PNA welcomes new crop of Online Reporter Project interns to cover 2015 PA Press Conference

  • May 20, 2015

Nikki Rhoads, Communications Director

Three students from colleges and universities across Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals as they cover the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference as part of the Online Reporters Project.

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) Foundation, with the support of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (PSNE) offers a unique internship for college sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in journalism or communications programs in Pennsylvania. 

For two days, student interns cover the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference and Keystone Press Awards for a comprehensive online operation, the Online Reporter Project. Throughout the event, students have a chance to work one-on-one with industry professionals to produce a live website, conduct interviews, report on industry issues, cover convention speeches and awards programs, and have a chance to network with editors from all over the state. 

This year’s interns are Stephanie Kulikowski from Clarion University, Rachel Makansi from Juniata College and Gabriella Santoliquito from Penn State University. They will be mentored by Albert Stumm of the Associated Press and Liz Allen of the Erie Times-News. 

Their website will be at, and they will be tweeting using #Keystones2015

“This is the second year I have volunteered to work with the Online Reporter Project,” said Allen. “I've always enjoyed mentoring interns and I view my time with the online interns as a learning opportunity for me as well. Working with the tech-savvy AP staffers who volunteer for the project is valuable, too. In 2014, Josh Cornfield taught me some useful skills in WordPress and Google Docs and I look forward to learning some new skills by working alongside Albert Stumm and the three interns.”

Check out past Online Reporter projects from 2014, 2013 and 2012. More information and links to other past projects can be found here.

The Online Reporter Project is partially funded by a silent auction held each year during the Pennsylvania Press Conference. Auctioned items are typically donated by newspapers from across the state and bid on by the attendees at the Pennsylvania Press Conference.

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