OREGON STATE MEDIA
INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISM
Untitled Document
  • Briefly
  • Overview
  • Requirements
  • FAQ's
  • Open To Public
  • Interns
  • Reporters
  • Editors
  • Bloggers
  • Professionals
  • Press Credentials

The Oregon Herald has opened its doors to Interns, writers, and journalists interested in publishing their byline. Our advanced level is for INTERNS. We'll train you, as you work as part of our nonprofit professional news organization, focusing on writing, editing, and leadership development.

There is no obligation. You need to be objective, write as a third person, not as though you are here to promote your story, but to report about it objectively. It all takes just a couple minutes to become a member. We do not accept articles, public notices, or events.

Everyone is encouraged to join; high school teachers, homemakers, Interns, college students, graduates. Everyone. It's a straightforward idea. Perhaps you fancy yourself as a writer, a closet journalist but with no training or experience. Or maybe you're a career-minded journalist needing experience and bylines. There's a level for everyone. Members become stronger writers, editors, and critical thinkers. There are 9 levels where you can advance based on your own merit. For more information, click the Overview tab.

The work is online exclusively. Writers and students will receive hands on instruction in basic and advanced electronic journalism in writing local news stories and features.

This program is part of our nonprofit professional news organization, focusing on writing, editing, and leadership development.

The Oregon Herald is ad free and run by Oregon State Media, Inc., a non-profit Oregon Corporation.

Together we help Oregon readers become more community aware and involved. Perhaps you're a career-minded journalist looking for experience and bylines.

Write for an established online newspaper by joining Oregon's premier non-commercial news publication. Are you inexperienced? Start low and work your way up the journalistic ladder. No hurry. Take your time. If you're experienced, jump right in. However, everyone begins on Level 1. How quickly you advance depends on your potential, tenacity, skill, and ability.

To begin, all you need is a desire to write, have a flare for detail, organization, are courteous, careful, honest, and interested in the world around you. We will be careful with the quality and accuracy of what is published. We can only accept original articles and stories written by you and not copied from some other source.

Your writing and publishing is done from your home by using our easy to use online window boxes, preset forms created by our programmers. You do not need to have HTML or programming experience. You need only a computer, access to the internet, and a desire and ability to excel based on your meritorious efforts.

Our online program consists of NINE LEVELS of writing access. Everyone begins on basic Level One. Authors advance to higher levels by getting their stories published and helping others. Authors in levels above your current level have the opportunity to leave you suggestions and help edit your story if needed. As you advance to higher levels, you are urged to help others in levels you’ve already mastered. Each Author Level becomes a bit more difficult and demanding. Along the way, you'll get access to the Pressroom, where everyone has the opportunity to write comments about any story in the process of being published. In addition, at higher levels team members can make edits to stories before they're published.

Perhaps you'd like to be an editor, in control of your news area, in charge of others in levels below you. The highest Author levels allow you to write directly into the National and International News Index as seen from our Front Page.

There are several accomplishments you must perform on each level before advancing to the next. One requirement is to have published at least five articles for each level. It may take more or less. A staff editor will make that decision and other OSM team members will make recommendations. We want to be sure that by opening our journalistic doors to the public we first ensure that your news and features are accurate and fair and follow standard Journalistic Ethics.

In the end, the goal is a democratic group, self-correcting, promoted based on merit. If a mistake is severe, a team member may be sent back a level, or if too severe, start from the beginning. On the first level of access, we'll check your spelling and basic grammar. We'll try not to make obvious corrections for you because you should be responsible for making needed changes and corrections. You need to do the work yourself. If we feel your story isn't ready for publication, it will be delayed until you make those changes yourself.

While logged into your account, you'll be able to read online comments from our staff or from other Oregon State Media team members above your level, and respond to those comments and feedback before your article is published.

You'll soon find your own level, or more likely be placed there by someone at a higher OSM team level. Most important is accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, and fairness. Please keep those ethics in mind. There are others for which we try to abide but those four are paramount. If you don't try on a regular basis to excel with those four, you probably should not consider an OSM internship.

We don't make decisions or discriminate based on race, religion, or sexual orientation. If writing features or opinions, your views need not be insipid, or filled with mass-markets clichés. However, they should be objective, fair, and lucid.

Everyone is welcome to join. To advance through the nine levels of the Oregon State Media Team you will need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • Have a computer with access to the Internet
  • Follow Journalistic ethics
  • Compelled to correct spelling and grammar
  • Desire to improve and excel based on merit
  • Follow directions carefully and take constructive criticism
  • Get along well with others
  • Detail oriented, careful and organized
  • Fair, courteous, and honest
  • Interested in the people and world around you
  • Who can join?
  • The Oregon State Media Team accepts anyone from any location desiring to publish and excel. To advance above basic level 1, you'll need to follow guidelines and suggestions, and correct your writing before it's published.

    You may have no experience and we may have no idea what you can do. So first, you'll compose a story, perhaps just a page of text you wish to publish. It could be a feature about the way your parents met, with a photo. Perhaps you're interested in investigative reporting, local, state, or national news. It's all possible. To be published, your story needs to meet our minimum standards and you need to be willing and able to improve. If your story is written well the first time and there are no problems, it may be published quickly. The higher your level, the more quickly you can be published.

  • Will I be paid?
  • Except for our paid staff, all members of the Oregon State Media Team are unpaid volunteers. We do not pay you a salary and this is not an employment position.

  • How do I apply?
  • Simply enter your email address at the bottom of this page. We'll send you a link to join. We do this to help eliminate spam and bogus applications. You'll have first level OSM Team access. What happens next is all up to you. The OSM Team is based on merit. There are no gimmicks. If you excel, you advance to a higher level. Once on level 2, you'll have access to our Pressroom where you can help others in levels below. And on higher levels you can help by making more in-depth suggestions or even by editing articles of other writers who need help. But it's not a free-for-all. You need to be careful as an editor as well. If you make a mistake, you may be returned to a lower level. If the mistake is serious enough, you may lose your Oregon State Media Team access completely. And yes, we know we make mistakes too. And we're sure you'll want to point them out.

  • How long does it take to become an Oregon State Media, Inc., Team member?
  • You'll have access to the Oregon State Media Team Level 1 in just five minutes. No kidding. If you're slow it may take you six minutes.

  • Is it easy to get published?
  • Yes, but only on the first level. In level 1 you'll have limited access to areas of publication. The more you advance, the more options you will have to publish. The reader will understand the author is on their own. The lower level is fine for authors who only wish to write into these sort of areas.

  • Is it easy to move up in the Oregon State Media Team
  • No. By design, it's difficult. And it gets more difficult the further you advance. Along the way you'll get access to the Pressroom, where everyone has the opportunity to write comments about any story in the process of being published. And at higher levels team members can make edits to stories before they're published.

    Perhaps you'd like to be an editor, in control of your news area, in charge of others in levels below you. Or perhaps you'd like to be a staff editor. It's all possible. The highest levels allow you to write directly into the National and International News Index as seen from our Front Page.

    There area several accomplishments you must perform on each level before advancing to the next. One requirement is to have published at least 5 articles for each level. It may take more or less. A staff editor will make that decision. Or other Oregon State Media Team members will make recommendations. We want to be sure that by opening our journalistic doors to the public we first ensure that your news and features are accurate and fair. We all make mistakes, even the managing editor. However, we attempt to correct those mistakes when seen, or pointed out.

    In the long run, the goal is for the Oregon State Media Team to be more or less democratic, and controlled by Oregon State Media Team members, including you if you join and advance above level 1. It's a democratic group, self-correcting, promoted based on merit. If a mistake is severe, the Oregon State Media Team member will probably be sent back a level, or if too severe, start from the beginning or banned.

    On the first level of access, we'll check your spelling and basic grammar. We'll try not to make obvious corrections for you because you should be responsible for making needed changes and corrections. You need to do the work yourself. If we feel your story isn't ready for publication, it will be delayed until you make those changes yourself.

    While logged into your account, you'll be able to read online comments from our staff or from other Oregon State Media Team members above your level, and respond to those comments and feedback before your article is published.

    You'll soon find your own level, or more likely be placed there by someone at a higher Oregon State Media Team level. Most important is accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, and fairness. Please keep those ethics in mind. There are others for which we try to abide but those four are paramount. If you don't try on a regular basis to excel with those four, you probably should not consider our Oregon State Media Team.

    We don't make decisions or discriminate based on race, religion, or sexual orientation. While many of us are civil libertarians and progressive thinkers, we have lots of room for opposing views. If writing features or opinions, your views need not be insipid, palin dull, or filled with mass-markets cliches. However, they should be objective, fair, and lucid.



  • Can I write Editorials or National News stories
  • Yes. However, publishing into these category areas will take additional time for you to show we can trust you, and that you have the ability. We wouldn't want to waste your time or ours. We're more careful about serious news. In addition, if you demonstrate you're also careful, objective, fair, and accurate, we'll welcome you to write as much as you like, in any area for which you're qualified. If you're already a proven journalist, you'll advance very quickly. To publish into the main news index we need to be sure of who you are. At that time, you may be asked for more information about yourself before you're allowed to get very serious with your published articles.

  • Do you have a spell-checker
  • The box where you enter text for your story does not use a spell-checker. Internet Explorer and FireFox have provisions for spell-checkers which will work for you. This is posted in the Oregon State Media Team help system.

    We suggest you use a word processor such as Microsoft Word to write your articles, then cut and paste it into your New Story box. We'll do the formatting. The New Story page has comprehensive directions and news resources.

The Oregon State Media Team accepts anyone from any location desiring to publish and excel. To advance above basic level 1, you'll need to follow guidelines and suggestions, and correct your work. You may have no experience and we may have no idea what you can do. So first, you'll compose a page of text you wish to publish. To be published, your story needs to meet our minimum standards. If your story is written well the first time and there are no problems, it should be published right away without comment.

Includes writing local news and covering events, researching, editing, moderating Oregon State Media Team, and fact-checking. Interns should be available to work 2-3 days per week from their home or office. These positions will provide an opportunity to work with editors, fact-checking, editing and writing. Good writing skills and an interest the internet is very helpful.

It'll be helpful for Interns to have some experience in some area of web production, publishing or writing for the web. Interns will have some hands-on experience running the Oregon State Media Team site and assist staff reporters and editors. Interns may be relied upon for social media skills. Strong news judgment skills will be needed for monitoring news feeds. Serious Interns are treated seriously.

One of the main reasons for the existence of the Oregon State Media Team is to help develop local reporters who write about local events in their own community. There's no story too small, only small reporters. If you're good, you can write about the day your mother and father met. Or the day you Grandfather died. There's even room for fiction. Write a first person story about the day you were born. There are so many untold stories just waiting. And readers love those personal interest stories, as long as they're real, honest, and interesting.

Ask your parents, friends, grandparents for old photos. Create a story surrounding them and use those photos to touch millions of readers. Google indexes our news site heavily. What you write goes out everywhere.

The Oregon State Media Team is the perfect environment for reporters desiring bylines. As you advance through the Oregon State Media Team levels, you can edit articles written by anyone below your level. And anyone above your level can undo or re-edit what you have edited, or what you've written. And the editors must get it right because their credibility is on the line.

Edit grammar, spelling, structure, content, story images. You can also remove unwanted content or move it to a more appropriate area. Every story can have an image. Upload the right image to enhance your story.

It's all pretty much self-correcting with our staff reporters and editors watching with loving care in the higher levels, where, one day if you're good, really good, you'll be joining them.

If you're primarily interested in behind the scene editing, the Oregon State Media Team may be what you need. As reporters advance from one level to the next in the Oregon State Media Team, everyone has the opportunity to edit, correct, improve, and make suggestions to articles written but not yet published by other members. You are not allowed to edit the work of anyone on your level, or above your level, and any edits must be justified. However, the work of authors below your level will need your help.

Suggest grammar, spelling, structure, content, story images. The idea is not to do the work for the author but help them return and make the edits themselves. But advanced team members have the ability to remove unwanted content or move it to a more appropriate area, or send an author back to a previous level. But be careful. If your action is deemed inappropriate, vindictive, or blatantly wrong, you may be reduced in rank to a previous level. It's not quite a free-for all. It's democratic. Our staff, managing editor, and the editor-in-chief are in the background making sure it all flows fairly. In a learning environment such as the Oregon State Media Team, the point is to help and teach, not to have our staff step in to make big changes unless it becomes necessary. This way, you preserve what you have written.

In April or May we will open a Blog Area where you can work as a Blogger, getting experience creating regular blog content with your own blog. As with anyone, Bloggers need to move through the levels of the Oregon State Media Team to get published. To be accepted with your own Blog, you must complete Level three or higher in the Oregon State Media Team. We provide the online tools you need to write your Blog.

Professional reporters or those who plan to get somewhere in the business need experience and bylines. As a professional you understand it's easy these days to publish what you write, on Myspace, Youtube, or Facebook. And hundreds of other places on the web.

But for the professional, writing for an established news publication could make the difference in your portfolio and your news resume. Give it a try. The Oregon State Media Team might be the perfect fit, and as a professional, you will probably move quickly through our Oregon State Media Team levels.

Perhaps all you really want to do is publish a feature about someone or something in your local community. It could be a school event, a business meeting, or even a public declaration. This then is your category. You won't be forced to advance to Level 2. But your article still needs to follow our guidelines, spelling and grammar checked, and written with all the clarity and detail you can muster.

So, even though you're on Level 1 and you have no desire to get more involved, you still need to write your article as though it would be a story from a known publication. Because that's exactly what it will be. If you get published.

Press Credentials

Oregon Herald Press Credentials are available to Oregon State Media Team members who reach Level 8 or higher, and/or receive a written waiver or recommendation from our Managing Editor.

In addition to the Oregon State Media Team level, to be issued our press credentials, reporters must first present valid, government issued photo identification to demonstrate their US identity, and be available for a background check. This may include a valid driver's licence or valid passport. Credentials are issued by The Oregon Herald and Oregon State Media.

Interns, Movie & Video Reviewers, Bloggers, Reporters, Editors, Writers, Political Commentators, Opt/Ed, Authors.
Journalism, Social Comment, Local News, Journalist Internship, Local Features, Livestyles.

Get your own Movie Review Column, Blogger Column - Get your ByLine! Get Published.
Simply enter your email address and click Next. Your Email address will be verified. Your email address is private and confidential. You will not be placed on any mailing lists. We use your email address only to minimize the possibility of spam and for you to login or retrieve a lost password.
Enter your email address: