Max Denning | @TheMaxDenning |


Community Organizer | Oregon Rural Action March - Aug. 2019

  • Worked as a rural community organizer in La Grande, Oregon for a nonprofit focused on helping reshape the narrative of rural Oregon

  • Helped advance social and environmental justice causes through community organizing in the region and lobbying in Salem

  • Frequently traveled around Eastern Oregon to meet with ORA members and assist affiliated organizations in understanding political landscape of the region

  • Met with state legislators, attend hearings and represent ORA's priorities on state-wide progressive coalitions

  • Took part in recreating organizational theory of change and deciding strategies for issue campaigns at both the local and state level

News Reporter l The La Grande Observer July 2018 - Feb. 2019

  •  Produced stories for every issue of the newspaper, three times a week

  • Wrote centerpieces on topics such as unemployment, minimum wage, the urban-rural divide, political fundraising and local elections

  • Independently developed story ideas

  • Covered city council, breaking news, politics and Eastern Oregon University    

News Intern | Willamette Week May–Aug. 2017

  • Interned for one of nation’s most decorated alternative weeklies

  • Produced multiple blog posts a week contributing to

  • Assisted editors in research and public records requests

  • Wrote multiple articles printed in weekly print edition on transgender rights, minimum wage increases and U.S.-Russia relations

Independent Contractor | Portland Tribune May 2016 –Aug. 2016

  • Freelanced for newspaper in Portland, Ore. with circulation of 120,000

  • Wrote articles on violence in Portland, street fairs and the Rose Festival

  • Pitched stories to editors weekly

  • Promoted from intern position the previous summer


Ithaca College                                                                                             Ithaca, N.Y 2014–2018

Major in Journalism; Minor: Politics   G.P.A: 3.7

Ithaca College Park Scholarship Full Scholarship to the Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications  


National Society of Professional Journalists General News Reporting Selected as the 2015 best general news story in the country by the Society for Professional Journalists for the article “Ithaca College RAs protest racial aggression by public safety”

United States Senate Youth Scholar Selected for $5,000 National scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Senate for students interested in politics and government