The Penn State Media Association fosters relationships across the Penn State community for the purpose of connecting students, alumni, professors, and friends passionate about creating and promoting a more robust cultural environment through media. The mission is realized through specific areas of focus:

  • Advancing interdisciplinary media literary and skills among students through both mentorship and grant opportunities;
  • Providing alumni of Penn State curricular and extracurricular media organizations a means for fellowship across a range of activities;
  • Serving as a voice to Penn State student, faculty, and administrative bodies for comprehensive and holistic solutions for supporting student media endeavors;
  • Advocating collaborative alumni development efforts to better support diverse student media endeavors.

Strategic Plan

A central component of the Penn State Media Association’s continuing strategic plan is to establish, build, and maintain permanent endowments to address the financial and operational needs of student media organizations.

  • These endowments should exist through the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) and/or Centre Foundation and their proceeds should be disbursed by the PSMA Board of Directors;
  • Endowment fundraising plans will be reviewed and revised as needed.

Constitution & Bylaws

The Penn State Media Association’s Constitution & Bylaws were crafted in 2005 and revised by the Board of Directors in 2009 and 2014.

Board of Directors

  • Tom Shakely, President
  • Chris Buchignani, Vice President
  • Kevin Horne, Treasurer
  • John Raynar, Secretary
  • Jeff Ecker
  • Mike Gogel
  • Sean Clark

Past Presidents

  • Michael Gogel (2009-11)
  • Brandon Peach (2011-14)


  • Robert K. Zimmerman (Founder)