Doctoral student Ricardo Valencia won the Dr. Carolyn Stroman MAC New Graduate Student Member Award of the AEJMC’s Minority and Communication Division.

2016 SOJC Pacemaker winners

Ethos and Flux magazines both won 2016 magazine Pacemaker awards.

Forrest Welk, BA ’16, took third place in the Associated Collegiate Press Feature Story competition for his story, “Naming Rights.”

SOJC students Key Higdon and Esther Knox were named to the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) 2017 Most Promising Multicultural Student roster.

Senior Instructor Dan Morrison won the American Copy Editors Society Award from the Newspaper and Online News Division at the 2016 AEJMC Conference in August 2016.

Andrew DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, received a $221,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to create a Communities of Practice Platform.

Samantha Matsumoto, BS ’16, took seventh place in the Associated Collegiate Press Diversity Story competition for her story, “Still Marching.”

SOJC Honors Students, Chris Ableidinger, was awarded a UROP Mini-Grant from the UO Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation for his honors thesis research.

Juwan Wedderburn, BS ’16, was selected as a member of the 2016 AdColor Futures program, which works to create a community of diverse professionals and change agents in the creative industries.

Erika GotoPublic relations student Erika Goto won the Ketchum Belgium’s Mindfire: Smartphone Challenge.

Assistant Professor Autumn Shafer was awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Institute for Transportation Community for research to develop and test strategic messages in support of a communication campaign to engage youth to increase their transportation system support, understanding, and use in Portland, Oregon.

Professor H. Leslie Steeves: International Communication Association’s 2017 Teresa Award for Advancement of Feminist Scholarship


Faculty & Staff

Senior Associate Dean Leslie Steeves on winning the UO’s 2016 Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy  for her dedication in building the Media in Ghana Program.

SOJC Student Advisor, Rachel Allen, was selected as the 2016 Excellence in Advising — Professional Advisor Winner by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 8 Steering Committee.

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities has awarded more than $86,000 to a research team led by SOJC faculty members, Assistant Professor David Remund, Instructor Kelli Matthews, BA ’01, MA ’04, Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising Deborah Morrison, and Assistant Professor Autumn Shafer for a yearlong study, “Framing Livability: A Strategic Communications Approach to Improving Support for Public Transportation in Oregon.”

Professor Lauren Kessler was inducted into the University of Washington Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame in October 2015.

Associate Professor Gabriela Martinez was selected to receive the 2016 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the University of Oregon. She will receive this award at a ceremony on January 20, 2016.

Assistant Professor Torsten Kjellstrand’s documentary, Finding Refuge, has been selected for viewing at several film festivals: Frontier Texas in March; the Ethnografilm Festival in March/April; the One Nation Film Festival in April; the Short Stop International Film Festival in June.

Assistant Professor Dave Remund has been named to the State of Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. He was also recently appointed to the 2016 editorial board of the Journal of PR Research.

Assistant Professor Troy Elias and Professor Deb Morrison have been named to the Education Summit Steering Committee of The One Club for Art & Copy in New York.

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Leslie Steeves has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Creative Communication.

Assistant Professor Nicole Dahmen was awarded a UO Faculty Research Grant for a project studying both candidate-controlled and mass-mediated images of candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The project, “The visual presentation of candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign,” will be a follow up to this just published journal article: Obama and Romney photos receive equal treatment.

Assistant Professor Autumn Shafer’s poster won Honorable Mention at the 2016 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication.

Assistant Director of Student Services Miranda Atkinson is the recipient of the Excellent Professional Advising Award, which is co-sponsored by the All-Campus Advising Association and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. This award recognizes the positive impact that exceptional professional advising and mentoring has on our undergraduate students’ educational experience at the University of Oregon.

Director of Student Services Sally Garner is one of only ten internationally who has been selected to serve as a mentor for the 2016-2018 Class of Emerging Leaders for NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Sally, who was herself an Emerging Leader in the program’s 2011-2013 Class, was selected because of her commitment to the program as well as her involvement and leadership in the association.

Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair Kyu Ho Youm was the Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research, an annual award given by the faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University that recognizes a body of research that has benefited the professions of journalism and related mass communication fields.

Assistant Professor Ed Madison was named Apple Distinguished Educator.

Assistant Professor David Remund was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of PR Research, the top research journal for scholarship in public relations. He was also named to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows and as an Arthur Page Society Legacy Fellow and appointed to the State of Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.

Assistant Professor Troy Elias and Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising Deborah Morrison were named to the Education Summit Steering Committee of The One Club for Art & Copy in New York, 2016.

Assistant Professor Nicole Dahmen won the Top Paper Award, International Communication Association conference in Fukuoka, Japan, Visual Communication Studies division for her research on restorative narrative, which will be presented in June 2016.

Jenny Tatone (doctoral studnent), Alec Tefertiller (doctoral student), and Associate Professor Tiffany Gallicano won the Top Teaching Paper Award for the Public Relations Division of AEJMC for their study, titled “I love tweeting in class, but… A mixed-method study of student perceptions of the impact of Twitter in large lecture classes.”

Assistant Professor Nicole Dahmen has been named to the editorial board for Visual Communication Quarterly.

Assistant Professor Donna Davis was awarded Outstanding Alumna in 2015 by the University of Florida, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences for “success in his or her career and whose accomplishments best exemplify the standards and values of the Department.” The honor recognizes one undergraduate and one graduate alumnus from each program annually. Donna received her Master’s in the program in 2005.

Professor Janet Wasko was re-elected as President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Professor Seth Lewis received the Best Article of the Year Award from the International Communication Association Journalism Studies Division for his paper, “Actors, Actants, Audiences, and Activities in Cross-Media News Work.

Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Advertising Damian Radcliffe was selected as a 2016 Fellow by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia UniversityHis project (with Dr. Christopher Ali), Local News in a Digital World: Small Market Newspapers in an Era of Digital Disruption, examines how small market newspapers in the United States are responding to the shift to digital technology in everything from editorial content to distribution to advertising.


Doctoral student Endalk Chala, as part of the Zone 9 bloggers, received the 2015 International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Shirley Chan placed in the top 20 in the Hearst Foundation Multimedia One/Features Competition.

Doctoral student Ashley Cordes received the Margaret Weise Award from the UO Graduate School.

Sam Katzman and Reuben Unrau placed in the top 20 in the Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing Competition.

Ryan Kang placed in the top 20 in the Hearst Journalism Awards Photo One Competition.

Doctoral student Thomas Schmidt was awarded the Gary SmithSummer Professional Development Award and a Graduate Research Support Fellowship by the UO Graduate School.

Doctoral student Esi Eduwaa Thompson was awarded the Oregon Sylff Fellowship for International Research from the UO Graduate School.

Doctoral students Netsanet Debebe, Theodore Harrison III, and Shehram Mokhtar received Promising Scholar Awards from the UO Graduate School.

Videographer/producer Evan Norton (senior) and writer/strategist Spencer Orofino (senior) attended the OneScreen film screening. Their video for the Science and Memory project, Will you Change?, was shortlisted in the student competition.

Doctoral students Sarah Hamid and Patrick Jones were part of the winning panel, “South Asia: Cracking Open the Black Boxes of Law, Democracy, Infrastructure, and Governance,” at the 2016 UO Grad Forum in February. Doctoral students Matthew Pittman and Derek Moscato were part of a second winning panel, “Adapting to New Trends in Policy and Technology.”

Justin Wise took fifth place in the Hearst College Sports Writing Awards. His winning piece is a beautiful and sad piece about being a sports fan and the death of his father.

The Cuba Creatives team took first place in the “Best Interactive – Large Team” in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Awards. More than 1,300 total entries in the nationwide competition. Also, the NW Stories team (Garrett Guinn, Sutton Raphael, Dana Bredeweg, and Amanda Butt) took third place in the long-form documentary category.

Will Saunders and Kyra Bailey were in the top 20 winners in the Hearst Photo Picture Story/Series competition.

