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Multnomah Journalism Student Awarded Prestigious Snowden Internship

3/19/2008
Ben Tertin, a journalism student and senior at Multnomah Bible College was awarded a Snowden internship. The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication administers the program, placing 12 students each year into paid 10-week internships at newspapers around the state.

"Interns are selected for their potential to succeed in the newspaper industry based on their journalism experience, commitment to ethics, passion for journalism, and academic performance," said Ann Staatz, chair of Multnomah's Journalism Department. "The program is open to student journalists at all Oregon colleges and universities."

44 people applied for Snowden Internships and 21 finalists were selected for interviews in Eugene. From the finalists, 12 students were chosen for internships, including Ben Tertin who will work at the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register this summer.

Earning the Internship
Tertin's internship was hard earned. In the fall of 2006, he began his term as editor of Multnomah's student newspaper, The Voice with no staff members. He recruited, trained, and supervised a staff of volunteers to plan issues, write copy, produce digital photos, and design pages. In addition, Tertin wrote many of the paper's stories himself.

"During the 2006-2007 school year, my staff produced award-winning, strong reporting, and The Voice became a major contributor to the education of every student on campus," Tertin writes in his internship essay. "The experience confirmed that journalists working for small publications ought to be confident that they will not complete thorough research and quality reporting in vain; their audience wants to hear the distinctive, local voice that strengthens society."

Additional Achievements
In addition to his Snowden Internship, two associations recognized Tertin in 2007 for his work. The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association presented him with awards for collegiate editorials, columns, and feature writing. Tertin and only three others were awarded journalism scholarships from the Evangelical Press Association.

Contact Info
For more information on Ben Tertin's Snowden Internship and his work with The Voice, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or kkendall@multnomah.edu.