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Press & Journal again selected as best weekly newspaper in state

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Posted 9/18/19

The Press & Journal is the best weekly newspaper in the state, according to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

The newspaper and pressandjournal.com have been honored as the …

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Press & Journal again selected as best weekly newspaper in state

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The Press & Journal is the best weekly newspaper in the state, according to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

The newspaper and pressandjournal.com have been honored as the 2019 News Organization of the Year for all weeklies, regardless of size. The award recognizes news companies for overall excellence across all departments. The Pittsburgh Business Times earned second place.

“We are humbled to be named to receive this honor. Honestly, being a recipient of such an award involves a lot of perspective,” said Joseph G. Sukle Jr., publisher of the Press & Journal. “While it’s a lot like winning the newspaper state championship, frankly this really wasn’t a competition but recognition of a compilation of the fantastic work by our newspaper among most of our state’s weekly newspapers. It was a distinction of our total and continued commitment to our readers, advertisers, communities, elected and appointed officials in all levels of governing.”

More than 120 news organizations from across Pennsylvania competed for News Organization of the Year awards throughout the year by entering both the Keystone Press Awards and the PNA Foundation Advertising Contest.

“We take enormous pride in what we do — whether it’s answering phones, covering local events, helping small and large businesses meet their bottom lines — we’re all in this together,” Sukle said. “We’re husbands, wives, daughters, journalists, veterans, designers, skilled tradesmen and active members of this community. Our paper has been published and printed here since 1854 and goes five generations deep. So, whether you’re reading us or ripping us apart, we remain a part of what this community deserves. And without this community, we wouldn’t exist either.”

News organizations were judged not only on their journalism and writing, reporting, photography, video, digital products and design, but also their sales strategies, innovation, community impact and their relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers and audience, according to a press release from the PNA Foundation.

For multi-day publications, The Philadelphia Inquirer was recognized with first-place honors while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received second.

This award comes on the heels of the Press & Journal being honored earlier this year as the Sweepstakes winner for Division VII in the prestigious Professional Keystone Press Awards.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized for all of the hard work that the staff does every day,” Editor Jason Maddux said. “These aren’t 9-to-5 jobs. Reporters Dan Miller and Laura Hayes are on the beat at all hours to make sure we provide the best coverage of what is going on in the community that we can.”

Maddux also recognized sports reporter Larry Etter and all the photographers who cover local sports for the Press & Journal.

“How very fortunate we are to have them in our community, people who care about our young people and want to see their deeds recognized,” Maddux said.

The News Organization of the Year awards will be presented Oct. 25 during the PNA annual convention at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

“Looking at it from 30,000 feet, this honor also is a reminder that we and all other newspapers in Pennsylvania remain keepers of the flame of a free press — our responsibility protected by our nation’s Constitution,” Sukle said.

The PNA Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation with a mission of providing training and resources to PNA members, to develop the next generation of readers and journalists, and to educate the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press.

The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and digital news media. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media-related members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.