Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in JournalismStory by Andra Brichacek

Sixteen college journalists, including 10 from the UO School of Journalism and Communication, 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 a new media partner this year — The (Coos Bay) World, led by editor and SOJC alumnus Larry Campbell — drew 59 applicants from 10 colleges.

“We received more applications than last year, which made this year’s selection process even more competitive,” said Kathryn Thier, SOJC instructor and Snowden internship coordinator. “The student journalists chosen have displayed extraordinary initiative throughout their collegiate journalism careers, as well as aptitude for and commitment to the profession.”

The family of Charles and Julie Snowden of Wilsonville, Oregon, established the program in 1998 to memorialize Charles, who served as an editor at The Oregonian and the Oregon Journal. Since the program’s inception, about 240 students from 16 Oregon colleges have earned internships. Nearly 80 percent of Snowden interns gain full-time work in news media after completing their university degrees.

“The Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism is unique because it provides both experiential journalism skills and ethics learning as well as mentorship to ensure student success,” Thier said.

The Snowden internship program is open to student journalists at all Oregon colleges and universities. In paid 10-week placements over the summer, students work side by side with professionals, practicing the essential skills required to provide news and information to their communities. Each intern receives stipends totaling approximately $5,500 from the sponsoring news organization and the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.

This year, 10 SOJC students are among the 16 college journalists selected for Snowden internships, including five reporting interns:

  • Cooper Green, senior (Capital Press)
  • Emily Olson, journalism master’s (East Oregonian, Pendleton)
  • Emerson Malone, senior (The World, Coos Bay)
  • Trân Nguyễn, senior (The Mail Tribune, Medford)
  • Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, senior (Herald and News, Klamath Falls)

The judges also chose five SOJC students for multimedia and photographer positions:

  • Rhianna Gelhart, senior (photo, The Register-Guard)
  • Kaylee Domzalski, junior (multimedia, OPB)
  • Franziska Monahan, senior (radio, KLCC)
  • August Frank, senior (multimedia, The Register-Guard)
  • Angelina Hess, senior (video, 1859 Magazine)

Six 2017 Snowden reporter positions went to students from other colleges around the state:

  • Emily Goodykoontz, Linn-Benton Community College senior (News-Times, Forest Grove)
  • Clara Howell, Pacific University senior (The Outlook, Gresham)
  • Hannah Jones, Southern Oregon University senior (News-Register, McMinnville)
  • Kaelia Neal, Linfield College junior (The Daily Astorian, Astoria)
  • Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland junior (The Register-Guard)
  • Jonathan Williams, Linfield College senior (The News-Review, Roseburg)


Andra Brichacek is the SOJC Communication team’s writer, editor and editorial content planner. She has nearly 20 years’ experience creating content for print and online media and has specialized in education since 2008. Follow her on Twitter @andramere.