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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


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

Fall Press Day set for Wednesday Nov. 12 at UO in Eugene

Fall Press Day is Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.

Fall Press Day set for Wednesday Nov. 12 at UO in Eugene

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

The Northwest Scholastic Press Association and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication invite middle and high school journalists to Fall Press Day, a day of workshops, contests and panels on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. NWSP recently mailed the FPD flyer to schools across the state and has added the 2014 FPD Registration Form. More information will arrive next month. The latest information is always posted first on this website. Subscribe using Email Update on our home page to be notified of new content on our website. FALL PRESS DAY Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Erb Memorial Union University of Oregon, Eugene For more information,...  Read More »

August 28, 2014 • 0 comments


Lisa Lacy receives 2013 Hartman Journalism Teacher Of Year Award

Lisa Lacy receives 2013 Hartman Journalism Teacher Of Year Award

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

Lisa Lacy received the 2013 Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher Of The Year Award. The award honors Lacy's dedication and tireless support to educators across the state over many years. Lacy is the newspaper adviser at Tualatin High School. She is a past president of Oregon Journalism Education. Melody Hughes, the journalism teacher at Roosevelt H.S., receives the 2013 Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher...  Read More »

May 28, 2014 • 0 comments

Mary Beth Tinker talks about free speech, civics education with students

Mary Beth Tinker talks about free speech, civics education with students

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

Mary Beth Tinker, the plaintiff in the landmark ACLU case Tinker v. Des Moines that established free expression rights for students and teachers in schools, discused her case with  more than 120 students and their teachers this morning in Portland at the UO Portland Center. Mary Beth discussed her case, the rights of students today, and shared highlights from her Tinker Tour across the United States. A reception and lunch followed. She started the morning telling her story about events leading up to wearing a black armband in junior high school in 1963 to protest the Vietnam War. She also talked about the five freedoms of the first amendment, introducing each by giving a way a T-shirt with the name of the freedom on it. Then she turned the program over to SPLC attorney Mike Hiestand of Washington state to discuss press law, Oregon's free speech protections, and an overview of decisions since Tinker...  Read More »

March 14, 2014 • 0 comments

Start With Why

Start With Why

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor

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,, is a painless way to explore your WHY, and the HOW and WHAT that follow. -30-

March 14, 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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