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Caitlyn Lehner gets Snowden Internship, Oregon Newspaper Foundation Scholarship

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First robin of spring

Chemeketa student gets Silverton internship

Current Chemeketa student Caitlyn Lehner has earned an opportunity that no other community college student in the state of Oregon has earned. She is one of 16 journalism students to receive Snowden Internship and was the only student attending a community college.

The internship allows students to increase their experiences in the fields of reporting, copy editing and photography; while others will get to immerse themselves in social media, website design, and videography. These students will find out about the newest technical skills and other responsibilities that will benefit them if they choose a path in the journalism field.

Caitlyn attended Silverton High School, but lives in Molalla, OR. She is in her third year at Chemeketa, and has served as a lead reporter for Chemeketa students newspaper The Courier . Currently Lehner is the co-managing editor of the paper. Lehner credits Bill (William) Florence, Chemeketa’s Journalism Instructor and adviser to the Courier as having a very significant impact on her life.

“He has continued to fuel my motivation to become a better writer, reporter, and student. And of course Chemeketa is a wonderful school where I have gained so much in my three years,” said Lehner.

Florence, himself then had these words to add in regards to Lehner.

“The Snowden internships are highly prestigious, sought-after opportunities for thousands of Oregon journalism students; the fact that Caitlyn earned such an honor speaks highly of her and her dedication to the craft. The newspaper in Pendleton is lucky to get her. She also is a talented writer who knows the news business and what it takes to be a success.”

Lehner also wanted to share that she recently wrote a story about a woman named Janie Marsh that changed her outlook on life for the better. Lehner was able to publish a story about Marsh in the Courier, which was published in the April 15th edition.

Through her journalism and interviewing of this woman, Lehner discovered that, “She had changed her life.” And soon after she finished writing the story Lehner, “realized I had the power to tell her story and spread the message of ‘don’t give up’.”

Additionally, Lehner received a $1000 award from the Oregon Newspaper Foundation, which she plans to use when attending the University of Oregon in the fall.

Contact: Emily Duplessis Public Affairs Manager

phone: 503.551.7595

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