Black Student Magazine Second Edition Out Now

Eugene, OR. Feb 11, 2022  

The Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) has unveiled its second edition of the Black Student Magazine, coinciding with Black History Month. 

Created by Oregon and SW Washington middle and high school students, the printed full color, 40-page publication is available beginning February 15, 2022 at select Portland and Lane County schools, libraries, after school programs, and Black businesses. A digital edition is available at: 

“BSM amplifies the voices and shares the cultural experiences of Black students across our region. Participation improves their writing competency, confidence, and character.”

The 2022 issue of Black Student Magazine includes profiles of emerging Black filmmaker Tevin Tavares, Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum, and a Q&A with award-winning poet, producer, actress, and playwright Anya Pearson. 

Throughout fall, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication undergraduates and alumni mentored middle and high school students through weekly Zoom editorial meetings. Participants gained writing, photography, and online publication skills applicable to any career field. The sessions also featured opportunities to chat with prominent and emerging Black journalists, Good Day LA! cohost and former CNN anchor Michaela Pereira, Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Meerah Powell, and a historian Julieanna Richardson.  

JLI and Lane Education Service District (Lane ESD) launched the Black Student Magazine project in the fall of 2020 as an after-school digital learning program to support academic achievement for students of color under Oregon’s Student Success Act (HB3427) and the African American/Black Student Success Plan (HB2016).  

The annual project is made possible by grant funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust, Nancy and Dave Petrone, Lane ESD, the Autzen Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Sponsors include Bi-Mart, Oregon Pacific Bank, Hoffman Construction, Umpqua Bank, PeaceHealth, Summit Bank, Oregon Tool, and NW Natural. 

Founded in 2015, JLI empowers students through project-based storytelling, enabling them to discover their voice and improve their academic outcomes. Through JLI’s programs, students develop stories relevant to their experiences from pitch to publication, working together throughout the journalistic process on research, interviews, writing, and editing. Since its inception, JLI has benefited more than 5,000 young people in Oregon and California.

For more information about the Black Student Magazine project, go to, or write to Contact: Ed Madison


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