Dispatch wins three state journalism awards


First Posted: 3/28/2013

Sunday Dispatchstaffers have won three state journalism awards for photography, design and headlines.

The Keystone Press Awards are distributed yearly by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Photographer Bill Tarutis won a first-place award for Photo Story, which included “Kidding Around” and “A Fair To Remember.”

Staffer Jack Smiles won a second-place award for Headlines, which inlcuded “Fox Hill foursome still shooting in the 90s,” “The monster that ate seven towns,” and “The Moose is getting long in the antler.”

Staffer Joe Healey won a second -place award for Page Design, which included “A league of their own” centerpiece, “Pledging their allegiance” and “Along family lines.”

Dispatch Editor Ed Ackerman said it is gratifying to have the Dispatch and members of its staff recognized on a statewide level.

“We are very proud of the work we do and service we render to our readers and it is a satisfying feeling to know this work is deemed worthy of such prestigious awards,” Ackerman said.

Winners will be honored at the Pennsylvania Press Conference May 18 in Harrisburg.

The Dispatch’s parent company, Impressions Media, and its publications, won 24 other awards. The Times Leader garnered 11 awards, The Abington Journal won 12 awards and The Dallas Post won one award. The Abington Journal also was named the “sweepstakes winner” for its division.

“Once again, the staff at all of our publications showed why they are considered the best in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Joe Butkiewicz, vice president and executive editor of the Times Leader.

Over 4,400 enteries were received from 138 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association newspapers in this year’s contest. Entries were judges by peers from the Illinois Press Association.

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