Thursday, May 26, 2016
WestportNow won 17 citations, including six first place prizes, in the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition. The awards were announced tonight at the group’s annual banquet in Wallingford.
It was the most awards won by WestportNow since the competition was opened to online journalism in 2007. This year, in a reshuffling of categories and competitors, WestportNow for the first time competed against not only other small news websites but also small circulation newspapers.
James Lomuscio won five of the first place prizes for: (shared with photographer Dave Matlow) a five-part “Seniors and Housing” series; for his “Westport Key to ‘Great Gatsby?’” story about a documentary exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Westport, his coverage of a memorial service for slain Jeannette and Jeffrey Navin; for his continuing coverage of their murders, and for his profile of interim Staples principal Mark W. Karagus.
Matlow won a first prize for his photo of passersby aiding a bicyclist accident victim.
Lomuscio also won four second place prizes for: a story on a church remembrance for slain Charleston victims, a story on a new cook book by author Jane Green; a rundown of New Year’s Eve offerings, and a story on “racial micro-aggression “in Westport.
Lomuscio’s third place winners were a story on a priest killed by a train and a story on a forum to find a new schools superintendent.
Lynn U. Miller won second place prizes for her photo of three dogs in a pickup at Compo Beach and a photo of a youngster shaking hands with veteran Larry Aasen at the Memorial Day parade.
Helen Klisser During won a second place prize for her photo gallery of the 2015 Frieze New York Art Fair and third place prizes for “A Kiss for His Co-Author” and her photo gallery of Westport flowers.
The competition, which attracted hundreds of entries, was judged by journalists outside of Connecticut. See complete list of winners here.
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