This year’s edition of True North is built on the talent of an eclectic collection of writers, journalists, and multimedia know-it-alls. We are students, yes, but we are defined more so by our craft than our tuition bills. We take pride in our work and strive for the highest level of professionally construed content one can find in a publication.

With that being said, welcome to the 2018 edition of True North Magazine! We are all excited to share stories we reported and wrote based on our own interests and passions and what we thought you would enjoy. We believe that the most important aspect of storytelling is enjoying the story you are trying to tell. If the writers are engaged, the readers will be engaged, too.

We spent an extended amount of time discussing what we wanted our magazine to look like, with a lot of thought put into our themes and audience. Ultimately, we are an Alaska magazine and we wanted to reflect that through stories that explore subcultures, lifestyles and pastimes that are unique to our great state. We also wanted to have a wide array of subjects and topics that further personify the extent of what Alaska has to offer. We think you will enjoy what we came up with.

Journalism isn’t the same medium it once was, and we get that. That is why we put forth the effort to expand our reach. Beyond the print version of our magazine, we modernized our website and actively pushed our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Keep in mind that the last edition of True North came out in the spring of 2016, so we are by no means Insta-famous or have one of those cool checkmarks by our handle, but hey, we’re trying. Journalism doesn’t have to be an archaic field and we took the initiative to make our biennial magazine more accessible to our readers.

Beyond the staff, we wouldn’t have a magazine to publish if it wasn’t for the community of sponsors throughout Alaska who helped fund our costs and the readers (you) who pick up and flip through our stories, and so we want to thank you all for your support. Magazines like True North are important for young writers and journalists and multimedia know-it-alls as they let us cut our teeth on the entire process of publication, from pitch to print.

We hope you enjoy reading True North as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

Logan Harrison

Logan Harrison is a senior in the JPC department. He was born and raised in Anchorage, with extended stops throughout the Pacific Northwest. He began taking classes at UAA after prospecting didn’t… pan.. out. He currently hosts a weekly morning show on KRUA 88.1 as he counts down the days to graduation.

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