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Postponed: Student Keystone Media Awards Event & College Fair


Apr 8, 2020


Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel


Teresa Shaak



Keystone Media Awards

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation has made the difficult, but obvious, decision to postpone the Student Keystone Media Awards celebration scheduled for April 8, 2020, due to COVID-19. This includes the college fair, an educational session and the awards luncheon where high school and college winners were to receive Student Keystone Media Awards as well as statewide recognition for the It Can Wait and Stop Cyber Bullying contests.

We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local governments. We have also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions being placed on many news media personnel as well as citizens. The health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, participants and other stakeholders is of paramount importance.

Awards will be mailed to students in the coming weeks and any registration fees will be refunded.

Please feel free to email the PNA Foundation or phone (717) 703-3003 with any questions.

Join us for a day of celebration and learning.  High school and college winners of the 2020 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Student Keystone Media Awards will be honored during a day of celebration on Wednesday, April 8, in Harrisburg.  In addition to the awards luncheon, there will be a college fair and an educational session. Statewide winners of the “It Can Wait” and “Stop Cyber Bullying” essay contests will also be recognized. All activities are free to students. Parents, teachers, advisers and guests will be charged $35 for lunch.


10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. College Fair
Several Pennsylvania colleges and universities will be exhibiting and available to talk to high school students about their journalism and communications programs.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Educational Session: So You’re Considering A Career in Media?
Students, parents and teachers are invited to a panel discussion featuring professionals sharing insight into how to best prepare for a career in news media. From reporting to podcasting to design to editing to websites to video  production, a powerhouse panel is set to present and take questions. Moderated by Barbara Hough Huesken, Community Liaison, LNP, Lancaster. Panelists include:  Kayla Dwyer, Breaking News Reporter and Digital Producer, The Morning Call, Allentown; Shane Fitzgerald, Atlantic Sub-Regional Executive Editor, Gannett; Salim Michel Makhlouf, Director, Penn Studios, Harrisburg; and Julianna Sukle, Creative Director, Press And Journal Publications, Middletown

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Winning students, advisers, teachers, parents and friends are invited to a buffet lunch followed immediately by the presentation of hundreds of awards recognizing the finest student work across the state.



April 8, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation


Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111 United States
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Complete and return the registration form by Thursday, April 2.  Please complete a separate form for each student winner attending.  All activities are free to students. Parents, teachers, advisers and guests will be charged $35 for lunch. Please register both complimentary students and any paying guests.

For College Fair Exhibitors: 

Exhibit space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Complete and return the Table Reservation Form today!