Penn State Lehigh Valley to host regional high school journalism competition

Dec 9th, 2015Press Release from Penn State Lehigh Valley

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (Dec. 8, 2015) – Penn State Lehigh Valley will serve as the host venue for a regional 2015 Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) Student Journalism Competition held on Dec. 11 at the campus in Center Valley. The keynote address by Jaccii Farris, docujournalist/reporter at WFMZ 69 News will begin at 9:00 a.m.


More than 100 area high school students will compete in different categories such as broadcast, literary magazine writing, editorial cartoon and yearbook design. The students are from a variety of local and regional schools including Southern Lehigh High School, Emmaus High School, Boyertown Area Senior High School, Pottsville Area High School, Quakertown Community High School, Hamburg Area High School, Parkland High School, Palmerton Area High School, Pleasant Valley High School and MMI Preparatory School.  Emily Payne, visual journalist at the Allentown Morning Call and Precious Pretty, former Express-Times/ reporter will host multimedia journalism workshops for the students.


The winners will meet in March at Penn State’s University Park campus for the finalists’ competition.  Penn State Lehigh Valley is proud to be chosen as one of only six regional host sites, including Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Erie, Penn State University Park, Temple University and Point Park University.


PSPA is the oldest scholastic press association in the country, established formally in 1925, but having met as a group since 1923. It is an independent organization dedicated to student journalism affiliated with Penn State University, Temple University, Point Park University, Mercyhurst College and The Pennsylvania News Media Association.


 PSPA offers opportunities for student journalists through annual publication critiques, individual entry critiques, open seats for students on the PSPA board, a web site, and regional workshops. In addition, PSPA annually recognizes an administrator with the Outstanding Administrator Award, a teacher with the Teacher of the Year Award, a student with the Student Journalist of the Year Award and other organizations that help promote student journalism in the commonwealth with the Friends of Journalism Award.


For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5018 or email ude.uspnull@28sjd.


About Penn State Lehigh Valley

Penn State Lehigh Valley provides a Penn State University education in a small campus setting that integrates individualized teaching, research, and dynamic community outreach. With its convenient location in Center Valley, traditional students and adult learners can choose from many options including bachelor’s and associate degree programs, and access to the nearly 160 academic programs offered by Penn State. In addition, the campus’ diverse Continuing Education and Outreach programs offer opportunities for professional development, business training, and youth programming. For more information, visit



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