UO journalism school names new Portland director

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication has named Stephen Ward director of its Portland operation. He will take charge of the George S. Turnbull Center on July 1.

Ward comes to his new post from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he was the director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. He has extensive experience as a journalist and a doctorate that focused on media ethics.

"I am excited about joining the talented team at the Turnbull Center and the School of Journalism and Communication,” Ward said. “We live in fast-evolving media world where, more than ever, we need public discussion, academic study and practical projects to support media in the public interest, and to maintain high media standards."

As a wire-service reporter, Ward covered conflicts in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He served as the British Columbia bureau chief for The Canadian Press news agency and was the founding director of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has written award-winning books on journalism ethics, writes trade columns on ethics and was the founding chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists. 

“Dr. Ward is a great addition to our program," said Tim Gleason, the Edwin L. Artzt dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. “His expertise will only further elevate the Turnbull Center as a resource for media professionals and for prospective students who endeavor to make their mark on the future of journalism.

"With his distinguished record in media ethics, he will undoubtedly enhance the work of both Turnbull Center and the School of Journalism and Communication.”

The Turnbull Center, which operates in the White Stag Block in downtown Portland, offers master's degrees, professional-development workshops, internships for Eugene undergraduates and public events that illuminate critical media issues. It is an incubator for innovative ideas about the future of journalism and strategic communications, and a forum where communication educators, students, researchers, practitioners and citizens mix.

- from UO School of Journalism and Communication