Portland Next Generation Storytelling

High school students participating in the SOJC Next Generation Storytelling program.

Next Generation Storytelling: Portland

Program Dates: August 1–4, 2019
Application Deadline: June 7, 2019



Investigate the Big Issues

Next Generation Storytelling: Portland (NGS:PDX) is a free summer workshop that gives 24 Oregon high school students the chance to dissect, explore, and learn how to cover big issues in their own communities. The SOJC’s NextGen Media pre-college program and Northwest Scholastic Press work in partnership with local media, support agencies, and government to provide a 360 view of some of the most important problems society faces.

Students participating during a Next Generation Storytelling class.

NGS:PDX 2019:
How Do You Cover Homelessness?

For its inaugural summer program, NGS:PDX is teaming up with Street Roots, Portland’s flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty, to offer a free workshop for 24 Oregon high school journalists and communicators. Over the course of four days, student journalists will increase the public’s knowledge of issues surrounding homelessness, housing insecurity, and poverty by working with Street Roots reporters and SOJC professors to produce professional-quality articles.


Female student holding pen to face.

What We Provide

Housing: All NGS:PDX participants will stay in a residence hall on the Portland State University campus.

Meals: We cover all meals during the program.

Learning: Street Roots reporters and SOJC faculty will lead courses at SOJC Portland on interviewing, feature story writing, podcasting, and more.

Practice: Students will participate in community immersion activities, such as participating in a mock press conference with Portland City government officials and panels with people currently experiencing homelessness.

Publication: Student work produced during the program will be considered for publication by Street Roots, Pamplin Media Group, and Metro News.

Students working on computers around a table.

How To Apply

Because we have only 24 seats in this free program, acceptance will be competitive. Please fill out our online form by June 7. The application includes:

  • Basic contact and logistical questions
  • Essay question: Why is participating in this experience important to you, and how will you use it to shape your community?
  • One teacher recommendation

Apply Now

Got a Question?

Let’s start communicating. Contact us with any Next Generation Storytelling questions.