Mike Richeson, editor of Multnomah's student newspaper, has been awarded the Snowden Endowed Internship, administered by the University of Oregon School of Journalism. Mike, a Senior at Multnomah, is one of 11 journalism students from around the state selected to receive a paid internship at an Oregon newspaper this summer.
Mike submitted writing samples, an essay, and letters of recommendation in his initial application. After making it past the first round of cuts, he was asked to drive down to Eugene for an interview. Only four of the 11 students chosen were not from the University of Oregon.
Ann Staatz, the journalism advisor at Multnomah said she was not surprised when Mike was selected to receive a Snowden Internship. "He is a motivated, self-starter who requires little supervision," she said. "He exhibits a teachable spirit; he values criticism and learns from it."
Mike also won a writing award from the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's collegiate division last spring. At a Poynter Institute National Writer's Workshop, he submitted a story for evaluation. The Oregonian assistant editor who read it arranged for a day-long job shadow for him at The Oregonian.
Mike is currently working on a double major in biblical studies and journalism at Multnomah. He also works part time in Multnomah's communications department as the publications assistant.