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PA NewsMedia Association selects communications major for Online Reporter Project Internship
Posted 04/10/2018 02:21PM

Misericordia University communications student Zoe LaPorte of West Pittston has been selected for the 10th annual Online Reporter Project Internship, a unique multimedia internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Society of Editors.

The internship takes take place during the PNA's Pennsylvania Press Conference, a statewide gathering of news editors, reporters and broadcasters, on June 1-2 in Gettysburg. Among her duties, LaPorte will work one-on-one with industry professionals to produce a live website, conduct interviews, report on industry issues, and cover conference presentations and awards programs. She also will have an opportunity to network with editors from across the state by covering the Pennsylvania Press Conference and the presentation of the Professional Keystone Press Awards.

LaPorte was selected from collegiate applicants across Pennsylvania. A junior with a double major in mass communications and design and English, she is scheduled to graduate in December 2019. For the past three years, LaPorte has served as the web editor for The Highlander, the university's student newspaper. She is also a technician on the university's Student Help Desk, providing computer and Internet technology support for the campus community. In addition, LaPorte is a member of the Misericordia Players student theatrical troupe, and volunteers at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston.

The daughter of Judith LaPorte says she developed a particular interest in multimedia communications through her web design and photojournalism classes at Misericordia. She expects the PNA internship to help hone her skills and establish contacts in the industry.

Annette Ritzko, a speech-language pathology major from Coaldale, serves as The Highlander's editor-in-chief. Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Mass Communications and Design, is faculty advisor. The Highlander is available online at

For more information about the Misericordia University Department of Mass Communications and Design, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to


Misericordia University communications student Zoe LaPorte of West Pittston, Pa., seated, confers with Annette Ritzko, Coaldale, Pa., editor-in chief of The Highlander student newspaper, left, in The Highlander newspaper office in the Banks Student Life Center. Thanks in part to her experience as web editor for The Highlander, LaPorte has been selected to participate in a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association internship in June.

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