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Recap: Oregon Chapter Hosts Gubernatorial Debate

ORIG / 09-24-16 / Joe Kline / The Bulletin  Oregon Governor Kate Brown, left, and Republican challenger Bud Pierce shake hands at the end of the first governor debate at the Riverhouse in Bend on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

ORIG / 09-24-16 / Joe Kline / The Bulletin
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, left, and Republican challenger Bud Pierce shake hands at the end of the first governor debate at the Riverhouse in Bend on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Tip of the cap to the Oregon Territory Chapter for hosting an incredible event that created an opportunity for journalists from smaller communities to access state politicians. Read the recap from chapter president Samantha Swindler of The Oregonian below:

The Oregon Territory Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted the first debate between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican challenger Dr. Bud Pierce on Sept. 24 in Bend, Oregon.

The hour-long debate was televised live by KTVZ-TV in Bend and broadcast on Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon as well as KXL radio in Portland. If you missed the debate, you can listen to the entire broadcast on the Jefferson Public Radio website.

SPJ Oregon hosted this debate specifically to draw attention to the issues of rural Oregon and the work of rural journalists.

Candidates heard questions from journalists based in Ashland, Bend and Pendleton on topics such as tribal sovereignty, the proposed Owyhee Canyonlands national monument and protecting agricultural economies. Topics like these are important to the state, but often don’t make it to the forefront of Salem politics.

Journalists in these communities provide a vital service, but don’t often get a chance to be in the spotlight and ask tough questions directly to our state’s top officials.

SPJ Oregon partnered with The East Oregonian, the Bend Bulletin, KTVZ and Jefferson Public Radio to produce this debate.

This was a first for our chapter, and a chance to show the state that SPJ Oregon is a strong advocate for quality journalism and accountable government. The debate was an opportunity for not just journalists but for all Oregonians to learn about SPJ and the work we do.

COVERAGE

In addition to the live tweeting of the debate captured at #SPJDebate, here’s a sampling of some of the news coverage to come from it:

Pierce, Brown face off in Bend:

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4682521-151/story.html?referrer=fpblob

Gov. Brown, challenger Pierce clash in first debate, held in Bend:

http://www.ktvz.com/news/candidates-for-governor-face-off-in-bend-debate/95585524

Brown, Pierce clash on rural issues:

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/capital-bureau/20160924/brown-pierce-clash-on-rural-issues

In governors debate, high schoolers come out on top (Column): http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2016/09/in_the_debates_high_schoolers.html#incart_river_index

Oregon gubernatorial candidates disagree — politely — in 1st debate:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/oregon_gubernatorial_candidate.html

Measure 97 Divides Brown And Pierce In 1st Debate:

http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/kate-brown-bud-pierce-debate-measure-97/

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