Our Team

OR Media has its roots in the UO School of Journalism and Communication, and so does our team. We are made up of talented recent graduates and current students eager to produce the very best stories out there.

Jordan Bentz – Managing Producer
Jordan received dual degrees in advertising and magazine journalism from the University of Oregon. He is equally enamored with feature-writing and documentary ideation and production. While in school he worked as an associate editor, videographer, and feature writer for Flux Magazine, and as Editor-In-Chief of OR Magazine. He and Erik Bender were recently nominated for a NW Emmy for their video Football Is Family: We Are St. Paul, which they produced with OR Media.



Erik Bender – Managing Producer
Erik, a ’12 University of Oregon grad, is an action sports enthusiast and an avid outdoorsman. In the past he has held video production and leadership positions at Flux, Ethos, and OR Magazine. He and a team of students were recently awarded first place by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program in its multimedia category for their story profiling a group of smokejumpers in Redmond, Oregon. One day he would like to make a documentary ┬ápromoting wildlife conservation.



Maya Lazaro – Communications Manager
Maya recently graduated with a B.A. in advertising from the University of Oregon in ’13. As a student, she served as Co-Editor in Chief of Flux Magazine, and held writing, editing, and communications positions at a variety of campus publications, including Ethos Magazine, OR Magazine, and the Daily Emerald. She previously worked as a Communications Associate for the UO School of Law.




Ed Madison – Faculty Advisor
Ed has more than 30 years of professional media expertise. His multi-faceted career began as a high school intern at the CBS television affiliate in Washington, D.C. during the Watergate scandal. Shortly after graduating from Emerson College in Boston he became a founding producer at CNN. His own subsequent companies have produced projects for most of the major networks, studios and record companies in Hollywood, including Paramount, MGM, Disney, CBS, ABC, Discovery Networks, and A&E. He is president of Engaging Media, an Oregon-based media production and distribution company, and Executive Director of Media Arts Institute, a Eugene-based organization focused on providing mentorship and educational opportunities in digital media and journalism for students and aspiring journalism professionals.

Academically, Madison serves as an Assistant Professor of journalism for the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon.