The Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded Oklahoma  Watch $500 to help fund a student internship program for photo and video journalism.

Oklahoma Watch Executive Editor David Fritze said the program will be used to help develop skills and career interest in visual journalism. As part of the grant, Oklahoma Watch has brought on its first intern devoted to photography and videography – Michael Willmus, a junior at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Willmus has six years of photography experience, including working in Idaho as a whitewater rafting photographer.

“We appreciate this support from SPJ Oklahoma and how it will help encourage students to sharpen their skills and their interest in one of the most adventurous and satisfying careers in the field,” Fritze said.

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