Students and Teachers
Student and Teacher Outreach
The PNA Foundation offers valuable, affordable training at various sites throughout the state. Seminars led by nationally-recognized professionals cover topics ranging from social media, community journalism, web design, and much more. All students are invited to register for any training session offered by the Foundation at a discounted (often free) rate. Visit our events page for a complete list of upcoming training. Archived webinars are also available.
The Student Keystone Media Awards contest recognizes high school, college and university journalism that provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers. Pennsylvania high school, college or university students that meet the criteria outlined in the contest rules may enter the contest.
While the pandemic has disrupted education at all levels, PNA, the PNA Foundation and the Pennsylvania School Press Association, with the collaborative efforts of Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, created a special student Sunshine Week project – Witness to History: Pennsylvania Student Journalism 2020-21 – recognizing our high school and collegiate journalists who have continued to do their important work, whether reporting from their schools, their homes, or their dorms.
Each year, in celebration of National Newspaper Week, the PNA collects some of the most impactful and engaging stories written by Pennsylvania journalists at both large and small daily and non-daily and digital news media publications across the commonwealth and consolidate them into the Real News newspaper. It is our hope that these articles inspire you and serve as a reminder of the meaningful work that is being done by industry professionals to inform and educate readers in local communities. Visit our Real News Newspapers for Students page to request your free copies.
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Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is open to students attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university with a major in Journalism, English Writing or Communication and provides financial assistance of up to $7500 per year for up to four years. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.
Scholarship for Diversity in Media – The scholarship will award an exceptionally talented Journalism, Communication, or English Writing high school senior who is culturally, ethnically or racially diverse with financial assistance of up to $7500 per year for up to four years. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.
The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is taking applications for its 16th annual $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship as well as the eighth annual $2,500 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship awarded to aspiring journalists. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2022. More details on the Press Club website.
More student opportunities!
College and University news organizations are encouraged to become members of the PNA! Joining the PNA is the best way to stay on top of the latest developments in the news industry. Membership in PNA offers many benefits, and will help students build relationships with their peers and professionals across the state. Membership also includes a discount on Student Keystone Media Awards contest entries.
The PNA Foundation provides important information in the Internship Guide, which lists a variety of internship opportunities at PNA-member news organizations. Also, the Capitol Crash Course is a unique opportunity for college or university students enrolled in journalism or communications programs.
High school students are encouraged to enter the statewide “It Can Wait” and “Stop Cyberbullying” editorial competitions, a collaborative effort between the PNA Foundation and AT&T. PNA member news organizations are invited to host local contests. Winners of the local contests are then entered in the statewide contests. Entries are also encouraged from individuals from unsponsored areas. Cash prizes are awarded.
Not currently involved in a Newspapers In Education (NIE) program with your local newspaper? Contact them about their program or visit our NIE information page to learn more.
Questions about any of these student opportunities should be directed to the PNA Foundation or by phoning (717) 703-3003.