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Video from Fall Press Day 2013

A highlights video showcases this year's Fall Press Day at the University of Oregon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. More than 500 scholastic journalists and advisers from 30 different schools around Oregon, including two middle schools, enjoyed a day of workshops, panel discussions, and presentations with the UO School of Journalism and Communication faculty and many local professional journalists.

November 21, 2013 • 0 comments


Twenty-ninth annual Fall Press Day brings huge crowd

Twenty-ninth annual Fall Press Day brings huge crowd

Simone Myers, Education Programs Assistant

The University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union (EMU) bustled with students and advisers early Wednesday morning for the 29th annual Fall Press Day. With a crowd of over 700 people, the EMU was the place to be on November 12th for young journalists. A day filled of workshops, keynotes, and contests awaited those in attendance. Andrew DeVigal, newly appointed Inaugural Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement at the University of Oregon, kicked off the morning with “Journalism in the Next Generation.” “Students can either surf the web or make the waves,” said DeVigal. “In other words, they can really take over the web. I’m motivating them to design the future of media as opposed to consuming it.” Students and advisers then dispersed to write-off or photography contests and workshops. A total of 27 workshops were offered this year. Students and advisers attended workshops on newspaper and yearbook design, reporting, news and sports...  Read More »

December 29, 2014 • 0 comments

Fall Press Day Schedule

Fall Press Day is right around the corner!

2014 Fall Press Day ScheduleOn Wednesday, November 12th, around 650 students and advisers from all over the state of Oregon will be on the University of Oregon's campus for the 29th annual Fall Press Day.

To download a schedule of the day, click here:2014 Fall Press Day Schedule.

                If you have any questions, please email 

November 7, 2014 • 0 comments

Best of Show and Write-Off Forms Now Available!

Simone Myers

The Fall Press Day Best of Show and Write-off forms are now available! Click here for the Best of Show form: 2014 Fall Press Day BestofShow The Best of Show contest is for current publications, broadcast, and online web staffs. Contest materials will be brought to and judged at Fall Press Day, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. If you are submitting for more than one category, remember to attach a copy of this form to each entry.   ...  Read More »

October 3, 2014 • 0 comments

Exhibitor/Advertising Contract Now Available

Simone Myers

The exhibitor/advertising contract for Fall Press Day is now available. Click here for the form: 2014 Exhibitor and Ad Contract2014 Exhibitor and Ad Contract Exhibit spaces are $150 each. You will receive one six-foot draped table and two chairs. An additional table may be requested. The exhibit area runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Erb Memorial Union hallway. Early set-up is available starting at 6:30 a.m. We also have spaces in our event program for advertising. A full-page ad (47 x 62 picas) is $150 and a half-page ad (47 x 30 picas) is $80. Completed exhibitor/advertising contracts are due by October 29, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us at

September 25, 2014 • 0 comments


Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism

Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism

Join the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) in celebrating the 15th annual Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism. An award ceremony and panel discussion honoring the winners will be held on both University of Oregon campuses, in Portland and Eugene. Portland's ceremony will be held at the Turnbull Center on Wednesday, May 20, and Eugene's will be held at the Ford Alumni Center on Thursday, May 21. According to an announcement on the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication website, "the award honors journalists and news organizations whose work and ethical decision making demonstrate courage and a commitment to the highest values of journalism." Out of 29 nominations, three winners were selected: the co-editors and co-managing editors of the Neshaminy High School newspaper, The Playwickian, in Langhorne, Pa.; the Chicago Tribune and reporters David Jackson, Gary Marx...  Read More »

May 1, 2015 • 0 comments

Now accepting applications for the Dive Into Digital Photojournalism Workshop

Now accepting applications for the Dive Into Digital Photojournalism Workshop

Simone Myers, Education Programs Assistant

Workshop application: High School Dive Into Digital Photojournalism Workshop Open to all Northwest Scholastic Press high and middle school photographers, the workshop includes a morning  session on digital photography, an afternoon “city assignment,” and an award ceremony. Students will utilize the School of Journalism and Communication’s computer labs to select and edit their photos. Space is limited to the first 30 paid registrations.  Lunch will be provided. Each participant MUST BRING A SLR CAMERA. CAMERAS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. The...  Read More »

February 20, 2015 • 0 comments

Northwest Scholastic Press announces 2014 Teacher of the Year

Northwest Scholastic Press announces 2014 Teacher of the Year

Cantwell receives prestigious honor Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year recipient announced Each year Oregon journalism teachers and student media advisers apply for the Mary Hartman Journalism Teacher of the Year award sponsored by the Northwest Scholastic Press, the Oregon Journalism Education Association and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. For 2014, Greg Cantwell of Sheldon High School receives the award. With boosting letters of support from Sheldon High School’s principal, Dr. Robert Bolden, as well as letters from other teaching staff and parents, Mr. Cantwell is without a doubt the right teacher for the award. “Mr. Cantwell inspires students to share their unique voice and encourages them to pursue careers in the fields of journalism and writing at the collegiate level,” Dr. Robert Bolden wrote in his letter of recommendation. “Many students come back to visit him each year, which is a...  Read More »

December 29, 2014 • 0 comments

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Why conventions matter, and why NASSP approves of national conventions

WHY CONVENTIONS MATTER A quick resource in support of national journalism conventions and their impact on teachers, students Journalism Education Association (JEA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) conventions serve the educational program by providing opportunities beyond those available in the school setting, including these important benefits: • participation in a professional learning community • Break with a Pro sessions with industry professionals • campus recruiters, admissions officers and military representatives at trade show to help students with college and career planning • media tours • opportunities for enrichment and personal/school recognition • teacher training and Certified or Master Journalism Educator certification testing For more information, visit JEA NSPA JEA/NSPA conventions are endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals Meet...  Read More »

November 21, 2011 • 0 comments


JEA Mentors to lead new adviser sessions at this year’s Fall Press Day

JEA Mentors to lead new adviser sessions at this year’s Fall Press Day

Rob Melton and Bill Flechtner

Bill Flechtner and Ellen Kersey, two of Oregon's three trained JEA Mentors, will present sessions for new advisers at Fall Press Day. Patty Turley is another trained mentor from Oregon. The JEA Mentor program is funded through grants from the Northwest Scholastic Press, the Oregon Journalism Education Association, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and sponsorship from the Journalism Education Association ( Oregon is one of a few states to offer a mentoring program to new high school publications advisers. This program is aimed at addressing the attrition rate for journalism/media teachers across the country. In Oregon, nearly half of all first-year journalism/media teachers and/or advisers leave the position by the end of the first year. The mentoring program is a way to help end this crisis. NWSP is committed to supporting new advisers throughout...  Read More »

October 7, 2013 • 0 comments

Elimination of programs poses threat to scholastic journalism, and what you can do to stop it today

Scholastic Journalism Institute White Paper on Threats to Scholastic Journalism Programs Click here: 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...  Read More »

November 22, 2011 • 0 comments



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