Contests and Awards

The PNA and PNA Foundation host numerous contests and awards throughout the year, listed below alphabetically:

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Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence

Ben Franklin Award

Purpose: Established in 1998, the award recognizes individuals who have performed an outstanding service or accomplishment to their newspapers; to the news media industry; to their local communities; or to the PNA, that reflected positively on the news media industry in Pennsylvania.

Eligible: Nominees may include newspaper owners and employees, legislators, community leaders, business leaders and university/college administrators.

Awarded At:

America East News Media Summit

It Can Wait Editorial Contest

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Purpose: To raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Eligible: Pennsylvania High School Students

Awarded At:

Student Keystone Media Awards Event & College Fair

Keystone Media Awards – Professional

Keystone Media Awards

Purpose: These awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers and audiences, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. Further, they stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community

Eligible: The contest is open to the editorial staff and regular contributors of PNA member organizations and wire services, as well as non-member Pennsylvania news organizations that meet the criteria outlined in the contest rules. Freelance work must be submitted through an eligible publishing news company. All AP member news organizations are eligible to enter the contest.

Awarded At:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Keystone Media Awards – Students

Keystone Media Awards

Purpose: The Student Keystone Media Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

Eligible: 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.

Awarded At:

Student Keystone Media Awards Event & College Fair

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award from the PNA

Purpose: Honoring outstanding service and accomplishment spanning a career in journalism.

Eligible: The nominee must (1) be a present or former publisher or senior manager of a Pennsylvania newspaper and (2) have spent a significant part of his or her career working in Pennsylvania.

Awarded At:

America East News Media Summit

News Organization of the Year (NOY)

News Organization of the Year

Purpose: The NOY Contest gives Pennsylvania news media companies the opportunity to showcase the efforts of their entire staff. The purpose is to recognize outstanding work across all departments and including all products, with an emphasis on overall excellence.

Eligible: In order to accumulate points throughout the year, you should enter both the Keystone Media Awards and the Advertising Contest. No additional entry processing or fees are needed, but you must enter these contests in order to gain points toward NOY designation.

Awarded At:

America East News Media Summit

Newspaper Carrier of the Year

Newspaper Carrier of the Year award logo

Purpose: The PNA Foundation's Newspaper Carrier of the Year contest has helped Pennsylvania newspapers recognize the exemplary performance of newspaper carriers of all ages.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals working at a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing, as well as non-member Pennsylvania news organizations that meet specific criteria as outlined in the contest rules.

Awarded At:

Awards will be presented locally by the nominating news organization.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Media Awards (Affiliated Awards)

Purpose: PNA encourages its members to participate in this awards competition, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the national law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP

Eligible: Pennsylvania Journalists

Awarded At:

Awards will likely be presented either in person or virtually at PBA Committee/Section Day on Nov. 19 in Harrisburg.

PNA Foundation Advertising Contest

PNA Foundation Advertising Contest

Purpose: This contest recognizes advertising departments across Pennsylvania that continue to produce outstanding printed and digital classified and display ads, campaigns, and special publications worthy of much recognition.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff working at a PNA member news organization in good standing, as well as non-member Pennsylvania news organizations that meet specific criteria as outlined in the contest rules.

Awarded At:

America East News Media Summit

SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter’s Best in Journalism (Affiliated Awards)

Purpose: SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter’s Spotlight Contest annually recognizes the best in journalism.

Eligible: The SPJ Keystone Spotlight 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.

Awarded At:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Stop Cyberbullying Editorial Contest

Purpose: To raise awareness about the dangers of cyberbullying

Eligible: Pennsylvania High School Students

Awarded At:

Student Keystone Media Awards Event & College Fair