UO SOJC associate professor Scott Maier was one of six members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) who was awarded the prestigious Scripps Howard Visiting Professor in Social Media.

Scott Maier is an associate professor of University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He is a 20-year newspaper veteran during which he covered city hall, the state legislature, Latin America and other news beats. He co-founded an industry-academic partnership providing training in computer-assisted reporting called CAR Northwest. Maier is a prominent researcher on media numeracy and accuracy. Meanwhile, Maier conducts newsroom math and fact checking.

“When I made the switch 15 years ago from reporting to teaching, social media wasn’t even a part of the newsroom vocabulary,” Maier said. I now look forward to bringing to the classroom first-hand experience with the leading ways that journalists use social media to gather and deliver the news.”

According to the Scripps Howard news release, the applications for the Scripps Howard Visiting Professor in Social Media were reviewed by an AEJMC panel who scored applicants based on the value/need of the program for the applicant, impact of the visit on the applicant’s home campus, strength of ideas for the professional’s visit and the overall quality of the application.

The grants, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and administered by AEJMC, provide faculty with the opportunity to travel to different media outlets for two weeks during the summer where they experience first-hand how these media outlets are using social media to deliver and enhance their communications. Faculty are then able to take their updated skills back to their classrooms where they can share with students what they have learned. “Even better, the Scripps Howard grant provides funds to bring a top news professional to SOJC to serve as a journalist in residence,” Maier said. The second phase of the program funds the travel of an outlet representative to UO campus for a three to five-day visit.

The grant provides funding for Maier’s travel, housing and other expenses for the two-week summer visit to a media outlet. Professor Maier will explore with the other five winners how social media platforms are transforming the communications industry.

Megan Ganim, ’16 Public Relations