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Make sure your journalism students receive the statewide recognition they deserve. It's time to enter your staff's best work of the year in the 2017. Review your newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, videos, podcasts, and websites for your best journalistic work this year and place your entries in Dropbox by April 17. What is this contest? Student Media O-lympics is a contest of student journalists’ work published since August 1, 2016. Entries in 38 categories inclu...
Oregon Student Free Expression Law (Public Secondary Schools) Citation: Ore. Rev. Stat. sec. 336.477 (2007) July 1, 2007 Summary: In addition to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states can provide additional free speech protection their own citizens by enacting state laws or regulations. The Oregon Student Free Expression Law is such a provision and provides student journalists attending Oregon public high schools with added protection against administrative censorship. (Ore. Rev. Stat. sec. 351.649 provides similar protection to the state's public college and university student media.) AN ACT Relating to student journalists; and declaring an emergency. Whereas the Legislative Assembly finds that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental principles in our democratic society granted to every citizen of the nation by the First Amendment to the...
June 7, 2013 • 1 Comment
Oregon Student Free Expression Law (Public College and Universities) Citation: Ore. Rev. Stat. sec. 351.649 (2007) July 1, 2007 Summary: In addition to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states can provide additional free speech protection their own citizens by enacting state laws or regulations. The Oregon Student Free Expression Law is such a provision and provides student journalists attending Oregon public high school and colleges with added protection against administrative censorship. (Ore. Rev. Stat. sec. 336.477 provides similar protection to the state's public secondary school student media.) AN ACT Relating to student journalists; and declaring an emergency. Whereas the Legislative Assembly finds that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental principles in our democratic society granted to every citizen of the nation by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and to every resident of this state by section 8, Article I of the Oregon Constitution; and Whereas these freedoms provide all citizens, including students,...
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October 23, 2012 © 2012 Student Press Law Center, Reprinted With Permission OREGON — A Portland high school’s newspaper is fighting to distribute copies of its first issue that were confiscated by administrators who didn’t like that the paper published a screenshot of a profane tweet. Editors distributed copies of The Bronco Blaze’s first issue Oct. 11, which included an article about two Twitter accounts created in August about Parkrose High School. One, @RatchetParkrose, tweeted negative and hurtful comments about students and the school. The other,@ParkroseBased, tweets positive comments about the school and the students. A newspaper staffer first realized papers were being confiscated, said Mick Sprague, the paper’s co-editor-in-chief. The staffer saw a school employee enter a classroom and take a stack of papers. When the staffer asked her why she was taking the papers, she was told, “I have to take these. They have bad words in them,” Sprague said. After that, the paper’s editors began looking into other instances of confiscation, said Max Den...
October 25, 2012 • No Comments
By Rob Melton Now that you and your staff have put to bed your final issue of the newspaper, yearbook, website, video channel, or podcast, it's time to think ahead to next year. What better way to rethink, rewrite and redesign with your staff than showing Simon Sinek's "Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action" presentation from the 2010 Puget Sound TEDTALK? Get your editors together to discuss the video and its message before the new year. The book by the same name is a thoughtful treatise on the principle, and a companion website, startwithwhy.com, is a painless way to explore your WHY, and the HOW and WHAT that follow. -30-
By Rob Melton When you talk about type, beginning with a video such as the one above is a great way to entertain and interest students in the study of typography. Once they are hooked, spending time learning the nuts and bolds is the next step. Minnesota adviser Laurie Hansen at Stillwater (Minnesota) Area High School offers this typography lesson on fonts — the Font Fashion Show. Here's how Laurie does it: I know there's a few yearbook advisers out there who do the font fashion show. I usually run out of time at the end of the year, but this year I finally made time for a small unit on typography, and then had the staff dress up in their font outfits today. For those of you that already do this, consider adding food. I added a twist and had the staff bring food for an end of the year picnic. They had to bring a food item that their chosen font would eat. I moved the desks and set up a "catwalk", pulled up some catwalk music on Youtube, and it was a hoot. After the catwalk, the staff members had to introduce and discuss the font (showcase, serif, sans serif) give adjectives that describe their font, discuss common or best uses for the font, etc. They also had to int...
By Rob Melton It's all about the story, whether in words or photos. The trick is learning how to plan, gather and structure a story for your newspaper, yearbook, website or newscast. The purpose of the new Story Navigator planner forms is to lay everything on the table where you can work with it to plan the best way to tell a story as well as manage all the particular details that will lead to success. Included in these forms, which are ready to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT, is the Story Navigator, Story Questionaire, Story Problem-Solver, Story Evaluation, Rate This Narrative, and Photo checklist. In order to effectively use the planners, you should know the step-by-step process that should be used to find a story, pick the central character, gather information, and present it in a compelling narrative. The process of creating a great story You’re not writing a history for all time; you’re writing about a time that will become personal history to those involved. They will want to r...
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We’re now accepting applications for Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year, Oregon Rookie Adviser of the Year, and Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15th for all awards The Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and Oregon Rookie Journalism Teacher of the Year (RTOTY) are open to any active journalism teacher and/or publication adviser at an Oregon public or private high school. RTOTY must have less than two years of experience to quality for the award. Nominations are accepted from principals, professional journalists, fellow teachers, or students. Individuals may also self-nominate. The selection will be made by representatives from the Oregon Journalism Education Association, Northwest Scholastic Press Association, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications faculty, and Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association. Winner of the TOTY will receive a plaque, plus a $500 cash award which is paid by a...
January 25, 2016 • No Comments
We live in an exciting time for journalism. We are exploring and creating new forms of journalism for new audiences in an era of changing technology and storytelling. When you join NWSP, you are part of that movement. When high school journalists and their teachers work together with local media producers and local colleges and universities, the school to work connection is complete. We are moving in new directions together. We know that our members count on our statewide fall press day. We also know they count on our Student Media O-lympics in the spring for newspaper, yearbook, magazine, web, and broadcast contests for best-in-the-state bragging rights and staff recognition events at the end of the year. Our website features valuable teaching resources and news, and we offer special Jump Start Workshops throughout the year for students and advisers. But that's not all. We work with and through other organizations to support scholastic journalism. We work with and help support OJEA a...
January 14, 2016 • No Comments
Scholastic Journalism Institute White Paper on Threats to Scholastic Journalism Programs Click here: http://thinksji.org/threats-initiative/ti-white-paper/ Among the current threats to journalism in the schools—censorship, lack of advanced academic credit, pressure from high stakes testing—the most serious is the widespread elimination of programs for economic or academic reasons. Despite numerous studies that demonstrate the value of journalism in the curriculum, the trend is increasingly for schools to reduce or eliminate journalism and related classes from academic offerings. Low enrollment numbers for courses, pressure to add remedial courses to address testing regimes, addition of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs, and increasingly, budget cutbacks, can provide the excuse to move journalism out of the curriculum. Another factor is administrator attitudes that view journalism as non-essential, a subject that falls outside core subjects and are not assessed...
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Bill Flechtner and Ray Hopfer, two of Oregon's trained JEA Mentors, presented sessions for new advisers at Fall Press Day. The JEA Mentor program is funded through grants from Northwest Scholastic Press and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. NWSP's grant of $1,500 funds one mentor for a year. NWSP is committed to supporting new advisers throughout the state. Whether you attend press day or not, with the support of your principal you, too, can be mentored throughout the year by one of Oregon's experienced hands. Sessions at Fall Press Day will introduce new advisers of all ages to the JEA Mentor program. This year's sessions include "Organizing the staff," "JEA mentoring program," and "Help for advisers."
October 23, 2011 • No Comments
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