SPJ Keystone Chapter’s Excellence in Journalism Contest (Affiliated Awards)

SPJ Keystone Chapter’s Excellence in Journalism Contest (Affiliated Awards)


Harrisburg, Pa.


Pat Trosky





Check back early next year for the 2024 contest details!

The Society of Professional Journalist’s Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest annually recognizes the best in journalism. This contest is open to all journalists who either lived in Pennsylvania or New Jersey when their work was published or whose work was first published in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Online publications are welcome.

Visit the SPJ website for complete details.

Awards will be presented during the Keystone Media Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, beginning at 12 noon, in conjunction with the News Media Business Summit at the Sheraton Hershey Harrisburg Hotel, located at 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA  17111.  Registration deadline is Oct. 25.


Questions? Call or text contest coordinator Pat Trosky at 570-630-0804 (voicemail) or 570-262-2030 (text or voicemail) or email spjkeystone@mail.com or pattrosky@gmail.com.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Keystone Pro and New Jersey chapters have had a long and proud history. Over the past decade, the chapters have attracted college students, media professionals, and community members to various lectures and have provided speakers to these entities along with businesses and organizations.

With the rapid and continued growth of technology, SPJ Keystone, along with the New Jersey chapter, has expanded to assist professionals, educators, and students with training, programs, ethical concerns, research, and FOI questions.

The chapters’ goals continue to be training, programming, supporting all media, informing the public of the journalism profession, diversity, and membership improvement.

The chapters actively support Freedom of Information efforts and welcome those who want to learn more about journalism and its importance to everyone. Colleges, universities, and high schools are invited to form student chapters by affiliating with the Keystone Pro and New Jersey chapters.

Proceeds from the contest go toward training, defending the First Amendment and open government, the legal defense of journalists, student scholarships, and other activities designed to improve journalism and its standing in society.

About SPJ:

The statewide chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annually conducts a contest recognizing excellence in journalism in 20 categories. The Keystone State SPJ Chapter’s most prestigious category, the Spotlight Award, is given to the journalist(s) whose published investigative story or series scooped other media and placed the public’s right to know in the public spotlight.

The PNA Foundation works in cooperation with SPJ leaders to allow the presentation of these awards during the Keystone Media Awards Celebration; however, the PNA Foundation has no other involvement in these awards.

For more details about SPJ, visit the SPJ website.

For further information about this contest, contact Pat Trosky at pattrosky@gmail.com.