Three Westport News journalists have been awarded prizes in journalism contests conducted by two news associations for work published in 2012.

Reporter Paul Schott won first place for feature writing in the community non-daily newspaper category in competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. The winning entry was Schott's Nov. 25 story on the Saugatuck Congregational Church's struggle to recover from a devastating fire a year earlier.

Schott also captured second place in the same category for his Dec. 5 feature on how friends and family of Yekutiel "Kuti" Zeevi recalled the late jeweler on the first anniversary of his murder during a robbery in his Post Road East office.

Sports editor Doug Bonjour in the same competition won first prize for general column in a non-daily community newspaper for his Dec. 19 piece on how Newtown -- his hometown -- was shattered but pulling together in the first days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Bonjour also received honorable mention in the sports feature category for his July 20 story on Nick LaCava, a member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team who got his start in the sport at the Saugatuck Rowing Club.

In a separate Connecticut Press Club competition, Judith Marks-White received second and third prizes in the humorous column category for her "The Light Touch" columns. The second-place entries were "The Bank of Mom is always open" and "Disease R Us: Health insurance to die for." The third-place entries were "Under the knife and other places I'd rather not venture" and "Too handsome for his own good ... and mine."

She also received honorable mention in the personal opinion category for "Outside the lines: Coloring my life and remembering Nora Ephron as though I knew her."

Marks-White also won second place in the essay or chapter in a book category for her essay "Ghosts of Husbands Past," which was included in the anthology "Wedding Cake for Breakfast," published by Penguin/Berkeley.

Schott earlier this month left the Westport News for a position with its sister paper, the daily Greenwich Time in Greenwich.