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PWPA Announces Winners of 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards

PWPA contact: President Daveen Rae Kurutz, (412) 444-8469.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PITTSBURGH (April 27, 2015) —The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards.   The PWPA board and contest judges were impressed by the number of exceptional entries received. 
 
“The annual Excellence in Journalism contest showcases the amazing work of PWPA’s members. It’s great to see so many talented journalists competing in our contest each year,” PWPA President Daveen Rae Kurutz said.
 
Contest winners will be recognized at PWPA’s annual awards luncheon May 30 during the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg, May 29-30. 
 
At the luncheon, the winner of PWPA’s top prize, the Journalist of the Year Award, will be named. The Journalist of the Year is the man or woman who accumulates the most points from category wins. More information about the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference is here:www.panewsmedia.org/Events/PNAevents/pressconference.
 
PWPA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards contest does not have divisions based on circulation or publication frequency – all newspapers and news websites compete against one another. All of the contest entries were judged by out-of-state media professionals.  This year, the contest attracted more than 250 entries from 63 professional journalists, hailing from 25 different newspapers.
 
PWPA congratulates all of the 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award winners.
 
The winners are as follows:
 
Class 1: General News
First place: “West Virginia Teen Gets 30 years in Prison for Her Role in Friend’s Stabbing Death,” Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Second place: “School Upheaval,” Sarah Hofius Hall, Times Tribune
Third place: “Drug Users Being Charged,” Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times
 
Class 2: Sports
First place: “Cal U Quietly Added Football Players with Criminal Backgrounds,” Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: “Norristown Grad Brianne Hagels Battle Through Life-altering Illness,” Katie Bambi Kohler, The Times Herald
 
Class 3: Lifestyles
First place: “Shoe Love,” JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: “Menu for Controversy,” Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle
Third place: “Table Tenets,” Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Class 4: Features
First place: “Moving On: Emotional Trauma and Recovery After Flight 427,” Jenny Wagner, Beaver County Times
Second place: “Coaches in Heels,” JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Third place: “A Son Halfway Across Earth,” Sarah Hofius-Hall; Times-Tribune
 
Class 5: Editorials
First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News
Second place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Third place: Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror
 
Class 6: Columns
First place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: Christine Haines, Uniontown Herald Standard
Third place: Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle
 
Class 7: Business/Consumer story
First place: “Savior of the Shipyard,” Craig Smith, Tribune-Review
Second place: “College-bank Deals Inspire Calls for Openness,” Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Third place: “Hopping Ahead,” Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle
Honorable mention: “Women’s Pay Lags More in Beaver County,” Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times
 
Class 8: Series
First place: “Pension Tension,” Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Times-Tribune
Second place: “The Cost of Sports,” Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle
Third place: “Sex Offender Registry Flawed,” Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times
 
Class 9: Interviews/Profiles
First place: “Newborn’s Refuge Shattered,” Craig Smith, Tribune-Review
Second place: “So Proudly We Geek,” Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer
Third place: “Archives to Honor Nun,” Dana Massing, Erie Times News
 
Class 10: Page Design
First place: Mary Beth Eastman, Beaver County Times
Second place:  Kristin O’Malley, Times-Tribune
Third place: Megan Miller, Beaver County Times
Honorable Mention: Hannah Frank, Altoona Mirror
 
Class 11: Enterprise/Investigative report
First place: “Thousands of Disabled Workers in PA Paid Far Below Minimum Wage.  Opportunity or Exploitation?” Halle Stockton, Public Source
Second place: “Slaughter a Painful Reality,” Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle
Third place: “Pennsylvania Municipalities Tap Swaps for Upfront Cash,” Romy Varghese, Bloomberg
Honorable Mention: “Temp Jobs, No Votes,” Sarah Hofius Hall, Times-Tribune
 
