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Day staffers receive multiple state SPJ awards

Published May 23. 2014 9:46PM   Updated May 23. 2014 11:41PM
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Dana Jensen won a first place award for photo layout for a series of photos from the Newtown Action Alliance's bus trip to Washington, D.C. Here, after saying a few words during a press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, holds Teresa Rousseau's face after giving her a hug while she was seated in the audience. Teresa Rousseau's daughter Lauren Rousseau was one of the teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

The Day’s 2013 coverage of, among other things, the February 2013 blizzard, the Amistad and the 17-year emergence of cicadas was recognized Thursday by the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Day received 38 awards in all for stories, opinion columns, photographs, videos and page layout. The awards were announced at the annual awards banquet in Wallingford.

Sasha Goldstein received first place in investigative story for his reports on traffic stops in New London and whether race plays a factor in whom the police decide to pull over.

Anna Isaacs placed first in general reporting for her story on a World War II sailor’s shirt found buried in the sand on Fishers Island.

Isaacs, David Collins, Claire Bessette, Joe Wojtas and Kimberly Drelich placed first for spot news reporting on the February 2013 blizzard. Jill Blanchette’s front page layout for that story received second place, and Tim Cook’s photo of the blizzard placed second in the news photo category.

Collins was awarded first place for an opinion column questioning the state’s continued funding of the Amistad.

Peter Huoppi was first in video storytelling for the mass emergence of cicadas after 17 years underground, while Carlos Diaz placed second and third in the same category for “Alice Acres” and “Emilie’s Shady Spot playground,” respectively.

In photography, Tim Martin received first place for a feature photo of a fashion show. Tim Cook placed first in the news photo category for his image of a fire chief talking to a distraught man sitting on a bridge support under the Gold Star Bridge.

Dana Jensen received first place in photo layout for her images of a bus trip that members of the Newtown Action Alliance took to Washington, D.C., to push for gun control legislation. Jensen also placed first in sports photo for the image of a Waterford High School baseball player sliding into home plate.

Jennifer McDermott was first in business reporting for a story on changes to the Electric Boat workforce.

Maria Reagan was first for page layout of “A world of flavor.” Jenna Cho and Jill Blanchette received a third place award for that story in the arts and entertainment reporting category.

Other awards were:

- John Ruddy, third place, Page 1 layout

- Sean D. Elliot, second place, feature photo

- Tim Martin, third place, feature photo

- Sean D. Elliot, second place, photo layout

- Sean D. Elliot, third place, photo layout

- Sean D. Elliot, second place, sports photo

- Tim Martin, third place, sports photo

- Rick Koster, first place, arts and entertainment reporting

- Kristina Dorsey, second place, arts and entertainment reporting

- Lee Howard, second place, business reporting

- Lee Howard, third place, business reporting

- Betty J. Cotter, first place, feature reporting

- Judy Benson, second place, feature reporting

- Anna Isaacs, third place, feature reporting

- John Ruddy, second place, feature series

- Marisa Nadolny, Kristina Dorsey, Rick Koster and Betty Cotter, third place, feature series

- Kathleen Edgecomb, second place, general reporting

- Izaskun E. Larrañeta, third place, general reporting

- Greg Smith, third place, in-depth reporting

- Judy Benson, second place, investigative story

- Izaskun E. Larrañeta and Kimberly Drelich, second place, spot news

- Vickie Fulkerson, second place, sports news

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