Established 43 years ago by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the PBA Media Awards (formerly known as the William A. Schnader Print Media Awards) recognize journalistic excellence in news and feature reporting in broadcast, print and podcast media of the legal system and its operations. The competition also honors editorials and commentaries.
Coordinated by the PBA Bar/Press Committee, PBA Media Awards honor journalists who accomplish the following through their work:
- Foster greater public understanding of our legal system
- Inform and educate citizens as to the roles of society and the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession
- Disclose practices or procedures needing correction or improvement so as to encourage and promote efforts to improve and modernize our laws, courts and law enforcement agencies