Journalism University Mentorship Program

A new mentorship program launched this fall teamed SOJC students with a handful of area high school students to learn real-world journalism skills and produce a print and digital magazine.

Journalism University Mentorship Program (JUMP) — a partnership between the SOJC and non-profits Media Arts Institute and Lane Arts Council — grew out of a successful two-week summer journalism program for high school students.

JUMP participants this fall came to Allen Hall every Monday afternoon from North, South, Churchill and Sheldon high schools to learn reporting, interviewing, photography and page design.

Together they produced Cascadia Magazine, featuring student-produced stories, photography, layout and illustration. Topics covered in the first issue range from horror films to a local baseball Hall of Famer to policy changes in the 4J School District.

In addition to an opportunity for high school students to acquire skills, SOJC assistant professor Ed Madison, who founded JUMP, sees the program as a way for SOJC students to reach back, connecting a new generation of journalists.

“I started in media when I was in high school, so I understand the value of being introduced to these skills at an early age,” he said. “At the same time, high school students need role models for what college is really all about.”

JUMP is also a source of data for Madison, whose research focuses on journalism in middle and high schools, particularly the way the discipline aligns with new Common Core State Standards in language arts.

“The new set of standards call for more use of nonfiction texts, for students to be ‘college and career ready’,” he said. “This is really a template for what can be done across the country.”

JUMP will be ongoing, and Madison wants to open it up to students from more area high schools.

The Winter 2014 Issue of Cascadia Magazine can be found at