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Digital First Media staff win 87 Connecticut SPJ awards

24 May

The New Haven Register was recognized with the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award Thursday night.

It honors work by Michelle Tuccitto Sullo in exposing inadequate police response to reports of missing adults and profiles of missing adult cases by Brian McCready and Ann DeMatteo. The effort also included creation of a blog and “Missing in Connecticut” Facebook page that continues to spread alerts and information about the missing and connect their families with resources. It helped lead to the creation of a special unit of the Connecticut State Police dedicated to missing persons cases.

Ann DeMatteo and Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

Ann DeMatteo and Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

The public service award was especially meaningful to Register staff as a tribute to DeMatteo, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

It was one of 87 awards won by Digital First Media staff, including 37 first place honors, in the Connecticut SPJ’s 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards. That’s up from 65 awards and 27 first place honors last year, and 56 awards, with 20 in first place, the previous year.

The New Haven Register won 32 awards, followed by Connecticut Magazine with 18, The Middletown Press, 12, the Litchfield County Times, 10, and The Register Citizen, 5. Passport Magazine and Digital First Media weeklies the West Hartford News, Shoreline Times, Simsbury News and Westport Minuteman were also honored.

This year’s contest included special categories for coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Connecticut and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Digital First Media, which put more than 100 journalists from Connecticut and its sister papers in other states on the Sandy Hook story, was recognized for spot news reporting, general news reporting, page layout and photography in the Sandy Hook category.

The New Haven Register also won first place for Best Interactive Graphic for a directory its data team put together highlighting the stories of the 26 Sandy Hook victims. An interactive graphic the data team helped The Middletown Press’s Viktoria Sundqvist put together on statewide school superintendent salaries also won a first place award.

The New Haven Register’s Jim Shelton and Peter Hvizdak were honored with first place awards for Best Feature Series and Best Video Storytelling, respectively, for their year-long look at the life of Roman Baca, an Iraq war veteran using ballet to help his fellow soldiers adjust to civilian life and tell the story of what they’d been through.It was part of a company-wide project about veterans’ return from war called “American Homecomings.”

A full list of DFM’s awards follows:

New Haven Register

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award, Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, Brian McCready and Ann DeMatteo

1st Place, Editorial, Charles Kochakian

1st Place, Hurricane Sandy Page One Layout, Mheegan Rollins

1st Place, Interactive Graphic, DFM staff (Newtown victims)

1st Place, Video Storytelling, Peter Hvizdak (American Homecomings)

1st Place, Feature Series, Jim Shelton (American Homecomings)

1st Place, Newtown Shooting News Photo, Peter Hvizdak

1st Place, Newtown Shooting Non-Page One Layout, NHR Staff

1st Place, Feature Photo, Peter Casolino

1st Place, Photo Layout, Mary Albl

2nd Place, Photo Layout, Melanie Stengel

2nd Place, Feature Photo, Arnold Gold

2nd Place, Newtown Shooting News Photo, Arnold Gold

2nd Place, General Column, Michael Bellmore

2nd Place, Opinion Column, Randall Beach

2nd Place, Newtown Shooting General Reporting, Jim Shelton

2nd Place, Feature Photo, Melanie Stengel

2nd Place, Sports Photo, Peter Casolino

2nd Place, Feature, Susan Misur

2nd Place, In-Depth Series, Susan Misur, Mark Zaretsky and Jennifer Swift

2nd Place, Spot News, Mark Zaretsky and Susan Misur

2nd Place, Sports Feature, Chris Hunn

Honorable Mention, Sports Feature, Chip Malafronte

Honorable Mention, Sports Photo, Peter Hvizdak

Honorable Mention, Feature Photo, Peter Casolino

Honorable Mention, Hurricane Sandy News Photo, Peter Casolino

Honorable Mention, Newtown Shooting Spot News, Jason Fields and DFM staff

Honorable Mention, Arts & Entertainment, Donna Doherty

Honorable Mention, General Reporting Series, Mark Zaretsky, Jennifer Swift, Susan Misur, Rich Scinto, Luther Turmelle and Pam McLoughlin

Honorable Mention, In-Depth Reporting, Michelle Tuccitto Sullo and Pam McLoughlin

Honorable Mention, In-Depth Series, Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, Brian McCready and Ann DeMatteo

