Pennsylvania Women's Press Association

2019 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association congratulates Moriah Thoman, winner of the 2019 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship.

Thoman is a Harrisburg resident and a journalism major in Temple University’s Klein College of Media & Communication. She plans to pursue a career in journalism after she graduates in spring 2020.

In her application essay, Thoman reflected on her time working for the Temple News and how it impacted her understanding of journalism: “Being immersed in journalism outside the classroom brought a whole new awareness of the power in my words. In writing my first few stories, I realized just how important it was to me to tell these stories with the classic accuracy and fairness that journalism ethics codes entail.”

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association offers the $1,500 scholarship each year to print and digital journalism students at colleges and universities across the state. This year, the organization received several exceptional applications.

“We are excited to see aspiring journalists like Moriah and the other applicants pursuing careers in the field. We hope this scholarship will help Moriah succeed in her studies and beyond,” said PWPA President Jenny Wagner, investigative reporter, health, for the Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer newspapers.

Thoman will be an honored guest at PWPA’s annual awards luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, during the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s 2019 Pennsylvania Press Conference weekend at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Congratulations to Thoman!


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