The Public Notice Award recognizes excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices.
Jim Lockwood, staff writer at The Times-Tribune (Scranton), is the 2019 recipient of the sixth annual Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Public Notice Award.
The Public Notice Award recognizes excellence in journalism that draws reader attention to public notices. The statewide winning entry will be entered into the national competition to vie for the national award of $500.
Jim Lockwood is the 2019 winner, earning the award for the sixth year in a row, for his continuing coverage of Scranton city government as well as neighboring communities. From tax increases, tax renewals and tax sales lists to apartment development plans to river trail projects to renovation of a stadium facility to crumbling sidewalk repair bids to a trash fee class-action lawsuit, Lockwood consistently used public notices to find stories and explain critical issues to taxpayers and citizens. Enhancing the breadth of his coverage and demonstrating extensive attention to detail, Lockwood included references – and hyperlinks online – to the relevant public notices to inform and remind readers about the existence of public notices and to reinforce the vital role that public notices play in governmental requirements, transparency and accountability.
Lockwood has been scouring public notices daily for many years. It has made him adept at quickly spotting and discerning newsworthy stories and issues. Lockwood says, “I have come to call my method the ‘3 ‘R’s of public notice journalism: ‘Read, Report and Reference.’ I read public notices daily, without fail, first thing. I report on the news they contain. And I reference the public notices in the news articles.”
For an unprecedented sixth time, Lockwood was lauded by the judges for “his incredible tenacity and unrelenting commitment to using public notices to find stories of interest and value to Scranton-area readers.” They added, “Wow! We continue to be amazed by Jim’s investigative efforts which are only enhanced by his concise writing. His impact is far-reaching. There is no better example of the value of public notices and the importance of strong journalism in serving the public’s right to know.”
The PNA Foundation Public Notice Award will be presented Oct. 25, 2019, during the PNA Annual Convention at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.
About PNA Foundation:
The PNA Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation organized as a public foundation. Its mission is to provide training and resources to PNA members, to develop the next generation of readers and journalists, and to educate the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press.
The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and digital news media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote a free and independent press. It has more than 300 newspaper and media-related members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation organized as a public foundation. Its mission is to provide training and resources to PNA members, to develop the next generation of readers and journalists, and to educate the public on the importance of the First Amendment and the role of a free press.
Melinda CondonPennsylvania NewsMedia Association FoundationExecutive Director, PNA Foundation717-703-3002MelindaC@PANewsMedia.org
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