Mass Communication


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Mass Communication is primarily concerned with the differential impact of messages transmitted by various mass media, including international exchanges through mass media.

The division members promote systematic study of communication presented through the electronic, cinematic and print media. Members participate in developing theory, examination of the processes and effects of mass communication and development and evaluation of policy relevant to mass communication.



What is Journalism? Exploring the Past, Present and Future

U of Oregon / Turnbull Center / Portland, Oregon, USA

April 2-4, 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.


Paper proposals are welcome on topics such as . . .

• Who is a journalist?

• How is journalism defined today?

* What is journalism in a digital world?

• What is the role of journalism in building/sustaining democratic societies?

* What are the changing practices of the journalism business?

* What is the state of competition in the journalism industry?

* How does the Internet affect journalism?

* What new economic models are emerging for the journalism industry?

• What is the future of journalism?

• What policies or regulations may be appropriate for journalism today?

• Is journalism changing as a result of convergence?

• How are audiences changing?

• Who is covering city hall when the local newspaper is shuttered?

• What can journalism history teach us about the future of journalism?

• How is globalization affecting journalism?

• What are the differences in journalism and journalistic products worldwide?


Send 250-word proposals by October 1, 2014, to:


Janet Wasko ( or Peter Laufer ( (


School of Journalism and Communication, U of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 USA



  • Rene Weber, Chair
  • Lance Holbert, Vice-Chair
  • Shawnika Jeanine Hull, Secretary
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