The following members of the Westport News / Fairfield Citizen staffs are winners in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists' "Excellence in Connecticut Journalism Contest 2010," announced Thursday by the professional organization:

Westport News reporter Paul Schott won first place for an in-depth series in a community non-daily newspaper for "Changing Fortunes." an examination of the downtown economies and cultures in Westport and Fairfield.

Former Fairfield Citizen reporter Tim Loh won first place for an in-depth article in a community non-daily newspaper for his story, "Trash mystery: How could 9,000 tons disappear?"

Loh also won first place for a feature article in a community non-daily newspaper for "But Who Will Eat The Goulash?" Loh is now a reporter for the Citizen's sister publication, the Connecticut Post.

Westport News sports editor Eliot Schickler won second place for a sports feature in a community non-daily newspaper for "Waiter twins stick together, will play lacrosse at Merrimack College."

Schickler also won second place for a sports column in a community non-daily newspaper for "Marden is Missed."

Fairfield Citizen photographer Brian Pounds won second place in the "News Photo Community Non Daily" category for "Fire Devastates Fairfield Family."

Former Westport News/Fairfield Citizen managing editor Ashley Winchester won honorable mention for page 1 layout of a community non-daily newspaper. Winchester now works on the universal copy desk of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Former Westport News reporter Anthony Karge won honorable mention for an arts and entertainment story for a community non-daily newspaper for "Seinfeld Frogger Record Toppled."