Student Journalists Chosen as Interns

Aug 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-1: Sovereignty in Indian Country, Tribal College News

WINNING TALENT. Lailani Upham-O'Donnell (Blackfeet) is one of the scholars chosen by the Chips Quinn program for her talent in photo journalism. In this photo, she shows Patrick Big Sam, 6, who was playing golf with his mother, Ellen Big Sam, one evening at the golf course of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT. Photo courtesy of reznet news.

Fifty-two college students of color were chosen to work in internships at 34 daily newspapers across the country in the Summer 2004 Chips Quinn Scholars program. Tribal colleges are well represented in the class as a result of the American Indian Journalism Institute, a three-week Freedom Forum-run introductory course on journalism at the University of South Dakota.

Seven of the interns are graduates of the institute, including three who are currently tribal college students. The three are Luella Brien, Little Big Horn College, who is from Crow Agency, MT, and will work for the Great Falls (MT) Tribune; Karen Ducheneaux, Si Tanka University; Swift Bird, SD, Aberdeen (SD) American News; and Lailani Upham-O’Donnell, Salish Kootenai College, Browning, MT; Great Falls (MT) Tribune.

The class brings to 880 the number of scholars since the program began in 1991.

The Chips Quinn Scholars experience began with a four-day orientation, May 20-23, 2004, at Freedom Forum headquarters.

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