The State of the Media in Oregon

Feb 19, 2013, 1:00 PM
Marsh Hall 216 (Taylor Auditorium) - Forest Grove

Local news journalists and editors discuss the state of the media industry. Free and open to the public.

A standout panel of local journalists and editors will share their perspectives about the state of the news media industry on Tuesday, Feb. 19

The panel discussion, free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2:30 and takes place in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium (2043 College Way, second floor). It is presented by the university's department of Politics & Government.

Panelists include Israel Bayer (Street Roots); Nigel Jaquiss (Willamette Week), Sarah Mirk (Portland Mercury), Jim Moore (Pacific University), Susan Nielsen (The Oregonian), George Rede (Hillsboro Argus) and John Schrag (Hillsboro Tribune, News-Times [Forest Grove]).

Israel Bayer is the Executive Director of Street Roots. He has worked with street newspapers for more than a decade, including working with the North American Street Newspaper Association.

Nigel Jaquiss has been a reporter at Willamette Week since 1998 and has won local and national reporting honors, including two first-place awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Prior to joining Willamette Week, Jaquiss traded oil for 11 years in New York and Singapore. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Sarah Mirk is a print and online journalist who was recently hired as the web editor of Portland-based feminist magazine, Bitch. Before that, she worked as a reporter for the Portland Mercury and the Stranger and wrote a popular series of comics about Oregon history. She received a degree in History, with honors, from Grinnell College and has never regretted attending a liberal arts college.  

Jim Moore has been a media political analyst for over 20 years. He has a jigsaw puzzle from the front page of The New York Times that features his analysis. You can see it in his office. Moore is an instructor of Politics & Government and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific.

Susan Nielsen is an editorial writer and columnist for The Oregonian, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Whitman College and a former Alaska deckhand. She has won five first-place national writing awards, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award. 

George Rede is the opinion editor of the Hillsboro Argus and Forest Grove Leader and previously served as Sunday opinion editor of The Oregonian. During his long career in Oregon, including stints at The Bulletin (Bend) and (Salem) Statesman Journal, he has been an editor, reporter, newsroom recruitment director and online community engagement specialist.

John Schrag is the publisher of the Hillsboro Tribune, a twice-monthly paper that debuted in August 2012 and the News-Times, a 126-year-old weekly paper based in Forest Grove that has been named Oregon’s best small weekly paper three times in the past seven years. Prior to taking that post in February 2005, he worked for 14 years at Willamette Week in Portland and five years for The Chicago Reporter, an investigative monthly focusing on race relations.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Jan 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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