Humboldt Journal of Social Relations


With a focus on Josephine County in southern Oregon, this essay explores how media industry closures, consolidations, and cutbacks are adversely affecting coverage of regional and local news in many parts of the country, and the communities served. It addresses how numerous journalism schools are expanding their programs to fill the void. Specifically, the article explores how the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon established an experimental class of undergraduates to cover such stories, and why. The author is a professor in multimedia journalism at the SOJC and oversaw a team of a dozen student journalists who covered Josephine County as a special assignment.