Ed Madison

Journalism Professor/Researcher
Consultant/Public Speaker

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Thoughts in motion...

I enjoy a lifelong fascination with media arts; most specifically journalism, digital storytelling, and nonfiction television. 

Currently, I’m an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where I earned my Ph.D. (2012). I teach media innovation, multimedia journalism, and documentary filmmaking there, alongside a team of distinguished colleagues.

Current Research

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Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI)

JLI uses journalistic strategies to empower student voice and academic success through a collaboration between UO’s School of Journalism and Communication and College of Education. It is a coalition of researchers, educators, community members, philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, corporate partners, government agencies, and allied stakeholders working together. 

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“My STEM Story”  

National Science Foundation (NSF)

This project will advance efforts to better understand and promote practices that increase student motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by developing and testing a novel approach to near-peer mentoring. High school students will use videography to capture their conversations with undergraduate students about their academic struggles and successes in science.

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Raising Empowered Learners

Raising Empowered Learners: Curiosity, Character, and Confidence, explores how tapping into a student’s intrinsic interests through journalistic learning can spark their imaginations, rekindle their spirit, and build their resilience. The approach uses a journalistic lens to inform study of English language arts, social studies, and science. Students engage in research, interviewing, writing, presenting, and publishing their findings.


Language Arts in Action: Engaging Secondary Students with Journalistic Strategies

Language Arts in Action is a thoughtful guide for middle and high school educators wanting to reengage their classes with more active, student-centered instruction. Here, teachers will find tools rooted in journalistic learning: a model that uses project-based storytelling to develop critical communication skills. By allowing young people to research, write, and publish articles aligned with their interests, educators can transform language arts, especially for students who feel their experiences and concerns are missing from traditional instruction.

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Newsworthy: Cultivating Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers in Language Arts Classrooms

This book provides specific strategies to help teachers use journalistic learning to achieve positive outcomes that engage students in new ways. Journalistic learning is a teaching approach that borrows techniques from the journalism profession to better instruct students in research, reading, and writing in language arts and the social sciences classes. Drawing from extensive fieldwork in schools across the United States, Madison demonstrates how this approach is uniquely aligned with Common Core State Standards that call for more emphasis on nonfiction texts and digital literacy skills.

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Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World

In a world of “alternative facts” and “post-truth” politics, producing public-interest journalism is more important than ever — but also more complex. This book examines how journalism is evolving to meet the demands of the digital media ecosystem, where lies often spread faster than truth, and where modern news consumers increasingly expect journalism to be a conversation, not a lecture. Connecting the dots between faux news, fake news, and real news, Madison and DeJarnette provide an unflinching analysis of where mainstream journalism went wrong—and what the next generation of reporters can do to make it right.

Experiential Learning 

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OR Magazine 

Now in its 12th year, OR Magazine is an award-winning digital publication. In 2011, Adobe acknowledged it as the first ever student-produced magazine for the iPad using the company’s Digital Publishing Suite.

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Cuba - forbidden for half a century - but a welcoming destination for 25 University of Oregon students, faculty and staff in spring 2015, just as tensions eased between our two countries.

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Sri Lanka 

In these tight-knit communities,
calloused hands pluck leaves,
join in prayer, and heal wounds. The melodies of the jungle, whir of machines, meditative chants, and children’s laughter intermingle with the proud voices of the people.

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Now in its 14th  year, UO's Media in Ghana program offers students an opportunity to intern at radio and television stations, newspapers and ad agencies in Accra, the capital of Ghana, for six weeks. Each student is placed with different media organizations throughout the city.


New Zealand


Like many places around the world, the small community of Karioi has long felt the effects of colonization and environmental damage. Both Māori and Pākehā call Raglan home and fight to preserve its natural and cultural history. These stories belong to them, but our students hope they inspire reflection on your  heritage and connection to the indigenous people.




Through the winding, bright hills of Comuna 13 in Medellín, music, dance, and art shine brightly. Pieces of the violence that once overwhelmed the neighborhood still exist in the backdrop - bullet holes in metal railings and areas that still exist in poverty.




Approximately 123,000 men and women who served in Vietnam were from Oregon. The state was a center for prominent anti-war protests, and it has one of the largest Vietnamese-American populations in the United States.


New Orleans


New Orleans knew hurricanes but the community had never met one like Katrina. August 23, 2005 came with 31 billion gallons of water. 1,833 people didn’t make it out alive. Exactly sixteen years later, Hurricane Ida ripped through NOLA, giving life to a nightmare communities hoped to never see again.