Hold an “It Can Wait” contest

For PNA Members

We are asking PNA members to hold local contests, with a monetary or other prize of your choosing, to encourage high school students to write a column or produce a video editorial about the dangers of distracted driving.  The PNA Foundation will donate $200 to local winners’ cash prizes for the first 20 PNA member newspapers who contact us about their local “It Can Wait” contests.  Through the generous support of AT&T, we encourage your participation and hope to generate excitement in these communities.

The proposed contest dates are below, and sample ads for your use or customization to encourage entries are available, as well as other helpful items.  Your winning entry (or entries) should be submitted to PNA no later than March 26, 2021, and we will announce the statewide winner(s) the week of April 12. The winner(s) will be honored in conjunction with Student Keystone Media Awards celebration, still tbd.

Submit your winning entries to the PNA Foundation by March 26, 2021. Email winning entries to foundation@pa-news.org.  Written entries must be submitted as a DOC, DOCX, TXT or PDF.  Video entries must include a link to the video which is hosted on a site such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc.

Email the PNA Foundation with any questions or phone (717) 703-3003.

It Can Wait Tips for Success

It Can Wait Rules

It Can Wait Entry Form

It Can Wait Release Form


Suggested timeline for participating news companies:

Dec. 1 and on – Newspapers can begin promoting contest to their communities

Jan. 4 – March 5 – Entries accepted and judged by participating newspapers

Anytime between Jan. 4 and March 26 – Participating newspapers announce their local winners

March 26 – Winning entries from participating newspapers due to PNA Foundation

March 26 – April 9 – PNA Foundation oversees state judging

Week of April 12 – PNA Foundation announces state winners

April/May – Statewide winners recognized through Student Keystone Media Awards celebration