APRIL 14, 2018
We have winners!!!
It is my pleasure to announce the winners in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Spotlight Contest. This year’s entries were judged by members of the Oklahoma SPJ chapter. The judges represented print and academic journalism and they were very impressed with the entries from this year’s participants.
Congratulations to Pennsylvania Media News (PMN) reporters Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, and Dylan Purcell who earned top honors – The Spotlight Award – for the entry, “Toxic City.” The Spotlight Award is the Keystone 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. Daily and non-daily publications compete together for this award.
Second place for The Spotlight Award went to Sergio Bichao and David Matthau of NJ101.5.com for their piece, “Is your doctor a perv? In NJ, even ones who commit sex crimes can get licenses back” Third place for The Spotlight Award went to Jo Ciavaglia of The Bucks County Courier Times for “No sex crime, but law calls them sex offenders.”
Best Overall Newspaper Award for a daily circulation went to The Morning Call, Allentown. Second and third places for Best Overall Newspaper went to The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre and The Scranton Times, Scranton, respectively. The Best Overall non-daily news publication went to The Outlook, Monmouth University.
I look forward to meeting all of you at this year’s PNA Press Conference at the Wydham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (1-717-339-0020). Deadline to reserve a room is May 7. Mention the PNA Conference to get the special rate. The SPJ award ceremony will be at 5 p.m. where there will be light refreshments prior to the PNA dinner. You can get details about this year’s full conference at: http://panewsmedia.org/Events/view/2018/06/01/default-calendar/2018-pennsylvania-press-conference.
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Finally, I encourage all of you to become a part of SPJ. There are no additional fees to be part of the Keystone chapter. Once you are a member at a national level, let them know you would like to be affiliated with the Keystone chapter. Right now we want to establish a Philadelphia chapter as well. Anyone interested in being part of this, should contact me or the regional director, Jane Primerano at the email or numbers below.
Once again, congratulations!
Pat Trosky, email@example.com – 570-262-2030 – SPJ Keystone Chapter president
Jane Primerano, firstname.lastname@example.org – 908-459-5082 SPJ Region 1 director
2- Winners of 2018 SPJ contest
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