Catherine Hampton learned first-hand about the newspaper business and built one of the state’s great journalism programs
Marshfield High School is proud to have the 2006 Oregon High School Journalism Teacher of the Year—Catherine Hampton—on its staff. Hampton, a 1991 MHS graduate, has been an English teacher at Marshfield since 1998 and became advisor to the school’s student newspaper, The Ma-Hi Times, in 2002. With no prior experience teaching journalism, Hampton consulted veteran advisors throughout Oregon and created her own curriculum.
She wanted her students to create every facet of a high quality newspaper and learn to use industry-standard technology at the same time.
“I don’t know everything or [have] all the answers, but I find people that do,” said Hampton.
Hampton worked as an intern at the local newspaper, The World, in July 2005 and refers to that experience as one of the best things she’s ever done.
“They put me to work as a reporter my first day…and I was able to share what I learned with my students.”
The Ma-Hi Times is now a fullsize eight-page paper published each month of the school year and one which consistently earns awards for the quality of its journalism.
“We have grown [into] one of the best high school papers in the state,” Hampton said with understandable pride.