The University of Oregon has a diverse array of student-run and non-student-run media outlets.
- 1 Newspapers
- 2 Magazines and Quarterlies
- 3 Radio
- 4 Television
- 5 Non-student-run media
- 6 Defunct Media
- 7 Student media controversies
- 8 References
The Daily Emerald, published Monday through Friday, primarily features news items and commentary pertaining to the University community, and is considered the daily paper of record. In addition to the print newspaper, the Emerald publishes its features on the internet. The Emerald has been in publication for more than 100 years and has many distinguished alumni. A court case involving the Emerald's publication of several first-hand student accounts of drug use during the 1960s became the basis for the subsequent creation of the Oregon Shield Law. The paper became independent in the 1970s after editor Paul Brainerd realized the potential conflict of interest between acting as a watchdog while simultaneously receiving direct funding and oversight from the university. Today the paper is supported by advertising revenue and is distributed free to students because of a subscription fee paid by the ASUO with incidental fees.
Magazines and Quarterlies
Art Ducko is the University of Oregon’s official comics magazine established in the fall of 2014 with the goal of providing a creative platform for students to publish their original comics. It publishes a quarterly magazine and posts content on its website.
The Ecotone is an annual publication created by the graduate students of the Environmental Studies Program at UO. The journal provides a venue for communication and exchange within the Environmental Studies Program—among undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and facilitates cross-campus dialogue between disciplines and departments. The University of Oregon is home to a diverse array of environmental scholars, activists, artists, thinkers, designers, scientists, theorists, and researchers. The Ecotone hopes to engage this community in ongoing dialogue through its paper and online publications. To this end, The Ecotone, serves as a venue for sharing professional interests, discussing environmental concerns, and posting creative expressions.
Ethos Magazine, formerly an independent publication, is a subsidiary of Daily Emerald and the Emerald Media news division. Originally Korean Ducks magazine (after the school sports team name), which focused on Korean culture, it has since developed a multicultural spirit to serve readers throughout the University of Oregon community. The publication got its name from the word "ethos", the fundamental characteristic of a spirit, people or culture.
Flux is an annual magazine written and edited by students of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. It contains in-depth features about a wide variety of topics, many of which are based in the Pacific Northwest but have national appeal and interest.
Global Talk, a student-created news publication, provides a place to bring language and culture together including one page each for Chinese, French, Dutch, Persian, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Scandinavian, Slavic, Swahili, Portuguese, Spanish, and other minor languages unrepresented by major departments. Global Talk is funded by several departments at the UO and was founded in November 2005. It is the first university of Oregon multilingual publication published within the university system and within the whole state of Oregon.
Oregon Voice primarily chronicles popular culture in a zine format. The Voice often profiles music acts as they tour through Eugene, and in 1998 the magazine published a widely read interview with Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace.
The Student Insurgent is a journal of radical politics published by a collective of students and occasionally community members. The paper's coverage shifts periodically, but has covered anti-capitalist, radical environmentalist, and anti-war topics. Notably, the Insurgent has expressed solidarity with such groups as the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth First! organization. It has also rallied for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jeff Luers, a local eco-anarchist whose 22-year arson sentence was later overturned on the grounds that it was excessive, as well as other imprisoned radical-left voices, often claiming that they are wrongly held political prisoners.
More famously, the Student Insurgent became the center of national controversy when it printed "The Jesus Issue", featuring commentary on Christianity and cartoons of Jesus, including "Jesus with erection", in response to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. In response, Bill O'Reilly called for the firing of university president David B. Frohnmayer and invited members of the Insurgent and the Commentator onto the O'Reilly Factor, but only Commentator staff accepted.
Under the Associated Students, the University of Oregon operates two radio stations on campus.
KWAX is a non-commercial classical music radio station in Eugene, Oregon, broadcasting to the Eugene-Springfield, Oregon area. The station is a listener supported service of the University of Oregon.
KWVA is a college radio station broadcasting from the EMU building on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Licensed to the University of Oregon, it serves the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area and has a live online stream.
