Demystifying: The 2016 Presidential Election

Regina Lawrence, Executive Director, Agora Journalism Center and George S. Turnbull Portland Center, UO School of Journalism and Communication
The 2016 Presidential Election

Monday, November 14, 2016, 2-3 p.m., EMU Diamond Lake Room

Whatever the outcome, the 2016 presidential election will have major repercussions for the future of the media and communications. This session will provide the SOJC with a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of the 2016 race and its implications for our teaching and research.

How NGOs blur the line between PR, Journalism and Advocacy

Matthew Powers, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington
How NGOs blur the line between PR, Journalism and Advocacy

Friday, November 11, 2016, 12–1 p.m., 221 Allen Hall

Non-governmental organizations have long sought publicity to boost their organizational profiles and achieve advocacy aims. In recent years, NGOs like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam have hired reporters and photojournalists to accompany research missions; utilizing corporate public relations techniques to boost brand awareness, and by experimenting with digital tools to pursue advocacy goals. This talk overviews these developments, explains their causes, and discusses their implications for journalism, advocacy and the public sphere; highlighting a larger blurring of the lines dividing journalism, public relations and advocacy in the contemporary media landscape.

Powers’s research has been published in Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, among others. He holds a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.

How to Recreate Your Newsroom for the Digital Age

Kathryn Thier, SOJC Instructor
How to Recreate Your Newsroom for the Digital Age

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12–1 p.m., 307 Allen Hall 

How do publications embrace digital in both their working practices and their business models?  We hear from global and local editors about the impact of digital disruption on their newsroom culture and business models.