Doctoral student Shehram Mukhtar received a UO Center for the Study of Women in Society grant for his work, “Women’s Dances and Men’s Pleasures: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Punjabi Theater of Lahore, Pakistan.”

Paulina Liang and Yolanda Saetern  were honored at the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Student conference.

Student produced film, “Numb in America,” is nominated for a 2016 Collegiate Emmy Award. The team that produced the film includes: Greg Bruce, Jose Contreras, Sutton Raphael, Tevin Tavares, and Larryn Zeigler.

Doctoral student Matt Pittman was accepted to the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Program, where he will join doctoral students from all over the world and from many different disciplines studying online theory.

Doctoral student Jeremiah Favara received a John Furr Fellowship to conduct research in Duke University’s J. Walter Thompson collections for his dissertation. Duke funded eight applicants but Jeremiah was the only one to receive the Furr Fellowship, which will allow him to spend two weeks conducting research at the John Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History. Jeremiah was also accepted to the USC Summer Doctoral Institute on Diversity and Culture.

J.D. Swerzenski (media studies master’s student) received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach in Colombia. He will act as an English Teaching Assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Doctoral student Esi Thompson received the SOJC Doctoral Research Fellowship to help fund her dissertation research, which is concerned with communication and health, focusing on the case of the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa (specifically, Ghana and Liberia).

The SOJC has three teams of winners in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists’s Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards:

  • Fahmo Mohammed, Kyle Hentschel, and Staff of OR Magazine — Best Digital-Only Student Publication for OR Magazine Spring 2015 Issue
  • Cuba Creatives staff — Best Independent Online Student Publication for Cuba Creatives
  • Garrett Guinn, Dana Bredeweg, and Andrew Spangler — Best Use of Multimedia for “Out of the shadows: Cuban improv actor Carlos Borbon”

NW StoriesArtist and “Bug Guy” Christopher Marley by Nicolas Walcott, Garrett Guinn, BA ’15, Chloe Huckins, and Kyle Hentschel, with support from OR Media, was designated the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists’s Mark of Excellence National Winner in the Television Feature Reporting category. National Mark of Excellence award judges can select one national winner in each category. Nicolas Walcott was the lead producer on the piece.

OR Magazine won the Gold Crown Award presented by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Four SOJC student projects received nominations in the 2016 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Northwest College Awards for Excellence:

  • Short Form Non-Fiction — Creatively Maladjusted • University of Oregon • David Zupan, Director/Editor
  • Long Form Non-Fiction — Fitting the Description in North Portland • University of Oregon • Jarratt Taylor, Director
  • We Followed The Water: The Story of the Oregon Science and Memory Project • University of Oregon • Ivan Lafollette, Director • Christopher M Piepgrass, Co-Producer • Cody Schmidt, Co-Producer
  • A Higher Road • University of Oregon • Michael McGovern, Director • Izzi Rassouli, Producer • Casey Minter, Cinematographer

Doctoral candidate Thomas Schmidt’s research paper, “Pioneer of Style: How the Washington Post Adopted Literary Journalism,” was awarded the Norman Sims Best Graduate Paper prize by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS). This is the second year in a row that Thomas received this IALJS award.

2015-16 Hearst Journalism Awards

Hannah Golden took fifth place in the Hearst Personality Profile Writing Competition.

Kyle Hentschel took first place in the Hearst Multimedia Enterprise Reporting Competition for “Rise Again” featured on Nepal.uoregon.edu. Julia Reihs took fourth place in this competition for her “Journey of Jeopardy” piece.

The Science & Memory team took first place in the Hearst Multimedia Team Reporting Competition. Team members include Melanie Burke, Emma Pindell, Kyra Bailey, Will Saunders, Hayla Beck, Evan Norton, Paige De Paepe, Miro Merrill, Taylor Richmond, Spencer Orofino, Ben McBee, Lili Bayarmagnai, Julia Reihs, Sierra Morgan, and Andy Abeyta.

SOJC public relations student Keala Verigan and the rest of the UO Net Impact team were finalists in the 2016 Toyota + Net Impact Next Generation Mobility Challenge.

