Metro Philadelphia, Schneps Media win Keystone Media Awards

A Metro Philadelphia dropbox is shown at Torresdale Station in Northeast Philadelphia.

Metro Philadelphia, owned by Schneps Media, earned six Keystone Press Awards, presented by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

The Keystone Media Awards honor excellence in news media, by recognizing journalism that provides relevance, integrity, and initiative throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Entertainment Editor Molly Given earned First Place (Personality Profile) for her feature on Harley’s Food Art, spotlighting an artist who uses kitchen ingredients to create masterpieces. Given was also awarded for her work on the Lifestyle/Entertainment Beat (Honorable Mention) for her coverage of ‘The Holdovers’, ‘Blue Eye Samurai,’ ‘Running Wild’ and more.


Reporter Jack Tomczuk was honored for Enterprise Reporting (Honorable Mention) for Metro’s Mayor’s Race Spotlight Series, in which he provided readers with an in-depth look at the candidates of Philadelphia’s Democratic primary election for mayor. Tomczuk spotlighted every candidate in the primary, their stances on citywide issues, plans for the future and what they have accomplished in the past.

Freelance reporter Jason Peters earned a Keystone Award for Investigative Reporting (Honorable Mention) for his article, How gun violence affects the mental health of Philadelphia children, investigating the influence of Philadelphia’s gun epidemic on local children.

Designer Jorge Cornejo was honored for Feature Page Design (Second Place).

Editor Melissa Mitman earned an award for Headline Writing (First Place) for ‘Hazed & Confused‘ after Canadian wildfires turned the skies of Philadelphia orange; ‘Core Four‘, a feature on Eagles’ Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Lane Johnson; and ‘Cleaning solutions‘ after the city’s cleaners and janitors rallied for better wages and healthcare.

“On behalf of myself and the entire Schneps Media team, we congratulate the Metro Philadelphia editorial team on being recognized for six Keystone Media Press Awards,” said Metro Philadelphia Publisher Dan Sarko. “The hard work and dedication of the Metro editorial team informs, entertains and educates the citizens of Philadelphia and beyond. Their work makes a difference and we’re so proud that they’ve been honored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.”

The 2024 Keystone Media Awards will be presented during an awards luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2024, at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

Schneps Media, a leading local media company, serves Philadelphia, New York City, Westchester and Long Island. Its award-winning content reaches over 2 million readers per week across two daily newspapers, the largest group of community newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, social media channels, community events and festivals.

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