Staff Members Win State Press Awards

6/7/2014 7:00 AM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Lancaster Farming received three awards at the annual Pennsylvania Press Conference last Saturday in State College for work done by its staff in 2013.

The Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation are awarded in a judged competition in seven divisions of newspapers of similar size.

Lancaster Farming competes with other nondaily newspapers with circulations of more than 10,000 subscribers, such as Philadelphia Weekly, Mountain Home and Bucks County Herald.

Photographer Stan Hall received a first place in the news photo category for a front-page picture titled “Sure Sign of Spring.”

Special projects editor Charlene Shupp Espenshade, then staff writer now regional editor Chris Torres and video editor Michael Martin received a second place in the special project category for package on women in dairy with stories titled “Women in Dairy,” “Passing on the Tradition,” “Achieving Success,” “Kids, Cows and Communications,” and “Dairy Mom Performs Daily Juggling Act.”

Current staff writer Philip Gruber received an honorable mention in the business or consumer story category for a report titled “Safety First on Both Sides of Raw Milk Controversy.”

Earlier this year, Lancaster Farming’s website,, won a first place award for Best Interaction With Readers in the Digital Media Contest at the AmericaEast conference in Hershey, Pa.

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