Class 12: Health/Science story
First place: “Don’t Spare the Horses,” Elaine Vitone, Pitt Med
Second place: “What’s the Risk,” Dana Massing, Erie Times-News
Third place: “Heart of Gold,” Amanda Gabelleto, Altoona Mirror
 
Class 13: Education story
First place: “Test Score Struggles,” Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times
Second place: “The Job Hunt,” Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle
Third place: “Will Changes Save Schools,” Dana Massing, Erie Times News
Honorable Mention: “Higher Ed Can Take a Major Toll,” Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Honorable Mention: “Girard College Finances Handcuffed by Rate Swaps,” Romy Varghese, Bloomberg
 
Class 14: Travel, A&E story
First place: “Dogs Test Their Pipes at Audition,” Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: “Cuba Confidential,” Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Third place: “This Is the End,” Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer
Honorable Mention: “Long-distance Connections,” JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
Class 15: Headlines
First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News
 
Class 16A: News/Feature photography
First place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker
 
Class 16B: Sports photography
First place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker
Second place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Third place: Jamie Pesotine, Standard-Speaker
 
Class 17: Multimedia projects
First place: “Don’t Forget Me: Portraits of Alzheimer’s & Dementia,” Gwen Titley, Beaver County Times
Second place: “Miss Frick’s Debut,” web team, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Third place: “Science Scores Are up for Beaver County Area High Schools,” Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times
 
Class 18: Religion story
First place: “Christian Crisis,” Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: “We Are a People,” Dana Massing, Erie Times News
Third place: “Sisters Remain Hopeful,” Caitlin Heaney West, Times Tribune
 
Class 19: Outdoors/Environmental story
First place: “The Half-life,” Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Second place: “W.Va. Toxin on Way to PA,” Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Third place: “Brothers Aim to Bring Back Chestnut Trees in Township,” Nicole Chynoweth, Ligonier Echo
 
Class 20: Rookie Reporter
First place: Sarah Stemen, Erie Times-News
Second place: Olivia Goudy, Uniontown Herald Standard
Third place: Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Honorable Mention: Lexi Belculfine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Honorable Mention: Nicole Chynoweth, Ligionier Echo
 
Class 21: Student Reporter
First place: Sara Payne, Point Park University
Second place: Marina Weis, Point Park University

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Join us for the 2015 PWPA Annual Awards Luncheon

Join us for the 2015 PWPA Annual Awards Luncheon, held at noon on May 30 at the Wyndham Gettysburg as part of the Pennsylvania Press Conference.

Find out more information about the event here.

Here are the PWPA 2015  Excellence in Journalism Contest winners.

Class 1: General News

First place: West Virginia teen gets 30 years in prison for her role in friend’s stabbing death; Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Second place: School Upheaval; Sarah Hofius Hall, Times Tribune

Third place: Drug Users Being Charged, Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times

Class 2: Sports

First place: Cal U quietly added football players with criminal backgrounds; Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Norristown grad Brianne Hagels battle through life-altering illness; Katie Bambi Kohler, The Times Herald

Class 3: Lifestyles

First place: Shoe Love; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Menu for Controversy; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Third place: Table Tenets, Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Class 4: Features

First place: Moving on: Emotional trauma and recovery after Flight 427; Jenny Wagner, Beaver County Times

Second place: Coaches in Heels; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: A son halfway across earth; Sarah Hofius-Hall; Times-Tribune

Class 5: Editorials

First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News

Second place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Third place: Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror

Class 6: Columns

First place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Christine Haines, Uniontown Herald Standard

Third place: Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Class 7: Business/Consumer story

First place: Savior of the Shipyard; Craig Smith, Tribune-Review

Second place: College-bank deals inspire calls for openness; Debra Erdley, PittsburghTribune-Review

Third place: Hopping Ahead; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Honorable mention: Women’s Pay Lags More in Beaver County, Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Class 8: Series

First place: Pesion Tension; Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Times-Tribune

Second place: The Cost of Sports; Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Third place: Sex Offender Registry Flawed; Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times

