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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. 

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PDX Digital Publishing Workshop: Ed Madison and Shan Anderson

In partnership with Adobe Systems, University of Oregon Academic Extension and the School of    Journalism and Communication, professors Ed Madison and Shan Anderson will be leading “Digital Publishing Experience” at the Turnbull Center Portland, Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14.

The Digital Publishing Experience is an immersive three-day weekend workshop for professionals in     higher education who seek to expand their skills beyond print publishing. Participants will learn how to use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to create digital publications for the iPad and other mobile devices.  The workshop covers page design, layout, interactivity basics, integrating still and video and final publishing. It is open to faculty, staff and grad students.

   Madison and Anderson have been recognized nationally for advising award winning, digital publication OR Magazine: the first student publication at any university to produce a magazine for the iPad. This year marks OR Magazines fourth year of operation.

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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.



Journalism Jumpstart Helping High School Journalism Students Advance Skills

This June-July, twenty Oregon high school students will complete Journalism Jumpstart, a half-day, three-week intensive program, through the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) and the Northwest Scholastic Press Association.

Journalism Jumpstart affords high school journalism students the opportunity to learn about and sharpen their journalistic skills. This is the second year of the program, the first called Journalism Jumpstart. It is based at the University of Oregon’s George S. Turnbull Center in downtown Portland.

“The goal of the program is for students to have completed ready-to-publish articles,” said Dr. Karla Kennedy, SOJC’s Scholastic Journalism Outreach coordinator. “We really want to coach them and give them tools that they can take back to their high school journalism programs. It might even get them interested in attending the SOJC for college.”

Brigid Kelly, a rising senior at Jesuit High School in Beaverton, said her time at Journalism Jumpstart will help her improve her school’s journalism.

“The college-level performance taught by Dr. Kennedy helps us to acquire advanced skills that we can take back to our high school newspaper,” said Kelly.

SOJC graduates Simone Myers ‘14 and Symone Sparrow ‘14 helped coach the students through assignments focused on interviewing, feature writing, news packaging, copywriting and editing.

“It feels good to be able to help these high school students with journalism,” said Myers. “There weren’t any programs like this around when I was in high school.”

Students enrolled in Portland Public Schools (PPS) will be eligible to participate in the Earning Proficiency Credit for Work, Volunteering, Internship or other Extended Learning Experience program. All other students will receive a certificate of completion.

Details: Dr. Karla Kennedy,

- Symone Sparrow ‘14



The Portland Workshop gives Journalism Students an Advanced Look into Professional Multimedia Storytelling

In the classrooms and lecture halls of Allen Hall, SOJC students dream of what it’s like to work in a professional environment, and to produce work at it’s highest level.

That dream became a reality for 18 SOJC students this June at the George S. Turnbull Center at  UO-Portland during the second annual Portland Workshop: Advanced Multimedia Storytelling.

Created last year by the Master’s in Multimedia Journalism co-directors Sung Park and Wes Pope, The Portland Workshop gives students an inside look at professional-level multimedia storytelling. Working in teams led by coaches with a wealth of professional experience, SOJC undergraduate and Multimedia Journalism Master’s students spent three and a half days producing multimedia pieces focusing on civic engagement.

The Workshop kicked off last Wednesday with a reception where the coaches from around the country presented their work. Armed with the understanding of what they needed to succeed, the teams broke off to develop their plans of action.

For the next three days, before the teams hit the streets to film, they received insightful feedback on their personal work from all the coaches. During the day, the groups worked around the clock to shoot and edit their stories with the theme: Making a Difference. Pope said, “We hope our storytelling can shed light on the great work going on in our community, and in turn, inspire others to make a difference.” Trailers and rough-cuts are currently being polished and will be co-published with OPB by the end of July.

As with everything at the J-School, teamwork was a vital part of the experience. “We teach you to be an effective member of a team,” Said Sung Park. “Everywhere from generating the story idea, to field production, to editing as a team.”

Participants also had access to state-of-the-art equipment to help them tell their stories. Teams used tools such as a Sony camera capable of shooting 240 frames per second in HD, and a remote controlled helicopter to film aerial shots.  However, the workshop is not only about the innovative methods and equipment; it’s about what the storyteller does with it.

To see photographs and the trailers of the work produced, visit

For more information about the Master’s in Multimedia Journalism Program at the University of Oregon – Portland, please contact Jered Nagel at