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Press & Journal named best newspaper of its size in Pennsylvania, takes 14 Keystone Press Awards

Posted 4/5/19

The Press & Journal won 14 awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards announced Friday by the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association, including being selected as the best newspaper of its …

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Press & Journal named best newspaper of its size in Pennsylvania, takes 14 Keystone Press Awards

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The Press & Journal won 14 awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards announced Friday by the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association, including being selected as the best newspaper of its size in the state.

The Press & Journal was the Sweepstakes winner for Division VII, weeklies with a circulation up to 5,000. The awards were presented for work in 2018.

“Receiving such an array of awards from our peers is extremely gratifying — a testament to the talents and dedication of our staff,” said Publisher Joseph G. Sukle Jr. “We are privileged to be able to continue to serve the greater Middletown area for more than 165 years. These awards certainly add another layer of pride as we record and comment on our communities’ histories.”

The Press & Journal won eight other first-place awards.

• General News (coverage of a news event): reporters Dan Miller and Laura Hayes, and Editor Jason Maddux, for “Rally: Clock is ticking at TMI,” coverage of a rally in downtown Middletown for Three Mile Island.

• News Feature Story: Dan Miller, “Her death definitely saved my life,” about Kyle Cox, fiance of Elizabeth Loranzo, who died of a heroin overdose.

• News Beat Reporting: Dan Miller, for his coverage of Middletown borough.

• Editorial writing, Jason Maddux.

• Sports/Outdoor Column: Tom Shank’s Woods & Waters, for a selection of three columns.

• Diversity: Press & Journal staff, for news coverage reflecting the diversity of the community it covers.

Graphic/Photo Illustration: Creative Director Julianna Sukle, for the cover of the Penn State Harrisburg guide.

• Special Project: Julianna Sukle and Laura Hayes, Penn State Harrisburg guide.

Second-place awards were for:

• Investigative Reporting: Dan Miller, on coverage of the borough’s legal fees.

Personality Profile: Dan Miller, for “An unjustly lost figure in rock history,” about Middletown resident Scott Fagan.

• Page Design: Jason Maddux.

There were two honorable mentions.

• Front Page Design: Jason Maddux

• Sports Event Coverage: Larry Etter, Earl Hammaker, Donald Graham and Bill Darrah, for “Raiders denied for third time,” coverage of the Middletown football team’s state championship game.

Winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg.