The path to these annual awards begins with a summer critique submission, open to all PSPA member schools. In addition to receiving feedback from experts in journalism education, submitted publications automatically become part of a statewide contest. All publications earning overall “gold” recognition during the critiques are sent on to a new judge, where these are evaluated alongside other gold-ranked publications to determine the Keystone All-State Awardees.
Congratulations to the 2018 Awardees who will be recognized at the PSPA Statewide Scholastic Journalism Competition at Penn State University on March 27:
- Daedalus, Northeastern High School
- Safari, North Allegheny Senior High School
- The Castle, Pottsville Area High School
- Variations, North Allegheny Senior High School
- Gryphon, Penncrest High School
The Clyde F. Lytle Keystone All-State Award was named in 2012 for PSPA’s first president, Clyde F. Lytle, professor at The Keystone Normal School, now known as Kutztown University. One of the buildings on the Kutztown campus is named for Dr. Lytle. He became the first president of PSPA in December of 1925. Besides being remembered for his work in education, he is known for his collection of inspirational verse, Leaves of Gold.
The Pennsylvania School Press Association originated in 1925 and stands as one of the oldest scholastic journalistic organizations in the country. PSPA recognizes and support student journalism programs in Pennsylvania through journalism competitions, summer critiques, awards and recognition, mentorship for advisers, and other resources.