Winners

2014 Keystone Press awards.

PAPME awards.

SPJ Spotlight Awards

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- “ReviewDonor Dilemma”

Second Place

Craig R. McCoy of Philadelphia Inquirer- “McCaffery Investigation”

Third Place

Michael N. Price and Kristina Scala of Daily Local News- “The Coatesville Crisis”

BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER, DAILY

First Place

Tribune-Review Staff of 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 of 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”

Nice 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-“ReviewDonor 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- “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.

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