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Reporter Kyle Hopkins on ”Alaska Daily” | Film Club #24

Reporter Kyle Hopkins on ”Alaska Daily” | Film Club #24

November 30, 2022

For this episode we're pivoting to TV, to talk about the new ABC drama "Alaska Daily." The show stars Hilary Swank as a journalist who takes a job at a newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska, after she is let go from her position at a national news outlet.

It was inspired by the reporting of Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins. His series “Lawless,” which provides the basis for some of the show’s storylines, won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2020. 

Lawless explores stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Alaska, the lack of police resources in many villages throughout the state, and much more. It was published in May of 2019 in collaboration with ProPublica. 

ATMI producer Madison Knutson spoke with Hopkins about his reporting being turned into a network drama. He talks about his role as an executive producer on the show, helping to capture Alaska authentically, and the responsibility of a journalist turning their work over to be fictionalized.

They spoke on October 28th, 2022 just after the fourth episode of Alaska Daily aired.

Hosted by Edison Wallace-Moyer.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman and Devin Shreckengost. 

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Alaska State Council on the Arts. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

Alaska Daily: Episodes 1-3 | Film Club #23

Alaska Daily: Episodes 1-3 | Film Club #23

November 18, 2022

We’re doing something a little different for this show. We’re switching over to television to talk about the new ABC drama series set in our very own state. “Alaska Daily” follows an investigative journalist who loses her job at a prestigious national news outlet who then takes a job working for a newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska. 

The show stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank as the journalist Eileen Fitzgerald. It was created by Tom McCarthy, who’s script for the movie Spotlight also made him an Oscar winner. The show is inspired by the reporting of Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins. His series “Lawless” which provides the basis for some of the storylines on the show, won a Pulitzer Prize. 

In this episode, our ATMI producers got together on Zoom to talk about the first three episodes of the show. As with any movie or TV show that is set in Alaska, there can be a lot to get right and a lot to get wrong. Especially since the show was mostly filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

Roundtable led by Madison Dooley.

Hosted by Vega Nelson.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman and Devin Shreckengost. 

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Alaska State Council on the Arts. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

Don’t Worry Darling | Film Club #22

Don’t Worry Darling | Film Club #22

November 1, 2022

For this episode we’re talking about Don’t Worry Darling, the new movie from director Olivia Wilde. The movie stars Florence Pugh as Alice, a 1950’s housewife living in an idyllic community with her husband, played by Harry Styles. But when strange occurrences involving her husband’s secretive job start happening, Alice begins to question the nature of the reality she’s living in. 

Our ATMI film critics got together on Zoom to talk about Don’t Worry Darling, the themes it explores, the film’s heavily stylized elements, and all of the behind the scenes drama that has plagued the movie’s promotional tour. Did Harry Styles really spit on Chris Pine? We may never know the truth. 

Roundtable led by Roey McCowan.

Hosted by Madison Dooley.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman. 

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Alaska State Council on the Arts. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

Dr. Anne Zink on What’s Next For Covid | Podcast in Place #66

Dr. Anne Zink on What’s Next For Covid | Podcast in Place #66

October 24, 2022

For many Alaskans, the Covid-19 pandemic seems like a thing of the past. Life feels mostly normal again. But while recorded case counts are at their lowest in over a year, Covid is still here. 

So to give us an update on where Alaska stands in the fight against Covid-19, we called up Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, and no stranger to our podcast.

ATMI senior producer Quinn White spoke with Dr. Zink about how Alaska is doing in the pandemic, the new bivalent booster shots, and even some non-Covid topics too. It is flu season, after all.

They spoke on October 4th, 2022.

Hosted by Madison Knutson.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman. 

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including the CDC Foundation Arts and Vaccine Confidence Project.

The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of our guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Way of Anchorage or the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department.

RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING COVID-19

Wellness resources!

COVID-19 tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention!

These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

News Media Literacy: A Roundtable Discussion | Zoom Room #33

News Media Literacy: A Roundtable Discussion | Zoom Room #33

October 13, 2022

For this episode we’re talking about News Media Literacy. A group of our youth producers got together on Zoom for a roundtable discussion to talk about the importance of healthy news consumption in this day and age. 

They discuss how they determine if the news they are reading is trustworthy, the dangers of mis and disinformation, and how to talk with friends and family members about spreading articles that could maybe use a little scrutiny. 

Roundtable discussion led by Quinn White.

Hosted by AJ Yambao.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman and Devin Shreckengost.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Spirit of Youth and United Way of Anchorage.

The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

News Literacy Resources

Newslit.org – News literacy resources for everyone from NewsLit.org, a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society. Here you can find their Checkology platform, and download the Informable app.

