Claremore Daily Progress

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May 30, 2014

Daily Progress welcomes summer intern


Oral Roberts University senior Kristy Sturgill has joined the staff of the Claremore Daily Progress as a summer intern.
Sturgill, who is a 2011 graduate of Oologah High School, is studying convergence journalism, a new bachelor of science degree program at ORU that offers preparation in radio, television, web and print journalism.
“We have classes in all mediums to make us more marketable once we graduate and start looking for jobs,” Sturgill said.
When classes resume in August, she will be managing editor of ORU’s newspaper, The Oracle. She has been writing for the publication since her freshman year, and this year won second place in Team Investigative Journalism in the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association contest. 
“I’m excited for what I can learn this summer and the opportunity to get some newsroom experience,” she said.
Over the past year, Sturgill worked as a media tracker intern with Cherokee Nation Businesses. Her duties included reading 172 newspapers each week from across northeastern Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas in order to log articles published about the Cherokee Nation and its citizens.
She has also been a freelance writer for World on Campus magazine, a branch of an online publication geared toward college students with news from around the globe. 
At ORU, Sturgill is a Whole Person Scholar, one of 20 students selected each year to receive a full tuition scholarship.
She also founded the Native American Student Alliance on campus and is involved in student government. In addition, she participates in Reading Partners in Tulsa which tutors children in reading.
Sturgill said she has known for a long time she would pursue a career in journalism.
“My mom is the one who always joked that I’d be a journalist. When I was young I would listen in on her phone calls and when she hung up, I would interview her because I couldn’t hear the other side of the conversation!,” Sturgill said.

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