Herald Wins Three Awards in Statewide News Media Contest


April 11, 2019

Rick Boston

In the Arms of a Hero: This photo, taken by Herald Staff Writer Rick Boston, won an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. The photo shows a firefighter carrying a dog rescued from a house fire on Kensinger Road, Taylor Township, on May 8, 2018. The dog was found hiding under a bed. He was taken to the vet to be checked for smoke inhalation and singed fur, but was found to be OK.

A Herald reporter and a Herald correspondent have won awards in the statewide 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards.

Herald Staff Writer Rick Boston won Honorable Mentions for his photo, "In the Arms of a Hero" and for his news story, "A Mother's Grief: Claysburg Woman Loses Two Daughters to Addiction."

Boston's "In the Arms of a Hero" photo ran on the front page of the May 10, 2019, edition of the Herald.

"A Mother's Grief" started on the front page in the July 12, 2018, edition of the Herald. Boston's writing told the story of Peggy Miller of Claysburg, who lost one daughter to a heroin overdose and another to cardiac arrest following drug ingestion.

"Half of me lives in heaven and the other half is here going through the motions," she told Boston.

Boston recorded Miller's plea to other parents: "If you have a child that has problems, try everything you can."

Herald Correspondent George Berkheimer won for the stories he wrote for the Herald series "The Changing Cove." Berkheimer's stories were:

• "Competing Currents Are Altering the Course of Education in the Cove," published on Page A-6 on Aug. 9, 2018

• "Tech Brings New Benefits and New Challenges to Cove Farming," published on Page A-5 on May 24, 2018

• "Multiple Factors Influence Crime and Law Enforcement Changes," published on Page A-3 on Nov. 29, 2018.

The ongoing series takes a high-level view to examine how Morrisons Cove is changing. Residents frequently tell each other, "things don't change much around here." But they do. The Cove, like the rest of the United States and world, is changing. The change might be slow, and might be resisted, but changes are happening.

This series is an attempt to take a look at how the Cove is changing using facts and data to interpret that change for the Herald's readers.

The series has reviewed the changes to multiple aspects of the community - farming, technology, jobs, education and law enforcement, among others. This series is in its third year and reader response has been strongly positive.

The award-winning stories and photo will be posted to the Herald website at http://www.mcheraldonline.com.

The Keystone Press Awards are managed by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, of which the Herald is a member.

The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers.

The award process is also intended to reward newspapers which defend First Amendment rights and responsibilities. Further, the Keystone Press Awards stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

The Herald competes in the division of weekly newspapers of 5,000 to 9,999 circulation.

Rick Boston


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