Our first all-digital semester went well and was well-received. Here’s a video that looks into some of the analytics.
Donald Trump’s election shocked the newsroom.
We started the second semester with a newsroom visit from Sara Roth, investigative multimedia journalist from KGW. As far as I can tell, no journalist in the Portland television market is going into depth the way her stories do.
She inspired the students and even offered to meet with them one-on-one for coffee. I know at least one Beaconite took her up on the offer.
In other professional development news, several staffers and I attended a presentation and training session by the Solutions Journalism Network. It was hosted by the University of Oregon’s journalism graduate program at its lovely facility in downtown Portland. Solutions Journalism, which is based in New York and has its roots at The New York Times’ “Fixes” column, is an approach to reporting that highlights solutions to the problems covered in stories.
We’re now hiring for next year, and are going all out on recruiting. Here’s one of several promotional videos posted on social media. The Beacon also sponsored a #NoFakeNews t-shirt giveaway to get the word out.
Finally, we have a new editor-in-chief for 2017-2018. Nashville’s own Rachel Rippetoe has been a standout ever since she joined The Beacon as a freshman three years ago. Cheyenne Schoen’s story on Rachel’s appointment was published this week.