The Connecticut Mirror staff was honored Thursday night by The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) with four awards, including three first-place distinctions.

Keith M. Phaneuf, the Mirror’s state budget reporter, earned first-place honors in the Online In-Depth Series category for “Connecticut’s Budget Crisis and Why You Should Care.” You can read it here: Part I, Part II, Part III.

Alvin Chang, the Mirror’s data editor, claimed the top prize in the Multimedia/Interactive Graphic division for his work with “Achievement Gaps and Shootings in CT.”

Mirror energy and environment reporter Jan Ellen Spiegel took first place with “Connecticut’s Trouble with Seawalls” in the Online General Reporting category.

Mark Pazniokas, the Mirror’s capitol bureau chief, earned a third-place distinction with “NU Execs Shine Brightest as Source of Cash for Connecticut’s Democratic Party” in the Online In-Depth category.

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