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George S. Turnbull Center

The Turnbull Center Graduate Programs, located at the White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St. Floor 3R, boosts careers by equipping professionals with new skills, broader understanding, and innovative thinking- all in an exciting urban environment. Our Portland-based graduate programs are intellectually challenging and relentlessly practical, preparing students to be innovators and leaders in the working world. They connect students with top professionals in the state's biggest media market, expose them to the latest in thinking and technology, and give them acess to world-class faculty members. Night and weekend classes allow professionals to complete a master's degree while working full time. 


Design Week Portland!

The George S. Turnbull Portland Center hosted an Open House Tuesday, October 7th. Potential students and visitors learn about our professional master's programs in Multimedia Journalism and Stragetic Communication. Thanks for coming!

A detailed map about the other NW Open House Locations is here



 Digital Skills Workshop Online Tutorial for HS Teachers

As high schools adopt the Oregon Common Core State Standards (CCSS), educators are struggling to provide creative approaches that are needed to meet the CCSS’ call for students to be able to “gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas” and to “analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms.”

Ed Madison, assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), took on that challenge in July. He and a team facilitated the Digital Skills Workshop—a week-long video journalism workshop for a cohort of students at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Ore. They documented the process so that educators could later replicate on their own and satisfy the CCSS requirements.

The workshop explored a new model for instructional learning that blends tutorials with documentary storytelling.

The Digital Skills Workshop curriculum showed educators how to bring digital storytelling into their classrooms, step-by-step. Video modules allowed visitors to follow the narrative arc of three featured students as they brainstormed and selected their stories, planed shot lists and interview questions, scheduled time with their subjects, conducted on-camera interviews, filmed their subjects in action, edited their footage, and finally, shared their finished videos with their families and peers. The website also featured a downloadable teacher’s guide.

The Workshop explores a new model for instructional learning that blends tutorials with documentary storytelling.

“We all love a good story,” Madison says. “This approach to teacher training engages educators in the stories of students who are also learning. It completes the circle.”

The project was funded through a civic engagement grant offered by the Wayne Morse Center For Law And Politics, the SOJC donated iPod Touch devices, microphones, lens kits and a charging station for Roosevelt to keep after the workshop ended.

Karla Kennedy, the SOJC’s Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator, said that journalism can increase new avenues of self-expression that enhance students’ learning.

“Once someone has a voice, they take a stronger stake in their education,” Kennedy said.

Since the Digital Skills Workshop website went live, Madison has seen a positive response from the high school teachers.

 “We’re already hearing from teachers that after watching the modules they are less intimidated about introducing digital storytelling into their curriculums,” Madison said. “This is a learning model that can be replicated and applied in numerous ways.”

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University of Oregon NABJ takes Boston


July 29, 2014: Two University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication students Michaela Gilmer and Kelsy Alston, two alumni, Simone Myers and Symone Sparrow and the Scholastic Journalism Coordinator, Dr. Karla Kennedy, boarded a red-eye to represent SOJC during the annual National Association of Black Journalists Career Fair and Convention.

“This was my first time attending the convention and it was great to have so many resources dedicated to journalism and communication professionals, especially professionals of color,” said Symone Sparrow, a 2014 SOJC graduate. “Being at this conference and recruiting students for the UO opened my eyes to the possibility of attending graduate school. I feel like there is much more to learn about in journalism and communication.”

The four students recruited for the SOJC during the career fair surrounded by other top journalism schools such as Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Columbia University and Harvard. While the other schools had a lot of foot traffic due to their nearby locations on the east coast, the SOJC table had a lot of visitors, thanks to The Duck. “People on the east coast don’t see The Duck as much as we do, so the mini rubber ducks were a big hit. We could have given them all out on the first day,” said, Dr. Karla Kennedy. "We showed our Oregon pride, wearing UO t-shirts, which really grabbed a lot of people’s attention, and was a big conversation starter.” Attendees were excited to see the University of Oregon in the mix. Assistant professor of Multimedia Journalism, Ed Madison was also at the convention to recruit potential staff and faculty. Having the University of Oregon at NABJ this year strengthens our goal to increase diversity, allowing our students the opportunity network with other schools, and build community within UO - NABJ.