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May 1, 2014
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Gubernatorial candidates respond to PNA questionnaire

In April, PNA sent questionnaires to the Governor and gubernatorial candidates, asking for their thoughts on a range of government transparency issues, including the Right to Know Law, Sunshine Act, Office of Open Records, public notices and emerging technological issues, such as open data and drones. You can view the Governor’s response, and the Democratic candidates’ responses, on PNA’s government affairs webpage.

Free Press’ Josh Stearns to speak at PA Press Conference

Join us May 30 – 31 at The Penn Stater in State College as we “equip the modern journalist” at the 2014 Press Conference.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Keystone Press Awards Banquet keynote speaker and Modern Ethics panelist Josh Stearns with the Free Press, Saturday, May 31. Stearns will bring his expertise on community engagement, newsroom collaboration, new journalism ethics and digital innovation. He is the author of numerous reports on journalism, public media and media policy.

This year’s conference is packed with informative sessions and a new ethics workshop, held on Friday, May 30. The Conference registration deadline is May 23. To view the conference program or register online, visit the PNA website. Contact Kristin Bleiler at kristinb@pa-news.org or (717) 703-3069 with any questions.

The PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Team Presents: Engaging the Next Generation of Civic Leaders

Sign up today for this one-day event and discover program ideas, resources, and partnership opportunities designed to engage Pennsylvania’s teens and young adults in volunteerism and civic involvement, and hear Judge Marjorie Rendell present, “Inspiring the Next Generation of Citizens.” Click here to learn more.

Professional and Student Journalists - Apply for an Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship or Scholarship Today!

The Journalism Center on Children & Families presents a new opportunity for emerging and established U.S.-based journalists to get funding for their reporting. Professional journalists can apply for an Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship, which provides a $4000 reporting stipend, plus up to $1000 in travel reimbursement. College-enrolled student journalists may apply for the Equal Voice Journalism Scholarship,which offers $1000 and up to $800 for travel. The 2014 Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship and Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, aims to increase the public's understanding of poverty in the U.S.
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PNA Member News
PNA welcomes new members

Please join us in welcoming three provisional members to the PNA – The Centre County Gazette (State College), the Chester Spirit (Glenolden), and new online member The Alternative Press. To learn more about becoming a member of the PNA and the benefits that come with it, contact Kristin Bleiler at (717) 703-3069 or kristinb@pa-news.org.

Private auction ordered for IGM

On Friday, a Delaware judge ordered Interstate General Media and its assets sold through a private auction among its current owners. The auction will be held by May 28, and the opening bid should be $77 million.
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People News
Newspaper employee (and friend to PNA) helps to rescue woman, children from burning car

Matt Bevan, an employee of The Republican-Herald, helped to extricate a Minersville woman and two children from a Suzuki Forenza following a crash on Wednesday. Bevan is PNA Media Law Counsel Melissa Bevan Melewsky’s brother.”

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The Morning Call (Allentown) reporter pursues singer-songwriter career

Milton Carrero, health reporter for The Morning Call, informed readers this week of his plans to develop his career as a motivational speaker and singer-songwriter. Carrero has produced a couple of CDs, one of which will be released this month under the name Milton Carrero & the Here Now World Music Project. He is also writing an interactive book in English and Spanish called “Yes to Life.”

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Legal and Lobbying
Legal Hotline

Q: We want to review a criminal complaint filed with the county court of common pleas as part of a murder prosecution. Is this record public under the Right to Know Law, and should we file a RTKL request with the court?

A: The criminal complaint is a public record and should be available from the court, but the Right to Know Law does not govern access to this type of record, and RTKL requests for this type of record are not appropriate.
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Sign up for PNA’s Legal Update for legal and legislative news

Get legal and legislative news in Friday’s Legal Supplement, the PNA’s weekly update on case law, legislation and other legal issues affecting the industry. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here.

Association News
Reporters’ Series session: Public-Private Partnerships

House Bill 1838 was introduced with the stated goal of creating more definitive guidelines for the use of Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreements by municipalities and school districts. Learn more about P3s on May 9 at 12 noon. Only $10. Get more info online.

Deadline extended for Robert L. Vann Media Awards

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation has extended the submission deadline for its Robert L. Vann Media Awards to May 9. The awards program honors excellence in print, broadcast, photography and online journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.

All entries must have been published in a newspaper or magazine, or on a website, or aired on radio or television, between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. Entries may be submitted online at www.pbmf.org.

Going off the Track – Wherever you can…edit

Independent design consultant Ed Henninger offers free tips and tricks for newspaper and niche publication designers each week. This week’s tip reveals ways to fit in a story that's one line too long for the column. Click here to see this week's tip and more. Want a free evaluation of your newspaper's design? Contact Ed at edh@henningerconsulting.com or (803) 327-3322.

Foundation News
Northrop Boot Camp successfully trains reporters

Twenty-two journalists participated in the 12th annual Northrop Boot Camp workshop held April 24-25, at PNA Headquarters. The PNA Foundation received a record number of 34 applications for the expense-paid training. The intensive two-day workshop provided education on covering local and state governments, with leaders from the PA State Association of Boroughs, the PA School Boards Association, the PA State Association of Township Supervisors and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania presenting valuable insight. PNA’s Melissa Melewsky presented on open meetings and open records, Mark Scolforo, State Capitol reporter for The Associated Press, offered detailed writing tips, and Jan Murphy, Capitol Bureau Chief of PennLive/The Patriot-News, discussed covering state government. Both reporters also shared experiences and inspirations for producing award-winning stories.

Participants described the workshop as “beneficial” and “so helpful,” with “extremely useful information.” As one attendee commented, “It was all great and a good mix of people.” Another attendee said, “I feel like I know more about local government than the people in office themselves!”

The PNA Foundation annually produces the John L.S. and William B. Northrop Boot Camp thanks to the great generosity of the Northrop family and Observer Publishing Company, Washington. Since 2003, 190 participants have been educated. Applications are accepted each spring for a limited number of fellowships.

Deadline extended! Nominate outstanding carriers by May 7

The PNA Foundation’s Newspaper Carrier of the Year contest recognizes carriers who excel in customer service. Winning youth, adult and senior carriers receive cash awards as well as Hersheypark tickets. Download application materials from our contest page and enter now.

Circulation managers shouldn’t miss AAM update

What’s new with reporting from AAM? With auditing across multiple and changing platforms, circulation managers should attend this workshop to keep up-to-date on how best to account for all audiences. This inexpensive and convenient workshop is set for May 15 in Harrisburg. Visit our website for more info.



In This Issue

Training, Events & Contests

Multimedia Workshop for Educators

May 3, University Park
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2014 Carrier Golf Outing

May 8, Fayetteville
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Reporters’ Series: Public-Private Partnerships

May 9, Teleconference
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The Latest from AAM

May 15, PNA Headquarters
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Advertising 201: Sales Strategy Refresher

May 20, PNA Headquarters
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Ethics for Today’s Journalist

May 30, State College
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2014 Pennsylvania Press Conference

May 30-31, State College
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2014 Keystone Multimedia Workshop

June 12-14, Gettysburg
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Sales Leadership Training

June 16, PNA Headquarters
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