8/15/2013 update: Admissions has now hidden the Fiesta Bowl junket photos:
8/13/2013: Not sure how I missed this one, published in the RG on Aug 8:
The recently reported deal the University of Oregon cut with two national media organizations to provide privileged access to the new football performance center is, unfortunately, no surprise. … But it is most troubling for the university itself and its relationship with the community.
As a former journalist, I’m concerned about the growing indifference, if not the arrogance, of the UO Athletic Department toward the community and the news media that serve it. ….
Unfortunately, this type of game will continue until someone calls a penalty, or at least a time out. The university’s credibility, as well as its relationship with the community and local media, is at stake.
John Russial is an associate professor of journalism in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. The opinions expressed here are his own.
Why nothing on this important matter from UO Journalism Dean Tim Gleason, who spent winter break on a UO paid junket to the Fiesta Bowl Pep Rally, presumably doing undercover research on just these sorts of conflicts of interest: