Featured Speakers and Presentations

KEN DOCTOR2015 Johnston Lecture featuring
Ken Doctor from Newsonomics
Five Truths, Four Paradoxes and The Long Road Ahead
Thursday, April 9 at 5:30pm
University of Oregon – Portland, Room 142/144
Lecture is free and open to the public followed by a panel discussion with the storytellers



Community-Driven Storytelling
Laura Lo Forti, Michael Premo, & Elaine McMillion
Friday, April 10 at 7:00pm
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum
Screening of Hollow, Sandy Storyline, and NPMTC Vanport Multimedia Project

Saturday Plenary Speakers


 “Radical Media Ethics: Creating a Digital Ethics”
Stephen Ward, Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics, University of British Columbia



“The Rise and Fall of Hegemonic Journalism”
John Nerone, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

What Is Journalism?

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Journalism 

University of Oregon / George S. Turnbull Center / Portland, Oregon

April 9-11, 2015


Who is a journalist?

What is journalism these days, and what is the future of journalism?

Where are consumers obtaining breaking news and other journalism?

Why is journalism still relevant in a digital environment?

How are digital technologies changing journalism, how are changes in journalism influencing technological developments and how are the Internet and other new media changing the role of journalism and the journalism industry’s models of production, distribution and consumption?

Content called journalism is now produced using a wide range of digital technologies, distributed instantaneously via the Internet, mobile devices, and other platforms, and experienced at the convenience of consumers. Change is everywhere. With these alterations, can it be argued that journalism remains as significant as ever?

The conference features a unique coalescing of journalism professionals, media scholars and students, government and community officials, as well as engaged community groups and the public.  The event features keynote speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, and productions, in an attempt to answer questions about the changing nature of journalism.

*New* Preliminary Program is online!

For more information, please contact:

Janet Wasko ( jwasko@uoregon.edu) or Peter Laufer (laufer@uoregon.edu), 

School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon