Pennsylvania Women's Press Association

2019 Excellence in Journalism Contest

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association is proud to announce the winners of its 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The more than 125 entries this year were an exceptional representation of the best of journalism in Pennsylvania.

PWPA will recognize the winners at its annual awards luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, during the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s 2019 Pennsylvania Press Conference weekend at the Hilton Harrisburg.

The organization looks forward to celebrating a wonderful year of work with its members.

The entries in the contest this year showed that despite changes in our industry, Pennsylvania journalists continue to produce high-quality, meaningful work,” said PWPA President Jenny Wagner, investigative reporter, health, for the Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer newspapers. “Each story, photo and digital element illustrated Pennsylvania journalists’ dedication and service to our communities.”

This year, PWPA’s contest judges offered excellent comments on the winning entries, some of which will appear in the awards program, as usual. Winners may request the judges’ full comments by emailing pwpa.contest@gmail.com.

PWPA’s 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 are judged by current and former media professionals in other states.

At the luncheon, PWPA will announce the winner of its top prize, the Journalist of the Year Award. The Journalist of the Year is the individual who earns the most points for awards in individual categories.

PWPA will provide the awards at no cost to all winners in attendance at the luncheon. Winners who will not be in attendance should make arrangements in advance for trophies and certificates to be picked up by colleagues who will be at the luncheon or other conference events.

After the luncheon, certificates will be mailed to honorable-mention through second-place winners not in attendance. Padded frames for the certificates can be mailed as well, for a cost of $10 each. Trophies can be shipped to first-place winners not in attendance for a cost of $10 each.

Contact pwpa.contest@gmail.com to order padded frames for certificates or to make arrangements for shipping for trophies.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Excellence in Journalism winners!

 

Class 1: General News  

First Place

Megan Guza
“11 dead in shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue”
The Tribune-Review

Second Place

Jo Ciavaglia
“Bucks confirms case of inmate death”
Bucks County Courier Times

Third Place

Dana Massing
“Victim’s father thanks good Samaritans of Erie”
Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention

Kiley Fischer, Christine Haines and Bob Stiles
“1 dead, 4 shot in Masontown”
The Connellsville Daily Courier

 

Class 2: Sports

First Place

Tom Reisenweber
“’Boro women win PSAC tournament title”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 3: Lifestyles

First Place

Patrice Wilding
“Renewed Faith, Barber draws energy from work while fighting cancer”
The Times-Tribune

Second Place

Jennie Geisler
“Zip up for summer”
Erie Times-News

Third Place

Caitlin Heaney West
“Blended Bounty”
The Times-Tribune

 

Class 4: Feature or News Feature

First Place

Jason Cato
“The Darkest Day”
The Tribune-Review

Second Place

Peg Quann
“Lesson from a killer flu”
Philadelphia Inquirer

Third Place

Jo Ciavaglia
“For the homeless, bitter temps, snow add extra burdens”
Bucks County Courier Times

Honorable Mention

Gia Mazur
“Flower power”
The Times-Tribune

 

Class 5: Opinion

First Place

Tamara Dunn
Standard-Speaker

Second Place

Lori Falce
The Tribune-Review

 

Class 6: Business or Consumer

First Place

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Mount Airy Casino seems to be different fit for rural Big Beaver“
Beaver County Times

Second Place

Jo Ciavaglia
“Golden Years Tarnished”
Bucks County Courier Times

Third Place

Jennie Geisler
“Stores try to build oases in food deserts”
Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention

Caitlin Heaney West
“As seen on TV”
The Times-Tribune

Honorable Mention

Kay Stephens
“Shoppers hit stores early”
Altoona Mirror

Honorable Mention

Patrice Wilding
“Engraved on their hearts: Father and son embrace lessons, tradition at Midvalley jeweler”
The Times-Tribune

 

Class 7: Series

First Place

Jennie Geisler, Dana Massing and Valerie Myers
“Erie women’s history”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 8: Interviews and Profiles

First Place

Patrice Wilding
“Bohemian brilliance”
The Times-Tribune

Second Place

Steven Huba
“A Singular Life”
The Tribune-Review

Third Place

Madeleine O’Neill
“The Stars Aligned”
Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention

Dana Massing
“Not Ready to Retire”
Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention

Megan Guza
“Tattoo and Stigma Removal”
The Tribune-Review

Honorable Mention

Madeline Czebiniak
“Into the Light”
The Tribune-Review

 

Class 9: Page Design

First Place

Rebecca Kivak
The Times-Tribune

Second Place

Cecilia Baress
The Times-Tribune

 

Class 10: Enterprise or Investigative

First Place

Megan Guza
“Condoms criminalized in Allegheny County prostitution cases”
The Tribune-Review

Second Place

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Beaver County hotels grant $600K in tax exemptions this year, no audits since 2008”
Beaver County Times

Third place

Jo Ciavaglia
“Death of a little angel”
Bucks County Courier Times

Honorable Mention

Valerie Myers
“Forgotten Plague”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 11: Health or Science

First Place

Madeleine O’Neill
“An amazing boy”
Erie Times-News

Second Place

Jo Ciavaglia
“Connected”
Bucks County Courier Times

Third Place

Dana Massing
“Bad year for birds”
Erie Times-News

Honorable Mention

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Beaver County pools battle bacteria; haven’t seen a state inspector since 2012”
Beaver County Times

 

Class 12: Education

First Place

Sarah Hofius Hall
“No Easy Answer”
The Times-Tribune  

Second Place

Valerie Myers
“Reading, Writing and Coping”
Erie Times-News

Third Place

Madeleine O’Neill
“A Day at Erie High”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 13: Travel, Arts and Entertainment

First Place

Patrice Wilding
“Armed & Hilarious”
The Times-Tribune

Second Place

Gia Mazur
“Hunt lands in Scranton”
The Times-Tribune

Third Place

Caitlin Heaney West
“Can’t do it alone”
The Times-Tribune

Honorable Mention

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Jackpot dreaming on such an October day”
Beaver County Times

Honorable Mention

Jennie Geisler
“Hidden Treasures Revealed”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 14: Headline Writing

First Place

Cecilia Baress
The Times-Tribune

Second Place

Caitlin Heaney West
The Times-Tribune

Third Place

Tamara Dunn
Standard-Speaker

 

Class 15a: News or Feature Photography

Third Place

Kay Stephens
Altoona Mirror

 

Class 17: Multimedia Project

First Place

Laura Schneiderman, Diana Nelson-Jones and Maura Losch
“Traces of a lost neighborhood”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Second Place

Valerie Myers, Sarah Grabski and David Bruce
“Forgotten Plague”
Erie Times-News

Third Place

Sarah Hofius Hall
“Making the Grade”
The Times-Tribune

Honorable Mention

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Beaver County crashes: How did they happen?”
Beaver County Times

 

Class 18: Religion

First Place

Dana Massing
“In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene”
Erie Times-News

Second Place

Jo Ciavaglia
“Expert: Transfer of Drexel a rare, delicate operation”
Bucks County Courier Times

Third Place

Caitlin Heaney West
“Service second to nun”
The Times-Tribune

Honorable Mention

Kay Stephens
“Attack hits close to home”
Altoona Mirror

 

Class 19: Outdoors or Environmental

First Place

Patrice Wilding
“Sterling Twp. mom-to-be gives sanctuary to animals in need”
The Times-Tribune

Honorable Mention

Daveen Rae Kurutz
“Rain won’t dampen spirits: Tradition, brotherhood highlight the first day of buck season”
Beaver County Times

Honorable Mention

Dana Massing
“Bird in hand, again”
Erie Times-News

 

Class 20: Rookie Reporter

First Place

Madeleine O’Neill
Erie Times-News

 



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