlock (2011)
  • Josh Edge (2010)
  • Suzanna Caldwell (2009)
  • Gretchen Weiss (2008–09)

  • Managing Editor:

  • Tulsi Patil (2014)
  • Ashley Snyder (2013)
  • J. Almendarez (2012)
  • Taylor Hall (2011)
  • Matt Caprioli (2011)
  • Jerzy Shedlock (2010)
  • Volunteering

    Anyone with a willingness to do a little work and stay on top of deadlines is encouraged to apply as a volunteer. The requirements for volunteering are as follows:

  • Be enrolled at UAA with no less than 3 credits per semester.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with UAA.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or higher.
  • Volunteer positions include:

  • Story writers
  • Columnists
  • Photographers
  • Graphic designers
  • Cartoonists
  • References

    The Northern Light (college newspaper) Wikipedia

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