Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, will speak at 4:00 p.m. TODAY in the EMU Ballroom on the UO campus. Reporting students who will meet with Baron earlier in the day are planning to liveblog and tweet their conversation. Here’s how you can join the class.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron speaks and answers questions in an SOJC Reporting 1 class today before the Ruhl Lecture. To follow the class, which meets from 2:30 to 3:30:

Also on the liveblog page, you can follow the Twitter posts that have the hashtag #SOJCBaron, or you can follow them at http://search.twitter.com using that same hashtag.

Suzi Steffen, SOJC instructor and Eugene Weekly performing and visual arts editor, is teaching the class and moderating the comments during the class.

About the lecture:

The number of journalists on newsroom payrolls is shrinking. Yet the demand for top-quality news coverage of urban communities may be higher than ever. How should a major metropolitan newspaper choose what to cover and what to abandon? Can it fulfill its community responsibilities as it contends with crushing financial pressures?

Those and other questions will be explored on Thursday, April 2 as Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, delivers the School of Journalism and Communication’s annual Ruhl Lecture in the EMU Ballroom on the UO campus. Baron began his career at the Miami Herald in 1976 and later moved to the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times before he returned to the Herald as executive editor. In 2001, he moved to Boston to serve as the Globe’s editor. Baron graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University in 1976 with both a B.A. and an M.B.A.

Baron brings to campus decades of experience in leadership roles at several of the nation’s great newspapers and “the view from Ground Zero,” notes SOJC Associate Professor John Russial. “As editor of the Globe, he has had to pilot a major metropolitan newspaper through the most turbulent economic waters newspapers have faced in the modern era.”

The SOJC’s annual Ruhl Lecture is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert W. Ruhl, a deeply respected Oregon newspaperman. Ruhl, who died in 1967, was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail Tribune. He performed his duties with a high sense of responsibility to the public and with uncompromising ethics.

The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment was created in 1973 and 1974 by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow. Mabel Ruhl specified that the income from the Endowment be used to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the media and the SOJC. The concept of an annual Ruhl Symposium grew out of this directive. The Symposium brings a well-known American journalist to campus to deliver a public lecture on an issue of significance for contemporary journalism.