MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM FACULTY
LAUREN KESSLER is a narrative journalist, immersion reporter and nonfiction book writer. She is the author of Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Dancing with Rose, Washington Post bestseller Clever Girl, Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club, and Stubborn Twig, an Oregon Book Award winner which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial. As multimedia complements to her most recent book, My Teenage Werewolf, she maintains an active blog and twitter feed and has scripted and produced two video book trailers. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times magazine, O magazine, salon.com, newseek.com and Utne Reader. She directs the MultiMedia Journalism master’s program at the Turnbull Center in Portland.
WES POPE has worked as a photo, video and multimedia journalist for more than 15 years, including work at the San Francisco Chronicle, Rocky Mountain News, Chicago Tribune, Santa Fe New Mexican, The Times of Northwest Indiana, Tri-City Herald and Tacoma News Tribune. He was a staff photographer on the year-long documentary project Chicago In The Year 2000 and was the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant. He recently taught at Northern Arizona University, and studied Documentary Film & History at Syracuse University. He has served as a multimedia coach at workshops including the NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop, the Mountain Workshops, and the Eddie Adams Workshop.
PETER LAUFER’S latest multimedia project is an example of how he adapts his news reporting to as wide a variety of distribution platforms as possible: In 2011 he retraced a trip he took immediately after 9/11 and interviewed many of the Americans he talked with a decade before, using the material for radio reports, newspaper articles, and a documentary film. During his career he's worked as an NBC News correspondent and a multimedia journalist, producing news reports and documentaries for radio and television and creating text and photographs for newspapers and magazines. Laufer's work has been recognized with George Polk, Edward R. Murrow and Robert F. Kennedy awards, among many others. The author of more than a dozen books, he's reported from every continent except the Antarctic.
JON PALFREMAN is a veteran of both UK and U.S. television. He has made more than 40 BBC and PBS one-hour documentaries including the Peabody Award-winning series “The Machine That Changed the World,” the Emmy Award-winning NOVA “Siamese Twins” and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton winner “Harvest of Fear.” A 2006 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, Palfreman is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science science writing prize, three-time winner of the National Association of Science Writers “Science-in-Society” Journalism Award, two-time winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the recipient of the prestigious Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing, and a winner of the Writers Guild Award for best script.
MARK BLAINE specializes in narrative nonfiction – particularly how traditional narrative forms work in networks and how media can use network theory to tell the right story at the right time to the right audience. A former investigative reporter and magazine and newspaper editor, he pursues stories about why people play and why play matters. Blaine developed the undergraduate core curriculum series in Eugene that emphasizes multimedia and multi-platform competency for all students.
SUNG PARK specializes in the use of photography, video and audio for web publication. He worked at the Austin (TX) American-Statesman for 14 years as a staff photographer, multimedia producer and picture editor. Park taught multimedia for 5 years at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University before joining the faculty at the U of O. He has served as faculty and coach to various multimedia workshops including the NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop.
GABRIELA MARTINEZ has extensive international experience producing and directing documentaries that focus on socio-political issues, ethnography and culture. She also works in the production of documentaries for multi-platform use and currently is engaged in developing documentary work for virtual environments such as Second Life and Open Sim.
DAN MORRISON has been a freelance photojournalist since 1982. During his career he has reported from the field in more than five dozen countries, including five war zones. In the summer of 2010 Morrison spend nearly two months as an embedded journalist with a Marine Infantry unit in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Morrison has won several awards, including the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation Lowell Thomas Award.
KIM SHEEHAN, a social media marketing expert, directs the Turnbull-based Master's in Strategic Communication program. Her teaching and research focus on strategic social media (in particular, how small brands can leverage this power to compete with global brands) and sustainability communications (the interpretation and communication of complex social and environmental issues for a range of audiences). She has consulted with several companies on their social media presence, including Genesis Juice and Toby's Family Foods.