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Warner Strausbaugh Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

May 12, 2014


“Inside the Barometer Newsroom”  May 12, 2014  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Strausbaugh discusses his upbringing and the path that he took to OSU, which included studying for one year at the University of Oregon. From there he provides detailed insight into the workflow and culture of the Daily Barometer student newspaper, speaking from his vantage point as Editor-in-Chief of the publication. In this, Strausbaugh notes the significant time commitment required of those filling his position as well as the responsibilities that the position bears. He illustrates a discussion of the newsroom's response to breaking news by recounting the Barometer's reaction to the firing of OSU head basketball coach Craig Robinson in May 2014. He likewise discusses the newspaper's forthcoming move to a new facility in the Student Experience Center and the murky future of the journalism profession.

From there, Strausbaugh answers several questions about contemporary student attitudes and culture at OSU. In doing so, he lends his thoughts on issues of importance to current students as well as social dynamics, technologies, athletics rivalries and perceptions of OSU, both from within and outside of the school.