Andrew DeVigal, School of Journalism and Communication

Andrew DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement

Practice Areas: Consumer Behavior, Health Care, Social Media, Trends, Journalism

Andrew DeVigal is an Emmy award-winning storyteller with expertise in journalism innovation, community-centered journalism, media collaboration, and civic engagement. His latest report which he co-authored, "Assessing Oregon’s Local News & Information Ecosystem 2022," focuses on the role of local news in the civic health of communities. DeVigal holds the endowed chair in journalism innovation and civic engagement and is the director of the Agora Journalism Center, the forum for the future of local news and civic health at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication. A constant connector and bridge builder, DeVigal’s leadership at the school has led to industry-recognized initiatives such as Gather, a platform to support community-minded journalists, and the Doers Gathering, a toolkit to drive community-driven solutions addressing pressing local issues. Prior to joining the UofO, DeVigal was the multimedia editor at The New York Times where he directed the multimedia team and conceived and produced ground-breaking story forms and processes that continue to shape the industry today.

Contact: | 541-346-9134 | @drewvigal 


Recent Media:
A New Newsletter/Podcast Launches in Portland, Joining a Crowded Field (Portland Monthly, Oct. 7, 2022)
With Elon Musk's bid for Twitter, there's more at stake than freedom of speech (MarketWatch, April 27, 2022)
Amid an Uncertain Year, a New Vanguard Emerges in Portland Journalism (Portland Monthly, winter 2020/2021)
The First Responders (Columbia Journalism Review, winter 2020)
Curating engagement-related COVID-19 resources (Medium, April 14, 2020)
How a new platform will develop a more participatory process for journalism (Knight Foundation, Sept. 14, 2016)
Tools and tips for engagement and crowdsourcing stories from #IJF16 (, April 8, 2016)
Robot journalism: algorithms are more of a tool than a threat (PBS MediaShift, May 21, 2015)
Turning data into civic tools: journalism, coders, students collaborate in portland (PBS MediaShift, May 11, 2015)
Q&A: Andrew DeVigal discusses his new role as inaugural chair of journalism innovation and civic engagement (University of Oregon, Sept. 2014)
3 ways to keep second screens secondary (Co. Design, June 12, 2014)
Smart readers are too distracted to dig smart content (Wired, April 4, 2013)