student using award winning websiteThe University of Oregon’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) received the 2015 Silver Award for websites from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the Global Research interactive map project produced by OR Media, the in-house video production team for the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC).

The award-winning website features an interactive map in which users can hover over countries and view profiles of UO faculty who have done research in those areas. The profiles explain the research of the faculty member and offers photos and videos of their work. The project was featured and presented to the public during the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships held at historic Hayward Field in July 2014.

CASE is an international membership association whose mission is to advance and support educational institutions and works to establish the importance of education worldwide.

“We feel honored to have had the opportunity to contribute to OIA’s research map and give our students a unique, hands-on learning experience in studio production and editing,” says OR Media Project Assistant Maya Lazaro.

The OIA reached out to Mark Blaine, SOJC senior instructor and journalism area director, and Ed Madison, assistant professor and media partnership coordinator, last year about the possibility of partnering on the project. OIA asked the SOJC to create short video profiles of UO faculty, graduate students and staff who were engaged in international research, activities and projects.

Student producers from OR Media assisted Madison and Blaine in recording and editing 176 interviews over the course of the 2014 winter and spring terms. The team used Allen Hall’s Chambers Electronic Media Center (CEMC) for the production space.

OR Media is a team of digital creatives based within the SOJC who are dedicated to challenging the boundaries of traditional storytelling.

“Projects like the global map give our students opportunities to gain professional experience while contributing to telling the stories of UO’s scholarly achievements,” says Madison. “The project is a bold, visual tapestry, capturing the breadth of the exciting UO research taking place around the world.”

The videos were into faculty profile pages that appear when a user selects a given country on the map. Two interactive touchscreens housing the map are located on campus: one is installed in the Living Learning Center, and the other is installed in the Global Scholars Hall, as well as online.

behind-the-scenes video about the project, demonstrating how the map works, is available online.

The University of Oregon is part of the CASE District VIII, a region that includes schools from the U.S. Pacific Northwest and west Canada. District awards honor everything from annual reports to websites, distinguished service to new professionals, and everything in between.

Story by Chloe Rask.