Meet our Multimedia Journalism Master's Program Alumni

Graduates of our program regularly land video journalism and multimedia journalist jobs at well-known companies and nonprofits across Portland and the nation, from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Oregon Public Broadcasting to Blue Chalk Media, Muse Storytelling, and Intel. They create award-winning documentaries, edit 360-degree video, cover breaking news, start their own production companies, and so much more. Many photojournalists graduate from our program as well. Explore a few of their stories below.

Few people are lucky enough to have a day job or a side gig that allows them to accomplish good in the community while living out their creative dreams. Sommer Martin ’17, who has a master’s degree in multimedia journalism, has both.
Erika Bolstad ’20 came to the Multimedia Journalism Master’s program to learn how to make documentaries. Her first film, which solved a family mystery, started as her capstone project.
Maia Laperle is a reporter, moderator and lead podcast producer. She’s also hyper-creative, charismatic and committed to keeping communities informed.
Driven by intertwined passions for authentic human connection and advocating for human rights, Whitney Gomes is an instructor who uses drone cinematography to elevate social causes.
The first SOJC grad to get a master’s in both strategic communication and multimedia journalism, Tiara Darnell parlayed her skills into a successful career in podcast production.
Ashley Baker started out in the chemistry lab, but she discovered a passion for telling people’s stories in and around science and pursued a Multimedia Journalism Master’s degree.
Allyson Woodard never anticipated that a master’s degree in multimedia journalism would lead to an exciting career producing exhibits at a science museum.
Thomas Patterson put his keen eye for storytelling to work on his terminal project for the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps en route to his Multimedia Journalism Master’s degree.