Advocate Publisher to Discuss Future of Oregon’s Local Journalism in Virtual Panel

As reported by Pen America, local journalism is on the decline throughout the country. News outlets continue to be closed, resources stretched thin, reporters laid off, and publication schedules reduced. The consequences of a growing lack of reliable news entail not only a less informed public, but less well-monitored – and therefore less likely to be held to account – social, political, and economic activities.  

Tomorrow, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m., Corvallis Advocate publisher Steve Schultz will be joining a virtual discussion with Oregon-based journalists to deliberate on the future of local journalism, the present-day challenges newsrooms face, and solutions to help bolster local news ecosystems. 

Panelists include: 

  • Sam Misa, a second-year Oregon State University student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. Misa currently serves as City Editor of The Daily Barometer – OSU’s print and digital news source. 
  • Regina G. Lawrence, Research Director of the Agora Journalism Center and Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Lawrence’s research includes journalistic norms, relations between the press and state, and “the role of the media, gender, and social identity in political communication.” She is also an editor for the journal Political Communication. 
  • Laura Gunderson, editorial and opinion pages editor for The Oregonian who also helps oversee the news department as Director of Public Interest & Accountability. 

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Philip Kneis, a professor in the School of Public Policy at OSU whose main research interests include the intersections of politics and culture in the U.S. and the European Union.   

Register for the panel here. 

By Advocate Staff 

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