Damian Radcliffe

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  • Title: Professor of Practice, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism
  • Phone: 541-346-7643
  • Office: 201 Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: Middle East and North African Studies, SOJC-Journalism
  • Interests: digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, evolution of journalism, Middle East tech, media policy
  • Website: Website
  • Research Website: Research
  • Curriculum Vitae


Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, an affiliate of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), 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 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, and a 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 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 (CBS Interactive), the International Journalists' Network (IJNet) and What's New in Publishing, and frequently appearing in journalism.co.uk and other outlets. He writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution 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: USA (New York, Portland, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, Albany; New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.), UK (London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cardiff, Belfast, Bristol), Europe (Paris, Strasbourg, Vienna, Barcelona, Istanbul, Amsterdam, various cities in Germany) and the Middle East (Doha and Dubai).

Before joining the University of Oregon in 2015, Damian previously worked full-time for The Local Radio Company, BBC, 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 Media Action, BBC Monitoring, BBC World Service, Canvas8, Carnegie UK Trust, Cass Business School, Centre for Research on Communities and Culture (Canterbury University), City University London, Cognizant, European Journalism Observatory, Eyewitness Media Hub, FJUM (forum journalism and media, Vienna), German-American Institutes, The Guardian, IBC Content Everywhere, LION Publishers, Media Development Investment Fund, Middle East Broadcast Network (MBN), NESTA, Northwestern University in Qatar, Online Journalism Blog, Qatar Today, Street Fight, TEDx Reset (Turkey), The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, 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 (8 bylines), Digital Content Next (6 bylines), Huffington Post (12 bylines), IJNet (17 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


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


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

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, OsloMet Digital Journalism Research Fellowship Program, 2020
  • Fellow, Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, 2019
  • Agora Journalism Center faculty fellowship, 2018-19
  • Summer Teaching Fellow Program, Future Today Institute, 2018
  • Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University, 2016+
  • Agora Journalism Center faculty fellowship, 2016-17
  • College Radio Day Advisory Board 2014+
  • Top 1% most viewed content, globally, SlideShare.net, 2013 and 2014
  • Next Generation Leaders Program, Internet Society (ISOC) 2013
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, 2012+
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, 2008+

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.