Honorable Mention, Sports News, Mary Albl

Register Citizen

1st Place, Opinion Column, Andy Thibault

2nd Place, Opinion Column, Andy Thibault

Honorable Mention, Editorial, Matt DeRienzo

Honorable Mention, Feature, Andy Thibault

Honorable Mention, Sports Column, Andy Thibault

Middletown Press

1st Place, Interactive Graphic, Viktoria Sundqvist, Peggy Bustamante, Vaughn Hagerty, Nelson Hsu

1st Place, Newtown Shooting General Reporting, Viktoria Sundqvist

1st Place, News Photo, Catherine Avalone

1st Place, Sports Photo, Catherine Avalone

1st Place, Investigative Series, Viktoria Sundqvist

1st Place, Sports Feature, Joe Pelletier

1st Place, Sports News, Joe Pelletier

2nd Place, Feature Photo, Catherine Avalone

2nd Place, Feature, Viktoria Sundqvist

2nd Place, Sports Column, Joe Pelletier

Honorable Mention, Feature Photo, Catherine Avalone

Honorable Mention, News Photo, Catherine Avalone

Connecticut Magazine 

1st Place, General Column, Larry Bloom

1st Place, Opinion Column, Charley Monagan

1st Place, Editorial, Charley Monagan

1st Place, Hurricane Sandy Non-Page One Layout, Greg Harmel

1st Place, Non-Page One Layout, Stacey Slimak Shea

1st Place, Newtown Shooting General Reporting, Ian Eller

1st Place, Photo Layout, Richard Feeda

1st Place, Arts & Entertainment, Patricia Grandjean

1st Place, Business, Tom Connor

1st Place, Feature, Alan Bisbort

1st Place, In-Depth Reporting, Tom Connor

1st Place, Sports Feature, David Holahan

2nd Place, Arts & Entertainment, Charley Monagan

2nd Place, Non-Page One Layout, Carol Petro

2nd Place, General Column, Cathy Ross

2nd Place, General Reporting, Tom Connor

Honorable Mention, General Reporting, Alan Bisbort

Honorable Mention, Feature, Patricia Grandjean

Litchfield County Times

1st Place, Op-Ed Column, Andy Thibault

1st Place, Business, Daniela Forte

1st Place, Feature, Kathryn Boughton

1st Place, Investigative Series, Jack Coraggio and Andy Thibault

1st Place, In-Depth Series, Daniela Forte and Andy Thibault

2nd Place, In-Depth Series, Jack Coraggio and Andy Thibault

2nd Place, Op-Ed Column, Edwin Matthews

2nd Place, Arts & Entertainment, Kathryn Boughton

Honorable Mention, Feature, Kathryn Boughton

Honorable Mention, In-Depth Series, Jack Coraggio and Doug Clement

Passport Magazine

2nd Place, Business, Jason Torsiello

2nd Place, Feature, Scot Allyn

Honorable Mention, Feature Photo, Laurie Gaboardi

West Hartford News

Honorable Mention, Video Storytelling, Kathleen Schassler

Honorable Mention, In-Depth Reporting, Kathleen Schassler

Shoreline Times

1st Place, Sports Column, Jimmy Zanor

1st Place, Sports News, Jimmy Zanor

2nd Place, Sports Column, Jimmy Zanor

Westport Minuteman

2nd Place, Sports Feature, Mary Albl

The Simsbury News

2nd Place, Feature Photo, Jacqueline Bennett

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New reporters join New Haven Register, Register Citizen

5 Jun

We’re pleased to welcome four new reporters to the news and sports staffs at the New Haven Register and Register Citizenin Torrington.

Mary Albl

Mary Albl is a new sports reporter in New Haven who comes to us from The Post Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., where she was a volleyball and girls basketball beat writer.

Prior to Glens Falls, Albl served as sports editor of the Dodge City (Kansas) Daily Globe.

She is a graduate of Boise State University, where she was sports editor of the student newspaper.

She has also worked as an intern and desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Idaho Statesman.

One area of focus for Mary is Fairfield County high school sports, and her work is appearing in the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman in addition to the Register.

Email Mary Albl at malbl@nhregister.com. Follow her on Twitter @maryalbl.

Michelle Merlin

Michelle Merlin is a new reporter at The Register Citizen in Torrington.

She is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in political science and minored in English. She served as editor in chief of the student newspaper there, and interned for The Register Citizen in 2010.

Email Michelle Merlin at mmerlin@registercitizen.com. Follow her on Twitter @michellejmerlin.

Shahid Abdul-Karim is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be part of a team of reporters covering the city of New Haven, focusing on schools, housing issues and neighborhoods.

