Print Editor Awarded Prestigious Journalism Scholarship

 Clackamas 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.

While other 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 college.

He has never been to Baker City before and is looking forward to the time there.

“I’m actually 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. They are: 
• Branden Andersen, UO: reporter, Bulletin, Bend
• Amanda Barker, UO: reporter, Mail Tribune, Medford
• Kathryn Boyd-Batstone, UO: multimedia journalist, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland
• 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 Grove News-Times
• 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

Seventy students 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.

For more information, visit http://journalism.uoregon.edu/snowden

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