PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, honored with Public Service Award

  • Sep 27, 2017

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PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, honored with Public Service Award

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 27, 2017 — PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, is the 2017 recipient of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Public Service Award.

The Public Service Award continues the tradition of the news media as the “fourth estate” by honoring a newspaper that has helped improve the community through public service leadership. Entrants of this non-journalistic award are judged on the following criteria: a significant effort beyond the scope of the newspaper’s normal routine, the initiative and activities of the newspaper, and the results of these efforts.

PennLive/The Patriot-News is honored with the 2017 Public Service Award for its leadership in providing and promoting a forum for dialogue and education amid a year of civil discourse. Following the rancorous election, they invited a diverse mix of supporters from the community to visit their office, share food and talk about fears and hopes. The same group assembled again after Trump’s 100 days for additional discourse with several individuals joining the editorial board. Working with other media outlets, PennLive/The Patriot-News held a town hall to discuss bias, the impact of social media, fact checking in reporting and the rise of fake news. They also held a Harrisburg mayoral debate featuring five Democratic candidates. In all cases, they reached beyond daily responsibility to report and publish the news and found ways to serve the community in different fashions.

“Impressive and relevant,” judges wrote. “This entry reflects an ongoing, aggressive effort to invite discussion with a platform for public education. It reflects ‘listening’ to the community as well as ‘talking.’ PennLive/The Patriot-News made full use of traditional and social media platforms with a broad reach across demographics.”

The Public Service Award will be presented Nov. 3, 2017, during the PNA Annual Convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.

About PNA Foundation:
The PNA Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation organized as a public foundation. Its mission is to provide training and resources to PNA members, to develop the next generation of readers and journalists, and to educate the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press.
About PNA:
The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and digital news media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media-related members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers
and online publications.

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