Pacific University hosts journalists for industry discussion
In a time of change and sensitivity throughout journalism, several professionals sat down Thursday, Feb. 8, to say their piece on how they think the future of the business may look.
The participants in the panel discussion at Pacific University came from a variety of backgrounds. Eder Campuzano, a reporter for the Oregonian; Joanne Zuhl, executive editor of Street Roots Newspaper; Dr. Jim Moore, professor of politics at Pacific University; John Michael Sproles, writer for Oregon Artswatch; Steven Thrasher, writer for The Guardian; and Jacqueline Keeler, a freelance writer, engaged in a thoughtful discussion about the state of journalism.
The panelists discussed the changes in journalism due to political shifts, as well as the increasing presence of technology and its impact. Some mentioned the idea that more freedom in journalism has led to more room for the release of false information.
Each journalist shared his or her specific goals within their career to maintain transparency within journalism and the things that inspire them every day to keep writing.
While some felt that technology and social media specifically are to blame for the concept of "fake news," Campuzano said it "plays into this long history of Americans and the way they want to consume their media."
He said, "Americans have increasingly wanted more, more, more. What can I get that is going to reaffirm what I want and what I like?"
Discussing the solution to understanding what's real or not in the media, Moore said, "People confuse editorial and news content, so maybe it's educating people."
The afternoon panel discussion, which was officially titled "Print Journalism in the Age of Trump" — although the president was little-mentioned during the program — was not the only opportunity to hear from a prominent reporter on the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove Thursday.
Steven Thrasher, an accomplished journalist and winner of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year award, will be giving an "In Your Face" lecture at Pacific University in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium 216 from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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