WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript picked up a dozen awards in May and June in contests sponsored by two professional organizations.
The paper garnered eight awards in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) annual “Excellence in Journalism” competition during an awards banquet May 26.
Competing in the Regional Non-Daily category, the Transcript garnered three first-place, two second-place and three third-place awards.
Contributing photographer Aaron Joseph won first place in feature photography for his photo “Faithful honor Our Lady,” depicting people as they venerated the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Graphic artist Leslie DiVenere took the top honor for Page 1 layout.
The Transcript staff earned first-place honors for its continuing coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life.
Reporter Mary Chalupsky earned second-place honors for reporting in the area of education with her story about priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Hartford who raised funds for Catholic schools by bicycling from Litchfield to Emmitsburg, Md. She also took third place in religion coverage with a story about the Waterbury native who was the last Catholic chaplain to die in combat in World War II.
Ms. Chalupsky and correspondents Jack Sheedy and Karen O. Bray won third-place awards in the continuing coverage of the proposed law allowing physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut.
Family Life columnist J.F. Pisani took second place in the general column category for his column “Bringing Catholics Home.” Everyday Spirituality columnist M. Regina Cram won third place in that category, with a column titled “Open Letter to Younger Catholics (and Older Catholics, as well).”
The Transcript won four awards in the annual journalism competition of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. They were announced June 3 in St. Louis, Mo.
The newspaper earned a second-place award for its continuing coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life.
The second-place award for a diocesan newspaper’s editorial page or editorial section went to The Catholic Transcript.
Ms. DiVenere took an honorable mention in the Best Front Page, Tabloid category. Correspondent Jack Sheedy also earned an honorable mention in the paper’s category for Best Feature Writing for the story “Teen’s tragic death completes her bucket list.”