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News-Times gains summer intern

RYAN LACKEYGrants Pass native Ryan Lackey has arrived in the News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune newsroom for a 10-week working internship as part of the University of Oregon’s Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.

Lackey, 22, graduated summa cum laude from George Fox University April 30 with a degree in English. While at George Fox he was editor-in-chief of The Crescent, the campus newspaper, and also wrote for the university’s athletics website. He was a member of the English department’s honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and had a cumulative GPA of 3.96.

His advisor, English professor Melanie Mock, encouraged him to apply for a Snowden internship, and he learned in March he was one of a handful of new Oregon journalists chosen for the program this summer.

“It’s really neat that the Snowden program puts student journalists in actual newsrooms and promotes cooperation between studying journalism and producing it,” said Lackey. “What’s really interesting is that the essence of journalism remains, whether on a tablet or screen or via wood pulp. It’s still about people — telling their stories — and making sure the quality and sincerity of the journalism is maintained.”

Covering everything from news features to sports to hard news appeals to Lackey, and he said he looked forward to

meeting people in Forest Grove, Gaston, Banks, Cornelius, North Plains and Hillsboro.

“I grew up in a small town, and I like the fact that things happen in small towns that are really immediate,” said Lackey, whose first assignment was to cover a parent-led rally at the Forest Grove School District administration office Monday. “One person’s actions can affect a lot of people.”

A 2012 graduate of Grants Pass High School, Lackey is the oldest of five siblings. His mother is a preschool teacher and his stepfather works for the state of Oregon in the

Oregon Youth Authority program.

Lackey plans to study American Literature in a master of arts in English program at Oregon State University this fall and eventually complete a Ph.D. One day, he’d like to work as an English professor “at a small university in Oregon,” he said.