Since 1998, the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism has created unique internship opportunities for Oregon students, integrating on-the-job experience with training in journalism ethics.
In paid, ten-week placements, students work side-by-side with professionals, practicing the essential skills required to provide news and information to their communities. Reporter and photographer interns cover police, city hall, and schools, and develop feature packages on local personalities, regional heritage, entertainment, and the arts. Editing interns staff copy desks—checking facts, writing headlines and cutlines, and designing pages and spreads. Multimedia interns record and edit video and audio clips and assist with production of larger projects.
In administering the Snowden program, faculty and staff members from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication work closely with media outlets recognized for excellence in covering their communities and known for their dedication to mentoring new journalists. Each participating media outlet pays half the intern’s stipend. The endowment covers all remaining costs.
Examples of Snowden Media Partners
- The Daily Astorian
- News-Register, McMinnville
- Baker City Herald, La Grande Observer
- The Bulletin, Bend
- The Register-Guard, Eugene
- KLCC, Eugene
- East Oregonian, Pendleton
- The Outlook, Gresham
- Herald and News, Klamath Falls
- Portland Tribune, News-Times, Forest Grove
- Oregon Public Broadcast (OPB), Portland
- Mail Tribune, Medford
- Capital Press, Salem
- Ruralite Magazine, Forest Grove