Eli Stillman, a 23-year-old graduate of Southern Oregon University, has joined The Daily Astorian’s staff as this summer’s Snowden intern.
For about 10 weeks, he will work as a general assignment reporter, covering all manner of local stories.
“Eli came to us with outstanding recommendations and has approached his stories and the community with enthusiasm,” Managing Editor Laura Sellers said. “We look forward to his work this summer.”
The Snowden Internship Program, administered by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, is a premier internship program offering paid full-time summer positions at various publications throughout the state.
Astorian reporters Erick Bengel and Edward Stratton, and Coast Weekend Editor Rebecca Sedlak, are Snowden alumni.
“I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Stillman said.
Originally from Paradise, California, Stillman studied at Butte Community College before transferring to SOU, where he majored in film, television and convergent media while working as editor-in-chief of the campus publication The Siskiyou.
Last summer, he interned at The Rogue Valley Messenger and freelanced for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Before leaving SOU, he secured funding to continue the 90-year-old Siskiyou, whose future had been uncertain.
In journalism, “there are so many things you can do to constantly be getting better, whether it’s your interview tactics or just your writing, researching, anything like that,” he said.
Stillman is also a university track and field star — and proved it last weekend by winning the Running of the Trolls 5K race at the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.