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The Day honored by New England newspaper group

The Day was recognized for its arts and entertainment reporting, its investigative journalism and from its video storytelling to its true crime podcast in the New England Better Newspaper Competition.

The awards were presented this weekend by the New England Newspaper & Press Association in Boston.

Rick Koster placed first in A&E Reporting for an article on what kinds of music doctors listen to while they operate. The judges said it was “well written with just the right touch of humor and whimsy.”

Mary Biekert picked up the top award in Business and Economic Reporting for a story on local media influencers.

A project by Lindsay Boyle, Brian Hallenbeck and Erica Moser on Connecticut’s tolls proposals placed first in Transportation Reporting.

For the second year in a row, Case Unsolved was recognized as the top newspaper podcast in the region. The podcast, on the unsolved murder of Erika Cirioni, was reported by Boyle and produced by Peter Huoppi and Carlos Virgen. The judges called it “a compelling narrative with suspense and intrigue.”

The Day received top awards in two video categories, including first place in spot news by Tim Cook for his coverage of the crowd outside the gubernatorial debate in New London and another first place award for Huoppi and Koster for their feature on the reunion of Johnny 5.

Other video winners were Cook, third place, feature, Queen for the Night; Cook, second place, news video, USS Hartford homecoming; and Huoppi, second place, sports, a Night at the Ballpark.

Joe Wojtas placed second in Investigative Reporting for his coverage on how the Stonington school system handled complaints about a teacher accused of inappropriately touching students.

Jacinta Meyers and Paul Choiniere received a second-place award for an editorial cartoon on the state taxing plastic bags that the judges said was "humorous but sharply etched."

Receiving third-place awards were Karen Florin, health reporting; John Ruddy and Julia Bergman, history reporting; Benjamin Kail, weather reporting; Maria Reagan, Kristina Dorsey and Koster, A&E section; and Moser, best newsletter.

Theday.com finished second in best website and best mobile site.

In the advertising competition, Barbara Dunn and Jaclyn Nardone were first in Specialty Publication Promotion, and Holidays on the Sound was first in Niche Publication. In addition, Kara Conlon was second in Most Creative Use of a Small Print Space, and Patrick Santiague was third in Automotive Display. The Day was also second in Newspaper Sponsored Event Promotion and third in Advertising Supplement.

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