Keystone Media Awards – Students

Keystone Media Awards – Students


Deadline to enter - *Dec. 14, 2020


Harrisburg, Pa.


Teresa Shaak




Keystone Media Awards

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.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Contest entry eligibility and deadline dates have changed, and contest now includes more categories – Podcast, Diversity and several Broadcast categories!

All entries must be submitted online via our contest system, BetterBNC.  Deadline to submit entries and online payments is 11:59 p.m., on Monday, December 14, 2020, November 30, 2020.  Mail-in payments must be received at the PNA Foundation by Friday, December 18, 2020.

*PLEASE NOTE:  The earlier deadline was instituted this year in order to accommodate altered school schedules due to the pandemic. Many colleges and universities will be closing earlier than usual for the holidays. However, if your school publication is continuing to publish in print or online past Thanksgiving and the November 30 deadline, entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., on December 14.

Winners will be notified by February. Depending on social distancing recommendations and government regulations in spring 2021, winners may be honored at a Student Keystone Media Awards luncheon to be held in Harrisburg, date to be determined. Prior to the awards luncheon, a session featuring professional journalists may be held. Winners and advisers will receive more information when awards are announced.

Request your copy(ies) of the newest edition of PNA’s Real News newspaper by completing the form below.  Requests will be processed every few weeks.

  • Please enter a number from 1 to 25.

Email the PNA Foundation or phone (717) 703-3003 with any questions.

Helpful Tip

Start saving entries for next year’s contest throughout the year! To avoid the frantic rush during next year’s contest period, we recommend that you save your potential entries in a special file on your computer. Then when contest time rolls around, you simply search that file for your best work!

2021 Student Keystone Media Awards Rules 2021 Student Keystone Media Awards Categories PNA Student Services


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Past Student Keystone Winners