NORTH HAVEN – Seven awards went to seven staffers and contributors at The Catholic Transcript May 23 during the annual presentation of the Excellence in Journalism awards by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The awards follow others given to the Transcript by the New England Newspaper and Press Association in February.
The paper received five first-place awards: J. F. Pisani for his column "The Best in Our Spouses" (June 2012); Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, for his opinion column "For God and Country" (July 2012); Leslie DiVenere for page 1 layout (January, June and October 2012); Bob Mullen for his feature photo accompanying a story headlined "Cathedral at 50: Still magnificent" (June 2012); and Jack Sheedy for his Arts and Entertainment story "At Hollywood and Divine: ‘The Elvis nun’" (May 2012).
Mary Chalupsky garnered second place prize for her feature photo "First day is a long day" (October 2012). Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, publisher, also won accolades for his column titled "Federal edict on health care insurance" (February 2012).
The awards were judged in the category of regional non-daily publications.
Msgr. Liptak expressed the gratification of the Transcript staff for this most recent round of awards, acknowledging the hard work and professional expertise accomplished by a relatively small group of journalists and support personnel. He especially singled out the Transcript’s managing editor, Roberta Tuttle, for coordinating the talents of all involved. Msgr. Liptak added that Archbishop Henry J. Mansell’s leadership as publisher has to be cited as crucial to the Transcript’s success.