This award, created in 2011 and then renamed in honor of Edith Hughes, encourages talented young journalists to continue in their careers. This is open to professional journalists with two years or less experience (excluding internships or fellowships). Submit three stories or story packages published in the year specified. Entries can also be submitted in other categories. Entries will be judged together for overall excellence in writing, reporting and use of storytelling platforms. Nominating letter (unlimited words) from supervising editor required. There is no limit on the number of entries from any news organization or journalist; however, no more than one award will be given each year. Winner will receive a personalized award and a $500 cash award, sponsored by Trib Total Media.
*The $500 cash award is sponsored by Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh, in memory of Edith Hughes. When she died at age 79, in September, 2011, Edith Hughes was serving as director of community relations for Trib Total Media as well as editor of two magazines. She spent 65 years as a reporter, proofreader and executive editor. A skilled writer and tough editor, Hughes trained several generations of young reporters working at Gateway community newspapers in Monroeville, mentoring, teaching and influencing their fledgling careers. Hughes a very active and committed member of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors coordinating the PSNE Weekly Renewal Workshop for many years. She also was instrumental in updating and enhancing the Keystone Press Awards, always with a keen eye for recognizing community and weekly papers. Hughes received the PA Newspaper Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, as well as many other awards from the Press Club of Western PA, Golden Quill, Keystone Press and Suburban Newspapers of America.
Submit your entry in the 2017 contest via the Keystone Press Awards contest by 11:59 p.m., January 30, 2017.