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Press & Journal wins statewide journalism award for lawsuit editorial

Posted 10/9/19

The Press & Journal recently received another statewide journalism award.

An editorial published March 26, “We are not the enemy; borough, Press & Journal agree to settle lawsuit …

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Press & Journal wins statewide journalism award for lawsuit editorial

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The Press & Journal recently received another statewide journalism award.

An editorial published March 26, “We are not the enemy; borough, Press & Journal agree to settle lawsuit over advertisements,” won first place in the 2019 Media Awards (formerly the William A. Schnader Print Media Awards) Editorial/Commentary category.

The Press & Journal competed against newspapers of all sizes in Pennsylvania, including dailies, in winning the honor.

The awards will be presented to all winners at the awards brunch Oct. 25 in Scranton.

At the same brunch, the Press & Journal will be honored as 2019 News Organization of the Year for all weeklies, regardless of size, by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

The editorial outlined the resolution of a lawsuit the Press & Journal filed against the borough of Middletown when the council decided to withdraw all advertising dollars from the newspaper because of articles and editorials they deemed “detrimental to the efforts and initiatives of the borough.”

Under the terms of the settlement, the borough now is required to spell out its criteria for placement of advertising on bases that are “content-neutral and viewpoint-neutral consistent with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

The competition is funded by the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP and is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Bar/Press Committee.