Foundation Fellows Fund for the Future

The roots of today grow the leaders of tomorrow….

The Fund for the Future designates monies to be used to advance the mission of the PNA Foundation. Each year, the Foundation Board of Trustees identifies a project or projects to meet a critical need or grow a key function of the Foundation.  Since 2012, Fellows funds have been used to:

…twice hold regional ethics workshops for journalists with nationally-recognized Poynter Institute trainers.

…coordinate a cutting-edge podcasting workshop.

…help to produce the documentary “Strong Newspapers, Strong Communities” showcasing the vitality and strength of news organizations in Pennsylvania.

…present a daylong workshop focusing on trauma awareness and peer support for reporters featuring leading PTSD authority Dr. Frank Ochberg.

…hold training events for collegiate news staffs and advisers including a student Hackathon at America East.

…provide sponsorship dollars to the 2017 national ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Philadelphia.

…purchase video equipment and enhanced PNA conference room facilities.

…twice sponsor a PA college journalist’s involvement in the annual NNA’s News Fellows program where a handful of young journalists visited the nation’s capital for 2½ days to cover an issue of national importance, writing stories on the impact on their local communities.

…create the Capitol Crash Course. Set to start in 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19, this program will bring at least six Pennsylvania college students to the State Capitol in Harrisburg for three days for hands-on learning about state government. Mentored by working journalists, they’ll visit legislators, attend sessions, meet lobbyists and work on a story project.

…initiated a grant program to assist PA newsrooms in starting new initiatives or enhancing current projects. Two grants were awarded in 2019. PublicSource earned a $1,500 grant to support a new POWER MAP project that will provide residents of Allegheny County with a searchable database of taxpayer-funded boards, authorities and commissions. Tioga Publishing received $700 to assist in creating a podcast to stay connected with their weekly newspapers’ audiences.

…recently awarded grant monies to Spotlight PA in support of the creation of a database of diverse sources for newsrooms across the state. This resource of PA-based experts who are people of color will serve as an invaluable tool for journalists as they work to provide inclusive coverage and voices.


Become a Fellow

It’s simple. You donate $1,000, and you’re a PNA Foundation Fellow. Always.

For those who want to continue to show their support of the PNA Foundation, year after year, we recommend the Sustaining Fellow tier. A Sustaining Fellow donates $500 each year.

After ten years and $5,000, you are honored as a Strasburg Sustaining Fellow. William E. Strasburg was a driving force behind the original Fellows program and longtime supporter of the Association. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and the PNA Foundation, retired publisher of eleven newspapers including Montgomery Newspapers and a recipient of PNA’s greatest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Giving at the Strasburg level shows an unparalleled dedication to the future of the PNA Foundation and the news industry we support.

A Founding Fellow from the 1990s? You can renew your support with a donation of $1,000. You will always be acknowledged as a Founding Fellow, but will receive additional recognition as a Renewing Fellow.

Become a Foundation Fellow. Demonstrate your commitment to today’s growing journalists and tomorrow’s leaders.

View a complete list of PNA Foundation Fellows.

To discuss becoming a Fellow, please contact Melinda Condon.