By Liz Allen
Crunchy snacks, craft beers, local wines and sports memorabilia are among the items up for bid at this year’s auction, which supports the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors’ online reporter project.
The items are on display near the Press Conference registration table, but hurry – the auction closes promptly at 6 p.m. Saturday. Judging from past years, the competition for coveted items can get frenzied as the deadline approaches.
One favorite auction item is likely to be the newsprint jacket/duster, donated by a “secret admirer.” Bidding starts at $50 on this unique fashion statement. Use the toggles around the neck to ward off the cold (that’s what attracted me; I’m from Erie). I also like the wide pockets, perfect for stashing notepads, pens and cellphones. It’s the perfect getup for a newsroom party – or even a staff meeting, if you want to lighten the mood in these dark days for our profession. The color scheme, naturally, is black and white.
Sports fans can bid on baseball tickets (Iron Pigs vs. the RailRiders, donated by the Times-News, and Phillies vs. the Nationals, donated by the Times-Tribune).
There’s also a very cool reproduction of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Feb. 5, 2018, front page. “AT LAST!” screams the hed, about the Eagles’ win in Super Bowl LII.
You might be the lucky winner of a “tower of toffee,” from the Observer-Reporter; an Amazon Echo and wine basket, from the Morning Call; one of two baskets of snacks from the Times-News; a wooden crate of beer and snacks from the Reading Eagle; an Eagles’ mug, tote and Philadelphia Inquirer journal from the Philadelphia Media Network; a 12-pack of Troegs Perpetual IPA or Lancaster Brrewing Co. beers, in four different styles, from the Lancaster Brewing Co., from PennLive/the Patriot News; or a set of four glasses from the AP.
All proceeds benefit the online reporter project.
Be sure to say hello to this year’s interns: Zoe LaPorte, from Misericordia University; Megan Milligan, from Temple University; Anh P. Nguyen, also from Temple; and Ashley Stalnecker, from Ithaca College.
You can follow them on Twitter by using #keystonepress. Now, get bidding!
LIZ ALLEN, a retired newspaper editor who now works as a baseball usher in Erie, has been known to try to outbid her journalism colleagues when baseball items are up for auction.