The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association honored four members of Berks-Mont Newspapers's editorial deparment with 2006 Keystone Press Awards.
Aaron Jenkins won a second-place award for his in-depth, three-part series reporting details of the local economic impacts of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Bechtelsville. Jenkins's stories were published in The Boyertown Area Times on Oct. 26, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 of 2005.
Jennifer Donohue's layout of graphics, photographs and stories on the front of The Southern Berks News's Faces and Features section won a second-place award in the Keystone category of Page Design.
Andrew McCue won a second-place award in the category of News Photo. McCue's winning photograph pictured workers sitting atop the Reading Diner as it was transported on a flatbed from Exeter Township to Lower Alsace Township on October 20, 2005.
Berks-Mont Newspapers Photo Editor Harold Hoch won a second-place award for his September 1 photo story, "Band Camp," which pictured Boyertown Area Senior High band members preparing for another championship season.
The mission of the annual Keystone Press Awards contest is to "reinforce excellence by individuals in the newspaper profession by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights and responsibilities."