Spectrum earns multiple SPJ journalism awards

The Greater New Milford Spectrum earned 10 journalism awards for 2014 at the recent Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual banquet.

The Spectrum's sister newspaper, The News-Times of Danbury, and fellow Hearst Connecticut Media Group publications also won numerous awards in SPJ's Excellence in Journalism contest.

The event was hosted May 21, 2015 by the Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford.

The Spectrum captured five first-place awards, two for second place and three more for third place in competition in the regional non-daily category.

The awards:

Writer/photographer Deborah Rose earned first and second place in the general column competition for her "Family and friends rally around T.J." and "With help, you'll get through this," respectively.

Editor Emeritus Art Cummings, a former longtime Spectrum editor, who retired in July 2014, won first place for his opinion column, "Never give up the quest for a safer America."

Art Cummings, Jacky Smith and Norm Cummings shared first- and third-place laurels in the editorial competition with "School board did a disservice to the community" and "It will take a community to win the battle," respectively.

Norm Cummings and contributing photographer Trish Haldin won first place for photo layout for "Spring Dancefest 2014" and also teamed to bring home second place for "Let's meet up at the Village Fair Days."

Deborah Rose earned third place in photo layout competition for "A very special night out."

Norm Cummings won first place in the sports photo competition for "Champs once again" and added third place in the feature photo competition for "In the eye of the beholder."

Also honored was Spectrum reporter Susan Tuz, who shared a second-place award in the general reporting competition for "Last holdout fails," written for The News-Times.

The News-Times competed in the category for daily newspapers with circulation between 18,000 and 40,000.

For the complete list of SPJ awards, visit connecticutspj.org.