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  • The Bulletin brings home some honors in Connecticut SPJ awards for 2011

  • The Norwich, Conn., paper walks away with nearly a dozen first place, second place and honorable mentions.

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  • The (Norwich, Conn.) Bulletin brought home a boat load of awards recently in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism contest.
    Here's a breakdown:
    • Feature Article Special Supplement; Bill Stanley; His life, his words; Norwich Bulletin; Adam Bowles
    • Headlines Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Headlines; Norwich Bulletin; John Barry
    • Non-Page 1 Layout Special Supplement; Creepy Tales; Norwich Bulletin; Dan Goodwin
    • Op-Ed Column Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Choices We Make Can Last A Lifetime; Norwich Bulletin; Ray Hackett
    • General Reporting, Series Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Haiti Earthquake; Norwich Bulletin; Adam Bowles
    • Photo Layout Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Hallways Go Silent; Norwich Bulletin; John Shishmanian
    • Feature Series Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Meet A Veteran; Norwich Bulletin; Norwich Bulletin Staff
    • Page 1 Layout Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Dear Governor; Norwich Bulletin; John Meo
    • Sports Column Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Huskies victims of sexism; Norwich Bulletin; Joe Perez
    • Sports Feature Newspaper 18,000-50,000; 'I'm Fine'; Norwich Bulletin; Marc Allard
    • Video Storytelling Newspaper 18,000-50,000; Dear Governor; Norwich Bulletin; Aaron Flaum
    Here's the Connecticut SPJ's pdf that lists winners in all categories and divisions.
    Below is the front page of the Bill Stanley sectton and story.
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    Only the front page wen with a vertical presentation. For a sldeshow of the inside pages, run the flickr slideshow below.
    John Barry, exutive ditor of The Bulletin, had this to say about his winings.
    Bill Stanley section: Bill was a longtime columnist for The Bulletin, writing about Norwich history and his own memories of the city. In the summer of 2009, I assigned Adam Bowles to essentially prewrite, with Bill’s input, Bill’s own obituary. It was something Bill agreed to, and something I told him I hoped we wouldn’t have to use for years. Adam had about 80 percent of the work done when Bill passed away in April 2010. Adam, who by then had left The Bulletin, worked hard for 10 days to complete the project and we had this special section in two weeks after Bill’s passing. Many people related to this project, because Adam let Bill tell his story his way.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dear Governor Page 1: This page touts our wonderful 16-page special section and also, through alternate-story format, gives readers a scorecard on what to expect at the nominating conventions that weekend. John’s tight ASF gave readers all the information they needed.
    I’m Fine: This late-summer project came as the NFL and colleges were looking at the impact of, well, impact on football players. Sports Editor Marc Allard talked to every coach in our local high school coach and tried to find out how many players had concussions, the rules for when they get one, and how to be better pro-active about it. We talked two two players who had concussions but parents denied access to many others — they were afraid of their sons being stigmatized for having a brain injury, even a temporary one.
    Creepy Tales: Year in and year out, Dan Goodwin has done a fantastic job with the theme of these scary stories, and he does a great job showcasing the artists, in text and pictures.
    Ray Hackett column: Ray talks as both a political expert and and as a Vietnam veteran — giving him a unique perspective in the mess Richard Blumenthal created for himself. Ray’s political columns are must-reads because he doesn’t rehash and analyze — he reports and uses his expertise to look ahead and create solutions and avenues for success. More than once, we’ve been able to look back and see how well Ray projected the future.
    John Barry headlines: John’s headlines are newsy and fun, and really make you want to dive into the story. The best thing about this selection is John proves that you can make a one-column headline sing.
    Thanks, Jim. Keep un the fantastic work!
    If you have photos you'd like to share, send theim to the address below.
    Send front page pdfs each day to frontpages@gatehousemedia.com.
    Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media.
    Contact him at jgreco@gatehousemedia.com.?

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