Here’s a selection of student-run groups and agencies geared toward students in the SOJC journalism major. Joining a student organization is a great way to get professional development, add professional-level work to your portfolio, engage in hands-on learning, and network with leaders in your field. You can find more information on the groups’ websites and social media channels or by contacting faculty advisors.
Association for Women in Sports Media
The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) is a national professional organization that supports and advocates for women in sports writing, editing, broadcast, production, public relations, and media relations. Its goal is to promote and increase diversity in sports media. Our UO student chapter, like the national organization, welcomes members of any gender.
What started as a creative experiment for a few SOJC students has grown into a collective of 40+ UO students and alumni working to improve their communities by creating videos, art, and campaigns around social issues. Our contributors are currently based in Eugene, Brooklyn, Portland, and Los Angeles, but we're constantly broadening our perspectives. Let’s link, build, and grow.
The Daily Emerald
The Daily Emerald is an award-winning newsroom that publishes a weekly newspaper and DailyEmerald.com, a real-time, 24/7 news website. With a focus on investigative reporting, campus news coverage, and community features, the Daily Emerald staff works hard to keep the university community informed about the day’s happenings and the issues that affect students every day. The newsroom—part of Emerald Media Group, an independent, student-run media business in Eugene—employs about 100 student reporters, editors, designers, photographers, and web developers. To apply, go to the Daily Emerald website.
DuckTV is the UO’s premier student-run television network, comprised of more than 100 students. We produce creative entertainment television and cover local news and sports. The students are in charge of editing, filming, writing, acting, directing, producing, advertising, social media, and more. DuckTV is a great place to gain valuable portfolio work while receiving hands-on training in a cooperative environment. Students must audition for entry.
Emerald Essentials is a lifestyle publishing group run out of the business offices of Emerald Media Group, an independent, student-run media business in Eugene. Essentials staff creates original content, native content, and sponsored content that is published online and in a variety of business-focused special sections.
Emerald Photo Booth
Emerald Photo Booth is an event photography service run through Emerald Media Group, an independent, student-run media business in Eugene. It shoots photos for Greek houses, student groups, and UO departments. Photographers and students interested in gaining management, entrepreneurial, and business experience should inquire.
Emerald Studios is Emerald Media Group’s advertising and marketing video production department. Emerald Studios creates promotional videos, mini-docs, and custom video projects for UO departments, student groups, and small local businesses.
Envision is a student-run environmental publication. The magazine aims to educate students on environmental issues and inspire them to live more sustainably. Envision publishes several print editions each year as well as online content.
Ethos magazine is a nationally recognized, award-winning, independent, student-run publication. Since its inception as Korean Ducks Magazine in 2005, Ethos has worked hard to share a campus cultural spirit with its readership throughout the UO and the Eugene community. The publication joined Emerald Media Group in 2016 and continues to expand its offerings. SOJC students are encouraged to apply for employment.
Flux is the SOJC’s award-winning flagship publication. The annual magazine covers a different theme each year and features stories about people and places in the Pacific Northwest. The staff typically includes 25–30 students, who perform such roles as editor, feature writer, designer, photographer, and videographer. Students gain hands-on experience reporting and producing multimedia feature stories in the field and add an award-winning print publication to their portfolio. Students must apply, and if accepted, they must register for J575 Flux Production for 1–5 credits in winter and spring term.
IR Futures is a student organization focused on business and financial communications. The group investigates emerging trends in corporate and financial public relations, investor relations, issues management, and public affairs. Members attend monthly meetings, sponsor workshops, and volunteer their time to broaden student understanding of the capital markets and personal finance issues that impact the community. We invite distinguished speakers from the financial sector to campus to facilitate an exchange of ideas and foster professional development among members. IR Futures is one of a small number of student investor relations organizations in the nation.
Journalist/Photographer Exploration Group
The Journalist/Photographer Exploration Group (JPEG) provides the space and transportation for photographers and journalists of all skill levels to practice their craft. Through smaller-scale outings to local photo spots, larger-scale trips to popular vistas, promotion of our photographers via social media, and the creation of an inclusive, creative group environment, JPEG opens up opportunities for anyone interested in photography, journalism, or just exploring what Oregon has to offer.
KWVA 88.1 FM
The KWVA student-run radio station is a voice for students and a place to gain broadcast, production, and operation experience in a hands-on broadcast facility. Volunteer student and community on-air personalities program their own shows over FM radio and streamed on the internet, including music, sports, news, and talk programming.
National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students, and media professionals that provides quality programs and services to, and advocates on behalf of, black journalists worldwide. It is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
As the first chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) on the northwest coast, our UO chapter looks to be a voice and conduit for other voices throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest by combining research, practice, and a drive for LGBTQ equality in and outside the media.
National Press Photographers Association
The UO student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is dedicated to visual journalism and its advancement, creation, practice, training, editing, and distribution in all news media. The student chapter hosts workshops and events on and off campus focusing on building skills in visual journalism.
OR Magazine is an innovative, interactive, student-produced digital magazine designed for the web and mobile devices. The award-winning annual publication features stories about Oregon’s intriguing people and eclectic culture. The staff typically includes 20 students who serve as co-editors, writers, photographers, designers, and videographers. All students gain hands-on experience reporting and producing multimedia feature stories in the field. OR Magazine is offered every spring term and requires instructor consent. Students register for J469 for 4 credits.
Social Media Club
The Social Media Club is a student-led group that meets biweekly to discuss how modern communicators use social media to achieve a specific goal or solve a problem. We invite guest speakers from agencies and organizations to share and educate students about their work experiences.