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May 26, 2000

Tattoo grabs three awards from Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists

The Tattoo edged out professional journalists from across the state to capture three awards in the annual writing contest sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.

Tattoo writer Shaina Zura won the arts and entertainment category for her review of a Marilyn Manson concert entitled “Fans more shocking than Manson.”

Jessica Majerus garnered a first place award for her editorial cartoon “In memory of Columbine” that ran as part of The Tattoo’s extensive school violence coverage in the wake of the massacre at a Colorado high school.

In addition, The Tattoo grabbed a second place award in the in-depth coverage category for its work on school violence.

The “Kids who kill” package included stories, pictures and cartoons from 12 Tattoo staff members: Amanda Lehmert, Chantelle Garzone, Collin Seguin, Courtney Pendleton, Hila Yosafi, Jessica Majerus, Jessica Norton, Joe Wilbur, Kathleen Haynes, Laura Lindstrom, Merissa Mastropiero and Shaina Zura.

The annual contest drew more than 1,000 entries in numerous categories. They were judged by journalists in Massachusetts, Maine, Washington, New Jersey and Florida.

The Tattoo is the only student newspaper to win a Connecticut SPJ award. It has now garnered awards in the contest for four straight years.

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