Shore Publishing wins 11 awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists

Wallingford, CT - On Thursday, May 26, the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual awards dinner for excellence in journalism where Shore Publishing was honored with 11 awards for the 2015 calendar year.

The purpose of the contest is to recognize the outstanding work of journalists across the state.  All entries are judged by journalists outside of Connecticut through a swap with SPJ chapters around the country. 

Shore Publishing’s weekly papers and website competed in the Hyperlocal category, the most crowded and competitive field in the contest.  In that category, Shore won three first, four second, and three third place awards. Shore’s quarterly lifestyle magazine elan took a second place in the Regional C category. 

First place awards:

Investigative Reporting -  Becky Coffey of the Harbor News for “A Westbrook Drama”

Headlines - Pam Johnson of The Sound

Humorous Column - Juliana Gribbins for her Shoreline Living column “Digging Out the Ornaments”

Second place awards:

Continuing Coverage - Guilford Courier staff for “Fradiani Fever”

Education - Becky Coffey of the Harbor News for “Letting Go Builds Resilience”

Sports News - Brett Selmont of the Valley Courier for “Warriors Dedicate Double OT Win to Coach King”

Sports Photo - Kelley Fryer of The Source for “The Last Leg”

Page 1 Layout - Jennifer Corthell and Julie Eckart Johnson for the fall issue of elan magazine

Third place awards:

General Column - Amy J. Barry for her My Generation column “Meet the Mad Men Dad of a Baby Boomer”

Local Reporting - Pem McNerney for “Living with Connecticut Wildlife”

Religion – Pam Johnson of The Sound for “To Enlighten & Equip: Keane Facilitates ‘Facebook Generation’ Forum”

Shore Publishing’s Managing Editor, Brian Boyd offers, “I’m incredibly proud to get to work with such a dedicated and talented crew.  I’m also very happy to see that the range of recognition we won – from investigative reporting to columns to sports news and photos – reflects the wide range of news and information we’re delivering to our communities each week in print and every day at”

 “Our news staff takes pride in what they do and it shows in their writing,” says Publisher Robyn Collins. “We’ve been ‘hyperlocal’ since the company started in 1996.  Now that the term has taken hold in a bigger way, we aim to offer the most comprehensive local news coverage that we can.  I’m very proud of our team.”


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