PNA Article – Inmates Reality

PNA Article – Inmates Reality

Complimentary feature article on the creation of The Prison Journalism Project, available to PNA Members

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), has provided an article about the path of one journalist and the creation of The Prison Journalism Project. This article is available to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

Despite having an incarcerated loved one, veteran journalist and professor Shaheen Pasha knew little about life inside prison walls and the stories of those living there.

Through Pasha’s on-going conversations with her imprisoned best friend, she learned of the anguish that occurs in those who are behind bars, and realized that she had to do something to make a difference. “The psychological damage it does to not have any sort of outlet or form of expression haunted me,” Pasha said. “I felt helpless, like there was nothing I could do but watch someone I care about wither away inside.”

Determined to bring change to the prison system, Pasha reached out to the jail’s education administrators and offered to teach media writing to inmates.

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