Journalism

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Journalism that makes a difference.

The Journalism Sequence prepares its majors to research, report and communicate news and narrative non-fiction stories across a broad range of media platforms, including broadcast television, film, video, print, radio and online media. But whether in print or online, in words or multimedia presentation, the focus is on stories that engage audiences and make a difference in people’s lives. Because informed public discourse is the lifeblood of democracy, the journalism sequence holds that accurate reporting, responsible analysis, and other traditional values are perhaps more important than ever in today’s evolving media landscape.

Although preparing students for their first jobs is a part of what we do, we are more concerned with the long view, with preparing tomorrow’s media leaders for influential and fulfilling careers. We offer a unified identity focused on two enduring journalistic functions: news and narrative. Both short and long forms of journalism are explored in various platforms. We are more excited about journalism’s future than its past. We enthusiastically embrace the goal of preparing students for an increasingly online multimedia workplace. We are committed to curricula on the leading edge of journalism, from introductory courses through our capstone courses: Flux, Mosaic, the Oregon Documentary Project and Oregon News.

Faculty

Journalism Coordinator: Mark Blaine.  Principal Faculty: Scott Maier, John Russial, Peter Laufer, Jon Palfreman, Sung Park, Dan Morrison, Carol Ann Bassett, Tom Wheeler, Dan Miller, Gabriela Martinez, Bill Ryan, Alex Tizon, Lisa Heyamoto,  Lauren Kessler, Julianne Newton, Kyu Ho Youm, Timothy Gleason.

All members of the journalism faculty have had a distinguished professional media experience, ranging from significant careers with metropolitan dailies and national magazines to work as television anchors and documentary film-making. Most hold a doctoral degree and conduct research of value to media practitioners and scholars alike. In addition, faculty routinely consult with news organizations with common interests in professional practices and recruitment. Adjunct faculty, used primarily to teach introductory reporting classes, are experienced newspaper reporters or editors.

Elective courses

 The Journalism sequence provides a solid array of foundational courses, including newspaper editing, feature writing and editing, photojournalism, reporting for electronic media, and multi-media reporting. A palate of specialty courses are routinely offered, including environmental writing, computer-assisted reporting (aka “power journalism”), cyberjournalism, writing for the arts, and international journalism.

Capstone courses

The student magazine, Flux, continues its long tradition of national honors for its writing, editing, photography and design. Flux magazine, which has been produced by SOJC students since 1994, Flux has won more than 200 awards, including ten Pacemaker awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and just as many Gold Medal awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. But more than garnering distinction, Flux provides the opportunity for dozens of undergraduate journalism students to participate in all aspects of magazine production, from freelance writing and design to competitively chosen editing positions. 

News Lab provides journalism majors the opportunity to report and produce news stories for professional news organizations. Students provide multi-media stories posted at KVAL.com, the online edition of a leading local television station. Students also wrote and photographed a series of stories published in the print and online editions of the Oregonian.

Students participating in The Oregon Documentary Project year after year produce documentaries that are aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting and earn regional Emmy awards and honors from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences National College Television Awards. Oregon News, a live, weekly news program telecast on regional cable, provides students the opportunity to be involved with all aspects of television news production, from reporting to studio supervision. Advanced Copy Editing gives students professional-level experience with a broad range of skills in newspaper editing and design.