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WILKES-BARRE – The Times Leader won five awards in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Newspaper of the Year contest.

The newspaper placed first in news writing excellence and in page layout and design; second for use of photography and special section; and second for its online presence.

The Times Leader competed in Division III for news organizations with daily circulation of 20,000 to 39,999.

Entries submitted were from the time period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

"We're honored to be recognized for categories across the contest," said Joe Butkiewicz, executive editor. "It reflects the talent and effort of the entire news staff."

The newspaper will be honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association convention on Nov. 9 at the Scranton Hilton and Conference Center.

The purpose of the contest is to recognize outstanding newspaper work, with the "emphasis on overall excellence," according to the PNA.

"This is just the latest indication of the excellent work by employees throughout our company," said Prashant Shitut, President and CEO of Impressions Media, the parent company of The Times Leader.

The Citizens' Voice newspaper, which also competed in Division III, won five awards..

Other local winners included: The Times-Tribune, Scranton, which garnered four awards in Division II; and the Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, which won three awards in Division IV.

Overall winners of the contest were the Harrisburg Patriot-News, first place for a daily newspaper; second place, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and the Philadelphia Business Journal, first place for a non-daily newspaper; second place, the Philadelphia Weekly.

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