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2024 Oregon Rural
Journalism Conference
July 18, 2024

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This July, FORJ is thrilled to host journalists from across the state for the 2024 Oregon Rural Journalism Conference at Eagle Crest resort in beautiful Central Oregon. Attendees will experience a full day of trainings, seminars and presentations related to community journalism throughout Oregon.  

NEW THIS YEAR! The Rural Journalism Conference is being paired with the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual awards banquet! This means reporters and editors who attend the conference can stick around into the evening to cheer on their colleagues and accept awards for their work. 



Brier Dudley

Editor, The Seattle Times Save the Free Press initiative

Brier Dudley is editor of The Seattle Times Save the Free Press public service initiative. Dudley has been with The Seattle Times since 1998 and was a member of the editorial board for five years. He spent 14 years covering Microsoft and the technology industry, including nine years writing a tech column for the Business and Technology sections. A third-generation Seattleite, Dudley received a B.A. in English from Whitman College and studied film production in Italy before starting a career in newspapers. He has won numerous regional and national journalism awards.



10 to 11 a.m.: Art of Interviewing

  • Tips and techniques to get the most from interviewing everyone from community members to top government officials

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Rural Issues

  • Reporting on food insecurity, agriculture, entertainment, homelessness, healthcare: story ideas, lessons learned



11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Public Records

  • Richard Coe: Tips and techniques, available data online, and what to FOIA now

11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Public Meetings

  • Tim Trainor: Key government documents, agendas, open meetings law



12:30 to 1:45 p.m.: Lunch

  • Meal provided + keynote speaker Brier Dudley, trivia and end-of-lunch speaker 


2 to 3:05 p.m.: Watchdog on the Fly

  • Quick stories that let readers know journalists are keeping officials on their toes 

2 to 3:05 p.m.: Interactive Online Data

  • How to quickly turn data into a visual online 

3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Election Coverage

  • Hear from a county clerk, Daily Yonder editor and data analyst, and a state reporter


May 2024

June 2024

July 18, 2024

Registration now live at Eventbrite. Need a scholarship to cover your room cost? FORJ Executive Director Jody Lawrence-Turner at for info on room scholarships--a limited number are available. 

Last chance for a room scholarship! Contact Jody by June 15! Be sure to sign up early if you hope to receive a scholarship--limited availability. 

Oregon Rural Journalism Conference for reporters and editors. Click here to register for conference.


ONPA awards banquet to be held in the evening. If you are receiving an award, FORJ will contact you to provide a complimentary ticket to the banquet. Non-award winners will need to purchase a ticket. Click here to register and purchase a ticket for banquet.

July 19, 2024

ONPA conference for members only. 

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