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Politics professor hosts panel for local journalists

Karissa George

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Pacific students will have the opportunity to talk with local journalists at the fourth annual “State of the Media in Oregon” panel which will be held on Feb. 22 in Taylor Auditorium at 2:45 p.m

Politics and government professor Jules Boykoff, has organized the panel all four years with the goal that students will gain a better understanding of how modern journalism is changing. To achieve this goal, Boykoff invites media professionals to be a part of the panel and give a first-hand account of what it is like to work in the ever-changing world of media.

This year’s media panel will include The Oregonian editorial writer Mary Kitch, Pacific’s own Politics and Government professor Jim Moore, freelance journalist Jimmy Rodasta, editor and publisher of Forest Grove’s News-Times John Schrag, Willamette Week reporter Beth Slovic, and Street Roots editor Joanne Zuhl.

Boykoff’s hopes that these local journalists will help media students will apply what they’ve discussed in class to the “controversies and developments in Oregon media.” Each member of the panel will give a five-minute background about themselves including how and why they became a journalist.

After introductions, the panel will open up a question and answer session regarding their opinions on the importance of the media.

Although Boykoff has made it a requirement for his students, he stressed that the material that will be discussed and questioned is applicable to all students, especially those pursuing a career in the media. The panel is open to the public, but Boykoff is looking forward to the opportunity for his students to “meet potential future bosses.”

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