Keystone Media Awards – Students

Keystone Media Awards – Students


Deadline to enter - Jan. 5, 2024


Harrisburg, PA


Teresa Shaak




The Student Keystone Media Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers. Any student at any public, private or parochial Pennsylvania high school, college or university who has had their material published in the school newspaper may enter the contest. Students who have had their work published on a digital news site may enter the contest provided the site meets the criteria as outlined in the contest rules.

Entries are now being accepted in the 2024 Student Keystone Media Awards Contest!  Entries and online payments must be received via the online contest system, BetterBNC, by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

Be sure to submit entries in these Student Specialty Award categories to be considered for cash prizes!

The Lenfest Institute College Diversity Champion Award

High School Diversity Champion Award, sponsored by AT&T

Ralph Flamminio Memorial Award

Submit your entries now!

The PNA Foundation will supply plaques to each first-place winner and certificates to each second place and honorable mention winner in attendance at the Student Keystone Media Awards Event in Harrisburg, April date, TBD.  Certificates for all non-attendees will be mailed to the school address the week after the event.

Questions? Email the PNA Foundation or phone 717-703-3003.

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation Logo

2024 Student Keystone Contest Rules & Entry Instructions 2024 Student Keystone Categories


Judges’ tip for creating winning entries: Be sure your articles include facts and no misinformation. It is extremely important to follow AP Style as well as adhere to facts and correct details in your stories/entries. The AP Stylebook is available online and in print.

The PNA Foundation recognizes that student journalists do amazing work throughout the school year.  It’s uplifting for anyone who cares about the news media industry to know that creative, committed and passionate students are excelling at what we love. Share your best work and have it showcased on our Student Journalism Projects Page!

Visit our Journalism Scholarships page and our Internship Guide page to see opportunities available for student journalists.

Visit our Students, Advisers & Teachers page to see all the other great opportunities we offer!

Past Student Keystone Winners

Past Student Diversity Champion Awards