Jarrett Taylor won the Long Form Non-Fiction award in the 2016 Northwest Regional College Student Awards for Excellence for his film, “Fitting the Description in North Portland.”

Doctoral Student Teri Del Rosso’s paper, “Intersectionality and LGBTQ youth advocacy: An analysis of the agenda building strategies of the GSA Network and PFLAG,” was selected by the Public Relations Division as a Top Student Paper for the NCA 102nd Annual Convention.


Hearst Intercollegiate Competition
Often called “The Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates. Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions. The Overall Intercollegiate winners are those schools with the highest combined student points from a record 1,261 entries submitted this year.

  • The SOJC placed in the top ten in the Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition.
  • The SOJC placed seventh in the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition.
  • The SOJC placed fifth in the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition.
  • The SOJC tied for eighth place (with the University of Missouri) in the Hearst Intercollegiate Overall Competition.



Chris Chávez won the 2015 UO Early Career Research Excellence Award.

The Science and Memory team (Senior Instructor Mark Blaine, Senior Instructor Dan Morrison, Assistant Professor of Practice Torsten Kjellstrand, Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising Deborah Morrison) won the 2015 UO Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation and Impact.

Assistant Professor Alex Tizon was awarded the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction in the 2015 in the Oregon Book Awards. He was awarded the Asia/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Non-Fiction category by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), for the same book.

Assistant Professor Héctor Tobar’s book Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free hit #8 on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list in January. The book was also selected to the NYT’s 100 Notable Books of 2014.

Senior Instructor Mark Blaine, MS ’00, earned a fellowship to attend the 2015 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

Assistant Professor Donna Davis has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for $101,140 to study the role of people with disability in the innovation of online technology. The grant, “Virtual Worlds, Disability, and New Cultures of the Embodied Self” is in collaboration with co-principal investigator Tom Boellstorff at the University of California, Irvine for a combined total of $378,040.

Associate Professor Gabriela Martínez is a UO Wayne Morse Center Resident Scholar.

Instructor Kathryn Kuttis was voted as best professor in the Daily Emerald’s Best of 2015.

Professor Carol Stabile won the UO Senate Wayne Westling Award, which recognizes a member of the University of Oregon community who has demonstrated outstanding and long-term leadership and service to the university.

Professor Kim Sheehan and Associate Professor Gabriela Martínez won the 2015-16 UO Faculty Excellence Award. The award recognize “UO faculty performing at the forefront of research and discovery” and recognize “academic excellence in our finest tenured faculty.”

Knight Chair in Communication Research and Professor Janet Wasko won the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy at the International Communication Association conference. Presented by ICA’s Philosophy of Communication and Communication Law and Policy Divisions, the award recognizes highly influential scholarship that “opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research” on “the interrelations between media, markets and democracy.”

Assistant Professor Nicole Dahmen received a 2015 UO Faculty Seed Grant to fund her project, “Media Framing of Marriage Equality.”

Senior Instructor Mark Blaine, MS ’00, earned a fellowship to attend the 2015 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

The SOJC, under the direction of Assistant Professor Ed Madison, PhD ’12, and Senior Instructor Mark Blaine, MS ’00, was awarded a $35,000 micro-grant in the 2015–16 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Eleven grants were awarded to 13 US universities to seed collaborative news experiments in their communities. SOJC students will use this project, titled “Don’t Wait for the Quake,” as a vessel to measure how journalism can affect Oregonians’ attitudes toward earthquake preparedness. This live-news experiment will partner journalism students with Oregon Public Broadcasting to produce a live-televised town meeting, using an innovative app called Harvis, to measure audience and viewer attitudes and intended actions.

Deborah Morrison, Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor in Advertising and advertising area director, received the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Associate Professor Héctor Tobar received the 2015 AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize.

The SOJC was the only academic unit to receive the UO’s 2015 Equity and Inclusion Innovation Award, recognizing the school’s commitment to strengthening its diversity efforts.

Karla Kennedy, scholastic journalism outreach coordinator, received the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the University of Oregon for her achievements that exemplify the ideals set forth by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and for her outstanding contributions to the equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts at Oregon.