HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2015) — The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is proud to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to James G. Blaine. Established in 1998, the award recognizes an individual with a track record of excellence and service to newspapers and journalism.
In his nomination letter, John Kirkpatrick emphasized that Blaine “believes in the power of journalism and the power of local newspapers.” In the 1980s, Blaine started The Kennett Paper, soon followed by The West Chester Paper. In 1997, 1998 and 1999, The Kennett Paper was named PNA's Weekly Newspaper of the Year for three years in a row, and his newspapers won numerous other awards.
Blaine also made significant contributions to the PNA, serving with distinction on the PNA board, including as chair, the MANSI board, and The PNA Foundation board. He was instrumental in efforts to pass open records reform in 2008, blogging for passopenrecords.org, and earning the PNA Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence. In 2010, he served as executive director for the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative Reporting.
As Kirkpatrick explained, “Jamie Blaine became involved with newspapers for the best and most noble reasons: He wanted the community he cared deeply about to know about itself, to build on successes, to fix problems and to prosper for the good of all. He then not only brought his skills and passion to his publications but to the newspaper industry in Pennsylvania. Those contributions are only rivaled by his continued tremendous contributions to his community and to making the world a better place.”
The PNA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Nov. 12, 2015, during the PNA Annual Convention held in Hershey, Pa.
The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and online news media in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote the importance of a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media-related members, including daily, weekly and collegiate newspapers and online news publications.