PennLive digital access added to Student News Readership Program

September 27, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State students, faculty and staff at University Park and Commonwealth Campuses may now access content from PennLive at no cost through the University’s Student News Readership Program, an initiative of Penn State Student Affairs.

To access PennLive’s website or mobile app, visit and follow the instructions to register using a Penn State email address via either the student access page or the faculty/staff access page.

PennLive offers coverage of Pennsylvania through breaking news, feature stories and multimedia content including photos and videos. PennLive has updates on weather, job listings and entertainment news, as well.

PennLive is the fifth news outlet to participate in the Student News Readership Program. Other outlets — which also provide access to websites and mobile apps — include the New York Times (NYT), Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Centre Daily Times and the Daily Collegian.

The NYT and WSJ provide national and global coverage while the Centre Daily Times offers coverage of the State College area and surrounding communities. The Daily Collegian, an independent student news outlet at Penn State, primarily covers the University and local State College area.

Faculty members may also utilize the NYT and WSJ educational tools to assist with classroom instruction. In addition, faculty may visit the “NYT in Education” website to register for access to teaching resources by subject matter.

The Student News Readership program has provided students with access to trustworthy journalism since 1997. Its mission is to give students a broader world perspective in and outside of the classroom and to provide them opportunities to engage with trusted news sources around local, national, and international news so that they can become informed citizens. The program shifted to an entirely digital format in August 2020 in line with a national decline in the popularity of print newspapers.

Last Updated September 30, 2021