SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting

When Digital Disruption Comes to Town: How Small-Market Newspapers are Thriving


Featured session: Monday, Sept. 11
SNPA - Inland Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colo.

With Damian Radcliffe, Chambers Chair in Journalism, University of Oregon

How are small market newspapers responding to the challenges of digital disruption? Showcasing success stories – and drawing on the challenges, opportunities – for local newspapers in the digital age, this session will highlight findings from new and unpublished research, produced for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and the Agora Journalism Center in Portland.

Damian Radcliffe holds the Chambers Chair in in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is also a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

He is an experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist and researcher who has worked in editorial, research, teaching and policy positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East and USA.

He is a regular contributor to media outlets such as the BBC Academy, CBS Interactive (ZDNet), Huffington Post and MediaShift, where he writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media and the evolution of journalism.

His experience encompasses roles at the BBC, the NGO Volunteering Matters, Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) and Qatar's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). He has worked across all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic and nonprofit/civil society) and platforms, from print and digital to TV and radio broadcasting.

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