Legal journalism awards announced

  • Oct 21, 2011

Each year, the Pennsylvania Bar Association presents the 32nd Annual William A. Schnader Print Media Awards that honor journalistic excellence in news and feature reporting of the legal system. The competition recognizes journalists who foster great public understanding of the legal system; inform and educate citizens as to their roles in the system; discloses practices or procedures needing correction or improvement in the laws, courts, or law enforcement agencies.

The award winners are:

Beat Coverage: Daily Newspapers 49,000+ Circ.
1st Place: Peter Hall, The Morning Call, Three Beat Coverage Articles
2nd Place: Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press, Pennsylvania, Three Beat Coverage Articles

Beat Coverage: Daily Newspapers Under 49,000 Circ.
1st Place: Ben Finley, Bucks County Courier Times, Three Beat Coverage Articles
2nd Place: David C. Pierce, Pocono Record, Three Beat Coverage Articles

Beat Coverage: Weekly Newspapers
1st Place:
Daniel E. Cummins, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, “To Friend or Not to Friend”
2nd Place: Daniel E. Cummins, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, “Defense-Oriented Decisions Dominated”

Special Report/Series
1st Place:
Laurie Mason Schroeder, Bucks County Courier Times, “Unlocking the Children and Youth Agency”
2nd Place: Donald Gilliland, Patriot-News, “Hard Time for Taxpayers”

Editorial/Commentary
1st Place:
Scott Fisher, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “When Cops Break the Law” and “Right Decision in Snyder Case”
2nd Place: Hank Grezlak, The Legal Intelligencer, “Justices Refused to Grant Lokuta Retrial” and “Court Gets Serious about Recusal”

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