Jim Lockwood of The Times-Tribune (Scranton) honored with 2017 PNA Public Notice Award

  • Oct 16, 2017

CONTACT: Jacquelynn Lehman

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HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 16, 2017 – Jim Lockwood, staff writer at The Times-Tribune (Scranton), is the 2017 recipient of the fourth annual Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Public Notice Award.

The Public Notice Award recognizes excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices. The statewide winning entry will be entered into the national competition to vie for the national award of $500.

Jim Lockwood is the 2017 winner, earning the award for the fourth year in a row, for his continuing coverage of Scranton city government. From bridge-fix funds, sewer authority meetings, and cash sales and permits, to city budgets and local services taxes, Lockwood consistently used public notices to find stories and explain critical issues to taxpayers and citizens. In one case, Lockwood succinctly explained a six-page public notice listing of an annual county tax sale, revealing the enormity of the sale as well as the critical public notice mechanisms required. 

Lockwood was honored by the judges for “embracing public notices as a resource for informing and engaging his community and advancing the public’s right to know.” Judges commented, “Jim’s committed efforts in using public notices are exceptional. His work demonstrates the incredible power of partnering public notices with outstanding journalism to inform the public.”

Citing the many outstanding entries, judges also acknowledged Christopher Ullery, municipal government reporter for The Intelligencer (Doylestown), with second place recognition while Sarah Wojcik, suburban municipal reporter, The Morning Call (Allentown), received an honorable mention. Both focused on special meetings of a borough council and a charter school, respectively, held without proper or no public notice announcements. 

The PNA Public Notice Award will be presented Nov. 3, 2017, during the PNA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.   

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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