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 (Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014), student interns will cover the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference and Keystone Press Awards for a comprehensive online operation entitled the Online Reporter Project. Throughout the weekend conference at The Penn Stater, State College, students will 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 the awards programs, and have a chance to network with editors from all over the state.
Students who are interested in reporting, shooting video, taking photographs, designing a website and copy editing should apply. Applications are due at the PNA Foundation by 5 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent to students by mid March.
Submit your completed ORP Application Form with a 500-word essay on "Why I want to participate in the 2014 PSNE Online Reporter Project." Also, include a resume describing your academic and extracurricular activities, including your experience in journalism. Submit six clips or a portfolio of photos, graphics or screen grabs.
This is an unpaid internship (possible academic credit), with registration to the conference, overnight accommodations at The Penn Stater and meals paid by the PNA Foundation.
"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, Assistant Managing Editor - Regional Design Center
QUESTIONS? Please contact Teresa Shaak, Manager of Foundation Projects, PNA Foundation at 717-703-3003 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or (717) 703-3003.
Past Online Reporter Projects
2013 Online Reporter Project
Jessica Driscoll, Geneva College
John Dubensky, Juniata College
Special thanks to the 2013 Online Reporter Project mentors: David Merrell, philly.com and Marc Charisse, The Evening Sun, Hanover.
2012 Online Reporter Project
Kaitlynn Maloney, Chatham University
Hannah Sawyer, Gettysburg College
Amy Stansbury, Temple University
Special thanks to the 2012 Online Reporter Project mentors: David Merrell, philly.com; Marc Charisse, The Evening Sun, Hanover; and Wendy Warren, philly.com.
2011 Online Reporter Project
Alexandria Antonacci, Robert Morris University
Sabine Cherenfant, Robert Morris University
Sybile Cherenfant, Rober Morris University
Queen Muse, La Salle University Special thanks to the 2011 Online Reporter Project mentors: Harry Funk, Observer-Reporter, Washington; Sandra Long, The Philadelphia Inquirer; and David Merrell, philly.com.
2010 Online Reporter Project
Elissa Hartman, St. Joseph's University
Chelsey Klube, Gannon University
Samantha Kramer, Penn State University
Jacqueline Lukas, Wilkes University
Aimee Morgan, Robert Morris University Special thanks to the 2010 Online Reporter Project mentors; Hai Do,The Philadelphia Inquirer; Harry Funk, Observer-Reporter, Washington; Sandra Long, The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Dan Victor, Philly.com.
2009 Online Reporter Project
Stephanie Desmond, Clarion University
Jessica Eagle, Duguesne University
Adam Eshleman, Penn State University
Stephanie Mancuso, Widener Universtiy
Charles A. McKinney, Immaculata University
Andrew Seaman, Wilkes University Special thanks to the 2009 Online Reporter Project mentors: Kristy Allen, Gettysburg Times; Harry Funk, Oberserver-Reporter, Washington; Rob Kandel, The Morning Call, Allentown; Sandra Long, The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Alyssa Young, The Express-Times, Easton.