DECEMBER 5, 2023

Register by Friday, Nov. 24

University of Oregon

School of Journalism and Communication

Join us for a keynote speaker, a full day of learning sessions, and exciting contest opportunities. We are thrilled to welcome student journalists from around the state back to UO for our signature event, Fall Media Day.

Here's the tentative schedule:

8 - 9 a.m. — Registration

9 - 9:50 a.m. — Keynote Speaker

10 - 10:50 a.m. — Session 1 and On-site Contests

11 - 11:50 a.m. — Session 2

12 - 12:50 p.m. — Adviser luncheon, student lunch on own

1 - 1:50 p.m. — Session 3

2 - 2:50 p.m. — Session 4

3 - 3:30 p.m. — Closing awards ceremony


What to expect:

Need a little help getting there?

OJEA is offering five $300 grants to low-income schools to assist in offsetting bus and/or substitute costs. The brief online application is due Nov. 3, and is available here.

Volunteer to speak, judge

We'll waive the cost of registration for advisers willing to lead a session of interest (beginning or advanced level). We also need advisers to judge contests and offer on-site critiques. If you'd be willing to help, please complete this speaker/volunteer form.


Online, print news, yearbook and broadcast staffs are encouraged to enter the Best of the West contest. Students who would like to participate in individual on-site contests need to sign up at registration. Some contest categories will use the keynote speaker's presentation as their material, while others will offer a prompt. Participating students will be in their contests during the first breakout session time slot. There is no cost to participate, however a limited number of students from each school may enroll in each category.


Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to sign up to tour the UO School of Journalism and Communication. Space for each tour time is limited, and no more than three students per school can sign up in a time slot. Sign up at registration, first come, first served. Advisers, please keep track of who from your school is signed up to attend and when.


Advisers, look for on-site critique sign up sheets at registration. Critique sessions last 15 minutes, and up to five student editors can attend with an adviser. Experienced advisers will skim your publication and offer a few tips for improvement. News publication and yearbook staffs are welcome. Online and broadcast staffs are also welcome but need to provide their own access to material (laptop with wifi to connect to website, for example).