Class 9: Interviews/Profiles

First place: Newborn’s Refuge Shattered; Craig Smith, Tribune Review

Second place: So Proudly We Geek; Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Third place: Archives to Honor Nun; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Class 10: Page Design

First place: Mary Beth Eastman, Beaver County Times

Second place: Kristin O’Malley, Times-Tribune

Third place: Megan Miller, Beaver County Times

Honorable Mention: Hannah Frank, Altoona Mirror

Class 11: Enterprise/Investigative report

First place: Thousands of disabled workers in PA paid far below minimum wage Opportunity or exploitation?; Halle Stockton, Public Source

Second place: Slaughter a painful reality; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Third place: Pennsylvania Municipalities Tap Swaps for Upfront Cash; Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

Honorable Mention: Temp jobs, no votes; Sarah Hofius Hall, Times-Tribune

Class 12: Health/Science story

First place: Don’t Spare the Horses; Elaine Vitone, Pitt Med

Second place: What’s the Risk; Dana Massing, Erie Times-News

Third place: Heart of Gold; Amanda Gabelleto, Altoona Mirror

Class 13: Education story

First place: Test Score Struggles; Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Second place: The Job Hunt; Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Third place: Will Changes Save Schools; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Honorable Mention: Higher Ed Can Take a Major Toll; Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Honorable Mention: Girard College Finances Handcuffed by Rate Swaps; Romy Varghese, Bloomburg

Class 14: Travel, A&E story

First place: Dogs test their pipes at audition; Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Cuba Confidential; Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Third place: This is the End; Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Honorable Mention: Long-distance connections; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Class 15: Headlines

First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News

Class 16A: News/Feature photography

First place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker

Class 16B: Sports photography

First place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker

Second place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: Jamie Pesotine, Standard-Speaker

Class 17: Multimedia projects

First place: Don’t Forget Me: Portraits of Alzheimer’s & Dementia; Gwen Titley, Beaver County Times

Second place: Miss Frick’s Debut; web team, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Third place: Science Scores are up for Beaver County area High Schools; Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Class 18: Religion story

First place: Christian Crisis; Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: We Are A People; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Third place: Sisters Remain Hopeful; Caitlin Heaney West, Times Tribune

Class 19: Outdoors/Environmental story

First place: The half-life; Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: W. Va. Toxin on way to PA, Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: Brothers aim to bring back chestnut trees in township; Nicole Chynoweth, Ligonier Echo

Class 20: Rookie Reporter

First place: Sarah Stemen, Erie Times-News

Second place: Olivia Goudy, Uniontown Herald Standard

Third place: Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Honorable Mention: Lexi Belculfine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Honorable Mention: Nicole Chynoweth, Ligionier Echo

Class 21: Student Reporter

First place: Sara Payne, Point Park University

Second place: Marina Weis, Point Park University

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the PWPA 2015 Excellence in Journalism Contest

Winners of the 2015 Excellence in Journalism Contest will be honored at the annual PWPA luncheon, held during the PA Press Conference, on May 30.

Class 1: General News

First place: West Virginia teen gets 30 years in prison for her role in friend’s stabbing death; Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Second place: School Upheaval; Sarah Hofius Hall, Times Tribune

Third place: Drug Users Being Charged, Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times

Class 2: Sports

First place: Cal U quietly added football players with criminal backgrounds; Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Norristown grad Brianne Hagels battle through life-altering illness; Katie Bambi Kohler, The Times Herald

Class 3: Lifestyles

First place: Shoe Love; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Menu for Controversy; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Third place: Table Tenets, Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Class 4: Features

First place: Moving on: Emotional trauma and recovery after Flight 427; Jenny Wagner, Beaver County Times

Second place: Coaches in Heels; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: A son halfway across earth; Sarah Hofius-Hall; Times-Tribune

Class 5: Editorials

First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News

Second place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Third place: Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror

Class 6: Columns

First place: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Christine Haines, Uniontown Herald Standard

Third place: Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Class 7: Business/Consumer story

First place: Savior of the Shipyard; Craig Smith, Tribune-Review

Second place: College-bank deals inspire calls for openness; Debra Erdley, PittsburghTribune-Review

Third place: Hopping Ahead; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Honorable mention: Women’s Pay Lags More in Beaver County, Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Class 8: Series

First place: Pesion Tension; Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Times-Tribune

Second place: The Cost of Sports; Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Third place: Sex Offender Registry Flawed; Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times

Class 9: Interviews/Profiles

First place: Newborn’s Refuge Shattered; Craig Smith, Tribune Review

Second place: So Proudly We Geek; Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Third place: Archives to Honor Nun; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Class 10: Page Design

First place: Mary Beth Eastman, Beaver County Times

Second place: Kristin O’Malley, Times-Tribune

Third place: Megan Miller, Beaver County Times

Honorable Mention: Hannah Frank, Altoona Mirror

Class 11: Enterprise/Investigative report

First place: Thousands of disabled workers in PA paid far below minimum wage Opportunity or exploitation?; Halle Stockton, Public Source

Second place: Slaughter a painful reality; Jamie Klein, Reading Eagle

Third place: Pennsylvania Municipalities Tap Swaps for Upfront Cash; Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

Honorable Mention: Temp jobs, no votes; Sarah Hofius Hall, Times-Tribune

Class 12: Health/Science story

First place: Don’t Spare the Horses; Elaine Vitone, Pitt Med

Second place: What’s the Risk; Dana Massing, Erie Times-News

Third place: Heart of Gold; Amanda Gabelleto, Altoona Mirror

Class 13: Education story

First place: Test Score Struggles; Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Second place: The Job Hunt; Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle

Third place: Will Changes Save Schools; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Honorable Mention: Higher Ed Can Take a Major Toll; Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Honorable Mention: Girard College Finances Handcuffed by Rate Swaps; Romy Varghese, Bloomburg

Class 14: Travel, A&E story

First place: Dogs test their pipes at audition; Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Cuba Confidential; Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Third place: This is the End; Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer

Honorable Mention: Long-distance connections; JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Class 15: Headlines

First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times News

Class 16A: News/Feature photography

First place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker

Class 16B: Sports photography

First place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard-Speaker

Second place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: Jamie Pesotine, Standard-Speaker

Class 17: Multimedia projects

First place: Don’t Forget Me: Portraits of Alzheimer’s & Dementia; Gwen Titley, Beaver County Times

Second place: Miss Frick’s Debut; web team, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Third place: Science Scores are up for Beaver County area High Schools; Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times

Class 18: Religion story

First place: Christian Crisis; Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: We Are A People; Dana Massing, Erie Times News

Third place: Sisters Remain Hopeful; Caitlin Heaney West, Times Tribune

Class 19: Outdoors/Environmental story

First place: The half-life; Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: W. Va. Toxin on way to PA, Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: Brothers aim to bring back chestnut trees in township; Nicole Chynoweth, Ligonier Echo

Class 20: Rookie Reporter

First place: Sarah Stemen, Erie Times-News

Second place: Olivia Goudy, Uniontown Herald Standard

Third place: Megan Guza, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Honorable Mention: Lexi Belculfine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Honorable Mention: Nicole Chynoweth, Ligionier Echo

Class 21: Student Reporter

First place: Sara Payne, Point Park University

Second place: Marina Weis, Point Park University

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PWPA and the Pirates

Update: We are out of tickets for this event.

Thanks to the generosity of Trib Total Media, PWPA Southwest again will be to host a spring event at PNC Park in the Trib’s luxury suite.

Thanks to the Trib, this has become a tradition for the PWPA Southwest group.

