Aspiring journalists gather at UO's 28th Fall Press Day

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of high school and middle school students descended on the University of Oregon on Tuesday to learn about the news industry at the 28th annual Fall Press Day.

A majority of the nearly 600 young students attending Press Day lectures at the Erb Memorial Union said they hope to pursue a career in journalism.

"The collaborative efforts that it takes to create a newspaper that's something that I want to do," said Colby Moses, a student at South Salem High.

"I'm an editor so I'm hoping to improve my editorial skills here today," said Haley McKinnon at Franklin High School. "I want to eventually write or edit."

With 40 advisers and 30 workshops at Tuesday's event, staff wanted to pass on as much about the world of journalism that they could fit in a day.

"Especially in today's time, we really want them to understand how important the ethical and moral responsibilities of journalists are and to set themselves aside from other journalists and other schools," said Dr. Karla Kennedy, executive director of Northwest Scholastic.

Dr. Kennedy added that anyone interested in attending can register for next year's event.