WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript earned five “Excellence in Journalism” awards May 22 at the annual banquet of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.
Competing in the category of regional, non-daily newspapers, the Transcript picked up four first-place awards and one third-place award.
M. Regina Cram took first place for her “Everyday Holiness” opinion column titled “Mercy for the merciless.” Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, earned first place for his editorial titled “Conscience attacked.”
For front-page layout, graphic artist Leslie DiVenere took first place for the April 2013 cover featuring newly installed Pope Francis.
For photography, Lenora Sumsky’s photo captioned “Priests, deacons ordained in dual ceremony” took first place in the news photo category. For her feature photo captioned “Dancers wait to take center stage,” Karen O. Bray earned third place.
Msgr. Liptak noted with appreciation that the latest awards are solid testimonials to high standards of journalism, which the Society of Professional Journalists represents. To be included in their company “is indeed an honor,” he said. “To be singled out for so many aspects of the Transcript is especially welcome because, according to recent surveys, print journalism is the preferred medium for religious news and commentary.”
Msgr. Liptak also thanked Archbishop Leonard Blair for his support of the Transcript, and the managing editor, Roberta Tuttle, for coordinating the Transcript’s operations, including its website. As for the various honorees, he added thanks for their hard work, clearly marked by journalistic excellence.