Seventeen student journalists from universities across the state have been chosen as this year’s interns in the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. This summer, each intern will serve for ten weeks and live in the community their publication serves. Nine of this year’s interns are students in the SOJC.
This is the program’s fourteenth year and the first year that Oregon Public Broadcasting will be participating, offering the first multimedia reporting internship. The opportunity at OPB attracted a lot of student interest, according to Snowden coordinator Pete Peterson. Portland State University senior Lucila Epple will work at OPB this summer.
“I feel really excited about this internship,” says Epple, a communications major. “I hope it will give me the experience of working in a professional environment. I am interested in video production and social media and this internship will allow me to develop my skill set in both areas. Also, by working in Oregon’s public network, I will have the opportunity to meet the people who have my dream jobs and learn the ups and downs of the business.”
“We are very excited about OPB joining the Snowden team,” says Edwin L. Artzt Dean Tim Gleason. “The Snowden program is committed to preparing young journalists for the multi-platform world that is the future of journalism and OPB is a leader in the field. It is a wonderful complement to the Snowden newspaper partners.”
In 1997, the family of the late Charles Snowden, a former Oregon Journal editor who was known as a mentor to many in the newsroom, created the program. Five students made up the first class of Snowden interns in 1998. Since then, 160 Oregon journalism students have launched their journalism careers as “Snowdens.” Each intern receives a stipend, funded by the Snowden program endowment in the University of Oregon Foundation and the sponsoring media partners.
“The essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and work samples from this year’s applicants demonstrate their serious and thoughtful preparations for work in modern media,” says Peterson.
“The Snowden Program is … one example of true cooperation among schools,” says Peterson. “Early in the development of the Snowden program, the Snowden family and SOJC Dean Tim Gleason decided that outstanding new journalists at all Oregon schools should be eligible to apply. But it’s a true competition: No school gets a quota. Snowden judges choose the best applicants.”
Josephine Woolington, a junior journalism and political science major, says she’s excited to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Rebecca Woolington, a 2009 Snowden intern who is now a reporter at The Oregonian. “I am happy to be a part of a program with a history of helping new journalists build successful careers,” says Woolington. “Being awarded the internship also makes me more confident in my journalistic abilities. I feel ready to work with professionals and build my skills.”
“My main goal is to absorb as much as I can from the incredible photo staff at The Register-Guard,” says SOJC senior journalism major Aaron Marineau, who will work as a photographer at the newspaper this summer. “It’s an honor to work with photographers I’ve looked up to for years, and now getting the chance to learn from them while doing what I love is going to be pretty amazing.”
“Ruralite Magazine in Forest Grove has a large, diverse readership that comes from all different backgrounds,” says UO senior journalism: magazine major Elisabeth Kramer. “Learning how to write and edit pieces that appeal to such a varied audience is just one of the lessons I hope to take away from my time at Ruralite. Beyond that, I think working for such an established magazine can only add to the experiences I’ve had as a student.”
Rebecca Sedlak, a senior journalism: magazine and English major, hopes to learn as much as she can during her reporting internship at The Daily Astorian. “I hope to receive constructive criticism, improve my portfolio, stretch my interviewing and writing abilities, and learn where I fit in the journalism world. I hope this internship will help me make contacts and grow as a reporter.”
The 2012 interns in the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism are:
• McKenzie Allen (OSU): Multimedia reporter, News-Register
• Alando Ballantyne (UO): Reporter, East Oregonian
• Jocelyn DeWitt (OSU): Reporter, Herald and News
• Lucila Epple (PSU): Multimedia reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting
• Laura Frazier (UPortland): Reporter, Portland Tribune, and News-Times
• Grady Garrett (OSU): Reporter, Hermiston Herald
• Melissa Haskin (UO): Reporter, The Outlook
• Don Iler (OSU): Reporter/Copy Editor, La Grande Observer
• Elisabeth Kramer (UO: Staff writer, Ruralite Magazine
• Patrick Malee (UO): Reporter, The Register-Guard
• Alex McDougall (UO): Photojournalist, The Bulletin
• Aaron Marineau (UO): Photographer, The Register-Guard
• Rebecca Sedlak (UO): Reporter, The Daily Astorian
• Devan Schwartz (PSU: Reporter, Baker City Herald
• Betsy Swanback (UO): Reporter, News-Review
• Natalie Wheeler (UPortland): Reporter, East Oregonian
• Josephine Woolington (UO): Reporter, Mail Tribune