Women generally did not hold important jobs in journalism when Mary McGrory began writing her column for the Washington Post. 

And even some of her colleagues sniffed at the idea of a women writing "important" stories in the paper. 

But she stuck to it, writing eloquently about Washington and politics for the better part of 50 years. 

John Norris gave an overview of her career in Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism.

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You don't have to tell any journalist that the world is changing. 

The days when they worked just for the next newscast or press run are long gone, thanks to the Internet. 

And this is the zone in which the Online News Association works. 

Southern Oregon University professor Erik Palmer just returned from the conference of the ONA, where he was identified as a "disruptive journalism fellow." 

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You don't have to write like a journalist to be successful in most careers.  But it helps, actually. 

Being able to communicate thoughts in writing--briefly and clearly--is a handy skill no matter what the job. 

Professional journalist Mary-Kate Mackey, who taught at the University of Oregon, packages up some ideas on how to deliver punchy prose in her book Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style

That subtitle tells it all: even if you are reluctant to write, knowing how can only help. 

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Journalist Paul Fattig distinguished himself as a solid reporter in a career that included stints at both The Daily Courier in Grants Pass and the Mail Tribune in Medford.

He is less proud of his early days as a landowner, fixing up a cabin in the Applegate Valley with his wife Maureen. 

They learned a lot about themselves and a few things about each other, a story he tells in Up Sterling Creek Without a Paddle

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At least one journalism professor we know reports more people signing up for classes in the Donald Trump/Fake News age. 

And the business of journalism got a shot in the arm from the 2016 campaign and its outcome: more people paying for some major newspapers and their web pages. 

We get a perspective on the news business and renewed interest in it from Ed Madison at the University of Oregon School of Journalism

He worked for CNN when it started up and has worked many places since. 

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Les Zaitz started working for the Oregonian when wire service printers still went clickety-clack all day and all night. 

He will finish his career with the Oregonian at a time when investigators spend much of their time poring over emails (when public agencies release them). 

Zaitz covered the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the arrival (and departure) of the Rajneeshes in Eastern Oregon, and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, to name just few. 

The Bumpy Early History Of Broadcasting

Jun 10, 2016

It's one of the sadder stories in broadcasting history: the first FM radios were rendered completely useless when the federal government MOVED the entire FM band to a different range of frequencies. 

First and most obvious question: why?  The surprising answer and the personalities involved are revealed in Scott Woolley's book The Network

Money, power, egos... all figured in the development of the industry we know and love. 

Newspaper History Preserved Online

May 2, 2016

You really begin to appreciate the time-consuming work of digitizing old media when you peruse the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program.  

 With a few key words, you can search 150 years of newspapers from across Oregon.  

Man In The Middle Of Change

May 2, 2016

  Andrew Solomon has a knack for getting into the middle of things.  In previous books, he helped us understand depression, appreciate the complexity of parent-child relations, and know more about the particular relationship between the Sandy Hook shooter and his father.  

 In "Far And Away," Solomon takes us to centers of change around the world.  He was present for upheavals in Russia, South Africa, and Brazil, and the list goes on.  

SOU Students Work To Save Paper

Apr 22, 2016
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The tribulations of the journalism business are well documented, and affect outlets big and small. 

The student newspaper The Siskiyou at Southern Oregon University already gave up its print version several years ago. 

Now its staffers and faculty guide are trying to save it from extinction as an online-only publication. 

SOU is pulling its official support, but leaving the door open for a student-funded Siskiyou; a gofundme campaign has been set up for stopgap support. 

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

Mar 31, 2015

It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

Quick: Define "Journalist"

May 1, 2014

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist.