WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript picked up eight awards in the Connecticut chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) annual “Excellence in Journalism” competition during an awards banquet May 21.
Competing in the Regional Non-Daily category, the Transcript garnered four first-place, two second-place and two third-place awards.
Donald DeMarco won first place for his column “How many eyes does it take to see?” The judges called it “[a] column that combines marine biology, First Amendment and religion to make its point.” Managing editor Roberta Tuttle took first place for headline writing (“Woman gives pastor gift that goes on living,” “Angel pawses to watch over cathedral” and “Pro-life groups hoping to kill suicide bill again”). The judges said, “Fun use of puns, idioms to give punch to these headlines.”
A first-place prize also went to Mary Chalupsky for her photo captioned “Man and woman touch reliquary.” The judges said, “Beautiful light and touching moment”; and arts-and-entertainment writer Bernard Carragher took the top honor for his story “Conductor blends ‘Phantom’ with sacred and liturgical music.” The judges said, “An interesting story about a conductor who lives and breathes music – whether on Broadway or in a church. Well done.”
Second-place awards went to news editor Jack Sheedy for his story “Woman gives pastor gift that goes on living” and Bob Mullen for his feature photo captioned “Stairs to Golgotha.”
Third-place awards went to M. Regina Cram for her column “The drop box” and Karen Bray for her feature story “Angel pawses to watch over cathedral.”
Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, made aware of the latest awards, said: “We are all most appreciative of the various recent press awards given the Transcript by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, whose reputation for excellence in journalism is well established. These awards testify to the fact that excellence in journalism can be acquired in the context of serious evangelization – in other words, as a means of implementing the ministry of the Word.
“On behalf of the Transcript, I must thank our Managing Editor, Roberta Tuttle, for painstakingly focusing and organizing a relatively small but dedicated crew of editors, writers and support personnel in order to produce so reputable a product as the Transcript, available also online.
“I also am grateful to our publisher, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, for his unwavering support,” Msgr. Liptak said.