Widener Law offers free Supreme Court media preview

Hi, all — Widener asked us to pass word about this free session for reporters.

Widener Law’s U.S. Supreme Court media preview is opportunity to question professors about upcoming cases.

Join us at no cost!

Widener Law’s popular faculty/media Supreme Court preview is back this fall with the valuable opportunity for reporters to question professors about cases of interest the court will be hearing in its new term. We will have seven professors present a variety of cases and take your questions. Topics range from dishonest jurors, to free speech and threats on the internet, to pregnancy discrimination, to income taxes for those who live in one state but work in another, and more.

This is a free event and you can watch and listen from your desk. The 2014 preview will be done “webinar” style using Adobe Connect on:

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT

The preview is organized in a spirit of public service by the Public Relations Office. It is intended to assist journalists in identifying pending cases that may have news value for their organizations, and in the process provide expert sources to question now or call on for future reporting. We also welcome participation from students, alumni and the community.

Mark your calendar and plan to click on law.widener.edu/supremecourt2014 the day of the webinar. There is no need to pre-register and we don’t collect lots of personal information about you.

We’ll send a reminder with the link closer to the event, but if you want even more personal attention just email mallen@mail.widener.edu

and Public Relations Officer Mary Allen will make sure your needs are covered.

Feel free to share this invitation with others you think might be interested and we hope you can join us next week. Bring your questions!

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We’re pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Spotlight Awards! Congratulations to all the winners!

If you have any corrections or questions, contact contest coordinator Susan Schwartz at susan.schwartz@pressenterprise.net, 570-752-3646.

Awards will be given out during the Spotlight Awards reception at 5 p.m. May 31 during the Pennsylvania Press Conference. Information about the conference may be found here.

We’d also like to thank our contest sponsor, the Better Newspaper Contest, for its help in moving the Spotlight Contest online.

SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Judges’ Category Comment:

The journalists in Pennsylvania are doing some amazing work, both traditional and untraditional. While in some cases it’s painstaking connection of the dots, other prize-winning stories showed determination to document dishonesty and bias at the digital level. And all of the coverage showed attention to multi-media presentation and accessibility. Every news organization in this field can be proud of their best work.

First Place

Andrew Conte and Luis Fabregas

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Donor Dilemma

Second Place

Craig R. McCoy

Philadelphia Inquirer

McCaffery Investigation

Third Place

Michael N. Price and Kristina Scala

Daily Local News

The Coatesville Crisis

BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER, DAILY

First Place

Tribune-Review Staff

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A substantial, well-rounded print edition with many features relevant and important to the community The inside of the paper is more local than the front page would indicate. The layout is sophisticated and reader friendly. Great, engaging sports section.

Second Place

The Times-Tribune Staff

Scranton Times

Third Place

Staff

The Citizens’ Voice

BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER, NON-DAILY

First Place

Staff

Philadelphia Weekly

Stunning, eye-catching cover design fronts a publication with in-depth coverage of the area’s entertainment scene. Cover stories are in-depth and pair nicely with the user-friendly listings.

Second Place

Staff

Central Penn Business Journal

The in-depth Top 100 issue was very impressive.

Third Place

Brian Estadt, Kyle Lawson, Mike Love and Mike Orfanopoulos

Times Express

Three editions

HEADLINE, DAILY

First Place

Joe Berkery

Philadelphia Daily News

BIG BONG THEORY

Second Place

Ed Weiner

Philadelphia Daily News

LIFE OF THE POTTY

Third Place

Kevin Donlin

The Citizens’ Voice

A lack of buzz

HEADLINE, NON-DAILY

First Place

Sheena Lester

Philadelphia Weekly

Hell No We Won’t Grow

Second Place

Stephen H. Segal

Philadelphia Weekly

The Desperate Days of Brick & Mortar

Third Place

Stephen H. Segal

Philadelphia Weekly

Inconvenient Conservatives

TABLOID PAGE DESIGN, DAILY

Judges’ Category Comment:

Difficult to choose narrow down the winners here, with an honorable mention going to the Eating Clockwise page (love that headline) and the 82 page for the Pirates’ winning season as the best of the rest.

First Place

Amy Raudenbush

Philadelphia Daily News

MR. HIDE

Great noir/comic book-type illustration that creates intrigue along with the headline. Makes me want to turn inside the section to find out what this is about.

Second Place

Melanie Wass

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

And Now There Are 2

Nice use of multiple elements without looking cluttered. Good selection of photos for impact

Third Place

Michael Sisak, Alysha Davis and Dave Janoski

The Citizens’ Voice

The

First

Nice use of typography for impact. Clean layout with an effective use of the photo.

Honorable Mention

Jon Snyder

Philadelphia Daily News

Eating Clockwise

TABLOID PAGE DESIGN, NON-DAILY

First Place

Stephen H. Segal

Philadelphia Weekly

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Typography has a sense of motion that goes well with the cover image and also integrates well with the mast.

Second Place

Stephen H. Segal

Philadelphia Weekly

Married.

Provocative cover image that makes an instant statement.

Third Place

Kathryn Morton

Central Penn Business Journal

Marketplace Opens Oct. 1.

BROADSHEET PAGE DESIGN, DAILY

First Place

Kevin Burkett

Philadelphia Inquirer

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Really useful display of information on a very complex subject. Easy-to-read format.

Second Place

Tom Raski

Buck County Courier Times

Stacey Hurt (December 6, 2013)

Powerful layout and design choices for a very tough subject.

Third Place

Cynthia Greer

Philadelphia Inquirer

1-11-13 D1

Great illustrations that don’t detract from the readability of the piece.

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

First Place

Jason Bridge

Valley News Dispatch

A Higher Calling

Love this.

Second Place

David Maialetti

Philadelphia Daily News

Zen Moment

Great use of color

Third Place

Erica Hilliard Dietz

Valley News Dispatch

Fun in the Sun

Great use of shadows

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY, NON -DAILY

First Place

Kristina Serafini

Sewickley Herald

Back to school

Nice use of reflections

Second Place

J.R. Blackwell

Philadelphia Weekly

Kickstarted

Fun

Third Place

Laurence Kesterson

Swarthmore College Bulletin

Boat Builder

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

First Place

Kim Weimer

Bucks County Courier Times

Gun Rally Draws From Both Sides

Second Place

Mark Moran

The Citizens’ Voice

Drug Arrest

Third Place

Eric Felack

Valley News Dispatch

Tragedy Averted

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

First Place

Scott A. Drake

Philadelphia Gay News

Exposure for Closure

Second Place

Lillian DeDomenic

Times Express

CANorah Lighting

Third Place

Lillian DeDomenic

Murrysville Star

Game Face

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY, DAILY

First Place

Andrew Krech

The Citizens’ Voice

Dust Devil

This is fantastic.

Second Place

Yong Kim

Philadelphia Daily News

Snow Machine

Love the colors

Third Place

Erica Hilliard Dietz

Valley News Dispatch

Showdown Set

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY, NON-DAILY

First Place

Laurence Kesterson

Swarthmore College Bulletin

Flying Trapeze

PHOTO STORY, DAILY

First Place

Stephanie Strasburg

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

End of a Record-Setting Streak

Second Place

Sean Stipp

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bridge Day

Third Place

Jake Stevens

Scranton Times

A Veteran’s Mission

PHOTO STORY, NON-DAILY

First Place

Randy LoBasso and J.R. Blackwell

Philadelphia Weekly

Get Schooled

Second Place

Lillian DeDomenic and Alisa Jacobson

Murrysville Star

Gladiator Rock ‘n Run

Third Place

Kristina Serafini

Sewickley Herald

Success Already

BUSINESS AND LABOR REPORTING, DAILY

First Place

Luis Fabregas and Andrew Conte

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Donor Dilemma

A classic example of the kind of public watchdog reporting that this country needs more of as newspapers struggle to compete in the new digitally driven marketplace. Bravo!

Second Place

The Times-Tribune Staff and Charles Schillinger

Scranton Times

Outlook 2013

The Times-Tribune should be commended for this ambitious and sweeping approach to an important issue at a time when growing income inequality imperils the American Dream.

Third Place

Crissa Shoemaker-DeBree

The Intelligencer

Made in the USA

A creative, smart package that illuminates a pressing question about the future of American competitiveness.

SPORTS REPORTING, DAILY

Judges’ Category Comment:

Lots of excellent entries that made it tough to judge. Another half dozen were a hair away from the Top 3.

First Place

John Harris

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Declining Diversity

Excellent story. It told me things I didn’t know. Informative, well-sourced, well-written. A very appealing presentation enhanced the package.

Second Place

Ralph N. Paulk

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“’Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Steers Big Breaks To NASCAR”

Well-reported and timely. This story amply illustrates how the business of sports and government has intertwined. This one was among several strong entries that were somewhat similar. Glad to see the newspaper’s eds put this on the front page.

Third Place

Donnie Collins and The Times-Tribune Staff

Scranton Times

Heading Home

Excellent special section that covers all the bases. Collins’ story on Crain an especially fun read.

SPORTS REPORTING, NON-DAILY

First Place

Max Ufberg

Philadelphia Weekly

The Big Jump: Here Come the 87ers

Ni e look at not only individual development , but also that of the new team.

Second Place

Heather Stauffer

Central Penn Business Journal

Teeing up success

Interesting look at the impact of a major tournament beyond the golf course.

Third Place

Max Ufberg

Philadelphia Weekly

Fantasy Football

Detailed look at fantasy football — pros and cons,

EDITORIAL WRITING, DAILY

First Place

Cynthia Burton

Philadelphia Inquirer

Portfolio

Second Place

Alan Wallace

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Alan Wallace Portfolio

Third Place

Josh Gohlke

Philadelphia Inquirer

Portfolio

EDITORIAL WRITING, NON-DAILY

First Place

Hope Stephan

Central Penn Business Journal

Portfolio

Second Place

Jen Colletta

Philadelphia Gay News

PGN editorial

HEALTH AND MEDICAL REPORTING, DAILY

First Place

Luis Fabregas and Andrew Conte

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Donor Dilemma

Second Place

Michael Vitez

Philadelphia Inquirer

Chain of Life

Third Place

Tim Darragh

Morning Call

Obamacare

HEALTH AND MEDICAL REPORTING, DAILY

First Place

Jennifer Clare Burke

Philadelphia Weekly

The Obamacare Surprise

Second Place

Heather Stauffer

Central Penn Business Journal

Health Systems Here Rush to Form Alliances – But Not With Each Other

Third Place

Randy LoBasso

Philadelphia Weekly

Food stamp funds are about to get cut. Twice.

FEATURE STORY, DAILY

First Place

Mike Newall

Philadelphia Inquirer

Almost Justice: The Beau Zabel Murder

Best use of narrative in breaking out of news mode to find a novelistic style that suits the subject and draws us into its world. Not just a solid report, but a good read.

Second Place

Lini Kadaba

Philadelphia Inquirer

To Be Young, Black and Safe”

Successful stories about issues are tough to do. Writer employs an excellent treatment that humanizes and illustrates safety issues for blacks and allows understanding for non-blacks.

Third Place

David Singleton

Scranton Times

Witness to Infamy”

Fascinating story despite revisiting one of the most over-done subjects in journalism history. Solid lead followed by arresting quotes from witness. Engaging even for non-baby boomers.

FEATURE STORY, NON-DAILY

First Place

Randy LoBasso

Philadelphia Weekly

Mixed Signals

Second Place

Eric San Juan

Philadelphia Weekly

After the Waters

Third Place

Sherri Kimmel

Swarthmore College Bulletin

Of Fame and Fortune

Fascinating portrayal of James Michenor’s legacy and the strong attitudes about diversity at the basis of his work.

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING, DAILY

First Place

Laura Legere

Scranton Times

Testing the Waters

This was an excellent, balanced job reviewing complex material on a crucial new issue. It pointed out serious transparency issues with a government agency.

Second Place

Sandy Bauers

Philadelphia Inquirer

Rising Sea At The Door

Great human detail on what’s being lost, and many expert voices on what’s happening. Graphic elements also excellent.

Third Place

Romy Varghese

Bloomberg News

Bat-Killing Fungal Disease Has U.S. Lumber Firms Fighting States

This is an issue that has frequently been covered by media but in a piecemeal fashion. This article clearly sets out the whole scope of the problem and the competing points of view.

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING, NON-DAILY

First Place

Daveen Rae Kurutz

Murrysville Star

15 Spills Over 3 Months

Story is well-balanced and presents a mystery — how do board officials not know about this problem?

Second Place

Tim Stuhldreher

Central Penn Business Journal

Midstate Firm Bell & Evans Joins Those Opposing Perdue Soybean Facility

Clearly shows an important local controversy over an industry that could have both environmental problems and benefits.

SPOT NEWS STORY, DAILY

Judges’ Category Comment:

The entries all demonstrated excellent journalism. The three winners, however, were heads and shoulders above the pack by virtue of the outstanding reporting of the spot news and the analysis and background information provided.

First Place

Staff

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Baffling Behavior” – Chief Nate Harper Charged

An exceptional piece of reporting. You answer any and all questions about Harper, the office and what lies ahead.

Second Place

Staff

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Flash Floods Wash Out Region

Outstanding job of covering a natural disaster. Reporting goes beyond the rain and looks at residents, impact on the areas hit and extensive background.

Third Place

Inquirer Staff

Philadelphia Inquirer

6 Dead in Collapse

Excellent reporting. Great job covering all angles of the collapse in addition to digging up the information about the contractor.

SPOT NEWS STORY, NON-DAILY

First Place

Jen Colletta

Philadelphia Gay News

Pa Couples Sue For Marriage Equality

Second Place

Heather Stauffer

Central Penn Business Journal

Geisinger: Holy Spirit Is Different From Other Deals

Third Place

Daveen Rae Kurutz

Murrysville Star

After Complaints, District Stifles A “Howl”

Writing about a public challenge to Allen Ginsburg’s classic poem by parents of local high school students is difficult to place objectively in context, but Daveen Rae Kurutz manages to navigate an issue that is often opaque.

COMMENTARY, DAILY

Judges’ Category Comment:

Readers in this state are incredibly blessed when it comes to writers in this category. The decision was extremely difficult.

First Place

Trudy Rubin

Philadelphia Inquirer

Portfolio

The commentary on not winning the Nobel was outstanding. These columns show that great research in the field, whether abroad or in the neighborhoods, pays off.

Second Place

Helen Ubiñas

Philadelphia Daily News

Portfolio

Through the subjects and the writer’s own voice, the emotions played well.

Third Place

Stu Bykofsky

Philadelphia Daily News

Columns

Again, the emotions are evoked well in these finely crafted columns.

COMMENTARY, NON-DAILY

Judges’ Category Comment:

Impressive work!

First Place

Josh Kruger

Philadelphia Weekly

The Uncomfortable Whole

Mesmerizing. Not just an unusual point of view, but excellent writing, too.

Second Place

Randy LoBasso

Philadelphia Weekly

Purplevania

Very tight writing. Obviously researched well.

Third Place

Mark Segal

Philadelphia Gay News

Mark My Words

Nice chunks of social commentary stirred into a broth of history.

ENTERPRISE REPORTING, DAILY

First Place

David Gambacorta and Barbara Laker

Philadelphia Daily News

UNDER THE GUN

Well-written examination of the hows and whys of urban gun violence that captures the sorrow and strength of those left behind and even the humanity of those who inflict the pain.

Second Place

The Bucks County Courier Times Staff

Buck County Courier Times

Heroin: It’s Time For The Talk

Comprehensive exploration of the impact of the heroin epidemic on one region, complete with survival tips, warning signs and community dialogue. A glowing example of public service journalism.

Third Place

Daily News Staff

Philadelphia Daily News

FORGOTTEN

Courageous and heartfelt series about our shameful disregard for the lives of young black men. The Daily News should be commended for initiating the conversation and forcing its readers to face an uncomfortable truth.

ENTERPRISE REPORTING, NON-DAILY

First Place

Victoria Brownworth

Philadelphia Gay News

Victims Of The Night: Stories Of Trans Sex Workers

Thoughtful re-telling of stories and lives of which most are not aware. Hopefully, this series will serve as a catalyst for the intervention, which this reporting shows is so desperately needed.

Second Place

Daveen Rae Kurutz

Murrysville Star

Holding Their Breath

Some stories are made great by their compelling subject matter. This story is made great by deep reporting, an eye for context and crisp writing.

Third Place

Halle Stockton

PublicSource

As Pa Ages, State Examines Guardianships And Abuse

Compelling look at some of the cracks in government bureaucracy, the real lives that often fall between them and the insurmountable pain that follows. This is a story that should spark action.

