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TheBurg named “News Organization of the Year” by the state press association

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TheBurg has been named “News Organization of the Year” in Pennsylvania, an annual honor presented by the state press association.

The PA NewsMedia Association Foundation today announced the award, which recognizes news organizations “for overall excellence across all departments,” according to the foundation.

“This is a very special honor,” said Lawrance Binda, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of TheBurg. “It speaks to the talent of our staff and helps affirm the work we put in each day to make TheBurg a high-quality news product for the greater Harrisburg area.”

TheBurg won News Organization of the Year in the “weekly” category. Last year, TheBurg was runner-up for the award.

PennLive/The Patriot News, also based in the Harrisburg area, took first place in the “multi-day” publication category, with the Philadelphia Inquirer as the runner-up statewide.

Overall, 120 news organization across Pennsylvania competed, said the PNA Foundation.

“It’s remarkable to receive this recognition in Pennsylvania, which has so many high-quality newspapers and news organizations,” Binda said.

The award is comprehensive, recognizing excellence in all aspects of a news organization’s operations, including for editorial, art, design and sales.

“News organizations are judged not only on their journalism and writing, reporting, photography, video, digital products and design, but also for their sales strategies, innovation, community impact and their relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers and audiences,” according to the PNA Foundation.

TheBurg began publishing in 2009 as a monthly community magazine for the greater Harrisburg area and since has expanded into daily news reporting. It also sponsors and supports many events in the area, including 3rd in the Burg, the monthly cultural and nightlife event in Harrisburg.

Over the past seven years, TheBurg has received over 100 individual press awards for reporting, writing, opinion, art, design, photography and advertising. TheBurg also received the 2018 Catalyst Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC and the 2020 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in the Capital Region from Theatre Harrisburg (to be awarded in 2022).

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