Scott R. Maier is professor and director of journalism at the University of Oregon. He teaches reporting, digital journalism, graduate mass communication, and advanced quantitative research methods.
As a 20-year newspaper and wire-service veteran, Maier has covered city hall, the state legislature, Latin America, and a variety of other news beats. Maier is active with the European Journalism Observatory and served as a board member of the European research consortium MediaAct.
Maier’s recent research focuses on news coverage of human rights abuses, investigating ways that the media can draw public attention to state sanctioned atrocity. His research at the Reuters Institute will provide a cross-Atlantic comparative analysis of U.S. and British coverage of human rights abuses.
Maier’s research also has investigated newsroom numeracy, media accuracy and managing technological change. In 2003, Maier was named one of four Promising Professors by AEJMC’s Mass Communication division. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists presented Maier (with Phil Meyer) the national Sigma Delta Chi award for journalism research.
Maier was a visiting professor in social media at the Scripps Howard News Bureau, Washington D.C. (August 2014), a visiting research fellow at the European Journalism Observatory, Università della Svizzera italiana (winter 2009), and a visiting Professor at the Consortium Institute of Management and Business Administration, Paderno Italy (fall 2008).
Maier received his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his master’s degree in international journalism at the University of Southern California, and his bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College.