Trib receives 26 Keystone Awards, the best accolade for “Tragedy at Brighton”

The Tribune Review received 26 Keystone Press Awards in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s annual competition, including the most prestigious award, the G. Richard Dew Award, for their Tragedy at Brighton project.

The Dew Award is presented to a news organization or individual in any distribution category who has made outstanding contribution to the community or to the community through an article or series of articles that “demonstrate an improvement in the quality of life in the community and an improvement in public understanding of the community.” State has performed role of the news media and journalistic response to matters of public interest, ”the association said.

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Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County. The Tribune Review’s research project “Tragedy at Brighton” into the Covid-19 epidemic in the nursing home received the G. Richard Dew Award from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

“It has been a remarkable year for us at Trib and we are very grateful for this recognition,” said Susan McFarland, Editor-in-Chief of Trib Total Media. “In one of the most difficult years of our career, our employees rose to the top.”

The Tragedy at Brighton research project took a critical look at the Covid-19 pandemic that struck the Beaver County nursing home, resulting in more than 70 deaths, hundreds of positive cases and National Guard interventions in the spring of 2020.

Trib employees were recognized in categories ranging from news, sports, and reporting, to page design, to stills and video works.

First up was employee coverage of a fatal bus accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in January 2020, photographer Nate Smallwood’s coverage of protests against social justice and local football, and the videos “Tragedy at Brighton” and “Princess Lilli’s Surprise” by Visual Director Sean Stipp birthday party. “

The designer Melanie Wass won first place in the design of news sites, and the designer Marje Horvath won first place for her graphic photo illustration entitled “Tracing Atrocity” on newly accessible records of the Holocaust.


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Above, Tribune Review’s Tracing Atrocity design work won first place in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s annual Keystone Awards competition.

Here is a full list of the Trib’s Keystone winners:

• Breaking News Coverage – First Place – “Fatal Bus Accident on Pennsylvania Turnpike” – Employee

• • Breaking News Photo – First Place – “Island In Protest” – Nate Smallwood

• • Sports photo – first place – “Plum Soccer Championship” – Nate Smallwood

• • News Page Design – First Place – Portfolio of Work – Melanie Wass

• • Graphic photo illustration – first place – “Tracing Atrocity” – Marje Horvath

• Documentary – First Place – “Tragedy in Brighton” – Sean Stipp

• Feature Video – First Place – “Princess Lilli’s Surprise Birthday Party” – Sean Stipp

• Sports Photo – Second Place – Butler Overtime Win – Nate Smallwood

• Sports Action Photo – Second Place – Belle Celebrates Goal – Chris Horner

• Sports / outdoor column – second place – work portfolio – Tim Benz

• Columns – second place – work portfolio – Lori Falce

• Lifestyle Beat – Second Place – Everybody Gardens – Second Place – Doug Oster

• Photo Story – second place – “FRZY: The life of a rapper” – Kristina Serafini


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The Emmy Award-winning rapper and Pittsburgh-American native Harvey “Frzy” Daniels performs at the Byham Theater on December 2, 2018 in front of a sea of ​​lights from cell phones during the “Concert for Unity: Rebuilding and Reopening the Synagogue of the Tree of Life” at the Byham Theater.

• News Video – Second Place – In Salk’s Shadow – Sean Stipp

• Feature Video – Second Place – “ASL for First Aiders” – Smallwood

• News Article – Honorable Mention – “A Daughter’s Promise” – JoAnne Harrop

• Editorials – Honorable Mention – Portfolio of Work – Lori Falce

• Lifestyle Beat – Honorable Mention – Wildlife Reports Collection – Mary Ann Thomas

• Breaking News Photo – Honorable Mention – “Pittsburgh Protest Horses” – Shane Dunlap

• Sports Action Photo – Honorable Mention – “Swimmers’ Start” – Kristina Serafini

• News Page Design – Honorable Mention – Portfolio of Work – Melanie Wass

• Feature Page Design – Honorable Mention – Portfolio of Work – Melanie Wass

• Sports Page Design – Honorable Mention – Collection of Pages – Staff

• Sports Video Honorable Mention – “Little Penguins Learn To Play Hockey” – Nate Smallwood

• Special Part – Honorable Mention – Football tab

• Diversity – Honorable Mention – Collection of Works – Rob Owen

“Even at the height of the pandemic, when there was so much uncertainty, our journalists continued to strive to do the best possible job of keeping our readers updated,” said McFarland. “I am so proud of our team.”

Patrick Varine is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862,, or on Twitter.

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