Black Hills State University alum Tara Buehner, Spearfish, was awarded the prestigious Ward Neff Internship in her first year as a graduate student at South Dakota State University.

Recent Black Hills State University graduate Tara Buehner was selected to serve as the 2007-2008 Ward Neff Intern in her first year as a graduate student. This prestigious internship will provide Buehner a $15,500 stipend and her tuition will be waived for the year.

As a Ward Neff Intern, Buehner will look through a series of news Web sites seeking media-related news and opinion pieces to compile the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) PressNotes, an online summary of media-related news that is sent to nearly 1,000 media professionals nationwide each day. She will also assist the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at South Dakota State University with various projects.

The internship program, named for former Sigma Delta Chi President Ward Neff, is awarded to one journalism program nationally every two years. With a value of nearly $40,000, the internship funds two one-year graduate fellowships, a faculty supervisor stipend and travel to the SPJ national convention and journalism conference.

Assistant professor Dr. Matthew Cecil will supervise Buehner’s internship at SDSU. Cecil previously supervised the Ward Neff Internship Program at the University of Oklahoma.

Buehner, who is originally from Spearfish, received her honors’ bachelor’s degree in multimedia and communication art from BHSU in the spring of 2007. During her undergraduate studies, Buehner was involved with the university’s award-winning newspaper, Today; and the campus radio station, television station, and advertising agency. She also worked for two professors as an office assistant and worked as a freelance designer for various websites, logos, and other small publications while pursuing her degree.

In addition to her media interest, Buehner has an enthusiasm for health and wellness. She has completed two half-marathons and would someday like to run a full marathon. Her interest in this area may lead her to someday pursue a career in a health publication. Ultimately, she would like to return to the Black Hills and work as a professor.

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