Community College student Joshua Dillen has become the first Clackamas student
to be awarded a prestigious Snowden journalism internship. Dillen, 43, will
work as a reporter at the Baker City Herald this summer in the paid internship
that combines working in the media with ethical training.
Clackamas alumni have gone on to win a Snowden while studying at four-year
schools, Dillen is the first Clackamas student to receive an award while still
at CCC. He is the only community college student this year to be awarded one of
16 Snowden internships; all others went to students at four-year schools.
Dillen has been a
journalism student at CCC since fall of 2010; he currently serves as co-editor-in-chief
of the student newspaper, The Clackamas Print.
“I first signed up
for a journalism class because I thought it would improve my writing, and I
wanted to be a fiction writer,” said Dillen, whose first story for The Print
was about Occupy Portland. He hopes to work as a journalist full-time after
He has never been
to Baker City before and is looking forward to the time there.
really excited to move to Baker City,” said Dillen, who graduated from Hayfork
High School in Northern California in 1987. “I grew up in a small town and I’m
looking forward to some country time.”
The full list of
2013 Snowden summer interns were announced last week by the Charles Snowden
Foundation and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
• Branden Andersen, UO: reporter, Bulletin, Bend
• Amanda Barker, UO: reporter, Mail Tribune, Medford
• Kathryn Boyd-Batstone, UO: multimedia journalist, Oregon Public Broadcasting,
• Josh Dillen, Clackamas Community College: reporter, Baker City Herald &
The Observer, La Grande
• Hannah Doyle, UO: Staff writer, Ruralite Magazine, Forest Grove
• Tess Freeman, UO: photojournalist, The Register-Guard, Eugene
• Sreang Hok, UO: multimedia journalist, Portland Monthly Magazine
• Lacey Jarrell, UO: reporter, Capital Press, Salem
• Andrew Kilstrom, OSU: reporter, News-Register, McMinnville
• Louie Opatz, PSU: reporter, Daily Astorian
• Tommy Pittenger, UO: multimedia journalist, The Register-Guard
• Kathleen Rohde, Pacific University: reporter, Portland Tribune & Forest
• Riley Stevenson, UO: reporter, The Outlook, Gresham
• Sam Stites, UO: reporter, The Register-Guard
• Warner Strausbaugh, OSU: reporter, East Oregonian, Pendleton
• Kate Tracy, Corban University: reporter, Herald & News, Klamath Falls
from 14 Oregon colleges applied to the program this year, each submitting a
resume, 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, course transcripts, and
up to 10 work samples.
Judges invited 32
semifinalists for interviews, selected finalists and then matched them with
Snowden media partners from around the state who will provide supervision and
personal mentoring during the 10-week summer internship period.
The Snowden Program
for Excellence in Journalism honors the life and career of Charles Snowden, a
longtime editor at the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. The endowment has
funded more than 100 internships for students since 1998. Snowden interns have
landed jobs at top media outlets throughout the country.
information, visit http://journalism.uoregon.edu/snowden.