Record-Journal newsroom staff received 22 awards at the 2019 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards dinner Thursday night.
The annual awards dinner was held at Casa Mia at the Hawthorne in Berlin. Categories were judged by other SPJ chapters across the country.
Record-Journal coverage of last year’s violent microburst storm was recognized for several awards, including first place for continuing coverage by Mary Ellen Godin, Matt Zabierek, Jeniece Roman, Bailey Wright, Devin Leith-Yessian and Lauren Sellew.
Dave Zajac won first-place in the feature photo category for “Mail roots” in the aftermath of the storm. Richie Rathsack won second-place in the news photo category for another photo reflecting storm damage.
In the investigative reporting category, Matt Zabierek received first place for his reporting on complaints of misconduct against a Lyman Hall High School gym teacher.
Ashley Kus won first place in the “video storytelling” category for a feature video on the Christmas display at Cava restaurant in Southington. She won second place in the same category, while third place went to the Record-Journal’s Bailey Wright.
The newsroom also received first place for editorial cartoon for “Wallingford microburst hits twice” by Kevin Markowski.
Zajac also took first place in the news photo category for a photo titled “Police train for a school shooting response,” as well as first place for “Powder Puff takedown” in the sports photo category.
First place for general column went to Jeffery Kurz for “We could sure use Lincoln today.”
First place was awarded to Richie Rathsack and Ron Rainey in the infographic design category for an interactive “Create your own budget” digital feature.
Here are the rest of the Record-Journal winners:
Breaking News- Third Place
Police detonate pressure cooker found outside Israel Putnam School in Meriden; Bryan Lipiner, Lauren Sellew.
Diversity Coverage- Third Place
A year after Hurricane Maria, residents displaced from Puerto Rico still adjusting; Jeniece Roman.
Editorial- Second Place
Meriden School Readiness Council operated in secret; Jeffery Kurz
Editorial- Third Place
Keeping Sandy Hook investigation secret is inconsistent with democracy; Glenn Richter
Feature photo- Third Place
Up in the air with acro yoga; Richie Rathsack
Feature story- Second Place
Lost, but not forgotten: Meriden’s Vietnam casualties; Leigh Tauss
Health- Second Place
After surviving teenage suicide attempt, Wallingford woman creating awareness; Mary Ellen Godin
Investigative- Second Place
Scaife keeps in touch, on city’s dime; Leigh Tauss
Religion- Second Place
Florida couple hopes to establish Presbyterian church in Wallingford; Bailey Wright
Sports photo- Third Place
Catching some air during Snocross; Justin Weekes
Video storytelling- Second Place
Organist keeps music alive at Meriden church; Ashley Kus
Video storytelling- Third Place
Kidcity museum in Middletown; Bailey Wright
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