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PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, honored with Public Service Award

The Public Service Award continues the tradition of the news media as the “fourth estate” by honoring a news company that has helped improve the community through public service leadership.

Harrisburg,Pennsylvania (PR MediaRelease) September 19, 2019

PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, is the 2019 recipient of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s Public Service Award.

The Public Service Award continues the tradition of the news media as the “fourth estate” by honoring a news company that has helped improve the community through public service leadership. Entrants of this non-journalistic award are judged on the following criteria: a significant effort beyond the scope of the news company’s normal routine, the initiative and activities of the company, and the results of these efforts.

PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, is honored with the 2019 Public Service Award for its reader panel project which helped readers talk through the bitter divide created after the 2016 election and demonstrated a great desire to take a leadership role in promoting community dialogue.  Throughout 2017 and 2018, they invited a diverse mix of individuals from throughout the community to come into the office, share food and refreshments, and discuss their fears and hopes for the present and the future. As the panels proved successful, more meetings were held, the groups grew to include newcomers and professionals, and topics expanded beyond politics to race relations, clergy sex abuse, opioids and higher education.  These sessions led to breaking and ongoing news stories as well as several town halls.

Judges wrote “an ambitious project that went beyond a single issue. These forums provided important public insight and opinions on numerous issues that affect the entire community. They were well-organized and balanced. The quality increased with each program, showing the obvious attention to detail that PennLive invested in the project.”

The Public Service 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.

About PNA:

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 Condon
Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation
Executive Director, PNA Foundation
717-703-3002
melindac@panewsmedia.org

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