MediaWise (The Poynter Institute) – MediaWise empowers people of all ages to become more critical consumers of content online. We teach people digital media literacy and fact-checking skills to spot misinformation and disinformation. Here you can sign up for a 7-day text message course on media literacy, follow on social media, and check out the Teen Fact-Checking Network.

For more information on News Media Literacy, including how to request a classroom presentation from our staff, visit: alaskateenmedia.org/newsliteracyproject

Singer-Songwriter Quinn Christopherson | Zoom Room #32

Singer-Songwriter Quinn Christopherson | Zoom Room #32

September 27, 2022

Quinn Christopherson is an Ahtna Athabascan and Inupiaq singer songwriter who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. He gained national notoriety in 2019 when he won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest with a performance of his song “Erase Me” about his experiences as a transgender man. He went on to perform a Tiny Desk Concert, a popular video series of live shows in the offices of All Songs Considered.

Quinn’s debut album Write Your Name In Pink came out on September 16th, 2022. It features the singles Celine, 2005, and a studio version of Erase Me. 

ATMI producer and West High student Roey McCowan sat down with Quinn to talk about his album, putting personal experiences into his lyrics, and the impact his music has on fans. 

Hosted by Nico Coltrane.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Spirit of Youth and United Way of Anchorage.

The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

Monkeypox | Podcast in Place #65

Monkeypox | Podcast in Place #65

September 9, 2022

For this episode, we’re going to take a break from Covid. We’re going to talk about Monkeypox.

While it may be only recently that people have heard of this virus, Monkeypox was actually first detected in 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout the decades, cases have been most commonly present in Central and Western Africa. 

Recently, however, it has spread throughout 94 different countries with forty thousand cases reported globally. On August 4th, the U.S. declared Monkeypox to be a public health emergency, with 14,000 reported cases. As of September 9th, there have only been three known cases here in Alaska.

To learn more about this virus, ATMI producer Kendrick Whiteman spoke with Dr. Joe McLaughlin. He is the chief of the Alaska section of epidemiology and the state epidemiologist. He breaks down everything to know about Monkeypox, how it compares to Covid-19, and much more.

They spoke on August 19th, 2022, back when there were only two reported cases in the state.

Hosted by Forrest Rodgers.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman. 

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including the CDC Foundation Arts and Vaccine Confidence Project.

The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of our guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Way of Anchorage or the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department.

RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING COVID-19

Wellness resources!

COVID-19 tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention!

These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

Nope | Film Club #21

Nope | Film Club #21

August 26, 2022

For this episode we’re talking about Nope, the new movie written and directed by Jordan Peele. Known for his horror movies Get Out and Us, Peele’s new movie follows a brother and sister who own a horse ranch where they train their animals to perform in movies. When their ranch is terrorized by a mysterious thing in the sky, the siblings set out to document just what it is up there in the clouds.

Our ATMI film critics got together on Zoom to talk about Nope, the themes it explores, Peele’s status as one of the most prominent modern horror directors, and just what is going on with Gordy in the movie.

Hosted by Edison Wallace-Moyer.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Alaska State Council on the Arts. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

Long Covid in Schools | Podcast in Place #64

Long Covid in Schools | Podcast in Place #64

August 18, 2022

When the pandemic started, Wendy Williams was working as a school nurse in the Anchorage School District. Since then she took a contract job with the CDC foundation as the School Nurse Consultant for the state of Alaska.

In this role, Williams works with school districts, urban and rural, on health issues involving students. She provides support, resources, training opportunities to school nurses all across the state. 

ATMI producer Edison Wallace Moyer spoke with Williams about how Long Covid has been affecting youth throughout the state, how schools have been preparing to help students with lingering symptoms, and other health concerns overshadowed by the pandemic.

They spoke on July 21st, 2022.  

Hosted by Madison Knutson.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including the CDC Foundation Arts and Vaccine Confidence Project.

The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast are those of our guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Way of Anchorage or the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Health Department.

RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING COVID-19

Wellness resources!

COVID-19 tips from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention!

These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

 

Thor: Love and Thunder | Film Club #20

Thor: Love and Thunder | Film Club #20

August 11, 2022

For this episode we’re back in the MCU, talking about the latest movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. Bringing back writer/director Taika Waititi, the movie sees Chris Hemsworth’s Thor reuniting with his ex-girlfriend played by Natalie Portman and other characters from the previous films, as they face off against Gorr the God Butcher, portrayed by Christain Bale. 

ATMI producers Madison Knutson, Ormund Alaois, and Logan Smith got together on Zoom to discuss how it compares to other Thor movies, the brand of comedy that Waititi brings to it, and whether or not this is the character that deserved four standalone features.

Hosted by Zinn Rogers.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman.

Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.

Many thanks to supporters of our podcast, including Alaska State Council on the Arts. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.

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