The Penn staff receives Keystone Press Awards

The Penn Staff


The Penn won two first place awards in the 2017 Student Keystone Press Awards for Division I. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) sponsors the annual competition.

“The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers,” according to the PNA’s website.

The Penn’s coverage of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) strike in October, which began prior to the strike and ended after APSCUF and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) reached an agreement, earned the first place award.

Specifically, the judges made the decision based on five examples of The Penn’s coverage: the Sept. 13 article “APSCUF authorizes vote to strike” by The Penn Staff; the Sept. 30 editorial “Let’s strike up a conversation:  Appreciate your education – your professors are fighting for it” by The Penn Editorial Board; the Oct. 7 article “APSCUF members rally outside PASSHE meeting” by news editor Alexandria Mansfield; the Oct. 21 article “Students stand with faculty through first strike” by Mansfield; and the Oct. 25 article “Strike ends with tentative agreement between APSCUF, PASSHE bargaining parties” by Mansfield.

Second Place for Ongoing News Coverage went to The Temple News Staff of Temple University. Ethan Brogan and Logan Hullinger of The Hawkeye – another student publication at IUP – received Honorable Mention for this category.

The Penn’s editor in chief, Samantha Barnhart, received the first place award in the Editorial category of the competition. For this award, judges looked at three editorials written by Barnhart:   “Change to report policy yields lack of transparency” from Oct. 14; “Our choice:  We’re with her” from Nov. 8; and “PASSHE:  Stand up for free press” from June 19.

Second Place in this category went to The Temple News Editorial Board. University of Pennsylvania’s The Daily Pennsylvanian Opinion Board received Honorable Mention.

The winners of the Student Keystone Press Awards will be honored at a luncheon during the America East Media Business & Technology Conference Wednesday, April 12, at The Hershey Lodge.

A full list of the winners can be found on the PNA’s website.