Sam Stites chosen for News21

For the third year in a row, a journalism student at the University of Oregon has been selected for a fellowship with the Carnegie-Knight News21 national multimedia reporting initiative.

News21 was established at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism as a program to bring together journalism students from around the country to produce in-depth, innovative journalism on national critical issues. The semester-long program offers students the chance to work one-on-one with experienced journalists and receive national distribution and recognition of their work.

This year, Sam Stites was selected among 20 other top journalism students from 16 different universities to conduct an investigation into state gun control efforts and gun rights issues.

Stites initially applied because he heard about the program from his two friends on the Oregon Daily Emerald who attended the fellowship the last two years – Michael Ciaglo in 2012 and Colton Totland in 2013.

“It’s one of the most prestigious reporting fellowships in the country, and I am very drawn towards investigative journalism,” Stites said.

Stites is particularly looking forward to traveling throughout the country with News21 and putting his digital reporting skills to use.

“This will be a great test of my abilities,” Stites said. “I’ll probably grow a lot, meet some great people and make connections.”

“Capping off my college career with this fellowship is the culmination of a lot of different people putting time and effort into helping me,” Stites said. “I am extremely grateful.”

–Hayley Lane, ’15 Journalism