Andrew DeVigal

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  • Title: Director, UO-SOJC's Agora Journalism Center
  • Additional Title: Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement / Professor of Practice
  • Phone: 503-412-3677
  • Office: 366E Turnbull Center, SOJC Portland
  • City: Portland
  • Interests: community-centered journalism, multimedia storytelling

Biography

Andrew DeVigal holds the endowed chair in journalism innovation and civic engagement and is the director of the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication. The center energizes research, teaching, and learning to foster pathways for public participation and transform how communicators and journalists inform and relate with their communities. DeVigal is also the co-director of the school’s Masters in Multimedia Journalism program where he teaches community engagement and non-fiction visual storytelling. A constant connector and bridge builder, DeVigal’s leadership at the school has led to industry-recognized initiatives such as Gather, a platform to support community-minded journalists, and the Doers Gathering, a toolkit to drive community-driven solutions addressing pressing local issues. Prior to joining the UofO, DeVigal was the multimedia editor at The New York Times where he directed the multimedia team and conceived and produced ground-breaking story forms and processes that continue to shape the industry today.

Education

BS, Computer Information Systems, San Francisco State University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Engagement and community-centered journalism
  • Innovating and strategizing digital media
  • Synthesizing ideas
  • Bringing together and leading disparate teams
  • Solving problems
  • Telling multimedia and interactive stories
  • Designing experiences with user-first focus
  • Managing projects and fostering a climate of collaboration

Research