The Day wins awards from Connecticut SPJ

Wallingford — The Day was recognized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for its series on heroin addiction and a foreclosure scam, as well as its investigation of New London superintendent candidate Terrence Carter.

The awards were presented Thursday night at the Seasons at the Tradition. The Day won 19 first-place awards, with a total of 43 awards in its circulation category. There were 830 entries from 54 media outlets.

The Day’s series on heroin, “Deadly addiction,” was first in the in-depth series category. The judges cited Greg Smith, Izaskun Larraneta, Karen Florin and Judy Benson for their “great in-depth reporting.”

Colin A. Young was first in investigative reporting for “Cover letter by Carter similar to someone else’s work.”

Larraneta was first in investigative series for “Way out of foreclosure a dead end.” The judges said the series was “comprehensive, well researched and well written.”

Larraneta and Claire Bessette were first in spot news for “Crash in Bozrah claims lives of three local men.”

David Collins was first for his column “Why did state lose money in Somers’ company.” He also placed second in column writing.

Paul Choiniere placed first in editorial with “Just step aside, Mr. Carter.” He also was second in editorial writing.

Jessica Hopper placed first in arts and entertainment writing for “Fiddleheads offers live music with groceries.”

Benson finished first in business reporting with “Connecticut Yankee site in limbo.”

John Ruddy won the top award in feature series for “World War I: The cost of freedom.” The judges cited his “powerful storytelling.” Ruddy also was third in page one layout.

Karen Florin placed first in general reporting for “Legacy of a murder: A family divided.”

Vickie Fulkerson was first in sports feature for “A family reunited” and first in sports news for “One whale of a season.”

Joe Turco placed first in headline writing. The judges commended Turco for “clean, well-written headlines that tie in nicely with the accompanying photos, articles.”

Jill Blanchette was first in page one layout and non-page one layout. The judges cited her “terrific use of white space, color and font.” Blanchette and Tim Cotter placed third in informational graphic.

Peter Huoppi swept the video category; his “Swallow migration: poetry in motion” was the winner.

Tim Martin was first in feature photo and photo layout. Sean D. Elliot was first in news photo and also placed third in that category.

Other photography winners were Dana Jensen, second and third, feature, and third, sports; Martin, second, news and sports; and Elliot, second and third, photo layout.

Other writing awards were: Kathleen Edgecomb, second, arts and entertainment; Rick Koster, third, arts and entertainment; Ann Baldelli, second, business, third, feature, and second, feature series; Kimberly Drelich, third, business; Benson, second, feature; Baldelli, Joe Wojtas, Brian Hallenbeck. Deborah Straszheim and Ruddy, second, general reporting series; Lisa McGinley, second, in-depth reporting; and Dave Davis, second, sports news.

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