ONE MEMBER, ONE VOTE

The SPJ National Conference will be an all-virtual event from Sept. 2-4. Every member, whether they attend or not, can cast their vote during this time.

One familiar name to our region is Dan Axelrod who is running for the position of “at-large” director. Dan is now a journalist in upstate New York and has been a former president of our Keystone chapter. He is now affiliated with the New York chapter. His vote from you would be appreciated.

Another name important to our chapter is Chris R. Vaccaro. He is the present regional director and is now officially running for another term. Chris is an active member of the local, regional and national SPJ. He makes time for anyone in our chapter and the other chapters when his assistance is needed.Your vote is important and appreciated.

Here is more information on the voting process if anyone needs it!https://www.spj.org/elections.asp#2

News SPJ Keystone officers

The results of the 2021 SPJ Keystone elections have been determined and the following will serve until June 30, 2022:

President – Mike Lear-Olimpi – former SPJ president of the Philadelphia chapter and a member of the SPJ Ethics Committee. Mike is an associate professor of communication at Central Penn College in Summerdale.

At Central Penn, Mike’s roles include:

His service to the professional community:

At Central Penn Mike serves as:

  • Coadviser, Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College
  • Editor, Knightly News Blog.
  • Member, Communications Program Advisory Council
  • Member, President’s Commission on Diversity and Equity
  • Member, Institutional Committee on Diversity and Equity
  • Member, Academic Integrity Committee
  • Member, Academic Policy Committee
  • Member, Campus Connections Committee

First VP – Jon Patrick Trosky has been active in the social media of the SPJ Keystone chapter for a few years, and an instructor at PSU Berks and Hazleton in CIS, web design, use of drones, and video production. He owns an entertainment studio and stunt school where students learn how to fake fight, character development, script writing, impromptu speaking and performance before live audiences. Additionally students learn video production and editing. Jon is also a member of SAG/AFTRA, earning his card as a stunt performer and actor.

Second VP – Dennis Lyons is a long-time member of the SPJ chapter. He has been the top editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury since 2015 and has been the parent company CNHI’s national editor since 2018. He had 37-plus years with Gannett including 8 at USA TODAY and has been active with APME and PSNE.

Secretary and membership chair – Jo Ciavaglia is an award-winning journalist from Bucks County.

Treasurer – Pat Trosky was a former president of the Keystone chapter for many years.

Nominations sought for officers

July 2, 2021

Hi all,

This is what was posted on our SPJ Keystone Facebook page today. If you would like to serve or serve again as an officer in the SPJ Keystone chapter, now is the time to throw your hat into the ring.
Please share this invitation with anyone who might be interested. In light of the recent and continuous issues the media faces, it is very important to be part of an organization such as SPJ.


An election of officers is being held in July (a month late if we are doing things in a fiscal year). Jane Primerano, our former Region 1 director, has agreed to handle the elections when it comes to a final tally.
Obviously, those interested will not have to come into the positions cold. Former officers will train as will the national SPJ. There are also bylaws for our chapter (attached) that will guide you as well as a Region 1 group to assist with any questions.


Please email your interests in serving as president, vice president, second vice president, secretary, treasurer (or secretary/treasurer), contest coordinator, or membership chair. You can nominate yourself for one or all of the positions. The deadline for nominations is July 30.


Elections will be from July 31 until August 7.


Those interested in being a board member can, if they choose to, write a message stating why they want to serve and what interests them in being an officer.


Voting ballots secretly will be done through Survey Monkey or some other online method and announced after Aug. 7.


It should be noted, those who are elected will have their dues paid and funds will be available for attendance at regional and national conferences. If you are not a member but would like to be, now may be a good time to consider joining us.


Our funds are double signed by the president and treasurer.


A final note, since SPJ Keystone covers the entire state and members are spread out everywhere, virtual meetings can be held or meetings can run adjacent to events or forums held in the future by our SPJ chapter.
Please consider serving this important organization. All members of the media are invited to serve – print, broadcast, multi-media, and academic.


Email your name/nominations to SPJKeystone@mail.com or jprim7@netscape.net.


If you have any questions, email me.


Pat Troskypattrosky@gmail.com

Winners of the SPJ 2020 Excellence in Journalism Contest

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apologies for those who visited this site and found the wrong contest announcement for this year’s winners. Below is the correct list. – Pat Trosky

001a Spotlight Award – daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– At Devereux, the nation’s leading behavioral non-profits for youth, employees abused children in their care for years while red flags were dismissed.
By Lisa Gartner, Barbara Laker, Lauren Scheinderman and Wendy Ruderman
Comments: By exposing persistent and widespread sexual abuse of vulnerable children at Devereux, often met with inaction, the Philadelphia Inquirer may have saved lives. The Inquirer’s initial story was a home run, not just revealing how prolific the problem was, but also how Devereux repeatedly failed to take action that would protect the children, and the personal stories added a strong emotional element. It’s apparent that children, who’s safety was clearly at risk, were pulled from the centers because of the Inquirer’s comprehensive reporting.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media

Tragedy at Brighton By Natasha Lindstrom and Jamie Martines – Comments: The Tribune-Review’s spotlight on Brighton stood out in a year where neglect, incompetence and mismanagement at nursing homes and long-term care facilities were frequent (and important) news stories. It exhaustively showed the issues that mired the center, clearly allowing coronavirus, and consequently, death, to spread.

THIRD PLACE
Spotlight PA
Short Days, Big Benefits By Christine Vendel, Daniel Simmons-Ritchie and Julia Hatmaker – Comments: This series of stories highlighted an issue apparently long ignored and opened the door for change. It did an excellent job presenting both sides of the argument, allowing judges to defend their short hours without doubt, but used facts to show that those had clear weaknesses.

001b Spotlight Award – non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source – Policing Pittsburgh’s Enforcers – By Rich Lord and Juliette Rihl
Comments: Public Source’s data analysis of misconduct allegations against Pittsburgh police officers was essential reporting in 2020. While problems with police misconduct caught the nation’s attention, it’s necessary to exhaustively expose malfeasance and neglect within local law enforcement in order to affect real change. Public Source’s reporting made clear in the most objective, analytical manner that Pittsburgh’s police department is failing in its duty to serve the public by allowing officers with troubling records to remain on the force.

002a News Page Design

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Melanie Wass – Comments: Strong, clean, good use of photos, these front pages pull the reader in, as do the other two multipage entries from this newspaper.

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– The staff of Times Tribune

THIRD PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice – Kevin Donlin

003a Business & Labor Reporting

FIRST PLACE
Spotlight PA
– Decided in Secret By Angela Couloumbis, Charlotte Keith, and Ed Mahon
Comments: An outstanding example of deeply reported investigative work. Spotlight PA was not deterred when their Freedom of Information requests were denied, they just went elsewhere and got the information on manipulation of exceptions to state CIVID shutdown orders.

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– Lockdown By the Times-Tribune Staff – Comments: Wide ranging coverage of all aspects of the impact of COVID-related shutdowns on the Scranton area.

THIRD PLACE
Philly Inquirer
– Savvy Philly property mogul has pulled off eye-popping flips. By Jacob Adelman – Comments: Impressive effort to connect the dots on how a real estate developer managed to pull all the levers to get the profitable results. Lots of helpful art and graphics.

004a Blog

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Seth Rorabaugh’s Empty Thoughts – Comments: Vivid writing. Excellent integration of video clips. Methodical use of bullet points to keep a long blog user-friendly. Rorabaugh’s voice shines through.

SECOND PLACE:
Scranton Times
– Christopher Kelly blogs – Comments: A pleasure to read.

THIRD PLACE
Scranton Times
– Donnie Collins – Comments: A thoughtful reported blog.

005a Editorial Writing – daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Abraham Gutman – Police-gun violence shootings-homicides-clearance defund; Fraternal Order of Police union FOP contract act; Prison Coronavirus data in PA corrections COVID dashboard.
**NOTE – Competition Comments: Tough competition in this category. Every entry had at least two good editorials. Keep up the good work.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Lori Falce – Name of jurors should be released; School board should have seen the severance agreement; Open records are not for sale

THIRD PLACE
Scranton Times
– Patrick McKenna – Reps disgrace themselves; Loud crying but not from mayor’s baby; LNG plant is not just a local matter.

005b Editorial Writing – non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Gay News
– We Must Do More than March; This election is a matter of life-and-death; No matter the election outcome, we are now in a culture war – Jason Villemez
Comments: Outstanding editorials which should be read by all.

006a Enterprise Reporting – daily

FIRST PLACE
Philly Inquirer
– Under Fire – Chris Palmer, Mike Newall, Mensah M. Dean and Dylan Purcell
Comments: This news article artfully pulls together facts, background information, official responses, police activity and the voices of victims and their families in dealing with the terrible toll of gun violence. It is a splendid reportorial job.
** NOTE – Competition Comments: It was a pleasure to judge this category since it contained so many excellent entries.

SECOND PLACE
PennLive
– Gangs of Harrisburg – Christine Vendel – Comments: This series offers a readable account of juvenile gang violence showing the need for more understanding of the social forces involved. It is enlightening to the middle-class news consumer

THIRD PLACE
Bucks County Courier Times
– The Crime of Mental Illness – Jo Ciavaglia – Comments: These news articles bring to public attention the need for improving the treatment of mental health patients confined to jail. It speaks to the importance of the press as a watchdog.

006b – Enterprise Reporting – non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source
– The True Cost of Court Debt – Juliette Rihl – Comments: Public Source’s series on the true cost of court debt excellently used both data and personal stories to highlight just how detrimental court debt can be. The testimonies provided devastating anecdotes that invoked sympathy, and the data showed how these were not isolated incidents.

SECOND PLACE
Brittany Hailer
– Historical Context: Violence Occurring Against Black Pittsburghers Today Has Been Happening for More Than a Century-and-a-Half – Jody Diperna – Comments: In a year characterized by racial injustice and police brutality, historical context is crucial. The Pittsburgh Current showed that police brutality and racial targeting were not new issues, but rather stretched back to the city’s early history. The reader can walk away with a better understanding of Black American’s frustration from facing oppression for most of Pittsburgh’s history.

THIRD PLACE
Public Source
– Exposing previously unknown uses of facial recognition technology – Juliette Rihl – Comments: Public Source’s reporting on local police tactics used to target demonstrators protesting police brutality underscores the very issue at hand. By shining a light in this area, it helps protesters protect themselves against these police tools, while also allowing the public to voice opposition.

007a Environmental Reporting -daily

FIRST PLACE
Spotlight PA
– At Risk, In the Dark – By Rebecca Moss, Daniel Simmons-Ritchie – Comments: A massive year-long investigative project that is well-written, well-packaged and accessible. The documentation and thoroughness of the reporting are impressive. And the display for a project of this size is well-done.

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– Lessons in failure by Sarah Hofius Hall – Comments: Asbestos and lead in schools. Required inspections were not done, teachers, students and principals were not told of hazards, the people in charge of facilities were hired without interviews or qualifications. Truly headshaking.

007b Environmental Reporting -non -daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source
– Fighting Mussels By Carrie Blackmore Smith
Comments: Who knew that the Ohio River has among the largest number of freshwater mussels in the world? And that they were threatened by some well-known causes and some causes that scientists haven’t quite figured out? An interesting and well-told story.

SECOND PLACE
Public Source
– Greenhouse gas emissions from Pittsburgh buildings By Oliver Morrison
Comments: An important story about how our Pittsburgh is seeking to reduce energy use in big buildings. The story’s crunching of lots of data, complicated by incomplete and sometimes inaccurate data, hampers the story telling and reader comprehension.

008a Feature Photo -daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
: – Swae Lee By Kristina Serafini – Comments: Excellent work! The image has motion, energy, swagger, doesn’t look staged. Great focus and composition.

SECOND PLACE
Press Enterprise
– Red at Night By Jimmy May – Comments: One of those rare moments when newspaper photography reaches the level of art. Amazing color and composition.

THIRD PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice
– Foliage By Dave Sherbenco – Comments: One of those rare moments when newspaper photography reaches the level of art. Amazing color and composition.

008b Feature Photography non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Swarthmore College Bulletin –
Welcome Students by Laurence Kesterson – Comments: Very good photo. Puts a smile in your heart, despite the hard times.

SECOND PLACE
Swarthmore College Bulletin
– Social Distancing Squares By Laurence Kesterson

009a – Feature Story -Daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– A daughter’s promise – Joanne Klimovich Harrop – Comments: JoAnne Klimovich Harrop shares the love, humor, and heartbreak of the 84 days she spent in a nursing home sleeping on a cot next to her mother before her mother’s death from cancer. While the global pandemic sharply narrowed their world, they found comfort in each other and the enduring bond between a mother and daughter.

SECOND PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Exhausted dementia caregivers – Stacey Burling

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– How Prohibition shook Pittsburgh 100 years ago and how alcohol still flowed – Paul Guggenheimer, Jeff Himler and Joe Napsha

009b Feature story, non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Jewish Exponent – History Lessons: Jewish Couple Wed in Graveyard to Stop 1918 Flu Pandemic. – Comments: Fascinating history–revealing a hidden history. Well-written. The opening sets up the reader’s interest by posing a riddle–well done. Good parallel with today’s pandemic. I would have liked a bit more detail and–if possible–any follow-up on the marriages/children of the marriages. What did/do they think?
**NOTE – Competition Comments There were some very good entries, including at least two more I would have liked to be able to recognize. I greatly enjoyed all the entries. The entries I chose all had fascinating stories, tied in well with the region, and were well-written and well-edited. It was clear, too, that each author cared about the subject, but did not let the subject matter overly interfere with the telling of the story.

SECOND PLACE
Bucknell Magazine
, Sherri Kimmel – The Way Out – Comments: Interesting and well-written. Good coverage of both the camps that held the Japanese Americans (an aspect that Americans at best have a vague understanding of) and Bucknell’s role in accepting students from the camps (an aspect I had not known about). It was well-written, organized, and edited.

THIRD PLACE
Public Source
– A big elephant in the room: A McKeesport mother’s months-long battle to save her house has her home for the holidays with a deadline looming. – Comments: Good human interest story. Lots of detail, but not difficult to follow. Well-written. Good tie-in to local/neighborhood issues. Makes one wonder whether bureaucracies can ever be made efficient and, more to the point, what it will take.

010a Headline Writing – daily and non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Shell yeah – Staff

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Robins rockin’ around the region – Staff

THIRD PLACE
Scranton Times
– From ‘be mine’ to ‘be kind’ – Rebecca Kivak

011a Health and Medical Reporting -daily and non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Scranton Times
– A bitter pill By Terrie Morgan-Besecker – Comments: Thorough reporting on a complex subject.

SECOND PLACE
Spotlight PA
– Cut, now crucial. By Aneri Pattani

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Tragedy at Brighton By Natasha Lindstrom, Jamie Martines

012a Web Use daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Tragedy at Brighton – Staff – Comments: A great use of multimedia (stunning photography and well-paced video) to tell a tragic story that is very much in the public’s interest to know about.

SECOND PLACE
Spotlight PA
– The Mariner East Pipeline System: Is Pennsylvania prepared for an accident? – By Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, Rebecca Moss – Comments: Innovative use of an interactive website to tell a story in the public’s interest about a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed before a disaster happens.

013a News Photography- Daily

FIRST PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice
– Sean McKeag– Black Lives Matter March – Comments: This photo captures so much emotion. A powerful photo.

SECOND PLACE
Press Enterprise
– Jimmy May – Graffiti Road Buried – Comments: This is a creative and brilliant photo.

THIRD PLACE
Press Enterprise
– Jimmy May – Santa Visits St. Cyril’s – Comments: This photo conveys the sadness of the pandemic in this girl’s eyes.

013b – News Photography -Non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source
– Kahlil Darden, CEO of Black Motivated Kings and Queens, before a billboard commemorating Antwon Rose II – Comments: Nice job capturing the moment.

014a Online Breaking News – Daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Bus Crash on turnpike – Staff – Comments: Comprehensive coverage across print and multimedia. Layout is very well done. All-around excellence.

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– Election Day Surprise – Borys Krawczeniuk, Kathleen Bolus, Joseph Kohut, Christopher Dolan, Jessica D. Matthews – Comments: Good initiative finding and staying with the story. Good use of multimedia.

THIRD PLACE
Tri Total Media
– Protests in downtown Pittsburgh – Staff

015a Photo Story -daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Supper Supporters – Staff – Comments: The photographs provoked so many emotions and thoughts, proving once again that still photography remains a powerful medium.

SECOND PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice
– Veterans stories – Sarah McKeag

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Frzy: A rapper’s life – Kristina Serafini

015b Photo Story -non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source
– Pittsburgh in Protest- Ryan Loew – Comments: Great photo essay with video elements.

SECOND PLACE
Swarthmore Bulletin
– COVID Portraits – Laurence Kesterson – Comments: Excellent use of selective focus to capture a sign of the times.

THIRD PLACE
Swarthmore Bulletin
– Interception – Laurence Kesterson – Comments: Wonderful action shot caught just at the right moment!

016a Sports Photography

FIRST PLACE
Press Enterprise
– Uphold Tradition- Jimmy May – Comments: Great wide shot of a joyous moment captured in just the right spot.

SECOND PLACE
Press Enterprise
– Berwick Collides with Williamsport – Jimmy May – Comments: Very dynamic action shot with very crisp focus caught just at the right time.

017a – Sports News/events coverage

FIRST PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice
– Triple Crown – Matt Bufano – Comments: These photos convey the thrill of victory, a sense of teamwork and the excitement that participating in sports generates.

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– One of a kind – Scott Walsh, Marty Myers

THIRD PLACE
Philly Inquirer
– Zero to Sixty: The Return of Sports

018a – Spot News- daily and non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Bus Crash on Turnpike – Staff – Comments: Detailed coverage of a tragedy from every angle–causes to consequences, with all the basics covered. Professional.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Protests in downtown Pittsburgh – Staff – Comments: Localizing of a national tragedy done without any stretching of details. Comprehensive, easily understood coverage.

THIRD PLACE
Scranton Times
– Election Day Surprise – Borys Krawczeniuk, Kathleen Bolus, Joe Kohut, Christopher Dolan and Jessica Matthews – Comments: Excellent coverage on the fly, with reporters showing editors’ instincts. This could easily and understandably have been missed. You nailed it.

019a Best Overall Newspaper – Daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media

Comments: Overall quite robust and impressive. The Brighton Rehab investigative piece in the 8-9-20 edition was impressive and timely. Great work there! Sports coverage is robust and stunning both for the NFL and area high school football. Layout, photography and design all solid. One thing to possibly work on: Living section could stand a bit more TLC. “Greensburg Garden Center tea a floral-scented success” as the lead piece in the 3-16-20 edition? Seriously?

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times

Comments: Impressive and solid daily! Great work. Loved the layout for the “Unhappy Valley” story in the 8-20-20 edition. I feel like I really got a sense of what living in Scranton is like from your product. The Trib was just a tad more robust overall (hence my vote for second place) but this is a fine paper that serves its readers well. Was not wild about the story starting above the flag in the 8-20-20 edition. Do you do that often? It was confusing to me. Could not figure out at first if it was a promo, advertorial or what. Different but did not quite work for me. Also please nix the check passing and grip-and-grin photos. I know that checks a lot of easy boxes in smaller markets but ick ? feels so amateurish. Overall, I loved your paper though! Excellent work. Solid writing and surprisingly robust!

019b – Best Overall Newspaper – Non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Gay News

Comments: Philadelphia Gay News is a serious newspaper for the LGBTQ community in the city, with a good combination of news, features and opinion, with serious advertising support from corporate sponsors.

SECOND PLACE
Jewish Exponent


020a – Lifestyle/Entertainment – daily

FIRST PLACE
Scranton Times
– NEPA veterans – Dave Singleton – Comments: Local news at its best. Singleton demonstrates the skill and execution of an experienced reporter.

SECOND PLACE
Trib-Total Media
– Doug Oster on Gardening – Comments: Engaging, detailed writing integrated with local reporting elevates Oster’s work above a typical gardening article. Oster also presents his expertise in an accessible way for gardeners of every level on video.

THIRD PLACE
Philly Inquirer
– Rita Giordano highlights the positive in Philly Inquirer’s Upside
Comments: A lovely collection of stories.


020b Lifestyle/Entertainment Non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Gay News
– Black queer entertainers address discrimination by Michele Zipkin
Comments: An interesting look at the diversity in entertainment from a performer’s perspective. The voices of many were reflected in this article.

021a Sports Features – daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– The Sensei and the lawsuit – David Gambacorta, Mike Sielski
Comments: A well done entry in a competitive category. A story of a sports figure behind the scenes; the people we don’t always hear about. Important details about tobacco with public safety implications.

SECOND PLACE
Penn Live
– Penn National’s female jockeys scrap, shine and succeed. Why aren’t there more? – Aaron Kasinitz – Comments: A nice story about trends in gender imbalances and horse racing.

THIRD PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Phillies Special – Frank Fitzpatrick
Comments: A compelling narrative that comprehensively revisits a deadly accident.

021b Sports features –non-daily

FIRST PLACE
The Burg Magazine
– Son Run – Karen Hendricks

SECOND PLACE
The Burg Magazine
– Inspired Miles – Karen Hendricks

22a Feature Page Design

FIRST PLACE
Scranton Times
– Kevin O’Neill, Kristin O’Malley – Comments: A nice package of pages combines illustrations and photos enhancing content. Sprit Shines page was particularly eye-catching.

SECOND PLACE
The Citizens’ Voice
– Leonarda Bilbow

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Melanie Wass Pages Living, Promise, Light, Remote

023a Sports page Design

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– February pages – Comments: The Tribune Review has produced consistently strong and creative sports page designs, as seen in all of the newspaper’s entries in this category. The February entry stands out for its extra measure of design dynamism including the design for the story, “Rebound,” and for the overall selection and use of photography. Well done.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total media
– April and May – Comments: Another very strong group of sports page layouts, including the Ben Roethlisberger photos.

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– June and September

024a Graphic/Photo Illustration – daily

FIRST PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Tracing atrocity – Comments: Nice layout overall.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Are people spending money on sports gambling? Bet on it – Comments: Nice infographic with photograph and text.

THIRD PLACE
Scranton Times
– Merry Christmas

024b Graphic/ Photo Illustration – non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Public Source
– You are not alone – Staff – Comments: Nice captions that accompanied the photos.

025a Sports/Outdoor column – daily and non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Mike Sielski writes about Michael Jordan, Richmond Flowers, and a famous football collision. – Comments: All of Mike Sielski’s columns entered here recall great sports moments of the past with the warm glow of a true fan — yet each column brings the moment up to date: Michael Jordan’s greatness has given way to pettiness, Richmond Flowers’ stance in the 1960s takes on new meaning in today’s climate and football’s greatest defensive play ever is cast in a different light due to newer findings about CTE. Excellent columns – they bring home how sports fit into the rest of our lives. Well done.
**NOTE – Competition Comments This category had very strong entries and the difference between first place, second place and third place are razor thin. Great columns, telling important and valuable stories. Judging this category was a treat. Kudos to all the entrants.

SECOND PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Tim Benz columns – Comments: The story of the Steelers rookie who was a donor was possibly the finest piece of writing I reviewed in this contest. A great story and a great telling. The column on the track star now a nurse was also compelling. Good work!

THIRD PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Sixers, Flyers, fans should stay home – How DeSean Jackson – Sixers players party – Marcus Hayes. – Comments: Hayes’ columns pull no punches as he speaks truth to power. Owners of both the Eagles and the Sixers come in for tough talk that you believe they deserve after reading these pieces. Nice work.

026a- Column Writing – daily

FIRST PLACE
Scranton Times
– Sonny’s Story; Heaven Sent; Trading Prison for Paradise
Comments: This entry is the first-place winner in a very strong field because the writer tells people’s stories well. Sonny’s story was especially affecting. Excellent reporting backs the personal commentary. Great work!
**NOTE – Competition Comments A very strong field that made choosing a top three difficult! All three of the Inquirer entries were excellent. The first-place entry, from the Scranton Times, consisted of three columns that told people’s stories. Excellent reporting backed the personal commentary. Kudos to all the entrants!

SECOND PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– You think your rights are being denied? There will be no reckoning on race with clueless leaders in charge; If you do not know by now that Puerto Ricans are US citizens. – Comments: In all these columns, the author take entitled people to task was passion, whether it’s the privileged pretending to be oppressed, clueless leaders or a political girlfriend pretending to be something she is not. The author keeps her anger under control.

THIRD PLACE
Philadelphia Inquirer
– Who knew our grandmothers’ ways to stay cool in the summer would come in handy now? Meghan Markle proved being a princess is not what it is cracked up to be – especially if you are black; Systemic racism has affected all of us. – Comments: A clear voice comes through these columns, deserves), which makes these columns more effective. Well done whether it’s offering a forward-looking guide to overcoming systemic racism or ruminating on the princess tale that wasn’t to be. The grandmother’s column was well-observed and full of rich details. Nice work!

026b- Column Writing non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Russell Franks – columns
Comments: Interesting dispatches from Greece – well-observed and well-written. Good work!
**NOTE – Competition Comments: Good variety in the work here. Congrats to all the entrants.

SECOND PLACE
Philadelphia Gay News
– Family Forward – Jen Colletta – Comments: Nice vignettes of trying to live a normal family life during a pandemic.

THIRD PLACE
Philadelphia Gay News
– Mark My Words – Mark Segal – Comments: Short, direct pieces, including one urging action and another explaining a journalistic decision.

027a Podcasts – daily and non-daily

FIRST PLACE
The Burg Podcasts
– July, August, and December 2020 – Karen Hendricks – Comments: Nicely done picture of the community with good use of community voices. Fine music production and voice intercuts.

SECOND PLACE
Public Source
– From the Source – Authentic voices and stories of Pittsburgh region – Jourdan Hicks and Andy Kubis – Comments: Compelling tales of contemporary problems enhanced by appropriate mood music.

THIRD PLACE
Far from Home podcasts
– COVID stories – Scott Gurian – Comments: The depth of anguish comes out in these well-produced voices. Good tight editing.

028a Education writing -daily

FIRST PLACE
Spotlight PA
Condemn, discuss, repeat – Aneri Pattani – Comments: Good balance of material from students, university officials and outside experts that addresses the difficulties faced by Black students in state universities

SECOND PLACE
Scranton Times
– Lessons in failure – Sarah Hall, and Times-Tribune Staff – Comments: Detailed and illuminating account of the coverup of unsafe conditions in Scranton public schools

THIRD PLACE
Trib Total Media
– Pandemic disrupts education from kindergarten to college – Teghan Simonton – Comments: Comprehensive look at the disruption of education at all levels caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

028b Education writing non-daily

FIRST PLACE
Bucknell Magazine
– By Sherri Kimmel – Our Pandemic Spring – Comments: This entry shows a tremendous amount of reporting and includes valuable historical information. It personalizes an academic institution with solid research into how it is meeting contemporary challenges.
**NOTE – Competition Comments All entries were of high quality and reflect favorably on the skills of the reporters, writers and editors involved

SECOND PLACE
Brittany Hailer
– By Mary Niederberger – News Misinformation, COVID-19, Election Rejection and Democracy – High School students have learned to fact check adults. – Comments: Displays reportorial enterprise in seeking out high school students for a look at how they are putting into practice what they are learning about democratic practices.

THIRD PLACE
Public Source
– After years of restrictions and fear, international students seek stability from the new administration. By Naomi Harris – Comments: An honest reportorial look at the fears of international students who suddenly find themselves targets for hatred.