Patch Earns 21 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists gave out its statewide awards Thursday night at its annual dinner in North Haven.

Patch editors and contributors across the state took home nine first-place awards in the "Online Independent" category Thursday night at the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists' annual Excellence in Journalism ceremony at Fantasia in North Haven, sweeping the video storytelling, sports news and sports feature competitions.

Patch also garnered nine second-place awards and three third-place awards. Here are the award-winners listed by category:

General Column

1. ; Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer

Opinion Column

1. ; Stratford Patch Editor Jason Bagley

Video Storytelling

1. ; Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer

2. ; Branford Patch Editor Nicole Ball

3. ; Naugatuck Patch Editor Ron DeRosa

Feature Photo

1. ; Windsor Locks-East Windsor Patch Editor Larry Smith

Arts & Entertainment

2. ; Naugatuck Patch Contributor Patrick Scalisi

3. ; Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer


1. ; West Hartford Patch Editor Ronni Newton

2. ; Montville Patch Editor Carrie Jacobson

Feature Series

1. ; North Branford Patch Editor Jenn McCulloch

2. ; Avon Patch Contributor Ann Marie Potter

General Reporting Series

2. Freak October snowstorm coverage (; ; ; ); Tolland Patch Editor Jayme Kunze and Regional Editor Megan Bard


2. ; West Hartford Patch Contributor John Howell

Investigative Story

2. ; Middletown Patch Editor Cassandra Day

Sports Column

1. ; West Hartford Patch Contributor John Howell

Sports Feature

1. ; Granbys Patch Editor Ted Glanzer

2. ; Berlin Patch Editor Robert Mayer

3. ; West Hartford Patch Contributor John Howell

Sports News

1. ; West Hartford Patch Contributor John Howell

2. ; Avon Patch Editor Jessie Sawyer

Connecticut SPJ inducts new members into the Hall of Fame, presents scholarships to journalism students and honors supporters of Freedom of Information. This year's Helen Loy Freedom of Information Award went to political blogger Jonathan Pelto. The late Edward Cotter Jr. and the late John Mongillo Jr., both former New Haven Register photographers, were inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame.

Special guest speaker and Edgar-winning author Leonard Levitt spoke about the art of hard-core investigative journalism in this era when traditional newsrooms are brutally understaffed and digital start-ups are struggling to build their identity. Levitt writes the “NYPD Confidential” blog that regularly breaks national news about the hidden workings of the country’s biggest police force.

Here is the full list of SPJ award winners.

Mary Ann May 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Congrats Patch! Well deserved!
Catherine & Dennis May 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Ditto! Great job and well deserved
Sydney Mintz May 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Congratulations to all! Keep up the excellent work.
Lisa Nee May 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Very well deserved and impressive after only a few years in existence.
Chubby's Place May 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Wow! Congratulations!
Michelle Murphy May 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Congrats to all Patchers, but esp. Ronni Newton!
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Yay, Ronni! Woot, woot! First place. :) Congrats to Ron DeRosa, Jayme Kunze, Ted Glanzer and Megan Bard for your major awards, as well! Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Peter Hufstader May 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Well done, Jessie!
Ann Nyberg May 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Pem, congrats you have been a wonderful driving force behind your Patch, journalism lives here.
R Eleveld May 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Keep up the good work.
Corey Fyke (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Great job everyone! What was really fun for me, as an editor, was clicking on the links above and re-reading all the stories, this time purely as a reader. What wonderful work!
owen charles May 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Congratulations! Pem, you are doing a great job, keep it up!
Elissa Bass May 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Very, very, very proud to be a Connecticut Patcher! Congrats to all the winners, all the nominees and everyone at Patch for all their hard work!
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thanks, Peter!
Kathy DeBurra May 25, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Congratulations to all! What a great listing of so many different topics in the articles! It must have been difficult to pick the "best!" Great job!
Janine Iamunno May 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I know I'm totally biased, but I'm not a journalist so that's OK :) I couldn't be more proud of this team. You are not just serving your readers well, but you're illustrating the impact of community journalism in ways that the industry can't help but notice and applaud. Go Patch - and specifically, GO CONNECTICUT PATCHES!
Herb May 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Congratz to all --- Pem, well earned and well deserved!!
Ellen Hillman May 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Great job carrie!
Jody Nazarchyk May 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Congratulations! Great job!
Carrie Jacobson May 29, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thank you, Ellen! BTW, the squirrels are at it again, running around like lunatics....
MisterSpuddy June 05, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Carrie, the squirrels are probably mating- it is mayhem.


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