CSU, Chico News

Journalism Student Selected for Prestigious Newsroom Experience

Date: 07-02-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Quinn Western, a fourth-year journalism student at California State University, Chico, has been selected from a national pool to participate in the Online News Association’s 2014 Student Newsroom. She will produce digital news content during the association’s annual conference and awards banquet Sept. 25–27 in Chicago.

ONA’s Student Newsroom program pairs students with seasoned journalists for a real-world news production experience. Western is one of 20 students who will produce content for ona14.journalists.org while working alongside reporters from NPR, CNN, ABCNews.com and the Washington Post.

The program is supported by a $30,000 scholarship from Google, which covers the students’ conference registration and travel and lodging expenses. The students hail from USC, UC Berkeley, NYU and Penn State, among others.

At CSU, Chico, Western served as managing editor of the student newspaper, The Orion, and as social media intern for the Department of Public Affairs and Publications. She has also interned at The Fresno Bee and The Sacramento Bee and earned writing awards from the California College Media Association and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Earlier this summer, she received one of two Visual Task Force Scholarships from the National Association of Black Journalists.

She is the second consecutive CSU, Chico student to be selected for the ONA Student Newsroom. Last year, journalism student Tercius Bufete reported from the 2013 conference in Atlanta.

“I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work alongside great young journalists and learn from the best in the industry,” Western said. “I owe a very big ‘thank you’ not only to the Online News Association but also to my professors for teaching me the necessary skillsets, answering my burning questions and getting me involved in hands-on experience at The Orion.”

The Online News Association is based in Washington, D.C., and represents digital journalists worldwide. The ONA conference program covers the latest trends and technologies in online journalism and culminates in an awards banquet.

CSU, Chico’s Department of Journalism and Public Relations is the only nationally accredited journalism program in California north of San Francisco. It offers options in news and public relations. In 2005, The Orion was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for its record of achievements.