Fourteen Oregon College students will spend the summer as interns in the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism

Thirteen years ago, the family of Richard Snowden envisioned a way to honor Charlie Snowden, a former Oregon Journal editor who was known as a mentor to many in the newsroom. Five students made up the first class of Snowden interns in 1998. This summer, 14 new journalists will benefit from this unique, state-wide program, says Snowden coordinator Pete Peterson.

Today, more than 125 Oregon college students and alumni can call themselves “Snowdens.” Peterson credits Snowden’s growth and vitality to the mutual interests in journalism education among the Charles Snowden family, UO School of Journalism and Communication, an ever-increasing number of donors, and participating media mentors across the state.

This year the program added intern sites at the Portland Monthly Magazine, Portland Tribune, Mail Tribune,(Medford), and Hermiston Herald. Returning media partners are The Register-Guard (Eugene), News-Review(Roseburg), East Oregonian (Pendleton), Baker City Herald, The Observer (La Grande), News-Register(McMinnville), Daily Astorian, The Outlook (Gresham), and Herald & News (Klamath Falls).

Interns in the class of 2010 come from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Corban University (Salem), and Lane, Chemeketa and Mount Hood community colleges. “It’s an impressive group of reporters, photographers and copy editors,” Peterson says. “They’re sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students from varying backgrounds and academic disciplines —one is a parent of two children, another is an Iraq War veteran, one’s a former pharmacist, and many of them have traveled. I’m impressed that they’ve worked and learned at previous internships and all have campus media experience.

“Like all the Snowdens since 1998, they’re going to extend and deepen their understanding of community journalism through their work with professionals. They’re on their way to media careers.”

Learn more about the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism