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John Ruddy, The Day's copy desk chief, was recognized Thursday for career achievement by the New England Society of News Editors at its 2014 Journalism Awards Celebration in Dedham, Mass.
Ruddy was presented the Len Levin Master Copy Editor Award, which is named in honor of a retired Providence Journal copy editor and presented annually to "a copy editor who has shown excellence in the classic skills of the craft, such as accuracy, fairness, style and completeness."
In nominating Ruddy for the award, The Day's editors noted his "steadfast commitment to the foundational principles of journalism; a gut that has been finely tuned by more than 25 years of work as a reporter and editor; a near-religious devotion to the pure and proper application of the English language; and the determination to consistently apply these convictions even in times of shrinking resources and increasing workloads."
A Waterford resident and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he is now an adjunct professor, Ruddy has worked at The Day for 26 years.