Oil patch insider: UAA offers oil and gas reporting; Meet Alaska moves to March
Larry Persily, the new Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will be teaching two classes in the upcoming fall semester, one of particular interest to industry - oil and gas reporting in Alaska.
The three-credit course, open to non-students, will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Persily is also teaching a general news writing course on those same days.
“There’s nothing more important in this state than oil and gas,” he told Petroleum News in a May 29 interview.
“There are shortages of reporters in news media who really understand the industry; sure, they understand the emotions surrounding it - I want my share and the like - but they don’t have the history, the background, the knowledge of the oil and gas industry,” he said, citing everything from technology to tax structure, as well as what’s going on in the rest of the world to put Alaska into perspective.
Understanding the global oil and gas industry provides “a context as to why there is no LNG project in Alaska,” he said.
Requirements for UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communication course JPC A490, oil and gas reporting in Alaska, can be found on the university’s website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/.
Persily has a Bachelor of Arts degree, journalism major, from Purdue University.
His 25-year journalism career in Alaska was followed by 20 years in public policy work at federal, state and municipal levels, and now a return to journalism with his purchase of The Skagway News.
- KAY CASHMAN
Meet Alaska moves to March in 2020The Alaska Support Industry Alliance has moved its annual Meet Alaska Conference and Tradeshow from January to March for 2020, specifically March 20, CEO Rebecca Logan told Petroleum News.
Per its website, The Alliance is a nonprofit trade organization made up of more than 500 members providing 50,000-plus Alaska jobs related to the oil, gas and mining industries.
Its mission is to “advocate for safe, environmentally responsible development of Alaska’s oil, gas and mineral resources for the benefit of all Alaskans.”
- KAY CASHMAN