On my first day of the internship, I did not know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that I would be working long hours, meeting editors from around the state of Pennsylvania, and getting some good experience. It actually turned out to be more than that. While attending the conferences, I learned more about the state of newspapers in Pennsylvania, how each newspaper companies work to bring profits, and much more. I also learned more than I expected in terms of experience. I can now say that I know how to work on deadlines, and use whatever tool I can to get the story out.
More importantly, I can say that it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I had. I enjoyed every minute of it despite the stress to get everything done on time. If I had to do it again, I would.
-Sybile Cherenfant, 2011 PSNE Intern, Robert Morris University
There are about 250 people at the Keystone Press Award tonight. After enjoying the delicious meal and drinking great wine and/or chardonnay, the second part of the event officially started.
The multimedia presentation was breath-taking. It has inspired me even more to expand my journalism skills to layout design and photography. I really enjoyed watching the images, and that is something that I hope to take back with me to my college newspaper’s newsroom. I got a great deal of ideas from this presentation for how I can help improve my college newspaper.
There were approximately 4, 200 entries for the contests. The winning materials were indeed amazing.
—Sabine Cherenfant, Online PSNE Intern, Robert Morris University—
I had to cover the 9 am session today about promoting civil discourse. It was an interesting topic, and the panelists discussed solutions to minimize the harmful comments that are sometimes being posted by some of the readers.
The mainstream media is evolving and embracing technology more and more everyday. Nonetheless, as they are doing so, they are being exposed to many uncivilized comments.
It is still necessary though to provide the readers with a mean to have conversations with the reporters or to simply be heard.
At the end of the panel discussion, Chip Minemyer tried to have the opinions of some college newspaper editors from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. They said something that sounded very familiar to the challenges that I think my college newspaper is facing.
They talked about the lack of interest in commentaries that their readers have. This may actually be an issue that almost all college newspapers are dealing with. There is a lack of traffic in the commentary section for college newspaper’s online materials.
It’s even impossible sometimes to get letters to the editors!
—Sabine Cherenfant, PSNE Online Intern, Robert Morris University—
On May 21, the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association hosted its annual awards luncheon to honor the works of outstanding journalists. This year, it took place at the Penn Stater Hotel Conference in the Presidents Hall IV. The event started with a brief prayer by Dareen Rae Kurutz from the Pittsburgh Tribune. Cate Barron, executive editor of the Patriot-News and president of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, was the guest speaker at the event. She gave a speech on leadership in the newsroom.
-Sybile Cherenfant, 2011 PSNE Intern (Robert Morris University)