SnowdenNineteen college journalists, including 12 from the University of Oregon (UO) School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), will get a shot at invaluable real-world experience while working at media outlets across Oregon this summer, thanks to the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. The statewide program, which added two new media partners this year — 1859 Magazine and KLCC radio — drew 50 applicants from 10 colleges.

“This year’s intern class is an accomplished group, representing the best of Oregon college journalists,” said Kathryn Thier, SOJC adjunct instructor and Snowden internship coordinator.

The Snowden internship program is open to student journalists at all Oregon colleges and universities. In paid 10-week placements, students work side by side with professionals, practicing the essential skills required to provide news and information to their communities. Each intern will receive stipends totaling $5,400, awarded by the sponsoring news organization and the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.

Since the program’s inception, more than 200 students from 14 Oregon colleges have won internships. Nearly 80 percent of Snowden interns gain full-time work in news media after completing their university degrees.

“These internships will be transformative, providing them with real-world experience, in-depth mentoring and network development at a critical point in their careers,” Thier said.

Six of the 12 SOJC interns will be working as reporters, including:

  • Mohammed Alkhadher, The Register-Guard, Eugene
  • Will Denner, East Oregonian, Pendleton
  • Hannah Golden, Mail Tribune, Medford
  • Junnelle Hogen, Statesman Journal, Salem
  • Madison Layton, News-Review, Roseburg
  • Forrest Welk, Baker City Herald, Baker City

One magazine feature writer internship went to SOJC senior Caitlyn May, who will be working at Ruralite Magazine in Hillsboro.

Snowden judges also selected five SOJC students to be multimedia and photography interns:

  • Adam Eberhardt, photography, The Register-Guard, Eugene
  • Shirley Chan, multimedia, OPB, Portland
  • Kira Hoffelmeyer, multimedia and broadcast, KLCC, Eugene
  • Kylie Juggert, multimedia, The Register-Guard, Eugene
  • Ben McBee, multimedia, 1859 Magazine, Bend

Reporting interns from other Oregon universities include:

  • Katrina Delamarter (Corban University), News-Register, McMinnville
  • Clare Duffy (University of Portland), The Bulletin, Bend
  • Ryan Lackey (George Fox University), News-Times, Forest Grove
  • Elize Manoukian (Willamette University), The Outlook, Gresham
  • Janae Sargent (Pacific University), Capital Press, Salem
  • Cheyenne Schoen (University of Portland), Herald and News, Klamath Falls
  • Eli Stillman (Southern Oregon University), The Daily Astorian, Astoria

About the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism
The Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism honors the life and career of Charles Snowden, a longtime editor at the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. In his memory, the Snowden family established an endowment for the program at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication that has funded more than 200 internships for students since 1998.

Story by Andra Brichacek