Online Reporter 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 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, 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 for the 2016 Online Reporter Project are now being accepted! The completed 2016 Application Form with other components must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016, via email to PNA Foundation, fax to (717)703-3008, or send to: Online Reporter Project, c/o PNA Foundation, 3899 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

This is an unpaid internship (possible academic credit), with registration to the conference, overnight accommodations 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, 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.



2015 Online Reporter Project

Stephanie Kulikowski, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Rachel Makansi, Juniata College

Gabriella Santoliquito, Penn State University, State College

Special thanks to our editorial mentors, Liz Allen (Erie Times-News) and Albert Stumm (Associated Press).


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