Keystone Press Awards - Professional

The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities.  Further, the Keystone Press Awards stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

Congratulations to the 2016 Keystone Press Awards Contest winners!  See division lists to the right.

Winners were honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Special congratulations to our Sweepstakes winners, recognizing the most outstanding newspaper in each circulation division.  View the 2016 Sweepstakes winners’ acceptance videos:

Division I – PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg 

Division II – Reading Eagle Company  

Division III – Beaver County Times 

Division IV – Centre Daily Times, State College – no video provided

Division V – TheBurg, Harrisburg  

Division VI – Central Penn Business Journal, Harrisburg 

Division VII – Bethlehem Press 

Plaques were provided to all award recipients in attendance at the May 21 banquet. Following the banquet, certificates will be mailed to winners not in attendance, at no cost. However, if you are unable to attend the banquet, you may purchase plaques by downloading and completing the Plaque Order Form. In order to pick up plaques for absentee winners, arrangements must be made in advance by downloading and completing the Plaque Pick Up Form by May 13.

View the 2016 Keystone Press Awards Contest information below:

2016 Professional Rules & Entry Instructions

2016 Professional Categories

2016 Professional Specialty Awards (including Distinguished Writing Awards, Distinguished Visual Awards, the John V.R. Bull Freedom of Information Award, the Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award, and the Calkins Media Distinguished Video Award)

All entries and online payments must have been submitted online via the quick and easy online contest system, BetterBNC, by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016.  Mail-in or call-in payments must be received at the PNA Foundation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.   

Questions? Contact the PNA Foundation at or (717) 703-3003.



Past Keystone Winners



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