Shahid Abdul Karim

Shahid has written for the Muslim Journal International since 1998 and recently served on its board of directors. He has also worked as a national account executive at Verizon Wireless.

He is a graduate of Springfield College and has been involved in volunteer activities in Hamden, including helping establish a local food pantry with the Connecticut Food Bank.

Email Shahid Abdul-Karim at sabdul-karim@nhregister.com. Follow him on Twitter @shahid_akarim.

Rich Scinto

Rich Scinto is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be covering Milford schools and local government.

A Fairfield native, Scinto is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he was senior managing editor of the Quad News. He has worked for the past year as a general assignment reporter at the Record Journal in Meriden.

Email Rich Scinto at rscinto@nhregister.com. Follow him on Twitter at @rscinto_NHR.

JRC Connecticut newspapers win big in Local Media Association contest

28 Mar

Journal Register Company newspapers in Connecticut have won 33 awards in the 2011 editorial contest of the Local Media Association, formerly known as the Suburban Newspapers of America.

The New Haven Register was among the top daily newspaper winners with 15 awards, including 2nd place in the country for Best Sports Section and first place in the country for best reporting on local education.

The Litchfield County Times was among the top weekly newspaper winners in the country with 8 awards.

Journal Register Company beat out all other newspaper companies with 102 awards total.

Click here for the full list of awards.

Click here for a slide show of award-winning photos from our Connecticut staff.

The full list of winners from JRC Connecticut:

– 1st place, Best Coverage of Local Education, New Haven Register. Reporting by Abbe Smith.

– 1st place, Best Column Writing, New Haven Register. “Inspirations” column by Ann DeMatteo.

– 1st place, Best Headline, New Haven Register. “Pain in the Gas” by Mheegan Rollins.

– 1st place, Best Sports Photo, New Haven Register. “Yale football” by Arnold Gold.

– 1st place, Best Feature Photo, New Haven Register. “Essex Steam Train” by Peter Casolino.

– 2nd place, Best Sports Section, New Haven Register. Sports Editor Sean Barker and team.

– 2nd place, Best News Photo, New Haven Register. “Hurricane Irene” by William Kaempffer.

– 2nd place, Best Continuing Coverage, New Haven Register. “Interstate 95 project” by Ed Stannard.

– 2nd place, Best Feature Series, New Haven Register. “The Good Fight” by Jim Shelton.

– 3rd place, Best Headline, New Haven Register. “Hello, Good Buys” by Mheegan Rollins.

– 3rd place, Best Photojournalism, New Haven Register.  “Hurricane Irene, the Day After,” by Peter Casolino.

– 3rd place, Best Environmental Coverage, New Haven Register. “Zombie Dump” by Ann DeMatteo.

– Honorable Mention, Best News Photo, New Haven Register. “Bike Man in Snow” by Peter Hvizdak.

– Honorable Mention, Best Feature Photo, New Haven Register. “Snow Graphic” by Melanie Stengel.

– Honorable Mention, Best Feature, New  Haven Register. “When Politics Seeps into Breast Milk” by Sandi Shelton.

– 1st place, Best Special Section, The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT: Forging Tomorrow’s New England Experience)

– Honorable Mention, Best In-Depth Reporting, The Register Citizen

– 2nd place, Community Service Award, Middletown Press (Shovel Brigade)

– 2nd place, Best Wildcard Product, The Register Citizen (Every Town Has a Green)

– 2nd place, Best Arts and Entertainment Coverage, Middletown Press

– 1st place, Best Entertainment-Lifestyle Section, Litchfield County Times (Passport Magazine)

– 2nd place, Best Entertainment-Lifestyle Section, Litchfield County Times (LCT Magazine)

– 2nd place, Best Special Section, Litchfield County Times

– 2nd place, Best Opinion Column, Litchfield County Times

– 2nd place, Best Local Business Coverage, Litchfield County Times

– 2nd place, Best Sports Photo, Litchfield County Times

– 3rd place, Best Environmental Coverage, Litchfield County Times

– 3rd place, Best Editorial Writing, Litchfield County Times

– 2nd place, Best Sports Section, Housatonic Times

– 2nd place, Best Column Writing, Housatonic Times

– 3rd place, Best News Photo, Housatonic Times

– Honorable Mention, Best Entertainment-Lifestyle Section, Housatonic Times

– 2nd place, Best Editorial Writing, Westport Minuteman