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Consider making end-of-year gift to Clackamas Community College Foundation to boost efforts of interns to work at professional newspapers.

Readers of this newspaper have an opportunity to make tax-deductible, end-of-year gifts to the Clackamas Community College Foundation, providing CCC students with more opportunities to begin careers in professional journalism.

Though they provide valuable experiences and often lead to advancement in professional journalism, many publishing and journalism internships are unpaid, making it difficult for low-income students to break into the publishing industry.COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Laura Canida and Linda Vogt met this year after Canida was able to pursue her dream to work in professional journalism, thanks to a new scholarship sponsored by Vogt.

Starting this year, the CCC Foundation partnered with CCC's journalism instructor Melissa Jones and retired faculty member Linda Vogt to establish the Linda Vogt Journalism Internship Scholarship. This unique opportunity provides funding for a CCC journalism student to intern with a publishing partner while receiving a stipend for their work.

Laura Canida, the first recipient, spent the summer working for Pamplin Media Group, including the Clackamas Review/Oregon City News, writing about everything from real estate to COVID vaccines.

"This journalism internship was a great learning opportunity," Canida said. "I appreciated the chance to learn how Pamplin Media's newspapers are run, learn what goes on behind the scenes and get articles ready for print. It was a great experience to conduct interviews and go to events that I normally would have never covered."

Raymond Rendleman, editor of the Clackamas Review/Oregon City News, appreciated having the student working for the newspaper over the summer.

"Laura Canida was an excellent candidate to launch this internship program, as she paved the way for other Clackamas Community College students to shine as well," Rendleman said. "In less than two months, she wrote dozens of stories, many that appeared on the front page of the paper — clips she can show to get other professional jobs in journalism."

Vogt said it was the highlight of her professional career to serve as CCC's journalism instructor and student newspaper adviser for 21 years.

"Now, it is my honor to have this journalism internship scholarship created in my name," Vogt said. "It gives me great satisfaction to know that a deserving student will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience working in a profession that is constantly changing. A paid internship is a luxury in these chaotic times, and I'm proud that we are able to provide one. I hope you'll join me in supporting this important effort."

If you would like to contribute to the Linda Vogt Journalism Internship Scholarship, visit give.clackamas.edu/give-now. Under the gift designation tab, select "Other" and type in "journalism scholarship."


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