WestportNow tonight won 18 citations, including six first place prizes, in the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter Excellence in Journalism competition.
This photo won a second place award for WestportNow in the News Photo category . (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com
It was the most won by WestportNow in any one year since the competition was opened to online publications in 2008. The awards were announced at the group’s annual banquet in Orange.
WestportNow competed against both online and print organizations in the “hyperlocal” category, which included news organizations covering one or several communities or having a limited coverage area.
James Lomuscio won four first place awards for “Oystering on the Mill Pond” (shared with Gordon Joseloff); “On the Job with Todd Salamone,” “Tears for Future of Staples Child Development Program,” and “For Artist, Mural’s Future Uncertain with Library’s Expansion.”
Lomuscio’s second place winners included “Former Neighbor Recalls Car into Water Victim” and “With Perfect Chowda Weather, Chowdafest Draws Record Crowd.”
This photo of mayhem in Times Square after a man drove a car along a sidewalk won in the photo essay category. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Joseloff took second place with his “Long Lots Principal on ‘Paid Administrative Leave’ After Asserting ‘Legal Claims,’” and the photo “Slippery Slope.”
Also winning second place prizes were “WN on the Scene: Suspect Flees in Times Square,” a photo essay by contributor Helen Klisser During, and the feature photo “Bubble Man” by contributor Anna-Liisa Nixon.
Lomuscio’s third place winners included: “Chief Koskinas: Talk Needed on Pistol Permits Increase & Mental Health Issues” (winner in Investigative and Local Reporting categories); “Church Black Lives Matter Banner Vandalized, Bringing Condemnation,” and “Dog Festival a Real Tail Wagger.”
Joseloff won a third place award with “TEAM Westport Essay Winner ‘Super Excited” and contributor Steve Nevas, a Westport attorney, won a third place award for his “Opinion: Digital Arrest Reports Post Quandary.”
The competition, which attracted more than 800 entries, was judged by journalists outside of Connecticut. See complete list of winners HERE.