The Pirates take on the Cardinals at 7:05 p.m., and it is a Free Shirt Friday, so everyone in attendance will receive a promotional T-shirt. As always, food and beverages are provided, with the exception of the dessert cart.

The first 15 members to respond will be able to attend this event. Not to worry, a summer happy hour/dinner will be held in the South Hills.

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Event planned May 10 at Allentown auto museum

The Southeast District will hold a spring meeting and lunch for all members of PWPA on Saturday, May 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hubcap Cafe in the American on Wheels Auto Museum, 5 North Front Street, Allentown.

There is lots of free parking available, and free entrance to the museum will be offered before or after the meeting!

Questions? Call Carin Smilk at 484-380-2610.

RSVP by May 5 to Carin via phone or email: beaubien_mc@yahoo.com.

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Job posts: April 2014

The Pa. Women’s Press Association provides job listings for newspaper companies across the state where members of PWPA are employed.

Two job openings are listed below. Please check with newspaper companies listed to be sure job posts still are active.

Reporter
Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pittsburgh Business Times, the leading digital/print business news operation in the market and part of the American City Business Journals chain, is looking for an experienced reporter to cover the energy beat. Preferred candidates will have covered energy for a respected daily news organization and must present an extensive portfolio of related clips, senior-level contacts within the industry and strong journalistic references. Energy is a critical area of coverage for us, so the right candidate must be able to hit the ground running.

Our reporters must marry strong traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use — with online and social media know-how. They are expected to contribute both short-form (daily online posts) and long-form (print) stories to our news products. Reporters are expected to break important hard news online and use print and video to tell the story behind the headlines, providing deeper analysis of newsworthy events.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

• Bachelors degree or equivalent experience

• Minimum of three years of journalism experience with a proven ability in reporting and writing about the energy industry

• Ability to work independently and remotely

• Ability to break news and identify newsworthy events and sources

• Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills

• Ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of people, in person and online, and develop sources and an audience

• Competitive, collaborative, curious

• Mastery of social media and digital interaction

• Proven experience building, maintaining and engaging an active audience

• Ability to work independently under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately

• Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure

• Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms — print, mobile, Internet, etc.

Email cover letter, resume, clips and references in care of editor Howard Burns at hburns@bizjournals.com. No phone calls please.

Assistant Managing Editor
Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pittsburgh Business Times, the leading digital/print business news operation in the market and part of the American City Business Journals chain, is looking for a seasoned assistant managing editor to help manage our digital and print platforms.

The AME is a critical player in the planning and production of the weekly print edition, and also contributes to the weekly and daily publishing cycles in multiple ways: helping plan and execute special publications and focus sections, copy editing, helping recruit and coordinate with freelancers, and serving as the primary backup for the managing editor and digital producer.

In a multiplatform media operation such as ours, it’s critical to reformat, reuse, reshape and guide content for both print and digital platforms alike. The AME is a key player in this mandate.

Job requirements include:

• Bachelors degree, or equivalent experience

• Minimum of 3-4 years associate editing experience in print or online

• Familiarity with AP style and InDesign

• Knowledge of basic financial concepts

• Creative planning skills

• Solid news judgment

• Experience with management of editorial projects

• Conceive and execute the production of special publications and focus sections, in collaboration with the editor and managing editor

• Source and coordinate with freelancers

• Gather, format and repurpose online content for print

• Edit and proof copy for style, clarity, spelling, grammar, consistency, context and accuracy

• Write headlines, subheads and cutlines, and other informational or graphics copy

• Assist editors in managing awards publication production, including outreach to judges

All applicants should supply a resume, recent clips and at least three references. Anyone who doesn’t will not be considered for the position.

Send materials to hburns@bizjournals.com. No calls please.

To submit a job opening, please contact Bobby Cherry at bobbycherry2@gmail.com.

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Past PWPA president tells international tales

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Past PWPA president Linda Espenshade (back, far left), news coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., spoke to a South Central District lunch gathering in June at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata.

Those attending sat in rapt attention as Linda, also a former Lancaster Newspapers staff writer, talked about her travels to such countries as Zambia, Bangladesh, India and Haiti, to write about Mennonite Central Committee’s relief, development and peace work for “A Common Placemagazine,” published by Mennonite Central Committee.

She told riveting tales, including risking arrest when entering Zimbabwe (hint: don’t tell checkpoint officials you’re a writer) and learning the heartbreaking stories of Syrian refugees in Jordan.

On hand were (clockwise, from giraffe) district director Diane Bitting, Kay Stephens, Donna Hudelson and Erin Negley. Also attending, but not pictured, was Laura Knowles.

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Why I joined PWPA

by Stephanie Longo
Vice president, PWPA

It all started with a phone call.

I was working as the editor of The Villager newspaper in Moscow, near Scranton, when I received an intriguing phone call.

“Hello, this is Kathy Ruff, I am the Northeast Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association,” the friendly voice said.

Kathy then asked me a few questions about my job; I explained to her that I was editor of a one-woman show weekly newspaper and that I also was a full-time student at Regent University working on my masters in journalism.

“So, you’re really on your own up there?” she said.

Oh I was on my own.

I really was — especially considering the fact that my direct supervisor’s office was more than 45 minutes away in Honesdale.

By the end of that phone conversation, I was hooked. I had to join PWPA.

Flash forward to our Excellence in Journalism awards two years later. I had won an award for work I had done while at The Villager for a multimedia piece and, after the luncheon, my mother and I were relaxing in the Hilton Harrisburg’s lobby. This time, a smiling face approached me.

“Hello, you’re Stephanie Longo, you just won an award with us; I’m Kay Stephens. PWPA is looking for a secretary. I thought you might be interested.”

Again, I was intrigued. Admittedly, I’m not the type of person to immediately open my mouth and volunteer for something, so the fact that someone would actually go out of their way to invite me to participate meant a lot to me.

I now have been a PWPA member since 2007, having served as board secretary, Northeast Regional Director and now board vice president. While my involvement as a board member is something I always will cherish, it is the friendships I have made that have made my participation worthwhile.

I never would have met our current board president (and one of my dearest friends) Daveen Kurutz if it hadn’t been for this organization. Having a friend who understands the ins and outs of your job is priceless.

I also had the opportunity to make friends with other journalists from my region. Perhaps while at work we are “competition” but outside, we are all trying to make a living and sometimes it is nice just to get together, talk shop and remember why we became journalists in the first place.

On a more personal level, my membership with PWPA has helped me increase my self-confidence as a journalist. By winning awards, I discovered I am talented at my craft — something I often didn’t fully own. I also became a better journalist through conversations with other members and by getting to read their publications, especially those from outside of Northeast Pennsylvania.

If anyone were to ask me if they should join PWPA, I would emphatically say “yes.” For $25 a year, the benefits far outweigh the cost, which also is a bargain compared to other professional organizations in our field.

If any of you know a potential journalist who is “on the fence” about joining, I’d be happy to speak with them personally.

Stephanie Longo is vice president of PWPA. She can be reached at Stephanie.A.Longo@gmail.com or 570-348-9185, ext. 5429.

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Contest categories and regulations

The time is now!  Submit your entries for PWPA’s 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest.

The contest showcases the best of work published in Pennsylvania newspapers and/or on their websites in 2014.  So dig through your work to find stories, photos and videos about counterfeit sneaker rings, illegal executive sessions, union corruption, misused government vehicles and/or other shenanigans on which you shed light for the public’s benefit.

Please send your work by Saturday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Non-members are invited to enter the contest for a flat fee of $60 per person. That fee also gives the entrant a 2015 membership.  Each active member who attended a PWPA meeting or activity during 2014 will pay $10 for one entry, $20 for two and $25 for three or more.  The fee schedule is the same for first-time members.  Any member who did not attend a meeting or activity in 2014 will pay an additional $25.

We plan to announce the contest winners in April.  Winners will be recognized at our annual awards luncheon May 30 at the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg during Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association weekend.

The top prize of our contest will go to the Journalist of the Year, the man or woman who accumulates the most points from wins. The winner of the $250 cash prize must accumulate more than 10 points.

Contest entrants are asked to submit PDF files of their work via email to pwpa.contest@gmail.com.  To view detailed instructions, click here: www.pwpa.us/contest/.

Payments must be made by check and mailed to: Tory N. Parrish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 3rd Floor, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA  15212.

For more information, contact Parrish at tparrish@tribweb.com or 412-380-5662.

Excellence in Journalism contest categories and regulations

All prizes are awarded during a luncheon at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in May.

CLASSIFICATIONS
One entry only in every category unless otherwise indicated.

Class 1. General News Story Straight, factual report of current news; no feature-type material to be included. No in-depth reports. Sidebars permitted.

Class 2. Sports Story Feature or news. No series. Sidebars permitted.

Class 3. Lifestyles story Restricted to food, fashion, home decorating, gardening. No social issues permitted. Sidebars permitted.

Class 4. Feature or News Feature Story Sidebars permitted.

Class 5. Editorials/Political commentary Three articles to be submitted as one body of work.

Class 6. Columns On any topic other than politics. Must appear on a regular basis (daily, weekly, biweekly). Logos permitted. Three columns required.

Class 7. Business or consumer story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.

Class 8. Series Must be identified as a series. Not eligible are stories written on the same subject as news develops, regular weekly features or profiles. Sidebars permitted.

Class 9. Interviews and profiles No question-and-answer format. Sidebars permitted.

Class 10. Page Design Submit any combination of full pages, with or without ads. Four to six pages will be judged as one body of work.

Class 11. Enterprise or Investigative Report A single story with background, investigative or comprehensive reporting reflecting research and knowledge of subject matter. Sidebars permitted. No series.

Class 12. Health or Science story Sidebars permitted.

Class 13. Education story Feature or News. Sidebars permitted.

Class 14. Travel, arts and entertainment Reviews, stories, profiles, interviews. Sidebars permitted.

Class 15. Headline writing Feature or news. Enter three as one body of work. Include stories.

Class 16. Photography
A) News, feature photos — maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.
B) Sports photos — maximum of five, from a single assignment or multiple assignments.

Class 17. Multimedia projects One project can include many components: graphics, video, photos, audio, plus text posted on a newspaper website and linked to a published story. Submit an active website or URL address, with login and password if behind a paywall.

Class 18. Religion story Feature or news. Sidebars permitted.

Class 19. Outdoors/Environmental story Feature or News. Sidebars permitted.

Class 20. Rookie Reporter Any three stories written by a reporter who completed three years or less of reporting experience, post-college, in 2014. Any of the three stories may be submitted in one other category. Sidebars permitted.

Class 21. Student Reporter Any three stories written and published by a reporter enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university, public or private, in 2014. Sidebars permitted.

JUDGING
Out-of-state judges will be recruited to evaluate the entries, with the following point system: 5 points for first place; 3 points for second place; 2 points for third place and 1 point for honorable mention.

AWARDS
All winners in each category will receive certificates at the PWPA annual awards luncheon on May 30 in Gettysburg. The entrant with the most points over 10 will be recognized with a Journalist of the Year plaque and a $250 cash award. In case of a tie, duplicate prizes will be awarded. If no one has 10 points, there will be no top winner.

FEES
Members of the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association must pay $10 for one entry, $20 for two entries, and $25 for three or more entries. If the member did not attend a meeting in 2012, they must pay an additional $25. For those who are not members of the association, you may enter unlimited entries for $60.

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Excellence in Journalism awards » 2013

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