Contests and Awards

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

Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence

Ben Franklin Award for Excellence

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.

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

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Dinner at the Annual Convention

Calkins Family Best Use of Video Award

Calkins Family Best Use of Video Award

Purpose: This special award will recognize one entry - across all circulation divisions - that best uses video either for a single advertisement or as part of an ad campaign.

Eligable: Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

PNA Advertising Conference

Calkins Family Distinguished Video Award

Calkins Family Distinguished Video Award

Purpose: Created in 2014, this special award recognizes one entry package - across all circulation divisions - for the best use of video by an individual.

Eligable: The contest is open to individuals working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

Distinguished Visual Awards

Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

Purpose: Since 1996, the purpose of this award is to showcase quality photography or artwork. The award is judged solely on the quality of artwork, without regard to circulation or category.

Eligable: The contest is open to individual photographers or artists working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

Distinguished Writing Awards

PNA Foundation Distinguished Writing Awards

Purpose: Since 1987, the purpose of this award is to showcase quality writing. The award is judged solely on the quality of writing, without regard to circulation or category.

Eligable: The contest is open to individuals working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service

G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service

Purpose: Given to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the community or state through an article or series of articles.

Eligable: The contest is open to individuals working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing or the organizations themselves.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

It Can Wait editorial contest

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

Eligable: Pennsylvania High School Students

Awarded At:

The America East News Media & Technology Summit

John V. R. Bull Freedom of Information Award

Purpose: Honors a journalist or news organization for exceptional work advancing or upholding the cause of Freedom of Information.

Eligable: The contest is open to individuals working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing or the organizations themselves.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

Keystone Press Awards – Professional

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Purpose: The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities.

Eligable: PNA-member news organization

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

Keystone Press Awards – Students

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

Eligable: 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:

The America East News Media & Technology Summit

Newspaper Carrier of the Year

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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.

Eligable: The contest is open to newspaper carriers working at a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

PNA Foundation Golf Outing

Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors annual newspaper contest (Affiliated Awards)

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Purpose: The Pennsylvania APME honors important journalism through annual awards.

Eligable: AP member news organizations are eligible to enter the contest. All entries must have been published, aired or posted in 2018.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

Pennsylvania Bar Association Media Awards (Affiliated Awards)

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Purpose: PNA encourages its members to participate in this awards competition, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the national law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Eligable: Pennsylvania Journalists

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Truth in Finances Award (Affiliated Awards)

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Purpose: The Forensic and Litigation Services Committee of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) initiated this award to support balanced reporting of financial issues that are relevant and useful to the community at large. The award recognizes reporters whose skills identify, clarify, or expose the fiscal accountability of individuals, companies, or governmental agencies.

Eligable: Newspaper reporters, editors, and publishers as well as TV and radio reporters who present stories occurring in and around Pennsylvania that educate and/or protect consumers’ well-being and the fiscal health of the communities are eligible for PICPA's Truth in Finances Award.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (PSNE) President’s Award (Affiliated Awards)

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Purpose: A special award in recognition of exceptional reporting that has brought distinction to Pennsylvania journalism.

Eligable: This award is not presented each year, and will only be awarded when deemed appropriate by the current PSNE Board of Directors.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference

PNA Foundation Advertising Contest

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Advertising Contest

Purpose: The PNA Foundation Advertising 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.

Eligable: Entries must have been published in a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing. Entries eligible for competition must have been published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Dinner at Annual Convention

PNA Foundation Public Service Award

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Purpose: Continuing the tradition of the news media as the "fourth estate," the PNA Foundation Public Service Award is presented to the news company that has helped improve the community through public service leadership.

Eligable: This non-journalistic award is presented to a news company that has made a significant contribution to the betterment of its community through public service leadership.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

Public Notice Journalism Award

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Purpose: To recognize excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices.

Eligable: Stories must cite the public notice requirement and refer readers to the publication in which it appeared. Online references must include links. If the notice requirement was not met or was deficient, story must explain how and why notice was deficient. Stories may have been published in print or digitally or both.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

Reader Initiative Award

Purpose: The Reader Initiative Award honors the efforts by Pennsylvania member news companies that continue to accept the challenge of growing readership through innovative initiatives.

Eligable: The contest is open to Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

PNA Annual Convention

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

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

Eligable: 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:

PNA Press Conference

The Lenfest Insititute Emerging Journalist Award

The Lenfest Institute Emerging Journalist Award

Purpose: Encourages talented young journalists to continue in their careers.

Eligable: The contest is open to individuals with two years or less experience working at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member news organization in good standing.

Awarded At:

Pennsylvania Press Conference