The Hartford Courant will be honored in October with a national award for its six-page Sunday Opinion section.
The Association of Opinion Journalists, a nonprofit group of media professionals founded in 1947 as The National Conference of Editorial Writers, announced Tuesday that The Courant had won its top award for pages in its 2013 Opinion Journalism Contest.
The judges said that "creative design, vivid writing, diverse opinions and strong editorials make this section exceptional."
The Sunday section, edited by Associate Editor Peter B. Pach, includes The Courant's award-winning editorials; op-eds and letters from the community; Bob Englehart's cartoons; columns by Colin McEnroe, Kevin Rennie, Mary Sanchez and writers for CT Latino News; the Cartoon Caption Contest and more. Kenneth Heidel, online manager, also edits letters and the caption contest.
The award will be presented at the annual AOJ annual meeting in Newport, R.I. Editorial Page Editor Carolyn Lumsden is a board member of the organization.
This is the fifth national award that The Courant's opinion section has received since last year.
Writers Tom Condon, Robert K. Schrepf, Maura Casey and Henry McNulty were honored in June with the Sigma Delta Chi Award in editorial writing from the Society of Professional Journalists for their work on the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting.
Condon, who is deputy editorial page editor, won first place in the 2013 National Headliners Awards for his editorial writing. He also won the Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award from Trinity College in 2012, as well as the 2013 Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.