From left to right: Former Oregon safety and current student Jevon Holland, SOJC Associate Professor and event host Nicole Dahmen, Professor Lori Shontz, Professor Troy Elias, and Professor and event moderator Seth Lewis discuss journalism, sports and social activism in Monday’s webinar. The panelists gave their take on many topics, including how journalists can educate themselves to better cover issues of injustice within sports.

EUGENE, Ore. — Former University of Oregon safety Jevon Holland and UO School of Journalism and Communication professors Troy Elias and Lori Shontz discussed the role of journalism and social activism in sports in a webinar Monday. The webinar was the latest installment of the SOJC’s weekly series “Journalism, Politics, and the 2020 Election.”

The topics included racism, police brutality, protests, media coverage of racism, the 2020 election, and the history of activism in sports.

Since the death of George Floyd in May and the ensuing protests this summer, Holland has vehemently fought for social justice and racial equality for…


Deady Hall. (Photo: University of Oregon)

The University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename Deady Hall on June 24. The decision comes after board member Andrew Colas requested an emergency vote on June 4 to consider the change, as well as demands from the UO community.

The campus’ oldest building will be temporarily renamed University Hall until the process for official renaming begins. Nationwide protests against racism and police brutality toward Black people sparked the conversation regarding Deady Hall’s name.

The board could not take formal action on Colas’ request during their June 4 meeting, due to Oregon’s Public Meetings Law, but it…


by Dylan Reubenking

Armen Araradian (@ArmenKLEW on Twitter) anchoring a KLEW sportscast. (Photo: Armen Araradian)

LEWISTON, Idaho — Social media has had a profound impact on the journalism world, especially in sports journalism. Breaking sports news hits Twitter before it makes it to the television screen and to print. Highlights of jaw-dropping plays go viral just seconds after they happen.

So how does this outbreak of social media journalism affect local news stations like KLEW News in Lewiston, Idaho? For Sports Director Armen Araradian, social media, especially Twitter, consumes much of his job duties.

“Twitter is basically everything for me,” said Araradian, a 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon. “Without Twitter…

Dylan Reubenking

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