A program has started at Oregon State University to bring prominent journalists to the campus to be a resource for students on the student newspaper and in journalism and communications classes.
The J.W. Forrester Editor in Residence program was named after the late Bud Forrester, who was editor of the East Oregonian, in Pendleton, and The Daily Astorian as part of a 42-year career in journalism. Forrester attended Oregon State in the 1930s; worked on The Barometer, the student newspaper, and later was sports publicity director for Oregon State University. He died in 2000.
Forrester's widow, Eleanor Forrester of Portland, created an endowment at OSU to bring print journalists to the campus to work with and counsel student journalists. Oregon State's technical journalism program was dropped in the early 1990s. But courses such as reporting and copy-editing continue to be taught at OSU and now have been moved into a new program called New Media Communications.
Tom Hallman, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The Oregonian, is the first Forrester Editor in Residence, coming to Oregon State this week. Hallman, 50, has won a Pulitzer and other national journalism awards for his feature writing.
Plans call for editors in residence to visit the campus most terms and for one to five days at a time. Expenses and an honorarium will be covered by the Forrester endowment and OSU's Student Media office. Newspapers in the Forrester-Aldrich group include the East Oregonian; The Daily Astorian; the Blue Mountain Eagle, in John Day, Ore.; the Chinook Observer, Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Ore.; and the Capital Press farm paper in Salem.