News Organization of the Year (NOY)

News Organization of the Year (NOY)






Teresa Shaak




News Organization of the Year

Still as prestigious, but now updated, improved and easier for you!

We heard you. Recognizing that NOY participation has been steadily decreasing over the past few years and that news companies are expressing that it is more and more difficult to find the resources and time to enter contests, the PNA Foundation convened a committee of various-sized PNA members. The goal: To alleviate the entry demands, encourage participation and maintain the prestige and value of being named Newspaper of the Year.

The recommendation and final solution of the committee — with the support of the PNA Foundation Board of Trustees — was to eliminate the “Newspaper of the Year” as a separate contest. Instead, beginning in 2019, we will use points from the Keystone Media Awards Contest and Advertising Contest including specialty awards to determine which companies are overall winners.

The Advertising Contest has been updated to align more closely with the Keystones including revised circulation divisions, an addition of Sweepstakes Awards and Honorable Mention recognition. All Specialty Awards now accumulate points. And, a diversity category has been added to the Keystones so that all categories of the original NOY are represented and awarded.

Please spread the news across your departments. In order to accumulate points toward NOY throughout each year, you will want to enter both the Keystone Media Awards Contest and the Advertising Contest. No additional entry processing or fees are needed, but you must enter both of these contests in order to gain points.

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


Congratulations to the 2020 News Organization of the Year Award Winners!

Multi-day Publications:

First Place – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Second Place – PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg

Weekly Publications:

First Place – Press And Journal, Middletown

Second Place – TheBurg, Harrisburg


Read our NOY Press Release.

Accumulate points throughout the year by entering these contests:

PNA Foundation Advertising Contest

Professional Keystone Media Awards Contest


Past NOY Winners