Jefferson Journal

The Jefferson Journal is JPR's members' magazine featuring articles, columns, and reviews about living in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as articles about finance, health and food from NPR.   The magazine also includes program listings for JPR's network of radio stations. The publication's bi-monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To support JPR and receive your copy in the mail each month become a Member today!

Pepper Trail

For a traveler, simply to say the word “Cuba” sets off a little shiver of excitement. Few other place names unleash such a jumble of associations, opinions, and questions in American minds. For most of the past 50 years, Cuba has been difficult or impossible for Americans to visit, and all the more tantalizing for that. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about citizen-funded journalism recently.  Likely, it’s because we’re in the midst of our Spring Fund Drive making the case to our listeners for our public service mission.  

But, deeper than that, I’ve been observing momentum within a broader segment of institutions supporting the idea that citizen-funded journalism, stewarded by non-profit organizations, should become a more prominent and important part of our journalism ecosystem.

In 1965, futurist and writer Alvin Toffler coined the term “future shock” to describe the “shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time”.

In 1970, Toffler published Future Shock in which he went in-depth about the many ways in which rapid technological and social change were leaving people disconnected and disoriented, severed from the past but not fully belonging to the future that was arriving too quickly to process.

OSF | David Cooper

In this my second and final piece on Bill Rauch, I want to concentrate on his legacy. As he prepares to leave OSF, two of the initiatives begun during his time here look to be assured of a future.

Women Of The Baton

Mar 1, 2019
Wikimedia Commons

The names Chiquinha Gonzaga and Elfrida Andree probably won’t ring a bell with many classical music fans today, but both were not only pioneers in music as the first female orchestra conductors in their respective hemispheres, they were both strong advocates for women’s rights, paving the way for women who wanted to follow in their footsteps with professional music careers.

The sexbots are coming. Well, not literally, not yet anyway—but that’ll happen soon enough with further advances in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence to the point that you would no longer be able to distinguish whether or not your sexbot was just faking it.

For those of you who haven’t made it past first base in the world of sexual machines and are asking, “Sexbot? What is this sexbot?” let me explain as clearly and couthly as possible.

The Lion And The Lamb Of Spring

Mar 1, 2019
Guillaume Galtier

I know what March is like. I remember one night last year when the March lion roared with vigor, flexing her muscle and exhibiting her power as the wind hurtled down the ridge. The next morning she was sitting satisfied on the mountain, licking her paws, letting the rain fall thickly, watching the snow deepen on the ski trails.

NPR | Stephen Voss

During the coming months, NPR will be convening leaders of stations around the country to explore a new way for member stations and NPR to work together in the years ahead.

Dubbed “The NPR-Member Station Compact” the effort seeks to replace the current relationship, that is primarily a producer-purchaser model in which NPR produces programs and stations buy them, with one that is deeper, more interdependent and dynamic.

The goal of the compact is to achieve three objectives:

Darren Campbell

You really can’t watch Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 tour de force, without cringing. The film begins with an ominous zwit zwit of helicopter blades, a sound that grows louder and more ominous as a lush palm jungle appears in the frame. 

Getting To Know You

Jan 3, 2019

When listeners meet me for the first time, they usually say “it’s nice to put a face to the voice.” I could practically say the same thing of them; when I’m on air, I feel like I’m speaking to a faceless void, an empty room. But I got to see a lot of faces for the first time during Jefferson Public Radio’s open house this fall. I never thought that I’d have a job interesting enough that people would want to tour my desk space, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw huge groups of people lining out our door to learn more about their local public radio station.

Photo Courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival

It was a sunny October afternoon when I arrived for my appointment with Bill Rauch. I was early and, as I waited, I saw Bill walk from the Admin building to the Bowmer and reappear ten minutes later.

When Jean Houston attended her 60th college reunion, she says her classmates didn’t recognize her. “You must be Jean Houston’s granddaughter,” one crowed. “Where’s your grandma?”

I’m Jean Houston,” Houston, who graduated from Barnard College in 1958, insisted. Her classmate, incredulous, called over another alumna. 

“You’re too young to be Jean Houston!” the other friend scoffed.

NPR Head Steps Down

Jan 1, 2019
Steven Voss | NPR

In early December, NPR chief executive Jarl Mohn announced that he would be stepping down as head of the network this coming June. In the years before Mohn took the helm at NPR, the NPR chief executive was a relatively distant and disconnected player for most local public radio stations. 

When I was in high school, we “kidnapped” the Spanish teacher’s favorite stool and sent him ransom notes stipulating terms for its safe return. This was during the Patty Hearst era—which isn’t funny, I know—but we had a great time cutting out letters from magazines and leaving the cleverly written ransom notes in his teacher’s box in the office. We dressed the stool in a wig and dark glasses and took pictures which we included in the notes.

A Contemporary Heritage

From Peter Britt, who grew grapes in Jacksonville in 1855 to the establishment of the Rogue Valley Vintners in 2018, Southern Oregon’s wine industry has come a long way. Southern Oregon is recognized today for growing high quality grapes and producing delicious wines with care and thoughtful intention. The region’s wine industry is robust and mature, yet not without challenges. 

Forged deep in a crucible of earth and brought toward the surface in a river of magma, diamonds are the hardest known naturally occurring substance. Their scarcity creates value and value often leads to conflict. 

For reporters in southern Oregon and northern California, late summer to early fall has traditionally been “fire season.” In the newsroom, nobody gets to take vacation between July 15 and September 15; it’s all hands on deck.

That often means long days in the field and long days on the phone, tracking down the latest updates on the fires affecting JPR listeners. 

Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

As I write, the 2018 OSF season is drawing to its close, and a sad close at that. The heavy financial losses resulting from smoke-affected performances have brought in their wake a restructuring process which has led to the loss of some sixteen positions among the company.

Although turnover in staff is inevitable in such a large organisation and will often be welcomed, in this case the speed of the change and its enforced nature is a cause for considerable concern, not only for those directly affected but for the OSF community as a whole. 

Great Leap Forward

Oct 31, 2018

The last few months have seen enormous changes for all of us at JPR.  Moving into a new broadcast facility after 48+ years in a basement has been more than just a change of scenery. (Psst: We now HAVE scenery!) It’s been a major overhaul of nearly aspect of how we operate. From control rooms to production spaces to expanded offices, we’ve got room to breathe for the first time in ages.

We’ve always felt that living in this beautiful, rural part of the country shouldn’t preclude us from accessing the very best content that public radio has to offer. 

Over the course of the last year, there has been a conversation taking shape among NPR and member stations to define the “culture of journalism” that exists within our national public radio system. 

Central to this conversation are several questions being discussed by journalists and public radio leaders from across the public media landscape. A piece written earlier this year by NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott lays out these questions:

• Is there a “culture of journalism” at NPR and those member stations that operate local newsrooms?