DuckTV is the University of Oregon's only student-run television network. Weekly episodes feature news, sports, comedy, and dramatic shows.
University of Oregon Press
Center for Media and Educational Technologies
The Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET) streams video productions to promote the physical and virtual learning environments at the University of Oregon.
AroundtheO provides news and information pertaining to university affairs.
UOMatters is a watchdog blog covering events affecting the University of Oregon.
The Comic Press
The Comic Press – originally known as The Weekly Enema – was a semi-monthly newspaper written and edited by students at the University of Oregon from 2008 – 2009. Its mission was to "provoke intelligent thought and discussion through humor." It republished a number of webcomics and contained topical and humorous features about a wide variety of campus topics.
Daily Jade was an independent satirical news website launched on November 18, 2013 and defunct as of February 9, 2015. Operating at the URL "dailyjade.com", it published articles lampooning current events surrounding the University of Oregon, the city of Eugene, and university life in general.
The tri-annual Northwest Review journal of literature was published for over 50 years up to 2011.
Oregon Commentator was a journal of opinion and humor founded on September 27, 1983, making it the second oldest publication on campus after Daily Emerald. Modeled in equal parts after such publications as Harvard Lampoon and Reason Magazine, the Commentator was primarily known for libertarian and conservative stances and served as a contrarian outlet for students resistant to the political atmosphere on campus. In addition to a print magazine, it published website content.
Student media controversies
Controversy has occasionally surrounded the Commentator and the Insurgent. In 2001 the Insurgent gained national attention for publishing in the December, 2000 issue, a primer on violent methods of ending scientific testing on lab animals, opposite a page detailing the names, phone numbers, and home addresses of science professors alleged to be involved in such practices.
In 2005, members of the Student Insurgent Collective led efforts to defund the Commentator on the grounds that it had violated its own Mission and Goals statement by ridiculing a prominent student senator. The ASUO's Programs Finance Committee (PFC) voted to defund the Commentator. Later, three members of the PFC resigned their positions under duress, including one whose criminal record was published in the Commentator. The free-speech advocacy and civil rights organization FIRE threatened legal action against the University, and the Commentator's funding was subsequently reinstated by a reconstituted PFC.
The Emerald itself is not a stranger to controversy. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the student newspaper published an annual satire supplement called the Immorald. The 1981 Immorald featured the phrase "Give me a fucking break" in nearly all its stories, which led to an angry editorial in the Eugene Register-Guard, entitled "The Immorald is Not Funny". The phrase had been used earlier that year by Emerald political columnist (and former editor) Greg Wasson, which prompted Max Rijken, a member of the Oregon Legislature, to photocopy the article for fellow legislators and demand that the UO administration take action against the newspaper. The co-editor of that year's Immorald, Mike Rust, went on to co-found the Commentator a few years later.
The other 1981 Immorald co-editor, Mike Lee, had lightly sparred with the Emerald itself a few years earlier, in a mock controversy that had real consequences for the UO mascot, the Oregon Duck. In 1978, the Emerald sponsored a student referendum that would officially declare the cartoon character Mallard Drake as UO mascot. Drake, the creation of Emerald editorial cartoonist Steve Sandstrom, was a black-feathered duck, closer in spirit to Daffy Duck than the UO's Donald. Lee opposed the referendum through an organization called the "Retain Class in Your Bird" committee, itself a parody of a campus radical group, the Revolutionary Community Youth Brigade. Students ultimately voted for Donald over Mallard, in an election that drew more votes than the student-body president on the same ballot. UO officials later used that election as evidence that students "officially" voted for Donald Duck as campus mascot.
- "Global Talk" website ~ Main page
- "KWAX". KWAX. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
- "KWVA Campus Radio 88.1 FM". KWVA.
- "Oregon Quarterly". Around the O. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
- University of Oregon Press web page
- "Center for Media and Educational Technologies | UO Libraries". library.uoregon.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
- "AroundtheO". around.uoregon.edu. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "UO Matters – The official campaign newsletter of "The Half-Price Provost"". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
- Northwest Review. Google Books. Retrieved 13 February 2013.