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…

…initiated a grant program to assist PA newsrooms in starting new initiatives or enhancing current projects. Two grants were awarded in 2019. In 2020, four grants, totaling $6,000, were presented.

…awarded grant monies to Spotlight PA in support of the creation of a database of diverse sources for newsrooms across the state. Additional funds were given to them to establish a formal newsroom platform for tracking sources allowing for comparisons and auditing while improving inclusive sourcing practices.

….used a special grant to the Fellows Fund from the Calkins Foundation to design the training series Leading Local: The Media’s Impact on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity focusing on systemic racism and how news media companies can combat it through hiring, news coverage, product design and advertising. Webinars, special programming and resources continue to be produced and shared with PNA members as well as other state press associations.

…supported two 2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association interns who are spending 12 weeks working at the state Capitol and reporting for Spotlight PA, PennLive, The Morning Call, PA Capital-Star, The Caucus and Capitolwire.

…created the Capitol Crash Course. Delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19, this program brings six to ten PA college students to the State Capitol in Harrisburg for 21/2 days of hands-on learning about state government. Mentored by working journalists, they visit legislators, attend sessions, meet lobbyists and work on a story project. In November 2020, we held a five-hour virtual version with more than 20 college students and advisers meeting with and learning from Capitol experts.

…twice held regional ethics workshops for journalists with nationally-recognized Poynter Institute trainers and coordinated a cutting-edge podcasting workshop.

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

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

…purchased video equipment and enhanced PNA conference room facilities.

…twice sponsored 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.

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


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. To discuss becoming a Fellow, please contact Melinda Condon.

PNA Foundation Fellows