Serving the local middle and high school journalism communities by providing resources to sharpen their journalistic 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 students.
Anthony Whitten, Scholastic Journalism 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 encompasses a series of workshops, panel discussions and forums aimed at enriching middle and high school journalists. This very special event affords young journalists across Oregon the opportunity to interact with professional journalists and college professors. It is a day filled with instruction, practice, and skill-building. Fall Press Day is NWSP’s largest event, bringing in over 500 students each year.
Student Media Olympics
Student Media Olympics is an opportunity for high school 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 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.