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.

Entries are now being accepted in the 2017 Professional Keystone Press Awards Contest!  Note: Circulation divisions for this contest have been updated. When entering the contest, please be sure your news organization is shown in the correct division.

2017 Professional Keystone Rules

2017 Keystone Categories

2017 Specialty Categories - includes Distinguished Writing Award, Distinguished Visual Award, John V.R. Bull Freedom of Information AwardEdith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award and Calkins Media Distinguished Video Award.

All entries and online payments must be submitted online via the quick and easy online contest system, BetterBNC, by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017.  Mail-in or call-in payments must be received at the PNA Foundation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  

Winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square.

Plaques will be provided to all award recipients in attendance at the May 20 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 12

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


Past Keystone Winners

Past Keystone Sweepstakes Winners



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