Yearly Archives: 2013

Become part of Creighton Backpack Alaska 2014

Find out more about the Creighton Backpack plans for Alaska 2014 and how you can be a part of  those plans at a meeting, 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 in Creighton’s Hitchcock Building, Room 305.

photo of sign in Bethel Alaska
Bethel, Alaska is a cool place. And the destination for Creighton Backpack 2014. Photo by John O’Keefe.

We’ll talk about details of the trip and how you can start the application process. The five-week, six-credit course  will take a team of students and faculty to shoot and edit a short documentary as well as write and produce other multimedia content. The collaboration between the Theology and Journalism, Media and Computing departments  also includes a theology component on the role of the church in Alaska. The  course will begin in late May. It starts with a video/writing bootcamp and includes about two weeks in Bethel, Alaska. We return to put together a rough cut of the film and wrap up the course.

Creighton students receive six hours of credit, one a 300-level theology class and a certified writing feature writing class.

For more details, come to the meeting. If you can’t make it, please or if you’re interested in the experience.


Welcome to Alaska 2014

In the summer of 2014 the Backpack Journalism Project will travel to the town of Bethel in remote south-western Alaska. Bethel is home to the Yup’ik people, one of the largest native groups in Alaska. The region suffers from some of the worst rural poverty in the United States. This poverty is made worse by isolation, extreme temperatures in the winter, and the enormous cost of goods and services. Many of these people live without electricity or running water and rely heavily on subsistence fishing, hunting, and berry picking. All of this takes place in the context of a wild and largely intact tundra wilderness, which is currently threatened by planetary warming.

In this project we will explore themes key to the Backpack Journalism Project including the relationship of the Church to culture and the injustice of poverty. This summer we add as well the impact of climate change both on a sensitive region of the earth and on some of the world’s poorest citizens.