Digital Disruption of Media: Learning to Embrace the Change

Oct 26, 2015

Recorded on: October 23, 2015

Air Date: October 26, 2015

Thanks to the miracles of technology, we now expect to get information when we want it, where we want it. That’s a big departure from the way we got news 30 or 40 years ago. Through the 1960s and ‘70s, we relied on Walter Cronkite’s TV news broadcasts every evening. The Internet has not only transformed the way we access news and entertainment, it often creates a mix of the two.

Today’s media organizations face significant challenges to their very existence, and local journalism may be at risk. Three Eugene-based experts will discuss their strategies for meeting these challenges and describe the new tools they are learning to use.

John Stark brought nearly two decades of public radio experience to KLCC when he became its General Manager in February 2013. Under his management, KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona, expanded into a 13-station public radio network. Stark also served as president of Western States Public Radio and as a two-term member of the NPR board of directors. In 2000, he was named Public Radio General Manager of the Year. His previous experience includes program director at KNPR Las Vegas, associate producer of NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, DC, and news director of Radio Bilingue in Fresno.

Camilla Mortensen is an associate editor and investigative reporter with the Eugene Weekly. She is also a part-time instructor at Lane Community College, where she teaches composition and journalism. She has also been a part-time instructor at the University of Oregon, where she taught in the Department of German and Scandinavian. She has a PhD in comparative literature, has published academic articles and encyclopedia entries in folklore, and has won journalism awards for her environmental, lifestyles, and ethics reporting.

Mark Blaine is a senior instructor and journalism area director for the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he has worked since 2003. His focus on story telling and new media has led him to develop courses in digital fundamentals and interactive media. Blaine is an award-winning writer, investigative reporter, and editor. As advisor to the students’ Flux Magazine, he has worked to adapt it from print-only to a Web-centered experience for his students. He was a reporter and editor for the Citizen-Times newspaper in Asheville, North Carolina, and has written two books: Whitewater! The Thrill and Skill of Running the World's Great Rivers and The Digital Reporter's Notebook.

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