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JPR wins regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for news reporting

The Jefferson Public Radio newsroom at SOU is among the winners of the 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The “Murrows” are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to recognize outstanding broadcast and online journalism.

JPR won in the Hard News and Continuing Coverage categories in RTDNA’s Northwest small market division, made up of public and commercial radio stations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. This is the second year running JPR has won in those categories.

“I’m thrilled to see JPR news recognized once again for its outstanding work during the past year, creating high-impact journalism and telling compelling stories about our region,” JPR Executive Director Paul Westhelle said. “The work recognized by the RTDNA is the result of a team effort by our entire newsroom – work which is made possible by the generous support of our listeners.”

JPR’s winning entry in the Hard News category examined the West Coast tourism industry’s responses to a recent string of smoky summers:

“West Coast businesses that depend on the summertime tourist dollar took a big hit from this years’ wildfires and smoke.

“The same thing happened last year. And two years before that. Now, the idea that smoky summers may become the norm is beginning to take hold, and tourist operators — and the towns that rely on them — are looking for ways to adapt.”

Listen to the full story: The West Coast Tourism Industry Starts To Adapt To A Smoky Future

The station’s winning entry in the Continuing Coverage category looked at how deeply the Redding area was affected by the nearby Carr fire, and challenges to the area’s recovery:

“In late July, the Carr fire burned through Shasta and Trinity Counties in far-northern California. Driven by dry fuels, hot temperatures and high winds, it became a ‘fire tornado,’ jumping the Sacramento River and sweeping through neighborhoods in Redding, the region’s largest city. Nearly half of Redding’s population had to evacuate and more than 1,000 homes were destroyed. Eight people, including three fire fighters, died.

“These are stories of how the Carr fire affected the Redding area and some of the challenges facing the recovery effort.”

Listen to the full story: The Carr Fire: Aftermath And Challenges To Recovery

Regional winners of Murrow awards are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow competition. National winners will be announced in June.

This story is reposted from Jefferson Public Radio

SOU-Theater JPR building

SOU unveils theater, JPR facilities with public celebration

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University will dedicate its expanded and renovated Theater Building, and new Jefferson Public Radio Broadcast Center, in a daylong celebration on Saturday. The public is encouraged to participate in the festivities.

The event will begin with a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by an open house, tours, complimentary entertainment and refreshments beginning at 11:30 a.m. A full day of theatre performances is also planned, with productions of “Small Mouth Sounds” in the Black Box Theater at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and “Into the Woods” in the Main Stage Theater at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the theater performances are limited, so those planning to attend any of the shows should call the SOU Box Office to purchase tickets 541-552-6348, or by email at boxoffice@sou.edu.

Planning for the expansion and renovation project – which added about 60,000 square feet to SOU’s Theater Building – began about 10 years ago, and construction wrapped up this week with the installation of public art in the facility’s outdoor courtyard.

The project added facilities for the university’s Theatre Department that include a new costume shop, control booths, acting studios, movement studio, theater design studio, lighting lab, administrative and theater offices, green room and backstage restrooms. The JPR studios and offices account for 7,000 square feet of the overall project.

The total cost was about $12.75 million, which includes $2.75 million for JPR annex. Construction bonds approved by the Oregon Legislature provided $11.5 million in funding, and JPR donors contributed another $1.25 million.

Entertainment during Saturday’s open house celebration will be provided by the Danielle Kelly Jazz Project, and refreshments will be available from the Peruvian Point Restaurant, Rogue Creamery, Ashland Food Co-op, Troon, Weisinger Winery, Kriselle Cellars and Simple Machine Winery.

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Jeff Golden and Gomez

Oregon State Senate candidate town hall meeting Oct. 11 at SOU Music Recital Hall

Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio will host a town hall meeting with Oregon State Senate District 3 candidates Jessica Gomez and Jeff Golden at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Excerpts from the town hall meeting will be broadcast on the Jefferson Exchange on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.

Golden, the Democratic candidate, and Gomez, the Republican candidate, are vying to replace Republican Sen. Alan DeBoer, who was elected in 2016 and is not running for reelection.

To submit question suggestions for the candidates email your questions to townhall@jeffnet.org.

For questions about the event please call JPR at (541) 552-6301. Tickets are available online by CLICKING HERE, at the OCA Box Office at (541) 552-6348 or at the Stevenson Union Information Desk. Tickets are free.

This story is reposted from Jefferson Public Radio

Southern Oregon University and JPR Foundation Reach Agreement on Shared Partnership for Future

The press kit components are available as PDFs.

JPR – JPRF Q & A
JPR – JPRF Settlement Fact Sheet
JPR – JPRF Chart
Listen to the August 30 “Jefferson Exchange” with guests President Cullinan, JPR Foundation President Steve Nelson, and JPR Interim Executive Director Paul Westhelle.
JPR Listeners Guild Logo(Ashland, ORE) – Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the JPR Foundation have reached an agreement on a new organizational structure that continues their existing 14-year partnership to operate SOU’s regional public radio network, Jefferson Public Radio (JPR). Also contained in the agreement is the creation of a new entity called Jefferson Live!, which will be wholly owned by the JPR Foundation, to manage Redding’s Cascade Theatre, restore Medford’s Holly Theatre and explore the feasibility of the Foundation’s Jefferson Square project.
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