Keystone Media Awards – Students

Keystone Media Awards – Students


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 his or her 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.

Check back in the fall for our 2023 contest rules!

Congratulations to our inaugural Diverse Student Journalist Award winners, each receiving a $500 cash prize! See more details about these special winners on our Diverse Student Journalist Awards page and view the Press Release.


Diverse College Student Journalist Award
sponsored by The Lenfest Institute
Alisha Tarver
Penn State Greater Allegheny – The GA-Zette


Diverse High School Student Journalist Award
sponsored by the PNA Foundation
Owen Levan-Uhler
Northern Lehigh High School – The Slate


Congratulations to the 2022 Student Keystone Media Award Winners!

View the 2022 Student Keystones Presentation

2022 Student Keystone Media Award Winners – DI

2022 Student Keystone Media Award Winners – DII

2022 Student Keystone Media Award Winners – DIII

2022 Student Keystone Media Award Winners – DIV

Plaques for each first place winner and certificates for all second place and honorable mention winners have been mailed to schools at the address they used in their online BNC account, free of charge.  To order plaques for  second place and/or honorable mention winners, complete the Student Plaque Order Form and return to the PNA Foundation with payment.

Throughout the week of April 11, we’ll be celebrating all student journalists with special recognitions and resources.  Look forward to a video showcasing all winners, a recorded  educational session, valuable resources on journalism careers and a special photo gallery of student journalists at work.  Additional information with links will be provided in April.

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

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Plaque Order Form (for second place and honorable mention) 2022 Student Keystone Rules 2022 Student Keystone Categories PNA Student Services


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.

Be sure your articles include facts and no misinformation. 

High School Students: Be sure to check out the details about the It Can Wait and the Stop Cyberbullying Editorial Contests.

College Students: Be sure to check out the details about the Capitol Crash Course and our Internship Guide.

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


Past Student Keystone Winners