Serving the local middle and high school journalism and creative media communities by providing resources to sharpen their journalistic and creative media skills.

Who are we?

The Northwest Scholastic Press Association (NWSP) partnered with the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) in 2012.

Each year NWSP hosts a variety of events, workshops, contests, scholarships and school visits for middle and high school journalism and media students.

Anthony Whitten, NextGen Media Outreach Coordinator and NWSP Executive Director: Anthony began his scholastic journalism career as a high school yearbook editor. He then served as Business Manager of Corks & Curls at the University of Virginia for three years. He taught for twelve years and advised The Guardian yearbook and The Watchdog newspaper at Westfield H.S. in Chantilly, Va. for seven years. He also advised the The Stone Observer, a middle school newspaper. In 2013, the Journalism Education Association awarded him its “Rising Star” award.

Simone Myers, SOJC Education Program Assistant: Simone joined Turnbull/SOJC in April 2014 as a Portland Senior Experience (PDXSX) intern for scholastic journalism. That internship blossomed into her current position as education program assistant. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

What do we do?

Fall Press Day 2015Fall Media Day and Portland Media Day

Our annual Fall Media Day in Eugene and Portland Media Day, which just launched in spring 2017, provide a series of workshops, panel discussions, and forums to enrich middle and high school journalism and media students and teachers. These special events give young communicators and teachers across Oregon the opportunity to interact with media professionals and college professors during a full day of instruction, practice, and skill-building. Fall Media Day is NWSP’s largest event, bringing over 700 students and teachers to the University of Oregon campus each year.

Next Generation Storytelling

Next Generation Storytelling is a summer residential experience in Eugene, where high school students further develop their critical thinking, leadership and entrepreneurial skills while building stronger voices as effective communicators. With a focus on emerging technology and media, this program represents the best of advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations education at the SOJC.

Student Media Olympics

Student Media Olympics is an opportunity for high school journalism and media students to have their work objectively evaluated and rated by media professionals, receive statewide recognition for their work, and recognition for their school’s journalism program.

Entries in 33 categories include web-based journalism, video-based journalism, audio-based journalism, and print-based journalism; including news, feature, sports, opinion, photography, design, advertising, art, single issues, video and podcast.

High School Visits

We travel throughout Oregon to visit high schools to promote the SOJC, NWSP programs and events, teach intermediate journalism skills, and assist in newspaper, yearbook and multimedia programs planning and production.

NWSP co-sponsors three annual awards with the Oregon Journalism Education Association (OJEA):

Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year
This award is open to any active journalism teacher and/or publications adviser in an Oregon public or private high school. The award is named for Mary Hartman, a University of Oregon Journalism school faculty member and former director of Oregon Scholastic Press. The winner receives a $500 cash award, paid by an endowment from the Hartman family.

Oregon Rookie Journalism Teacher of the Year
This award is open to any active journalism teacher and/or publications adviser in an Oregon public or private high school with less than two years experience. The winner receives a $250 cash award.

Oregon Student Journalist of the Year
This award is open to any active newspaper, yearbook, or broadcast/radio student at an Oregon public or private high school. The winner of the Oregon competition will automatically be entered to win National Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Journalism Education Association. The winner receives the Alyce Sheetz Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.

JEA/NSPA fall and spring High School Journalism Conventions

The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalist and advisers co-sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. With typical attendance of more than 4,000 delegates, the JEA/NSPA convention is the largest gathering of student journalists in the country.

Our goal at these conventions is to recruit and promote for the SOJC and the UO, as well as NWSP programs and events.

Contact NextGen Media

Anthony Whitten

Anthony Whitten

NextGen Media Outreach Coordinator

White Stag Building Room 366A

Simone Myers

Simone Myers

Education Program Assistant

White Stag Building

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