Lancaster Farming won 11 Keystone Media Awards this year in addition to honors from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Berks Agricultural Resource Network.
The Keystone contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, recognizes excellence in journalism among newspapers and other media organizations. Lancaster Farming, with a paid circulation of about 58,000, competes against other weekly newspapers in the state, and entries are judged by peers from other states.
Keystone awards for work published in 2019 were announced in April.
News Editor Philip Gruber won first place in enterprise reporting for his work on the effects of stormwater authorities on farms.
Gruber also won first place awards for news beat reporting on the dairy industry and for headline writing.
Food and Family Editor Anne Harnish won first place for her work on Lancaster Farming’s annual Auctioneer Guide.
David Yeats-Thomas, editor of the monthly Mid-Atlantic Horse section, won first place in sports action photography for his work at the Jersey Fresh International.
Staff photographer Kirk Neidermyer won first place for a news event photo of farmers planting during good weather in April.
Lancaster County correspondent Art Petrosemolo won first place for his breaking news photo of a local barn raising.
Tom Venesky, correspondent for northeastern Pennsylvania, won second place for a Thanksgiving business story titled “A Tale of Two Turkey Farms,” which contrasted the strategies of large and small operations.
Lebanon County correspondent Sue Bowman won second place in the news feature category for her coverage of a barn fire in which a farmer was arrested while attempting to save his cows.
Gruber also won an honorable mention award for his personality profile on a dairy farmer who sold his herd.
Gruber and Carol Ann Gregg, Lancaster Farming’s western Pennsylvania correspondent, teamed up to earn honorable mention honors for ongoing news coverage of the PA Farm Bill.
This is a record-setting Keystone Awards year for Lancaster Farming staff and correspondents, topping the previous year’s record of nine awards.
This year’s awards banquet, planned for May 30 in Harrisburg, was canceled due to the pandemic.
In addition to the Keystone honors, Gruber was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with a second-place media award in the category for newspapers with circulation of 30,000 or greater. He was honored for his reporting on a legal gray area that could make buyers of hemp products vulnerable to prosecution even though the crop is lawful to grow.
Courtney Love, special sections editor, received the 2020 Agriculture Journalism Award from the Berks Agricultural Resource Network for her beat coverage of agricultural news in Berks County, Pennsylvania.