MISSION: Northwest Scholastic Press provides services to the scholastic journalism community in the Pacific Northwest, including conferences, workshops, contests, critiques, awards and scholarships.
Dr. Karla D. Kennedy
Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator
University of Oregon
George Turnbull Center
70 NW Couch St., Third Floor
Portland, OR 97209
NWSP operates in cooperation with the Oregon Journalism Education Association (OJEA) and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA). NWSP is an affiliate of Journalism Education Association.
Nonprofit 503(c)(3) and Public Charity 509(a)(2) IRS Tax ID #93-1168163
Carla Harris, a journalism professor at Oregon State University, was the first Director of Northwest Scholastic Press (NWSP) in 1984, when Oregon journalism teachers moved the state’s high school press conference to OSU after the UO School of Journalism discontinued the Oregon Scholastic Press Fall Press Conference.
Under Harris’s leadership, the organization was originally housed in the Journalism Department at Oregon State University.
After the university closed the Journalism Department at OSU in 1988, NWSP moved to Portland with Director Harris. The High School Press Day continued at Oregon State University. NWSP was incorporated as a nonprofit and public charity in 1989 by Oregon State University’s Journalism Department and Department of Student Media.
After her retirement, NWSP moved to the Department of Student Media, with Student Media Director Frank Ragulsky acting as its director. After Ragulsky retired in 2010, the OSU Department of Student media discontinued its association with NWSP after High School Press Day in fall 2010.
Under NWSP Board Chair Mike Forrester’s leadership, retired journalism teacher Rob Melton was asked to serve as NWSP’s interim director from 2011-2012. The High School Press Day was relocated to Western Oregon University in October 2011, attracting more than 500 participants. The nwscholasticpress.org WordPress blog was created in 2011 at members’ request. All the latest news and announcements are posted on this website.
In the meantime, UO School of Journalism Dean Tim Gleason, a member of the NWSP Board of Directors, agreed to sponsor NWSP and to move it to the Journalism School’s third floor space at the UO Turnbull Center in downtown Portland. The School of Journalism then began a nation-wide search for a Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator/NWSP Executive Director. Dr. Karla Kennedy became Executive Director in 2012.