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Harrisburg sports editor Paul Vigna to share sports media insights with cyber students

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Patriot-News veteran to appear as guest speaker for Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media on Dec. 2

MIDLAND, Pa. – Paul Vigna, sports editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, will go live online Thursday, Dec. 2, to share his insights on careers in sports media with aspiring young sportscasters.

Vigna (VIN-ya) will be the virtual guest speaker for the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting course, a unique two-semester program of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School which introduces high school students to current practices in and the history of print, radio, television, and online sports journalism.

Vigna directs a department of more than a dozen writers who cover high school, college and professional sports across the region. As part of that position he writes a bi-monthly column called Ask the Editor and a blog called "The Fan Box" that keeps readers up to date on issues involving fans across the country. He took over in Harrisburg in December 2008.

He also writes a column called Vintages for a Patriot-News-produced magazine called In Central Pennsylvania and produces unique daily content on for a blog called “The Wine Classroom.” Both provide news on regional wineries and interviews with those immersed in the industry, both regionally and nationally.

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in suburban Lansdale, Pa., Vigna is a former assistant sports editor for that city’s Daily News. A diehard fan of Philly sports teams, he once confessed that in his finished basement, with a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it, he still keeps a seat he “wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium.”

“Paul is uniquely qualified to offer insight into not only considerations of what is editorially appropriate, but also other factors important to the editorial process, including career considerations, content topics, deadlines, economics, increased use of the internet by newspapers and other matters," said Ellis Cannon, program director of the innovative cyber school course.

A former trial lawyer, Cannon has been a sports broadcaster and publisher for more than a decade, becoming one of the region’s most respected, knowledgeable and entertaining sports personalities with an instantly recognizable voice and delivery. Cannon has appeared extensively on local and national television providing analysis on sports and sports law topics, and served as a broadcast member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Network. He is publisher of Pittsburgh Sports Report and KidSPORTS Magazine, and hosts PCNC’s NightTalk weeknight television show.

This is the inaugural year of the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting program, believed to be the only one of its type in the nation. It is available to students enrolled in either PA Cyber or the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.

Marc Grandinetti is assistant director for the Ellis Cannon Academy.

PA Cyber is a tuition-free, online public school open to all Pennsylvania students in grades K4-12. The largest cyber charter school in the state with over 10,000 students enrolled, PA Cyber has met all performance targets of AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the last two years and in 2010 received a five-year renewal of its charter. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is located in Midland, Pa., and has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The website is

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