Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 15, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date May 31, 2016
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the newspaper profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. Further, the Keystone Press Awards stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

All entries must have been submitted via the quick and easy online contest system, BetterBNC, by January 20, 2014. Complete 2014 contest rules, entry instructions and category descriptions are outlined below. Winners were announced in mid-April, and were honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the Pennsylvania Press Conference on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at The Penn State, State College.

All award recipients in attendance at the May 31 banquet will receive plaques. Following the banquet, certificates will be mailed to winners not in attendance, at no cost. However, if you are unable to attend the banquet, you may purchase plaques by downloading and completing the Plaque Order Form. In order to pick up plaques for absentee winners, arrangements must be made in advance by downloading and completing the Plaque Pick Up Form by May 16.

See 2014 categories here:

Notable Winners


Investigative Reporting First Place Pittsburgh Tribune‐Review Carl Prine Rules of engagement

Spot News ‐ DAILY ONLY First Place Pittsburgh Post‐Gazette
Jon Schmitz, Paula Ward, Mark Dent,
Moriah Balingit
The Freeh Report: The independent
investigation into the Jerry Sandusky
case/Football program played and lost/What
they're saying/Excerpts from the
report/Report is suitable template for civil

Ongoing News Coverage First Place Pittsburgh Post‐Gazette
Sean Hamill, Jonathan Silver, Mike Fuoco,
Lives intersect on a fateful day/Gunman's
health records described as substantial/Calif.
doctor has warned shooter was
dangerous/New Mexico man regrets selling
guns used in killing/Shick family talks about
shooting on blog

Find more winners here:


Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to the editorial staff and
regular contributors of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member organizations and wire services, who are members in good standing.

Entries may be submitted by an individual and/or the newspaper. Entries eligible for competition must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Entry Fee Details

$9 per entry

Required Material

All entries must be uploaded as electronic files or linked to a working and accessible URL. Printed tearsheets are not acceptable as an entry format.

1. Entries are accepted in these formats: PDF, DOC, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG.

2. When uploading files, any filename may be used. The BetterBNC website uses information entered (newspaper name, division, category, etc.) to assign a unique code to each file. These codes assign your entries to the proper categories and circulation groups for judging.

3. Newspapers must upload a PDF of the entire page on which the entry appears - not the column or article alone. For examples with more than one page, please combine all pages into one PDF. For entries that contain more than one example, combine the pages of all examples into one PDF.
a. To combine several PDF files into one file, open one of the files and select “Document>Insert Files” and follow the instructions. (In older versions of Acrobat, select “Document>Pages>Insert”.)
b. To extract one or more pages from a PDF, open the PDF file and select “Document>Extract Pages” and follow the
instructions. (In older versions of Acrobat, select “Document>Pages>Extract”.)

4. The maximum single uploaded file should not exceed 5 megabytes. It is strongly recommended to compress files to under 3MB so judging can be done more efficiently. Judges will view your files on their computer screens, so 300- resolution files are not needed (or helpful - they just hog server space). You can reduce your JPG or PDF file size by
re-distilling to 72 dpi. For larger files, you may create more than one PDF (i.e. create a separate PDF for each page or
section) and attach all pertinent PDFs to that specific entry. There is no limit to the number of attachments per entry.

Note: It is recommended that for extremely large files, you host your content online, either by uploading it to a free streaming content website (,,, etc.) or talk to your IT person about adding it to your organization’s website. Make sure your content will be accessible online throughout the contest and awards process.

Also, be sure all attachments for a specific entry are submitted under one entry headline in the online system. This will ensure you are only billed once for each entry.

Important: Please ensure that items are not behind a paywall or a password-protected area. If they are, you must provide username/password information in the Comments section of your entry. Judges may disqualify your entry if work samples are inaccessible.

Entry Format


1. On the Manage Entries page, click Submit Entry. Please be sure your newspaper is shown in the correct circulation division. If your circulation division is listed incorrectly, contact
the PNA Foundation at (717) 703-3003.

2. Select “general” from the division drop down menu.

3. Select the appropriate Category from the drop down menu. Be sure to read the Category Note which describes the category’s requirements.

4. Complete the Headline/Title field. Use an entry title that will clearly identify your entry for the judges. Don’t make the judges guess what they are looking for! For example, use a story’s headline or the first several words of the headline.

5. Based on the type of entry, add content by uploading your digital files. Click Browse to select a file from your file menu, or Browse My Scrapbooks* to select a file from your Scrapbook that you may have created and stored your work over the past year. Allowed file types are PDF, DOC, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG. If more than one attachment is desired for this entry, click on “browse and attach more files” and repeat these steps. Be sure all attachments for a specific entry are submitted under one entry headline in the online system. This will ensure you are only billed once for each entry.,MyScrapbooks allows you to save your entries all year long to avoid searching for those entries at the last minute. You can create and manage up to ten scrapbooks and store up to 500 megabytes of data. To begin using this free service, click “More Info” to create a Scrapbook account.

6. Website/URL(s): If you were unable to create and attach a PDF for this entry and needed to create a website URL, or if the category asks for digital components, enter the URL in this

7. Optional: You may add any comments about your entry which may assist in the judging process. Be sure to include any required username/password information if you created
a webpage for your entry and it is located behind a Paywall or is password protected.
8. Add Credits for those responsible for the entry content, up to four people. If there are more than four names, please enter Staff. These names will be merged into winners’ reports and
award certificates, so be sure names are spelled correctly.

9. Click Submit Entry.

10. After each successful entry, the Official Entry Form will be presented. This is confirmation of your entry. (See Login Instructions about Contestant Manager validation, if

11. Select Submit Another Entry to submit more entries, or Manage Entries which will allow you to review the entries you’ve already submitted, or Logout.

Contact Information

PNA Foundation
[email protected]
(717) 703-3003

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