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Friday, May 25, 2012

WN Wins Eight Citations in Journalism Contest

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WestportNow has won eight citations, including three first place prizes, in the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in North Haven. Image
A contributing photographer won a first place prize for this picture of the capture of a murder suspect in Playhouse Square last November.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo, ©2011

First place winners included James Lomusico, associate editor, for his coverage of Tropical Storm Irene last summer, Douglas Healey, contributing photographer, for his photo of a father consoling a Staples football player (“Comforting Words from Dad”), and a contributing photographer for a photo (”Captured”) of a murder suspect captured in Playhouse Square.

Lomuscio also won a third place prize for his story “Friends: ‘Kuti’ Loved Family, America and Life,” about the reaction to the murder last December of a Westport jeweler.

Dave Matlow, associate editor, shared a third place prize with contributing photographer Helen Klisser During for their photos of the Saugatuck Congregational Church fire. Matlow also won a third place award for his picture of a woman rescued from a car involved in an accident (“Woman Unhurt in Hillspoint Road Rescue.”) Image
Contributing photographer Douglas Healey won a first place prize for this photo “Comforting Words from Dad” showing a father comforting a Staples football player after a championship loss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for

Contributing photographer Lynn U. Miller won a second place award for a photo of a Dachshund named Lizzie walking on rocks at Compo Beach (“A Bit of a Stretch”) and a third place award for a 9/11 memorial photo (“I Wish I Remembered the First Time You Held Me.”)

The only other Westport winner was Paul Schott of the Westport News who won a first place prize for “Hope for the future nurtured at Westport, Fairfield homeless shelters,” and a second place prize for “Non-complying swing set not child’s play for Westport zoning officials.” Click here for the complete list of winners.

Posted 05/25/12 at 03:30 AM


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Congratulations to all at WestportNow.  You’ve pioneered and set high standards for community journalism!

Posted by Andy Yemma on May 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM | #

Congratulations to all.  So well deserved!
Janet Beasley

Posted by Janet Beasley on May 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM | #

WestportNow is my wake-up call.  It is my connection to my community.  Well done one and all.

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