Congratulations to the 2017 SPJ Spotlight Keystone award recipients in this statewide competition. Winners were announced in April 2018. PublicSource swept two categories!

Web Use – Non-Daily

  1. Natasha Khan, Idil Gozde, PublicSource — Three Rivers Rising
  2. Natasha Khan, Idil Gozde, Cameron Scott — PublicSource — Small Town, Pennsylvania
  3. Mary Niederberger, Stephanie Hacke, PublicSource — The Charter Effect

Health and Medical Reporting – Non-Daily

  1. Atiya Irvin-Mitchell, PublicSource — Students can face disciplinary action for self-injury at Chatham University. Three students share their stories.

Feature Story – Non-Daily

  1. J. Dale Shoemaker, PublicSource — Bobby Steele, From Drug Dens to CEO
    JUDGES: Amazing, thoughtful, well-constructed dive into a complicated subject rife with misunderstanding and emotion. Humanizing, educational, engaging and important.
  2. PublicSource — I am a black girl and…

Environmental Reporting – Non-Daily

  1. J. Dale Shoemaker, Brian Conway, — PublicSource — Reporting on Pittsburgh’s lead crisis
    JUDGES: An absolutely terrific piece of work. Please keep up this type of work. An example for many journalists to follow.

Enterprise Reporting – Non-Daily

  1. Jeffrey Benzing, Natasha Khan, PublicSource — Getting an illegal gun in Pittsburgh is easy. Why hundreds of seizures aren’t stopping the problem.
  2. Matt Stroud, PublicSource — Police commander’s relationship with Axon raises questions about Pittsburgh’s no-bid contract for body cameras
  3. Eric Holmberg, J. Dale Shoemaker, PublicSource — Investigating Pennsylvania’s Film Tax Credit system