Sixteen college students from around the state of Oregon were honored on Friday night at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center for participation in the 10-week Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism internship. Seven of this year’s interns are students from the SOJC.

Since 1998, the paid internship program has created unique opportunities for Oregon students, integrating on-the-job experience with training in journalism ethics. The interns work side-by-side with professionals, practicing the essential skills required to provide news and information to their communities, during the summer months.

This year interns worked with prestigious media partners including: East Oregonian in Pendleton; The Register-Guard; The Daily Astorian and Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland to name a few.

“I think it’s important that the SOJC has partnerships with these types of programs because it offers students a taste of the real world before they graduate,” said 2014 Snowden intern Dahlia Bazzaz. “After my internship at Oregon Public Broadcasting, I know that I want to be a reporter.”

Under the direction of the Snowden Internship Coordinator Pete Peterson, the highly selective positions were chosen by a committee that reviewed 73 applications for this year’s 16 internship. Peterson closely followed the progress of each intern and worked closely with the editors to provide a supportive learning environment.

The Snowden Program honors the life and career of Charles Snowden, a long-time editor at The Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. Charlie Snowden, who retired in 1986 and passed away in 1997, had a great passion for good writing, history, and the practice of ethical journalism.

Five students made up the first class of Snowden interns in 1998. Since then, 203 Oregon journalism students have launched their journalism careers as “Snowdens.” Each intern receives a stipend, funded by the Snowden program endowment at the University of Oregon and the sponsoring media partners.

Snowden interns have landed careers at top media outlets throughout the country (and world) including: The Associated Press, The Oregonian, The Los Angeles Times, Nike, The Seattle Times, Bloomberg News and The Prague Post (Czech Republic). In addition, 78 percent of last year’s class found full-time employment in media after graduation, an extremely high number in this profession.

Congratulations to the Snowden Class of 2014:

Dahlia Bazzaz (UO), Multimedia Journalist, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland
Troy Brynelson (UO), Reporter, East Oregonian, Pendleton
Ian Campbell (UO) Reporter, The Register-Guard, Eugene
Megan Campbell (OSU), Reporter, News-Review, Roseburg
Craig Garcia (UO), Reporter,
East Oregonian, Pendleton
Victoria Hampton (Pacific), Writer,
Ruralite Magazine, Hillsboro
Coby Hutzler (PSU), Reporter,
Baker City Herald
Alisha Jucevic (UO), News Photographer, The Register-Guard
Laura Knudson (WOU), Reporter, Outlook, Gresham
Sarah Mason (Linfield), Reporter,
The Daily Astorian
Casey Minter (UO), Reporter, Capital Press, Salem
Miles Sari (Willamette), Reporter,
Herald & News, Klamath Falls
Kate Stringer (U Portland),
Portland Tribune, and Forest Grove News-Times
Alan Sylvestre (UO), Multimedia Journalist, The Register-Guard
Kelsey Thomas (U Portland), Mail Tribune, Medford
Nastacia Voisin (U Portland),
News-Register, McMinnville

For more information on how to apply for the Snowden Program or to become a media partner, please contact Pete Peterson at petep@uoregon.edu.