ONLINE BREAKING NEWS, DAILY

First Place

Borys Krawczeniuk, Ted Baird and The Times-Tribune Staff

Scranton Times

POTUS (and VPOTUS) Visit

Second Place

Staff

Pocono Record

Ross Township Shooting Coverage Aug. 6, 2013

ONLINE BREAKING NEWS, NON-DAILY

First Place

Angela Thomas

Philadelphia Gay News

Giovanni’s Room to be Sold

Second Place

Angela Thomas

Philadelphia Gay News

City Council Passes LGBT Equality Bill,

First in the Nation

Third Place

Jason Scott

Central Penn Business Journal

Watsontown Trucking Company Buys Capitol View Commerce Center

WEB USE, DAILY

First Place

Stephanie Strasburg

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

End of the Streak

Excellent photos and insight into a town, community and a team. The intro could have been tighter, but the beautiful photos and story drew us in and by the end we were hooked.

Second Place

Melanie Wass, David Conti and Lisa Fuqua

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The News Jolted You Where?” — JFK Anniversary

Great use of multimedia in this package: Enjoyed the use of video, java script expanding front pages and links to related coverage.

Third Place

Robert Kandel

Philadelphia Inquirer

Crime In Philadelphia

Lots of good information presented in multiple ways. Some more useful than others. We wish the data was tied to a larger story giving context.

WEB USE, NON- DAILY

First Place

Staff

Jewish Exponent

http://www.jewishexponent.com

Fun, clean, easy-to-navigate design. Enjoyed the calendar and ability for readers to submit events. The Mazel Tov section is great.

Second Place

Laurence Kesterson

Swarthmore College Bulletin

The Joys of Juggling (video)

Charming video piece. Very entertaining.

Third Place

PW Staff

Philadelphia Weekly

PhillyNow.com

Clean layout and design. Navigation and category names could be clearer and better defined. Enjoyed the comment bubbles on the homepage.

Register for the 2014 Region 1 Conference

By Rebecca Baker | January 26th, 2014

The 2014 Region 1 Conference in Boston, Mass. is now open for registration.

This year’s event, organized by the New England Pro Chapter of SPJ, will bring together professional and student journalists from Maine to Pennsylvania for two days of professional development and networking from April 25-26 at Boston University. It is guaranteed to be exciting and informative event — not to mention an investment in your career.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Byte Back! Doing Great Journalism in the Digital Age” and will include programs on investigative reporting, cross-disciplinary journalism, ethics, high-tech newsgathering, personal branding, legal issues for journalists and much, much more.

An opening night reception will be held at The Castle, a gorgeous Tudor Revival mansion on the BU campus, where legendary broadcast journalist Carole Simpson will share her thoughts on the present and future states of journalism.

On Saturday, we’ll take a break from programming to have a delicious lunch in BU’s elegant Trustee Ballroom, where we’ll honor the best collegiate journalism in the region at the annual Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.

Getting to Boston is easy. In addition to Amtrak, Megabus.com is offering free rides from their locations to Boston for those coming from long distances. There are also discounted rates at several local hotels.

We’re expecting a sold-out event, so reserve your place before they’re all out! For details on the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference and to register, visit spjr1c.org.

 

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2014 Spotlight Award Contest begins

The 2014 Spotlight Award Contest is now up and running!

This year’s contest is being sponsored by Better Newspaper Contest, for which we’re extremely grateful.

BNC is also running the website where contestants need to submit their entries. You can find the site here.

You can download instructions here: Spotlight instructions.

Deadline for entries is March 3, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact contest coordinator Susan Schwartz, (570)752-3646, susan.schwartz@pressenterprise.net.

Here’s wishing you all the best of luck!

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Spotlight Contest Winners Announced

 SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter’s Spotlight Contest Results

It is with great pleasure I announce the winners of our 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter’s Spotlight Contest recognizing the best in Pennsylvania journalism. The entries were outstanding and based on the comments of our judges, the decisions were difficult. This year’s judging was done by members of SPJ chapters in Oregon, Tennessee and Connecticut.

Congratulations to all those who placed in this year’s contest. The fact so many chose to enter their best work in this and other journalism contests is a testament to the strength of our business and its importance in an ever-changing society. There will always be a need for watchdogs.

Our chapter is a small but feisty group and we are always looking for new members. We do not meet all that often and most recently we have seen a renewed interest from high school and college students to be part of SPJ. Our chapter is always available to speak to anyone who is interested in what we stand for and we encourage you to be part of our outreach. Membership is $75 a year for professionals and academics (the cost of a dinner and movie these days!) and $12 to be part of the local chapter. The price is cut in half for students and retirees. Membership applications and much more may be found at www.spj.org.

