Online Reporter Project

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) Foundation, with the support of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (PSNE) offers a unique two-day internship for college sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in journalism or communications programs. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and make contacts for that first job!

During the weekend conference, student interns will have the chance to work one-on-one with industry professionals to produce a live website, conduct interviews, report on industry issues, cover conference presentations and awards programs, and have a chance to network with editors from across the state, by covering the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference, including the Professional Keystone Press Awards.

Students who are interested in reporting, shooting video, taking photographs, designing a website and copy editing should apply. *This is an unpaid internship (possible academic credit), with registration to the conference, overnight accommodations and meals paid by the PNA Foundation.

Applications for the 2018 Project were accepted by the PNA Foundation through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. 

2018 ORP Application

"Editors at the York Daily Record/Sunday News have found that the interns with the Online Reporter Project are worth talking to about current or future job openings. The project attracts smart and engaged young journalists who are eager to start journalism careers. In recent years, we hired someone to work on our old night news and digital desk and who later moved into a beat reporting job at the paper. Our sister paper, The Hanover Evening Sun, also has hired from the project's  talent pool."  -- Tom Barstow, former Assistant Managing Editor - Regional Design Center 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Teresa Shaak, Manager, Foundation Projects, PNA Foundation at 717-703-3003.

*This 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.  Popular donations in the past have been sporting event tickets, signed memorabilia, hotel packages, art work, gift cards, and area baskets. If you wish to donate an item to support this important project, please contact Teresa Shaak, Manager, Foundation Projects, at or (717) 703-3003.



Thank you to the 2018 Online Reporter Project Interns (and mentors) for the wonderful coverage of this year's event!  Coverage may be viewed here.

Zoe LaPorte, Misericordia University

Megan Milligan, Temple University

Anh P. Nguyen, Temple University

Ashley Stalnecker, Ithaca College


Special thanks to our editorial mentors:

  • Liz Allen, recently retired from the Erie Times-News;
  • Marta Gouger, Editor, Times News, Lehighton; and
  • Mike Sisak, Social Media/UGC Editor, Associated Press.


Past Online Reporter Projects


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