After so many weeks of describing the gloomy situation with public media’s federal funding outlook, it’s a relief to be able to bring a little good news to this column for a change.
Last month, KYUK news director Angela Denning-Barnes attended the annual gathering of Alaska’s public media journalists in Anchorage known as J-Week.
J-Week is a chance for our journalists scattered across the state to spend 3 or 4 days together networking face to face, attending workshops on a variety of topics ranging from journalistic ethics to new reporting techniques for the digital age. They also vie for the recognition of their peers at the Alaska Press Club Awards event.
This year, KYUK brought home seven awards in a variety of catagories in the radio and all media divisions. They included two first place awards and two second place awards for Shane Iverson and two second place and a third place award for Angela Denning-Barnes.
These awards reflect the dedication and hard work both these reporters along with our Yup’ik news reporters, Lillian Michael and Julia Jimmie, put forth every day.
I extend my congratulations, along with that of our entire staff, to both of them for a job well done.
Here is a complete list of the awards:
First place, Shane Iverson—Best Business Reporting, Radio Category—Cab Fares Dropping in Bethel
First place, Best Alaska Outdoor Story, All Media—Rare Musk Ox Attack Claims 2 Dogs near Russian Mission
Second place, Shane Iverson—Best Profile, Radio Category—Bethel Loses Traditional Chief
Second place, Shane Iverson–Best Health or Science Reporting, Radio Category—Communities Struggle After Suicides
Second place, Angela Denning-Barnes–Best Education Reporting, Radio Category—Memorable Graduation for Bethel University
Second place, Angela Denning-Barnes—Best Reporting on Crimes or Courts, Radio Category–U.S. Marshals to Combat Crime in Western Alaska
Third Place, Angela Denning-Barnes–Best Single Story Reporting, Radio Category—Territorial Guard Soldier Laid to Rest