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. 

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.

Check back in November for information about the 2018 Online Reporter Project!

Applications must have been received by the PNA Foundation by Friday, January 27, 2017.  Those accepted were notified in March.

View the 2017 Application Form.   

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.



View the 2017 Online Reporter Project

Congratulations to the 2017 Online Reporter Project Interns! 

William Derry, Penn State Beaver

Robert DiRienzo, Temple University

Amelia Kibbe, St. Bonaventure University

Julia Schuller, Penn State Schuylkill

Special thanks to our editorial mentors:

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


Past Online Reporter Projects


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