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Award-winning Virginia high school journalism teacher named new NWSP director

Anthony Whitten has been selected the next director of Northwest Scholastic Press and the UO's diversity recruiter for the SOJC after a year-long nation-wide search. Anthony Whitten taught journalism for 12 years at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va. for Fairfax County Public Schools. He spent seven years advising The Guardian yearbook and The Watchdog newspaper at Westfield H.S. in Chantilly, Va. He also advised the The Stone Observer, a middle school newspaper. He advises the Guardian ye... Read more »

'We shed light on things, not heat' is secret to Grant Magazine success

Grant Magazine students reflect on winning their third straight Golden Crown Award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association in March 2016.

Oregon Student Free Expression Law (Public Secondary Schools)

Oregon Student Free Expression Law (Public Secondary Schools)

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...  Read More »

Jun 7 • 1 comment

Oregon Student Free Expression Law (Public College and Universities)

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,...  Read More »

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The SPLC news story: Oregon high school students ask school to return confiscated papers

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...  Read More »

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Start With Why

Start With Why

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-

Fun With Fonts

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 introduce their food cho...  Read More »

Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

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 remember their piece of that hi...  Read More »

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: 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...  Read More »

November 22, 2011 • 0 comments

JEA Mentors to lead sessions at Fall Press Day

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 • 0 comments

Recent MENTOR TRAINING Stories

  • Veterans mentor new advisers throughout the year September 18, 2011
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  • Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism May 1, 2015
  • OJEA and NWSP now Accepting Applications for Oregon High School Journalist of the Year January 30, 2015

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