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Alaska Press Club Conference 2023 - Online sessions
This year we have three online conference sessions in lead up to our in-person event in Anchorage, April 20-22.



Host: Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media
Guest: Mark Trahant, ICT

ICT has had a remarkable path forward from where it was five years ago. It went out of business. Resurfaced. And its growth as a nonprofit since then has been phenomenal. Five years ago, the total budget was under $300,000. Today, ICT is well north of $5 million. It went from three employees to more than 40 employees in nine bureaus across North America. Mark Trahant will talk about what ICT has done and share lessons learned along the way.


April 6 at 8 a.m. | MANAGING THE MESS

Host: Angela Denning, CoastAlaska
Guest: Mary Nahorniak, Google News Lab

How to store and analyze stacks of documents through Google News Lab’s free Pinpoint program. Teaching fellow Mary Nahorniak walks us through best practices.


April 13 at 8 a.m. | BUT IS IT A PODCAST?

Host: Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News
Guest: Courtney Harrell, Pineapple Street Studios

You have a story or topic you suspect would make a great podcast series. Narrative podcast producer Courtney Harrell of Pineapple Street Studios talks about the elements that make a series work - or not. Harrell has produced some of the most successful audio documentaries of the past decade, including the Peabody-nominated series Running from COPS and 9/12, which was a finalist for the Dupont Award. She also worked with Anchorage Daily News reporter Michelle Theriault Boots developing a podcast series focused on a recent Alaska political scandal that ultimately didn't work - and they'll discuss why.
Mar 30, 2023 08:00 AM
Apr 6, 2023 08:00 AM
Apr 13, 2023 08:00 AM
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Mark Trahant
Editor-at-Large @ICT
Mark Trahant is leading the Indigenous Economics Project for ICT. The year-long series is a comprehensive look at Indigenous economics, including market-based initiatives to limit climate change. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently serving on the Commission on Reimagining the Economy, a three-year Academy project exploring structural reforms. He is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Mary Nahorniak
Teaching Fellow @Google News Labs
Mary Nahorniak is Google News Lab’s U.S. teaching fellow, focused on collaborating with journalists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in news. She was previously part of USA TODAY’s leadership team as the director of audience, responsible for the organization’s digital platforms and a 24/7 team of nearly 30 editors.
Courtney Harrell
Senior Producer @Pineapple Street Studios
Courtney is a Senior Producer at Pineapple, where she’s worked on ESPN’s Bloodlines, the Peabody-nominated series Running from COPS, and 9/12, which was a Dupont finalist. Her most serious relationship is with her planner.