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Digital First’s Connecticut newsrooms honored with SPJ awards

23 May

Reporters, photographers and editors at The New Haven Register, The Register Citizen, The Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine were honored with 66 awards Thursday night at the annual Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards banquet.

The New Haven Register's Mara Lavitt won first place for Best Sports Photo for this shot from a high school swim championship.

The New Haven Register’s Mara Lavitt won first place for Best Sports Photo for this shot from a high school swim championship.

Recognition ranged from photo, video and interactive graphics to investigative and in-depth reporting, feature and sports writing, opinion columns and editorials.

The New Haven Register’s photography staff won seven awards, including 1st place for Best Video Storytelling and Best Photo Layout for Peter Hvizdak’s feature on “dancing Marine” Roman Baca and last year’s plane crash in East Haven. Mara Lavitt won 1st place for Best Sports Photo and 3rd place for Best News Photo for her coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. Peter Casolino won 2nd place for Best Photo Layout and two 3rd place awards for Best Sports Photo and Best Feature Photo.

Mark Zaretsky won 1st place for Best Business Reporting for a feature he wrote on Connecticut’s seaweed industry. The New Haven Register also won 1st place for Best Headline, Al Santangelo’s “From jail to Yale,” and for page one layout, for coverage of the East Haven plane crash.

The Register Citizen’s won five 1st place awards – for Video Storytelling (Shako Liu), Sports Reporting (Peter Wallace), General Reporting Series (Kate Hartman), Editorial Writing (Matt DeRienzo) and Photo Layout (John Berry).

Liu picked up another Video Storytelling award in a weekly category, one of five 1st place honors for the Litchfield County Times. Others were for General Column, Feature Story and General Reporting, all by Kathryn Boughton, and Feature Photo, by Laurie Gaboardi.

The New Haven Register won 1st place for Best Front Page Layout for this cover designed by Martin O'Sullivan and Ben Doody.

The New Haven Register won 1st place for Best Front Page Layout for this cover designed by Martin O’Sullivan and Ben Doody.

Connecticut Magazine won 18 awards in the SPJ’s magazine category, including nine 1st place awards. Jennifer Swift won for Best Informational Graphic and Best Interactive Graphic for her collaborations with Stacey Slimak Shea and Ben Doody on Connecticut’s campaign finance laws and the balance of political power in the state’s 169 towns.

Swift also won 2nd place awards for General Reporting and In-Depth reporting for her Connecticut Magazine stories on campaign finance and Connecticut’s car tax system and a 3rd place award for Best Interactive Graphic for a map explaining car taxes. She won 3rd place in the over 40,000 circulation daily newspaper division in an extremely competitive General Reporting category for her expose on misconduct in the East Haven police department.

Other Connecticut Magazine awards included 1st place for Best Investigative Story (Chris Hoffman), Best General Reporting (Pat Grandjean), Best In-Depth Reporting (Alan Bisbort), Best Sports Feature (Terese Karmel), Best General Column (Larry Bloom), Best Opinion Column (Charley Monagan) and Best Reporting Series (Pat Grandjean).

See the full list of award winners here.

A flow chart on how to skirt Connecticut campaign finance laws won SPJ's award for Best Informational Graphic for Connecticut Magazine.

A flow chart on how to skirt Connecticut campaign finance laws won SPJ’s award for Best Informational Graphic for Connecticut Magazine.

New faces at The Register Citizen in Torrington

25 Jan

We’re pleased to welcome several key new staff members at The Register Citizen in Torrington.

Tom Cleary has joined us as co-managing editor.

Peter Paguaga has been named sports editor.

And Kate Hartman has started work as a staff reporter covering the city hall beat in Torrington.

Cleary was most recently a breaking news reporter for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and part of the breaking news team that drove digital news content and managed social media accounts at Hearst’s Connecticut newspapers.

Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Prior to joining the Connecticut Post in December 2010, Cleary worked as a reporter for the Fairfield Citizen. He is a graduate of Fairfield University, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Fairfield Mirror. He was previously managing editor and s

Peter Paguaga

Peter Paguaga

ports editor of that paper.

Paguaga is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he served as sports editor of the Southern News.

He has worked as a freelance reporter a the Babylon Beacon and The Daily Voice in Babylon and Mamaroneck, N.Y., and served as a media intern for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team.

For three years, Paguaga was “Sparky the Dragon,” a mascot who entertained at New York Islanders NHL games.

Hartman is a graduate of Temple University, where she concentrated in magazine writing.

Kate Hartman

Kate Hartman

She has worked as a freelance writer for Philadelphia Weekly, the Reading Eagle and the Philly Post and as an intern at Philadelphia Magazine, Barks County Living Magazine in Pennsylvania and The Hampstead and Highgate Express in London.

You can follow Cleary on Twitter @tomwcleary, Paguaga at @PetePaguaga and Hartman at @HartmanRegister.

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