Again, congratulations and we look forward to meeting everyone in Harrisburg on May 18.

Pat Trosky
President, SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter
pattrosky@gmail.com – 570-262-2030
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SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter’s Spotlight Contest Results

APRIL 2013

SPOTLIGHT AWARD – This is the Keystone State SPJ Chapter’s most prestigious award, 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 prize is $100 and a plaque for first place. Second and third place winners in this category receive plaques. Certificates will be presented to honorable mentions.

FIRST PLACE – The Scranton Times – “City in Crisis” Jim Lockwood, Borys Krawczeniuk
SECOND PLACE –
Morning Call – “Allentown Arena Project” Matt Assad, Scott Kraus
THIRD PLACE –
Scranton Times – “Rosetti” Sarah Hofius Hall

DAILY NEWSPAPER AWARDS

BEST OVERAL NEWSPAPER

FIRST PLACE – The Scranton Times
SECOND PLACE –
Pittsburgh Tribune- Review
THIRD PLACE –
Morning Call

BROADSHEET PAGE DESIGN

FIRST PLACE –Bucks County Courier Times “In With the New” Paul Moser
SECOND PLACE
–,Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Journey for Recovery” Elizabeth Jackson
THIRD PLACE –
Bucks County Courier Times “Disco and Doo-wop FEVER” Colleen Pendergast

BUSINESS AND LABOR REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Fixing the Economy” Mike Wereschagin
SECOND PLACE –
Scranton Times, “Outlook 2012” Staff
THIRD PLACE – New Castle News, Shale Boom – Seismic testing going on in county – Shale creates tourism, conservation dollars – Debbie Wachter

COMMENTARY

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Daily News – columns by Ronnie Polaneczky
SECOND PLACE –
Bucks County Courier TimesFratti commentary
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Daily News – columns by Rich Hofmann

EDITORIAL WRITING

FIRST PLACE – Bucks County Courier Times – Guy Petroziello
SECOND PLACE –
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Alan Wallace
THIRD PLACE –
The Citizens’ Voice – Dave Janoski

ENTERPRISE WRITING

FIRST PLACE – Scranton Times “City in Crisis” Jim Lockwood, Borys Krawczeniuk
SECOND PLACE – Pocono Record “Chemical Threats Around Us: Disaster on wheels, trucks loaded with hazmats roll through the Poconos “ Vinny Vella, Howard Frank, Andrew Scott
THIRD PLACE – Pittstburgh Tribune-Review “Andrew Conte, Lou Kilzer, Jim Wilhelm

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

FIRST PLACE –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Drilling Down: Marcellus Shale” Tim Puko
SECOND PLACE – Valley News Dispatch “Volunteers Step In” Brian Rittmeyer
THIRD PLACE – Valley News Dispatch Who Gives a Hoot” Liz Hayes

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “It’s a Bug’s World” Philip G. Pavely
SECOND PLACE –
Scranton Times “Wild Hair Day” Butch Comegys
THIRD PLACE –
Bucks County Courier Times “On the Move” Bill Fraser

FEATURE STORY

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Daily News “Teen Spirit” Molly Eichel
SECOND PLACE –
Bucks County Courier Times “Doctors can put breaks on driver’s license” Jo Ciavaglia
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Daily News “My dumb Olympics” Molly Eichel

HEADLINE

FIRST PLACE – The Mercury “Raising the Spar” Cheryl Thornburg
SECOND PLACE –
The Intelligencer “Police pick the right nose” Staff
THIRD PLACE –
The Citizens’ Voice “They are Penn State” Kevin Donlin

HEALTH AND MEDICAL REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Journey for Recovery” Adam Smeltz, Jasmine
SECOND PLACE –
Daily Local News “Autism: A Closer Look at the puzzle” Chelsea Reyher
THIRD PLACE –
Bucks County Courier Times “Doctors put brakes on driver’s license” Jo Ciavaglia

WEB USE

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Rules of engagement: A step-by-step animation of tragedy” Jason Lanza, Carl Prine
SECOND PLACE –
The Citizens’ Voice, “Citizens’ Toolkit” Dave Janoski, Shannon Zimmerman, Michael Sisak
THIRD PLACE –
Morning Call “Lehigh County Reassessment Database” Eugene Tauber , Micahel Duck, Jessica Foster, Andrew McGill

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – Daily Local News “Fire hits Downingtown church” Tom Kelly IV
SECOND PLACE –
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “In Loving Memory” Andrew Russell
THIRD PLACE – Bucks County Courier Times “Honoring the Fallen” Kim Weimer

ONLINE BREAKING NEWS

FIRST PLACE – Scranton Times, “Superstorm Sandy” Staff
SECOND PLACE – The Mercury “Logan Court Standoff, Pottstown,” Eileen Faust, Brandie Kessler, Frank Otto
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Senator Toomey: Obama’s tax policy bad for manufacturing” Jim T. Ryan

PHOTO STORY

FIRST PLACE – Pittstburgh Tribune-Review “Guide Dogs” Andrew Russell
SECOND PLACE –
Pittstburgh Tribune-Review “Journey for Recovery” Jasmine Goldband
THIRD PLACE – New Castle News, “Farewell, Lindy” Erica Galvin

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – Scranton Times “West Scranton Basketball Fans” Jason Farmer
SECOND PLACE –
Herald-Standard “Laurel Highlands hurdle” John Brothers
THIRD PLACE –
Press-Enterprise “Bloom the best in town” Jimmy May

SPORTS REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Daily News “Joe Paterno” Staff
SECOND PLACE –
Scranton Times “Joe Paterno” Donnie Collins, Michael sisak, Scott Walsh, Joby Fawcett, Jim Lockwood
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Daily News “Chaney at 80” Mike Kern

SPOT NEWS

FIRST PLACE – Scranton Times “Superstorm Sandy” Staff
SECOND PLACE –
The Intelligencer “This is the way I want to die” Matt Coughlin, Theresa Hegel, Freda Savana
THIRD PLACE – Scranton Times “Blaze Kills Infant” Jim Lockwood

TABLOID PAGE DESIGN

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Joe Paterno 1926-2012” Melanie Wass
SECOND PLACE –
The Citizens’ Voice Tab Page Design Michael Sisak
THIRD PLACE –
The Citizens’Voice, “Joe Pa” Kevin Donlin

NON-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

BEST OVERAL NEWSPAPER

FIRST PLACE – Murrysville Star – Daveen Rae Kurutz, Brian Estadt, Robert Weible, Matthew Grubba, Vince Townley and Lillian DeDomenic
SECOND PLACE –
Pittsburgh Business Times, Staff
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal. Staff

PHOTO STORY

FIRST PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal “Meet the athletes” Amy Spangler, Heather Stauffer
SECOND PLACE –
Gateway Newspapers “Spinners…newest attraction at Kennywood, Sandcastle” Lillian DeDomenic
THIRD PLACE – Philadelphia Gay News “Philly Pride 2012” Scott A. Drake

SPOT NEWS

FIRST PLACE –The Almanac “School Security Scrutinized” Terri Johnson
SECOND PLACE –
Jewish Exponent “Abrupt End to a Beloved Institution” Lisa Hostein, Bryan Schwartzman
THIRD PLACE – Philadelphia Gay News “Philly rated top in nation for LGBT equality” Jen Colletta

TABLOID PAGE DESIGN

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Weekly “Binder full of women” Drew Phillips
SECOND PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Top 100 private companies: Winning teams” Kathryn Morton
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Construction & Real Estate Report: Back on board” Kathryn Morton, Amy Spangler

FEATURE STORY

FIRST PLACE – The Almanac “Hearing God’s Call” Eleanor Bailey
SECOND PLACE –
Swarthmore College Bulletin “Homage to the Past, Invitation to the Present” Carol Brevart-Demm
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Bridging divides” Jim T. Ryan

SPORTS REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal “Business of Sports” Brent Burkey
SECOND PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Backers: Sports complexes would strengthen mid-state economy” Jason Scott
THIRD PLACE – no award

ENTERPRISE REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Business Times “Lack of rain, harvest of pain” Paul Gough
SECOND PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Pennsylvania’s Pension Crisis” Jason Scott
THIRD PLACE – Murrysville Star “By the Numbers” Daveen Rae Kurutz

EDITORIAL WRITING

FIRST PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal, Hope Stephan
SECOND PLACE –
Philadelphia Gay News, Jen Colletta
THIRD PLACE –
Jewish Exponent

COMMENTARY

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Weekly “The Breakdown” Tara Murtha
SECOND PLACE –
Sewickley Herald “Bobby Cherry columns” Bobby Cherry
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Gay News “Mark My Words” Mark Segal

HEADLINE WRITING

FIRST PLACE – Philadelphia Weeky “He’s not the boss of me” Stephen H. Segal
SECOND PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal “Liquid assets” Kathryn Morton
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Weekly “Matter of Framing” Stephen H. Segal

BUSINESS AND LABOR REPORTING

FIRST PLACE –Pittsburgh Business Times “US Steel’s HQ search” Tim Schooley, Malia Spencer
SECOND PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Payday loans hurt small businesses” Tim Stuhldreher
THIRD PLACE – PublicSource “The Perfect Financial Crime” Bill Heltzel

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – The Times Express “Local Sikhs mourn victims of temple shooting” Lillian DeDomenic
SECOND PLACE –
Murrysville Star “A family reconnects after 100 years” Lillian DeDomenic
THIRD PLACE –
Philadlephia Gay News “Acting to end AIDS” Scott A. Drake

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – The Signal Item “Bishop Canevin dismantles Carlynton, 38-0” Randy Jarosz
SECOND PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Indoor athletic facilities keep customers during recession” Amy Spangler
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Gay News “Taking it to the mats” Scott A. Drake

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE – Sewickley Herald “Flash Dance” Kristina Serafini
SECOND PLACE –
North Journal “St. Alexis Festival” Randy Jarosz
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Unclear course” Amy Spangler

HEALTH AND MEDICAL REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Pittsburgh Business Times “Fighting Diabetes in Fayette” Kris Mamula
SECOND PLACE –Central Penn Business Journal “Health care reform ruling ushers in time for action” Heather Stauffer
THIRD PLACE –
Philadelphia Weekly “Turning Over a New Leaf”Randy LoBasso

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

FIRST PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal “Green vs. Green” Tim Stuhldreher
SECOND PLACE –
PublicSource “Shale drillers eager to move wastewater on barges” Emily DeMarco
THIRD PLACE –
Central Penn Business Journal “Liquid Assets” Brent Burkey

WEB USE

FIRST PLACE – Central Penn Business Journal “Health care reform resource center” Hope Stephan, Staff
SECOND PLACE – Swarthmore Bulletin “Unpacking Memory (video)” Laurence Kesterson
THIRD PLACE – Jewish Exponent – www.jewishexponent.com – Staff

Questions or mistakes should be forwarded to Pat Trosky at pattrosky@gmail.com or leave a message at 570-262-2030. Spelling of names will appear or plaques or certificates as they appear here unless you let me know as soon as possible there is a mistake.

 

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Scholarships available for national SPJ convention

Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13) is the must-attend journalism conference of the year — and you could get a free ride.

 

Through three scholarship programs, the Society of Professional Journalists will send several members to Southern California for EIJ13. Each scholarship covers a conference registration and some travel expenses, among other benefits unique to each award.

 

From Aug. 24 to 26, about 1,400 journalists will gather for exceptional networking and training opportunities, not to mention the variety of resources available in the Journalism Expo. Even if you’re not eligible for a scholarship, start planning your trip to EIJ13.

 

More on the scholarships:

 

The Diversity Leadership Fellows Program invites six journalists to participate in the program and connect with the Society at EIJ13. Applicants are from groups underrepresented in the media, have at least three years of post-collegiate journalism experience and have been SPJ members for at least one year. Read more about applying to be a Diversity Leadership Fellow.

 

SPJ awards up to five Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships. Terry served as executive director of SPJ from 2002 to 2009, when he passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer. While at SPJ, Terry prioritized providing journalists with high-caliber professional training, and this scholarship enables professional members to receive it at EIJ13. Here are application details.

 

There’s a scholarship for students, too. The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award honors an active student member of SPJ who has shown great dedication to the First Amendment. Bob Lewis was a 48-year member of SPJ when he died in 2012. He served as national president and chair of the national Freedom of Information Committee. He also received the Wells Key, the highest honor for an SPJ member.  Apply here.

 

Send your questions to Lauren Rochester at awards@spj.org

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WHYY seeks audience for Sunshine Week show

 

WHYY in Philadelphia is doing a Sunshine Week program with Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation at 7 p.m. March 12. The station is hoping to fill the room. It should be a great program, and I think it’s always wise to show support for open government. Get the details here.

 

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