Mark Blaine, senior instructor and journalism area director for the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), will head to Arizona State University January 4–8, 2015, along with a group of 12 faculty members from around the U.S., to attend the 2015 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. The fellowship is designed for those “interested in introducing entrepreneurial concepts and practices into their teaching of journalism.”
The five-day institute will immerse participants in the concepts and practice of entrepreneurship. Held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix, the institute is led by Dan Gillmor, author of Mediactive and an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship. Gillmor will be joined by entrepreneurs, investors and Cronkite faculty.
“I’m hoping to apply ideas from the entrepreneurial journalism institute to ongoing science and environmental reporting projects at the SOJC,” Blaine says. “There are some great opportunities for exploring networks of people who have close connections to science—whether they be the scientists, the policy makers or constituents—and there’s a lot of room to build new ways of communicating that work and making it useful for a broader range of people.”
Blaine was selected for the highly competitive fellowship after submitting his application, along with a statement of intent and a letter of recommendation from interim Edwin L. Artzt Dean Julie Newton.
“This is exciting news for the SOJC and for Mark,” says Newton. “This is another example of how our faculty are on the forefront of media entrepreneurship and are leading the conversation about the future of journalism.”
Blaine is the second SOJC faculty member selected for this prestigious fellowship. Assistant Professor Ed Madison was a fellow in the inaugural institute in 2012.
“Mark Blaine is a perfect selection for the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute,” Madison says. “As a former participant, I was able to bring back insights that have informed my teaching and our courses.”