Southern’s Journalism program was well represented in the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Awards, hosted by the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Current journalism students, alumni and faculty members won 11 first place awards, four second place awards, and four third place awards in the contest.

The contest recognizes the best work of professional journalists from across Connecticut each year. The awards were presented at a dinner at The Hawthorne in Berlin, Conn. on May 23.

The full list of winners is available here.

Among the winners were:

SCSU Students

First Place | Health Reporting, Regional A

Costs and access still barriers to health care, survey finds; Connecticut Health I-Team; Kaitlyn Regan, Ryan Conchado, Kevin Crompton, Jailene Cuevas, Melanie Espinal, Jonathan Gonzalez, Andrew Hans, Megan Hill, Patrick Quinn O’Neill, August Pelliccio, Michael Riccio, Alyssa Rice

*This was a course project completed by the students in Multimedia Journalism in Spring 2018

SCSU Alumni

First Place | Continuing Coverage, Regional B

Coverage of the May 2018 tornardo/microburst; Record-Journal; Mary Ellen Godin, Matt Zabierek, Jeniece Roman (’18), Bailey Wright, Devin Leith-Yessian, Lauren Sellew

First Place | Religion, Hyperlocal

Bishop takes control of St. Paul’s Church in Darien; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons (’18)

Second Place | Education, Hyperlocal

Parents banned from eating lunch with children at Darien schools; Darien News; Lynandro Simmons (’18)

Second Place | Sports Feature, Regional A

Epic rock-paper-scissors battle settles SCC baseball quarterfinal matchup; GameTimeCT.com; Pete Pagagua (’12)

Third Place | Diversity Coverage, Regional B

A year after Hurricane Maria, residents displaced from Puerto Rico still adjusting; Record-Journal; Jeniece Roman (’18)

SCSU Faculty

First Place | Arts & Entertainment, Hyperlocal

Curious about Ed Vebell, patrons pack Historical Society; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

First Place | Breaking News, Hyperlocal

At 9/11 memorial, rain mixes with tears; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

First Place | General Column, Hyperlocal

Bill Seiden, 91: A reporter’s retrospective; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

First Place | Health, Hyperlocal

Schools grapple with handling sexual assault complaints; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

First Place | News Photo, Regional A

Lucky shots; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

First Place | Photo Essay, Regional A

Convention season; Hartford Courant; Mark Mirko

First Place | Video Storytelling, Regional B

Christmas season brings Harry Potter, Phantom of the Opera and fiery hot cocoa to Cava; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus

First Place | Business, Hyperlocal

Mitchells: Guided 60 years by a mom & pop philosophy; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Second Place | Breaking News, Hyperlocal

Staples student in custody after violence threat; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Second Place | Video Storytelling, Regional B

Organist keeps music alive at Meriden church; Record-Journal; Ashley Kus

Third Place | Business, Hyperlocal

Commuter Coffee says goodbye at Railroad Place; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Third Place | Continuing Coverage, Hyperlocal

At P&Z, strong opposition to medical marijuana facilities; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

Third Place | Feature Story, Hyperlocal

Grand marshal Larry Aasen on war and remembrance; WestportNow.com; James Lomuscio

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