Mark Blaine, Senior Instructor

 Journalism Area Director

School of Journalism and Communications


327 Allen Hall

(541) 346-3515

As the director of the journalism major in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, I work to keep the major compelling to a new generation of journalists while also maintaining the long-held standards of the profession. About 30 faculty teach more than 500 students in the major, offering courses in multimedia, multi-platform storytelling, documentary, investigative reporting and long form narrative. We build on a core of reporting classes that explore the basics and then work with students to design a course of study that meets their needs and career goals. With the advertising, public relations and media studies majors, we also develop entrepreneurial approaches to journalism and try to stay on the leading edge of change in the industry.

  • taught at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon since 2003 and have developed coursework around digital fundamentals, interactive media, science reporting, and general reporting.
  • was a general assignment and environmental reporter, night city editor, and investigative reporter for the Gannett-owned Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times.
  • edited Forest Magazine, a publication that focused on public land and environmental issues mostly on U.S. Forest Service land.
  • wrote two books, The Digital Reporter’s Notebook (Routledge) and Whitewater: The Thrill and Skill of Running the World’s Great Rivers (Black Dog and Leventhal)
  • developed an interactive, scenario-based critical thinking and writing software package called Break the News.