OMPA Member

Sarah Shively

Multimedia and Engagement Journalism


(As of August 2023) As a multimedia journalist, I am currently producing a documentary about drug treatment in Oregon. Now that the designated funds from Ballot Measure 110 are finally out the door, the questions are: are resources and services improving? When and where will more services be available? How are those in need of services being connected? The Video Project of Measure 110 hopes to answer these and other questions related to Oregon’s massive systemic overhaul in addressing the crippling impact of the current opioid, drug and alcohol crisis in the state.

I have been able to hire several people via OMPA's directory for this project.

In June 2022 I completed a two-year MA Multimedia Journalism program via the School of Journalism and Communication, the University of Oregon, Portland campus. I graduated with honors, Kappa Tau Alpha. Course Work: Mass Comm and Society, Engagement Journalism, Digital Ethics, Explanatory Video, Audio Storytelling, Writing Story, camera, lighting and audio for video production, drone licensing and photography, After Effects, Audition and Premiere Pro.

My Capstone documentary short film began its festival journey with a World Premiere at the Seattle Film Festival where it won Best Director for Documentary Short, then ran at the Portland Film Festival and AutFest: The Texas Autism Film Festival in October 2022. At AutFest it tied for the Audience Favorite Award. It has since played at three other festivals and won a Best Student Documentary Film award, Best Autism Film and is currently a Finalist at NewFilmmakers NY.

In addition to documentary journalism, I have produced whiteboard animation videos for Training and Development. My client’s client was Honda/Acura. I have experience in Instructional Design.

I take projects from inception to completion. I ideate, strategize, lead, oversee, delegate, line produce, interact with clients, sources, supporters, investors and team leaders. I am an interculturalist with interests in film, the performing arts and social issues--especially the opioid crisis, LGBTQ issues and the state of K-12 public education in Oregon.

In summer 2023, I retired from my role as President of an Independent Local School Foundation that raised $196k during the 2021/22 school year and $260k during the 2022/23 school year to support students in Portland Public Schools.

Once upon a time...I taught English as a Second Language at Columbia University, Hunter College and Baruch College in New York. My wife and I owned a small media production company in New York City.

Moving Into Adulthood

Moving Into Adulthood delves into the post-educational life transition of two former students from Portland State University. Sawyer and Wyatt, both on the Autism spectrum, were part of the first graduating class of the Career and Community Studies four-year certificate program at PSU. Despite graduating during the COVID pandemic in 2020, both young men landed jobs at Nike. This short student film covers their journeys as they face life’s challenges as young neurodivergent adults.

Mugshots in the Digital Age

What do a Native American, an ex-convict and a drag queen have in common? Their mugshots are still living online even though their booking incident happened years ago. “You’re kept in this digital prison that extends long beyond your release from confinement.” Mugshots in the Digital Age addresses this timely issue as it plays out in the lives of several individuals and in the Oregon State Legislature.

Student journalist, Sarah E. Shively, stumbles upon an online mugshot of her brother taken years ago. In an effort to understand the damaging impact of public access to mugshots, she speaks with various individuals including a newspaper editor, mugshot photographer, female impersonator and drug policy reform advocate. She also weaves in pubic debate from the Oregon State legislature.

Darcelle: On Life, Love and Dying

2021: Amid the economic and logistical crisis created by the Covid Pandemic, Darcelle XV, the famed Portland drag club in the Heart of Old Town, reopens. At age 90, Walter Cole/Darcelle, the club’s owner, still rules the stage thanks in large part to a well groomed supporting retinue whose combined efforts keep the hive running—even when crowd size is limited, the neighborhood is suffering and getting into drag at 90 comes with its own unique set of challenges.