One United Lancaster has capped off its first year with its first Keystone Media Award.
A first-place award in the feature video category went to videographer Kyle Gamble for "Election Day 2020: Why I Vote," recorded and posted on the morning of the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
“What a true honor to win this award," Gamble said. "I’m thrilled to help bring this element to our stories and be recognized by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association."
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is the state's principal journalism industry organization. It sponsors the annual Keystone Media Awards to "reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers and audiences."
One United Lancaster competed in Division IV, a category comprising publications with circulations under 10,000, including online-only publications. One United Lancaster is the newest and smallest publication to win a 2021 award.
Watch: Why I Vote
Gamble did the interviews for his video in Lititz early on Election Day morning.
"The nation heard so much negativity leading up to the election," he said. "I wanted to get honest answers about why people vote, not who they were voting for.
"It took some effort to get people to talk on camera but I was able to get four people. ... Everyone I spoke with did a great job. They were excited to be part of this historic election."
Kevin Ressler is president and CEO of United Way of Lancaster County, which sponsors One United Lancaster.
"What a way to mark a year," Ressler said. "It's confirmation that our efforts have yielded truly unique and innovative communication resources for Lancaster County."