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Damian Radcliffe

Professor of Practice, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism
Phone: 541-346-7643
Office: 201 Allen Hall
City: Eugene
Research Interests: digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, evolution of journalism, Middle East tech, media policy


Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, an affiliate faculty member of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA) and the Agora Journalism Center, and a Research Associate of the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR), at the University of Oregon.

Alongside holding the Chambers Chair at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), he is also a three-time Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies (JOMEC), and a life fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy, and teaching positions for the past two and a half decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio). 

Damian continues to be an active journalist, writing monthly columns for ZDNet (Red Ventures) and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the University of Missouri. He also writes regular features for the International Journalists' Network (IJNet), What's New in Publishing, and other outlets. Damian writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution - and practice - of journalism.

These themes are also at the heart of the Demystifying Media speaker series, which Damian curates. He launched the series in January 2016, with the goal of bringing leading academics and industry professionals to the SOJC. To date, more than 40 experts have participated in the program.

Outside of this series, Damian has chaired sessions, provided training, and spoken at events, around the world including: North America (New York, Portland, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, Albany; New York, Nashville, Topeka, Toronto, Chicago and Washington D.C.), UK (London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cardiff, Belfast, Bristol), Europe (Paris, Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna, Barcelona, Istanbul, Ankara, Amsterdam, Perugia, various cities in Germany) and the Middle East (Doha and Dubai), and virtually for events in Asia, South and Latin America. 

He has been interviewed, and had his work on these topics, featured in leading trade publications such as Harvard's Nieman Lab, Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), Poynter, PBS MediaShift, Editor & Publisher, CNN's Reliable Sources, the Reuters Insitute for the Study of Journalsm and the American Press Institute. As a media commentator, he has been featured in articles by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, NPR, Monocle magazine, Esquire Italia, and Agence France-Presse (AFP) and on ESPN, NPR's Marketplace, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and the BBC World Service. 

Before joining the University of Oregon in 2015, Damian previous employers include: The Local Radio Company, BBC, the NGO Volunteering Matters, Ofcom (the UK communications regulator), and Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). 

He has also written, spoken to, or provided consulting services, for a wide range of additional industry and academic organizations, such as: Abramis Academic Publishing, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, Association of Information and Communication Media (AMIC, Spain), BBC Academy, BBC Media Action, BBC Monitoring, BBC World Service, Canvas8, Carnegie UK Trust, Cass Business School, Centre for Research on Communities and Culture, City University London, Cognizant, Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), The Conversation, Crowd DNA, Digital Content Next, Editor & Publisher, Eyewitness Media Hub, Facebook, FIPP, First Draft, FJUM (forum journalism and media, Vienna), German-American Institutes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, IBC Content Everywhere, Interional Journalists' Network (IJNET),, JustHere, LION Publishers, Media Development Investment Fund, MediaShift, Middle East Broadcast Network, NESTA, New Media Academy, Nieman Lab, Northwestern University in Qatar, nuviun, Online Journalism Blog, Qatar Today, Street Fight, TEDx Reset (Turkey), TheMediaBriefing, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, Routledge, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, What's New in Publishing, World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), the United Nations and Your Middle East.

Other outlets to feature Damian's work include: BBC College of Journalism and BBC Academy (35 bylines), The Conversation (9 bylines), Digital Content Next (6 bylines), Huffington Post (12 bylines), International Journalists' Network/IJNet (22 bylines) and prior to their closure - PBS MediaShift (14 bylines) and TheMediaBriefing (35 bylines). Additional bylines can also be found in Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), Harvard's Nieman LabPoynter and elsewhere.

Find out more about him on his website.


  • MA (Oxon), University of Oxford
  • BA, Modern History, University of Oxford


Radcliffe’s research focuses on the usage of social media and wider trends in local media, technology, the business of media, and journalism innovation.


For more details of Radcliffe’s writing, media mentions, interviews, and presentations, please visit his website.

Industry Report and Books


Book Chapters


Selected Presentations/Conference Speaking

Honors and Awards:

  • Agora Journalism Center, Faculty Innovation Fellow, 2021-22
  • Member, Provost's Teaching Academy, University of Oregon, 2021+
  • KnightNews Innovation Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, 2021-22
  • Fellow, Solutions Journalism Educators Academy, 2021
  • Fellow, Career Readiness CAIT (Communities Accelerating the Impact of Teaching), University of Oregon, 2020-21
  • COVID-19 Research Innovation Award, University of Oregon, 2020
  • Fellow, OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Fellowship Program, 2020-21 (delayed due to COVID-19)
  • Fellow, Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, 2019
  • Agora Journalism Center, Faculty Innovation Fellow, 2018-19
  • Summer Teaching Fellow Program, Future Today Institute, 2018
  • U.S. Government sponsored, seven-day speaking tour of German-American Institutes in southern Germany, supported by the Economic Security and Global Affairs team at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, November 2017
  • Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, 2016 - Present
  • Agora Journalism Center, Faculty Innovation Fellow, 2016-17
  • College Radio Day Advisory Board 2014+
  • Top 1% most viewed content, globally,, 2013 and 2014
  • Next Generation Leaders Program, Internet Society (ISOC) 2013
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, 2012 - Present
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, 2008 - Present

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business of Media
  • Community journalism
  • Hyperlocal media
  • Social media
  • Technology in the Middle East


A selection of Damian's syllabi, published student work and other teaching related materials can be found here.