Catherine Hampton

Catherine Hampton

Catherine Hampton learned first-hand about the newspaper business at Coos Bay World

She built one of the state's great journalism programs

Catherine Hampton was elected President of the state’s journalism adviser organization, Oregon Journalism Education Association, in 2013 for a three-year term. She teaches journalism at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Ore.

The publication she advises, The Marshfield Times, was named a 2013 Pacemaker Finalist in the Broadsheet 9-16 Pages category by National Scholastic Press Association for the third year in a row. The newspaper is one of 18 in its category from across the country to make it to the finals. The newspaper has also been named a Best of Show winner at JEA/NSPA National Journalism conventiosn and is a consistent All-American winner.

The Marshfield Times Staff in 2012
The Marshfield Times Staff in 2012

Marshfield High School is proud to have Hampton, the 2006 Oregon High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, on its staff. Hampton, a 1991 MHS graduate, has been an English teacher at Marshfield since 1998 and became adviser to the school’s student newspaper, The Ma-Hi Times, in 2002. With no prior experience teaching journalism, Hampton consulted veteran advisers throughout Oregon and created her own curriculum.

She wanted her students to create every facet of a high quality newspaper and learn to use industry-standard technology at the same time.

“I don’t know everything or [have] all the answers, but I find people that do,” said Hampton.

Hampton worked as an intern at the local newspaper, The World, in July 2005 and refers to that experience as one of the best things she’s ever done.

“They put me to work as a reporter my first day…and I was able to share what I learned with my students.”

The Ma-Hi Times is now a fullsize eight-page paper published each month of the school year and one which consistently earns awards for the quality of its journalism.

“We have grown [into] one of the best high school papers in the state,” Hampton said with understandable pride.