Our Team

The Awesome People Behind OSM

Melanie Wilderman

Executive Director

Melanie is a Gaylord College alumna with 17 years experience teaching journalism at the college level. She was the 2012 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists teacher of the year.

Lauren Tuck

Graduate Assistant

Lauren is a graduate student in Gaylord College studying Professional Writing. She plans on becoming a writer and editor.


Hannah Rystedt

Undergraduate Assistant

Hannah is a Journalism student in Gaylord College from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys photography, reading and spending time outside. 


102Years of Service
3252018 SMM Awards

About OSM

Follow the links below for more information about what OSM has to offer.

Serving Oklahoma Scholastic Media Since 1916

Oklahoma Scholastic Media’s mission is to advocate for and provide education, training and assistance to scholastic media advisers and students across Oklahoma. OSM sees scholastic media experience as a first step, followed by collegiate media experience leading, finally, to professional media positions. OSM is dedicated to improving scholastic journalism by training high school media staffs and helping to improve the print, online and broadcast products they produce.

Oklahoma Scholastic Media is housed in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. We continue to be grateful to Gaylord College for its support of our organization and encouragement of scholastic journalism. Dean Ed Kelley is a staunch supporter of high school journalism programs, which he makes clear by his generosity with college resources.



OSM has served scholastic media for over a hundred years. Click here for more information.


 OSM forms: your one-stop shop for all current OSM forms. See individual pages for more information.

Past Winners

Click the following link for a list of OSM contest winners from recent years.


The Oklahoma Scholastic Media Initiative provides grants to secondary school programs across Oklahoma.


The Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism is a yearly summer workshop that gives high school students the chance to work with professional journalists.


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Press Release

Norman, Oklahoma- Oklahoma Scholastic Media begins a new era by hiring two new student workers for the 2021 spring semester: Kyle Minton, a second semester junior Gaylord public relations major, and Samantha Hepburn, a second semester freshman economics and MIS double major. Both students have started their new positions this month.  Kyle Minton, originally from California, has been a student at OU since the 2020 fall semester. Kyle wanted to be involved with OSM because of the opportunity to gain experience in working with communications professionals. “I moved to Oklahoma in 2017, I had one goal in mind, and that was to become a student at the University of Oklahoma. I’ve achieved that goal,” Kyle said. He added “Now, I want to gain the proper experience in the public relations field; OSM has given me that opportunity. I am very thankful for OSM, my boss Melanie Wilderman, and the University of Oklahoma for giving me a chance to grow academically and professionally.”


Samantha Hepburn, a native of the Bahamas, said her interest in OSM stems from the benefit of doing what she loves with writing, while also gaining the skills necessary to translate information on a global scale. “When I researched more about the [OSM], I realized that it is something that aligned with a few of my passions, writing and the ability to help other people develop the skills that they need to be successful writers,“ Samantha said. “As a United World College graduate, I recognize the importance of being able to transcribe what’s happening in the world around us and how developing such a skill can be a lifelong benefit.”

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Past Press Releases