Barnes named 2017 JOY

Michaela Barnes, a senior at Marshfield High School, has been named the 2017 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year by the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press Association. Barnes will now be a candidate for the National High School Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Journalism Education Association.

Barnes submitted an online portfolio that included samples of her work, an application, an essay, a transcript, and multiple letters of recommendation. Barnes serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Mahiscan, the Marshfield High School yearbook. Her work samples included photography, page design, opinion and feature stories on a variety of topics.

The selection committee was particularly impressed by her advanced photography skills. Besides shooting photos for both of her high school publications, Barnes has her own photography business and has shot many other students’ senior portraits. She plans on enrolling in the journalism program at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2017.

In her letter of recommendation, Marshfield yearbook adviser Stephani Howe described Barnes as a student who “takes her role seriously and does her best to meet the needs of not only the yearbook company, but of her staff as well.”

Marshfield newspaper adviser Catherine Hampton noted that Barnes has exceptional determination and drive. “She can do it all,” Hampton said.

Applications for the Journalist of the Year are reviewed by a board of representatives from the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press Association that includes current and former high school journalism advisers.

“The contrast between what were clearly yearbook photos/spreads and what were clearly newspaper photos gave me a clear indication that Michaela was a well-rounded photographer who knew what she was doing,” OJEA member Heather Treanor, who served on the judging board, said.

“We are proud to award the title of Oregon High School Journalist of the Year to Michaela Barnes. Her portfolio was an impressive mix of photography, design and writing. She is an extremely talented young journalist,” J.D. McIntire, Oregon JEA Director said.

As winner of the JOY award, Barnes receives the Alyce Sheetz Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the OJEA and Northwest Scholastic Press Association. Barnes’ portfolio can be viewed online at