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Congratulations to winners of Excellence in Journalism 2014

Winners of the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Contest will be honored at the annual PWPA luncheon, held during the PA Press Conference, on May 31.


Class 1 General News

First place: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle Business Weekly, “Bottled Up

Second place: Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Egypt army deposes Morsy”

Third place: Amanda Cregan, The Intelligencer, “Pilot burned in crash of aircraft on Route 313”

Honorable mention: Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Dollar Bank begins foreclosure against August Wilson Center”

Honorable mention: Daveen Kurutz, Murrysville Star, “After complaints, district stifles ‘Howl’ ”

Honorable mention: Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle, “Shock, sorrow follow stabbing”

Class 2 Sports

First place: Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Wounded vets overcome more than mere obstacles on grueling course”

Class 3 Lifestyles

First place: Linda Koehler, Times News, Here’s to hats

Second place: Kelly Cernetich, Altoona Mirror, Volunteer makes his mark

Third place: Caitlin Heaney, The Times-Tribune, City Oasis

Honorable mention: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle Business Weekly, Dolfin aims to make a splash

Honorable Mention: Jennie Geisler, Erie Times-News, Pint-Size Cooks

Honorable Mention: Sandra Fischione Donovan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Owner overcomes tragic past to find spirit in South Side’s Apsara Café

Honorable mention: Pam Parker, Lake Erie Lifestyle, Dancing Trees

Class 4 Features

First place: Lini Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer “To be young, black and safe”

Second place: Stephanie Weaver, Reading Eagle: “Jobless on purpose”

Third place: Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times Tribune, Scranton: “We need to heal them”

Class 5 Editorials/Political commentary

First place: Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror

Class 6 Columns

First Place: Linda Koehler Erie Times-News

Second Place: Cheryl Hatch

Third Place: Nafari Vanaski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Honorable Mention: Dana Massing, Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention: Gordon Glantz, The Times Herald

Class 7 Business/Consumer

First Place: Romy Varghese, Bloomberg News, ‘Lap Dances Targeted by Philadelphia for Amusement Revenue’

Second Place: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle Business Weekly, ‘Paul Fredrick goes for the bold’

Third Place: Tory N. Parrish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ‘Corporations go back to School’

Honorable Mention: Kim Leonard, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ‘A Center for Ideas’

Honorable Mention: Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times, ‘Loopholes in law aid convicted contractors’

Class 8 Series

First Place: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle Business Weekly: “Who makes how much: Corporate Kings” and “Atop the pay scale: The cost of quality”

Second Place: Erie Times-News staff: “Leaning into Leadership”

Third Place: Linda Gracey, Altoona Mirror: “Faith & Homosexuality”

Class 9 Interview/Profile

First Place – Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune Review”Party Lines invisible to Sen. Manchin of West Virginia”

Second Place- Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Message in a Battle”

Third Place – Beth Anne Heesen, Reading Eagle “The Circle of Life”

Class 10 Page Design

First place: Brenda Martin, Erie Times-News,

Second place: Morgaine Ford-Workman, Bucks County Courier Times

Third place: Keith Frederick, Altoona Mirror

Class 11 Enterprise/Investigative

First place: Emily DeMarco and Natasha Khan, PublicSource: PA’s regulation of amusement parks falls short in inspections, enforcement

Second place: Betsy Hiel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Unchecked looting guts Egypt’s heritage with one site 70 percent gone

Third place: Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times:  Life and death in their hands

Honorable mention: Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times-Tribune: It’s who you know

Class 12 Health/Science

First place: Beth Anne Heesen, Reading Eagle: “Caring is sharing”

Second place: Rossilynne Skena Greensburg Tribune Review: “Threat of violence constant”

Third place: Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune Review: “Fat studies”

Class 13 Education

First Place: Sarah Hofius Hall, The Scranton Times-Tribune:  “NEPA schools face $149M 3-year loss”

Second Place: Dana Massing, Erie Times-News: “Kids are sponges”

Third Place: Kari Andren, Tribune-Review: “Parents take stand against standardized tests”

Honorable Mention: Christine Haines, The Herald-Standard:  “High Cost of College”

Class 14 Travel, Arts & Entertainment

First Place: Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Visiting Boston: The cradle of liberty still rocks”

Second Place: Gordon Glantz, The Times Herald, “Kathy Mattea comes full-circle with authenticity onstage”

Third Place: Caitlin Heaney, The Scranton Times-Tribune, “Social Media Play Key Part to Promotion”

Honorable Mention: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, “‘Sheer genius'”

Class 15 Headline Writing

First place: Liz Allen, Erie Times-News

Second place: Stephanie Longo, The Abington Suburban

Class 16A News/Feature photos

First place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Second place: Ellen O’Connell, Standard Speaker

Third place: Kristina Serafini, Sewickley Herald

Honorable mention: Elizabeth Baumeister, Abington Journal

Class 16 B Sports photos

First place: Kristina Serafini, Sewickley Herald

Second place: Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Third place: Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Honorable mention: Ellen O’Connell, Standard Speaker

Class 17 Multimedia

First: Erie Times News, JFK look-back:

Second:  The Times-Tribune

Class 18 Religion

First place:  Megan Harris, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “If it’s right you’ll know.”

Second place: Jennie Geisler, Erie Times-News, “Spirituality & Religion”

Third place: Erin Negley, Reading Eagle Business Weekly, “Lifting more than spirits”

Honorable Mention: Linda Gracey, Altoona Mirror, “Tragedy fails to shake faith”

Honorable Mention: Deb Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Churches reach disconnected through webcasts”

Honorable Mention: Kelly Monitz, Standard Speaker, “St. Joseph burns”

Class 19 Outdoors/Environmental

First place:  Romy Varghese, Bloomberg News, “Bat-Killing Fungal Disease Has U.S. Lumber Firms Fighting States”

Second place: Lini Kabada, Philadelphia Inquirer, “Dumping Diapers”

Class 20 Rookie Reporting

First Place: Beth Anne Heesen, Reading Eagle.

Class 21 Student entries

First Place: Emily Balser of Point Park News Service

Second Place: Megan Guza of Point Park News Service

Third Place: Amy Walker of Penn State University Collegian

Honorable Mention: Brian Reed of Point Park News Service

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July 2013 newsletter

pwpajuly2013coverInside the July 2013 issue of the PWPA newsletter:

-2013 Journalist of the Year JoAnn Ciavaglia talks about how she got some of her winning stories.

-Remembering long-time PWPA member Teresa Spatara

-A recap of Elizabeth Merrill’s talk at the awards luncheon in May

-Getting to know the 2013-14 PWPA officers.

Download a copy of the newsletter here.

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February 2013 newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the PWPA newsletter.

Included are details about changes to this year’s contest, and a summary of the most recent Southeast District meeting.

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2013 Excellence in Journalism Contest — Extended through Feb. 22

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association is excited to announce its 2013 Excellence in Journalism contest. Please review your 2012 work for consideration for 20 categories.
Winners will be recognized during our annual awards luncheon on May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg, as a part of PNA weekend. We look forward to celebrating a wonderful year of work with all of our members, old and new.
This year’s contest is an exciting one for PWPA. In October, our board agreed to take the contest online, powered by Google Docs. Entrants are asked to submit PDF files of their work via email to Entry forms will be completed online and are available below.
Again this year, non-members are invited to enter our contest for a flat fee of $60. That fee also gives the entrant a 2013 membership. Active members who attended a PWPA meeting or activity during 2012 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. Members who did not attend a meeting or activity in 2012 will pay an additional $25.
As in the past, 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.
Entries must be received via email no later than 11:59 p.m., EST, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Please email entries to Payments must be made by check and mailed to:
Daveen Rae Kurutz
c/o Murrysville Star
460 Rodi Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
I look forward to this new methodology for our contest. Anyone with questions can email me at or call at 412-651-3733.

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December 2012 newsletter

One last newsletter before the year ends! To download the December newsletter, please click here.

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PWPA Northeast District Movie Night

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association’s Northeast District, in conjunction with the Abington Community Library, will host a movie night on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, featuring the film “Shattered Glass.” Members and non-members are welcome! Prior to the film showing, we will discuss the PWPA and accept memberships for 2013. If you have any questions, please email NE District Director Stephanie Longo at Refreshments will be served.

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75th anniversary edition newsletter

Take a look at the special anniversary edition of the PWPA newsletter.

We distributed copies of it at the awards luncheon in June, but I realized I never sent it out to the membership, so here it is for anyone who may have missed it.

Inside, you’ll find musings from past presidents, vintage clippings from the organization’s youth and a reprint of a speech given by member Barbara Hough Roda at the 50th anniversary luncheon.

Download a copy of the Special 75th anniversary newsletter.

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September 2012 newsletter

Download the newest newsletter below. Inside you’ll find photos from the 75 anniversary luncheon, excerpts from some of the winning entries, and an article about PWPA member Larry Alexander talking about the books he’s published with the South Central district.

Click here for a copy of the September 2012 newsletter.

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PWPA May 2012 newsletter

Check out the May issue of the PWPA newsletter: pwpamay2012

Included in this month’s issue:

-A listing of the 2012 contest winners

-interview with luncheon speaker Mandy Jenkins

-interview with 2012 scholarship winner Jessica Tully

-Q&A with new PWPA member Macae Lintelman

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February 2012 newsletter

To download a copy of the February 2012 issue of the newsletter, please click pwpafebruary2012.

In this issue:

-A reminder about the contest deadline.

-A note about annual dues.

-A call for members to get involved as district directors or officers.

-Profiles of new members Keith Frederick and Rossilynne Skena.

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