What is Journalism imagePortland, Ore. – What is journalism and what is the future of journalism? Who is a journalist? Where do consumers obtain news? Why is journalism still relevant in a digital environment? How are digital technologies changing journalism?

Join journalism and communication academics and practitioners as they explore these questions and more at the What is Journalism? conference, April 9-11, hosted by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), in partnership with the SOJC Agora Journalism Center, the Knight Foundation and the Bosch Foundation.

The three-day event, held at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center, will kick off with the SOJC’s annual Johnston Lecture on Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. Ken Doctor, founder of Newsonomics, will present “Five Truths, Four Paradoxes and The Long Road Ahead,” followed by the conference opening reception.

Highlights for Friday include a live broadcast of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud,” and screenings of documentaries by community-driven storytellers at the Northwest Film Center.

Conference speakers include:
Lindsey Green-Barber – Media Impact Analyst, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Sven Haakanson – Anthropologist, 2007 MacArthur Genius Fellow
Evan Hansen – Head of Content Labs, Medium
Elaine McMillion Sheldon – Digital Storyteller, 2013 Peabody Award winner
John Nerone – Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stephen Ward – Media Ethicist

The conference will conclude with the #THISisJournalism session followed by the closing reception. The #THISisJournalism session will include pieces from a current social media campaign project titled #THISisjournalism and draw from event discussions.

The What is Journalism? conference is open to the public. The registration fee is $50 for the public and $10 for students and includes all sessions and screenings and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Online registration is open until Monday, March 30.


About the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s Johnston Lecture Series: The Johnston Lecture brings professionals to the school for campus lectures, workshops, and discussions with students, faculty members, and members of the community. It honors Dick Johnston, a gifted magazine editor, writer, and war correspondent who devoted himself to high-quality journalism.

About the #THISisJournalism social media campaign: UO School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center invites media professionals and the public to use the hashtag #THISisJournalism on their favorite social network to identify media work that serves the functions of journalism from unexpected places. We encourage highlighting work outside the obvious places of mainstream media. Examples of traditional media engaging with stories and communities in new ways are also welcome. The #THISisJournalism webpage serves as the collection of these posts.

About the UO School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country and an international leader in scholarship and education in advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations. With a student enrollment of 2,200, the SOJC offers doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degree programs that challenge students to become productive scholars, ethical communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in a global society.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Pinkston, UO School of Journalism and Communication, 541-346-2897, pinkston@uoregon.edu.