Current Research


Palo Alto High Journalism

Camas RIDGE Elementary - Media Arts

Our work at Roosevelt is informed by my two-year dissertation study of the journalism program at Palo Alto High School, in Northern California. The school has the largest scholastic journalism program in the United States, with more than 500 students producing eight student-run publications. Both projects will be chronicled in my forthcoming book, published through Columbia University.

While many high schools have active journalism programs, Palo Alto High, in Northern California, maintains one of the nation's largest. Students actively produce several print and online publications as well as news broadcasts. Esther Wojcicki is the program’s founder. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the program's students exhibit higher levels of overall academic achievement, leadership, self-esteem, and communication skills.

Researchers often limit their studies to underserved populations without considering what might be observable in affluent communities and adapted for all students' greater good. Beyond the economic disparities, there is much to consider about the discursive practices in "privileged communities" that leads to higher achievement.

Many secondary schools have active media programs. However, they are rare in elementary schools. Students at Camas Ridge Elementary, in Eugene, Oregon, actively produce and edit their own television interview series. Early indications suggest that these students exhibit higher levels of overall academic achievement, leadership, self-esteem, and communication skills. is a new online resource for secondary-level educators who want to introduce digital storytelling in their curriculums as way to address the Common Core State Standards that relate to media and technology. The project chronicles our research team’s work at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon, often listed among the state’s most challenged schools. We are currently investigating the efficacy of this new model for teacher training that blends video tutorials with documentary storytelling.  

Digital Skills Workshop

the Journalistic Learning Initiative

The Journalistic Learning Initiative 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, nonprofits organizations, corporate partners, government agencies, and allied stakeholders working together. In September 2017, JLI is on track to include five more schools in Oregon and one in Los Angeles. The program is endorsed by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and is designed to scale globally.