Diverse Student Journalist Awards

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation LogoBeginning in 2022, the PNA Foundation and The Lenfest Institute joined forces to sponsor a Diverse Student Journalist Awards program as part of the Student Keystone Media Awards Contest. In our continuing efforts to recognize, improve and impact diversity, equity and inclusion, this special award honors talented college and high school student journalists, of diverse backgrounds, for outstanding contributions to their newsrooms. Our hope is that the $500 cash award as well as the special recognition will encourage their continued studies and future careers in journalism.


Congratulations to our inaugural Diverse Student Journalist Award Winners!

Alisha Tarver, Penn State Greater Allegheny – The GA-Zette

Owen Levan-Uhler, Northern Lehigh High School – The Slate

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Diverse College Student Journalist Award

This special award recognizes a talented college student journalist, of a diverse background, for outstanding contributions to their newsroom. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, factors such as: ancestry, color, disability or handicap, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, age, veteran status and economic status. Entry should include three examples of work produced and published in 2021. Could include stories, photos, videos, special projects, use of various platforms and other examples of person’s impact on their newsroom. Entries also can be submitted in other contest categories. Entries will be judged together for overall excellence. Nominating letter (unlimited words) from faculty news adviser/supervising editor required. There is no limit on the number of entries from any news organization or journalist; however, no more than one award will be given each year. Winner will receive a framed certificate and a $500 cash award, sponsored by The Lenfest Institute.

The Lenfest Institute

2022 Diverse College Student Journalist Award Winner
sponsored by The Lenfest Institute

Alisha Tarver
Penn State Greater Allegheny – The GA-Zette

“Alisha used her background and her life’s experiences to encourage others on campus to not only tell their stories to her so she could report them, but she also gave other students the strength and the confidence to become part of the editorial team that kept journalism alive.  As a columnist, Alisha was open in sharing the challenges and issues that relate to Black women and their overall health and well-being, including her own.” 

From Alisha’s nomination letter submitted by
Rosemary Martinelli, Faculty Adviser,
The GA-Zette, Penn State Greater Allegheny

 

Diverse High School Student Journalist Award

This special award recognizes a talented high school student journalist, of a diverse background, for outstanding contributions to their newsroom. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, factors such as: ancestry, color, disability or handicap, race, religious creed, sexual orientation and economic status. Entry should include three examples of work produced and published in 2021. Could include stories, photos, videos, special projects, use of various platforms and other examples of person’s impact on their newsroom. Entries also can be submitted in other contest categories. Entries will be judged together for overall excellence. Nominating letter (unlimited words) from school’s faculty news adviser required. There is no limit on the number of entries from any news organization or journalist; however, no more than one award will be given each year. Winner will receive a framed certificate and a $500 cash award, compliments of the PNA Foundation.

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation Logo

2022 Diverse High School Student Journalist Award Winner
sponsored by the PNA Foundation

Owen Levan-Uhler
Northern Lehigh High School – The Slate

Owen ‘came out’ in an article last year when he mentioned being part of “our community” in his column about Pride. For being a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, it is hopeful to see someone like Owen fighting for what he believes to be just in our world – for his own future. I can only imagine where his dedication, determination and “gusto” for social justice take him.

From Owen’s nomination letter submitted by
Christopher Barnes, English/Journalism Teacher &
Managing Adviser, The Slate, Northern Lehigh High School