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

Calkins Family Best Use of Video Award (Ad Contest)

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.

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:

America East News Media Summit

Calkins Family Distinguished Video Award (Keystone Media Awards)

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.

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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

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.

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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

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

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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Keystone Media Awards – Professional

Purpose: The Keystone Media 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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Keystone Media Awards – Students

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

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 PNA Foundation's 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 a 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

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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.

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:

TBD

Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award (formerly Distinguished Visual Award)

Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

Purpose: This award honors the late Pulitzer-Prize winning AP photographer from Pennsylvania, and recognizes one photographer, across all circulation divisions.

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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

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 Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP

Eligible: Pennsylvania Journalists

Awarded At:

TBD

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.

Eligible: 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:

TBD

PNA Foundation 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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

America East News Media Summit

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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Public Notice Journalism Award

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

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

Reader Initiative Award

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.

Eligible: This contest is open to individuals or staff 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

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.

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:

TBD

The Lenfest Institute Diverse Journalist Award

Purpose: Recognizes a talented journalist, of a diverse background, for outstanding contributions to his or her newsroom.

Eligible: The contest is open to talented journalists of a diverse background. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, factors such as: age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, veteran status and economic status.

Awarded At:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration

The Lenfest Institute Emerging Journalist Award

The Lenfest Institute Emerging Journalist Award

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

Eligible: 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:

Keystone Media Awards Celebration