Let’s have a round of applause for NMC student Taryn Luna!

Seriously, with so much bad news swirling around these days I am thrilled to share the wonderful news that NMC junior Taryn Luna — fresh off her stint with the New York Times Journalism Institute –(http://www.nytimes-institute.com/miami09/)– is doing us proud, once again. Actually, twice again: In one week!
The first honor for Ms. Luna, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is that she is a finalist for UWIRE 100’s Top Collegiate Journalists, described on their website as “the 100 most promising college journalists. They are already the best and brightest and are making their mark as they hone their skills with an eye toward becoming tomorrow’s top professionals.”
Check it out: http://www.uwire.com/UWIRE100/uwire100.html
The second piece of big news announced last night is that Ms. Luna was selected for a Snowden Internship at the Gresham Outlook this summer. Pete Peterson, who runs the Snowden program out of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, told me they had 57 applicants and conducted 29 interviews, and that Taryn was an excellent candidate they were thrilled to select.
The highly respected Snowden internship — named for and funded by the family of famed Oregon newspaper editor Charles Snowden — is a 10-week, paid internship placing top Oregon journalism/media students in newspapers around the state.
I’d love to see us promote, publicize and support Ms. Luna’s extraordinary run of success in all possible ways.
Besides all of this great news, the reason I so deeply admire Taryn is that without any fanfare, just pure hard work and a tremendous empathy and nose for news, she has been walking the walk of journalistic diversity by telling the stories in The Barometer of a wide range of students of color on campus whose lives and complexities had otherwise remained silenced. It is for this kind of crucial reporting, storytelling and interviewing prowess, that I am most proud.
Here are two recent examples of such stories:



Here she is in a video interview for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute:


I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Taryn for her excellent work, her many successes, and her consistent ability to use new media tools to rise to what remains a very old, still noble calling.



Amazing New Media student at OSU gets an amazing opportunity!! Read it and weep, which is what I did. Yeah Taryn!!!



Media Release

OSU Student Selected for New York Times Institute

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University student Taryn Luna is one of 20 students nationwide to be selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute for members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Miami in January.

Luna was selected to attend the 10-day program at Florida International University beginning this Jan. 2. Students were competitively selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times from among a pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists who applied from around the country. More than 40 different colleges and universities were represented among the applicants.

Students are selected based on an essay of up to 500 words, clips or portfolios of their work, and their experience in journalism. Graduates of the Institute have interned at or now work at some of the most prestigious news organizations in the United States, including The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and, of course, The New York Times itself, along with many other newspapers and news organizations.

Luna was recommended by OSU New Media Communications faculty member Pam Cytrynbaum. Luna, from Dixon, Calif., is a junior majoring in New Media Communications.

“Taryn is exactly the kind of student who will thrive in the Times’ program,” Cytrynbaum said. “It is especially an honor for her to be selected because she isn’t coming from a traditional journalism program, but from our New Media program.”

Students at the institute work with veteran journalists from The Times, The Boston Globe and the Times Company’s regional newspapers in a newsroom environment. Participating students have covered presidential speeches and campaign events, the funeral of a famous mob leader, issues such as immigration, and dozens of other stories.

In keeping with her New Media Communications student status, Luna has written online about her experience of being chosen and will comment via her blog from Miami.

“I honestly didn’t think this kind of opportunity would be possible,” Luna said. “The experience of working one-on-one with a professional in the journalism field is what I’m most excited for. I’m hoping this opportunity will show me what aspects of my writing need to improve in order for me to reach the professional level.”

For more information on New Media Communications, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/nmc/ http://oregonstate.edu/cla/nmc/

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college’s research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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