Launched in 2005, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Journalists Oral History Program is a joint project of Penn State University's Department of Journalism and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.
The Department of Journalism is one of four departments in Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, one of the largest accredited mass communications program in the country. The department provides instruction in digital, broadcast, visual and multimedia journalism to students interested in careers as reporters, editors, producers and photographers. The department has 20 full-time faculty and annually enrolls about 600 students. In addition to teaching, faculty members are engaged in various research, professional, and outreach activities.
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation whose goals are to provide Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association members with training and resources, to develop the next generation of readers and journalists, and to educate the public about the role of a free press. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's mission is to advance the interests of Pennsylvania newspapers, promote the importance of a free and independent press, and provide a forum for critical and innovative thinking about the future of journalism and the newspaper industry.