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Reporter to talk about the niche-news trade

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

SUMMERDALE – Gillian Branstetter, a reporter with the Central Penn Business Journal, will talk to Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi’s COM220 (Journalism I) class on Thursday, from 11 to noon, in ATEC 308.

Gillian Branstetter briings her expertise to Central Penn College's Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Gillian Branstetter brings her expertise to Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus on Feb. 8.

Branstetter, who covers business in the Susquehanna Valley, specializes in reporting on and has expertise in technology, social media, media theory and politics.

She has reported for such popular online media outlets as The Daily Dot, and has written for The Atlantic.

Branstetter also has interest in social-justice and equity issues.

She has also written opinion articles.

Branstetter will talk to students about:

  • How to cover a beat
  • What it’s like to report for a business publication
  • Staying in touch with sources
  • Working with public relations practitioners with
  • Places to hang out while developing sources and stories
  • How to find a story
  • How to parse information you collect into a story
  • Skills you need

Branstetter worked in layout and was a copy editor for The Capital Times, at Penn State Harrisburg, where she studied secondary education.

She will also take questions from students and other attendees.  All are welcome to attend.

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by | February 7, 2018 · 7:54 pm

Local journalist to give COM class the scoop on the field

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Christen Smith, a staff writer for, will speak to Prof. Lear-Olimpi’s COM220 (Journalism I) class on Jan.24, from 11 a.m. to noon, in ATEC 308.

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

Smith will join our COM220 class on Jan. 24.

She will address, and answer questions about, what she does as a daily reporter for a niche-market website and news service, and about working for a daily general-audience news operation.

Smith will also talk about story generation, source development and story craft, and about the skills she uses on the job.

Prior to working for, Smith was a reporter for Capitolwire, in Harrisburg, reporting each day, as she explains it, “from the front lines of the Pennsylvania government.” She covered legislation related to education, consumer protection, tax reform and healthcare, and other issues affecting residents of the commonwealth.

Smith went to Capitolwire from The Sentinel (Carlisle) and its website,, where she reported on county government, other politics, health, business and economic development.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from The Pennsylvania State University, where she was an opinion writer for The Capital Times student newspaper.

All are welcome to attend.

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by | January 23, 2018 · 7:10 pm

Podcast Episode 23 Features Women’s Leadership Conference Organizer

The conference comes to Central Penn College on April 24.

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring two female leaders on the Central Penn College campus.

The first segment of the show features Rubina Azizdin of Career Services to discuss next week’s Women’s Leadership Conference, taking place on the Summerdale campus on April 24.

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During the show, Azizdin discusses the importance of networking and the need for leadership for our aspiring professionals.

Azizdin is the conference organizer and has received a great deal of support from local organizations like PSECU, and spoke about the process of putting together a conference of this scale.

Registration for this conference ends April 18at 5 p.m. and is free to Central Penn College faculty, staff and students.

To register or for more information on presenters, check out this link.

In addition to Azizdin, Knightly News President Sherri Long stops by the studio to discuss upcoming initiatives of her recently elected presidency.

Long has been working on a Knightly News media kit as well as our first print edition of our quarterly newsletter style publication.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Sherri, as she does many wonderful things to support the growth of our organization.

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by | April 17, 2017 · 5:47 pm