Transportation and Construction Notice

Construction for UO’s Lundquist College of Business is officially underway in Portland. As this construction is adjacent to the White Stag Block, please use caution when crossing streets and using the sidewalks in this area. Keep in mind that this construction has caused heavy traffic in Naito Parkway that is causing delays and parking is limited. Please consider this when making your travel plans and commute to and from the venue. We strongly recommend using public transportation if possible. Check out our Location page for more information.

Here is a link to public parking lots in Downtown Portland.

Pedestrian traffic increases on Saturdays due to the Portland Saturday World Market.


For any other travel or conference logistics questions, please email Erika Vogt, SOJC Project Manager at or (503) 412-3693.

Featured Speakers and Presentations

KEN DOCTOR2015 Johnston Lecture featuring
Ken Doctor from Newsonomics
Five Truths, Four Paradoxes and The Long Road Ahead
Thursday, April 9 at 5:30pm
University of Oregon – Portland, Room 142/144
Lecture is free and open to the public followed by a panel discussion with the storytellers



Community-Driven Storytelling
Laura Lo Forti, Michael Premo, & Elaine McMillion
Friday, April 10 at 7:00pm
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum
Screening of Hollow, Sandy Storyline, and NPMTC Vanport Multimedia Project

Saturday Plenary Speakers


 “Radical Media Ethics: Creating a Digital Ethics”
Stephen Ward, Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics, University of British Columbia



“The Rise and Fall of Hegemonic Journalism”
John Nerone, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Live Streaming and Video Recording

The Johnston Lecture and daily plenaries will be live streamed during the conference. These videos will also be made available on this site after the conference has concluded.

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What Is Journalism?

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Journalism 

University of Oregon / George S. Turnbull Center / Portland, Oregon

April 9-11, 2015


Who is a journalist?

What is journalism these days, and what is the future of journalism?

Where are consumers obtaining breaking news and other journalism?

Why is journalism still relevant in a digital environment?

How are digital technologies changing journalism, how are changes in journalism influencing technological developments and how are the Internet and other new media changing the role of journalism and the journalism industry’s models of production, distribution and consumption?

Content called journalism is now produced using a wide range of digital technologies, distributed instantaneously via the Internet, mobile devices, and other platforms, and experienced at the convenience of consumers. Change is everywhere. With these alterations, can it be argued that journalism remains as significant as ever?

The conference features a unique coalescing of journalism professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as engaged community groups and the public.  The event features keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and productions, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of journalism.

*New* Preliminary Program is online!

For more information, please contact:

Janet Wasko ( or Peter Laufer (, 

School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon