Check back later for more about the 3 a.m. alarm that roused hundreds of guests at the Wyndham Hotel on Saturday. In the meantime, click on this image for a round-up of observations from those outside.
Avery Maehrer may currently be in Florida as a Walt Disney World intern, but he was honored Friday night in his home state of Pennsylvania.
As a recent Temple University graduate, Maehrer was awarded The Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors during the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg.
Maehrer said in a video acceptance speech played at the awards banquet that he couldn’t attend because he had just moved to Orlando to begin a post-graduate internship.
“I grew up in Allentown, and the Morning Call is delivered every day to our front door,” Maehrer said. “It was the first paper I ever knew, so to receive an award named after on of its former editors is very meaningful to me. And the scholarship is a huge help, as my student loan payments are quickly approaching.”
Game day suites for the Pirates, an autographed Eagles helmet and chocolate and wine baskets are ready to be auctioned to benefit the Online Reporter Project. This silent auction held annually at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Press Conference raises money that goes toward bringing interns in to work the conference. The Online Reporter Project provides great opportunities for college students to work alongside the experts in the field of journalism. This auction helps pay for the hotel stay and food for the interns. Continue reading Silent auction benefits Online Reporter Project internship
Kulikowski grew up in Lower Burrell, about 35 minutes north of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Burrell High School in 2013. Kulikowski attends Clarion University majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism and strategic communication and minoring in political science, history and dance. During summers, she performs as an actress at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival and is a sales associate at a local shoe store.
Kulikowski is a news reporter for the Clarion Call, public relations chair of the University Activities Board CampusFest committee and the Clarion Young Democrats. She is also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Clarion University Dance Team.
She plans to graduate in 2017 and hope to either attend graduate school at Penn State or go straight into the work force.
Rachel Aliya Makansi
Makansi joined the newspaper at Octorara Outlook High School in 10th grade and especially enjoyed writing provocative pieces about controversial issues, such as sexual harassment and fracking.
The following summer, she participated in the WHYY Young Journalists Summercamp on a scholarship, spending two weeks working alongside professional radio hosts. The product of that seminar, a video broadcast on sex education, was awarded third place in news reporting during the WHYY Youth Media Awards. She then participated in the Acel Moore Career Development Workshop with The Philadelphia Inquirer during the next two winters. She also has been the Cochranville correspondent for a blog, Parkesburg Today, writing about the history of her home town.
A sophomore at Juniata College, Makansi continued to pursue her interest in journalism by writing for the campus paper, The Juniatian. She began studying toward a degree in environmental journalism but has since decided to major in physics to prepare for graduate school in astrobiology. She intends to return to the Juniatian in the fall to help the staff integrate digital journalism into its work. Aside from her studies, Makansi is a member of the Irish Elks, the name for Juniata’s Ultimate Disc club, and the school’s Environmental Coalition.
Santoliquito is originally from Gilbertsville, where she attended Boyertown Area Senior High School and graduated in 2013. She is a sophomore at Penn State in State College pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and criminology and working as a staff member of The Daily Collegian.
Santoliquito is a crime and courts reporter and was previously a copy editor who has also reported on the university’s 46-hour dance marathon, THON, for two consecutive semesters and held the position of a diversity beat reporter. She recently was on a Rules and Regulations Committee for THON 2015 and now serves as a peer mentor for the College of Communications.
In her spare time, she enjoys performing with the largest on-campus dance organization, Volé, the Penn State Ballet Club.
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Hundreds of outstanding writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters are descending on Gettysburg in May to share what they’ve learned and recognize the outstanding work of their colleagues over the past year.
The 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference will include various awards presentations, including the prestigious Keystone Press Awards, the PAPME News Excellence and Newsphoto Contest Awards, PAPBA Awards, PWPA Awards and the SPJ Awards.
The Online Reporter Project is a project of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation with the support of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. The project offers a unique internship for college sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in journalism or communications programs in Pennsylvania.
For two days, student interns cover the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference and Keystone Press Awards for a comprehensive online operation. Throughout the weekend conference, students have a chance to work one on one with industry professionals to produce a live website, conduct interviews, report on industry issues, cover convention speeches and the awards programs, and network with editors from all over the state.