The Catholic Press Awards Archives
The following 2011 Catholic Press Award winners were not announced at the Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh. Congratulations to the following winners:
2011 Catholic Press Award Winners
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Christopher Boland, One Magazine, New York, N.Y.
These are untold stories, rich with the sort of confluence of religion, history, culture and nationalism that reveal true complexity. The writing pulls from multiple sources in ways that allow us to feel as if we're not seeing a single tile in a great mosaic but the entire mosaic itself. These are a triumph of scope and sound editorial decision-making. And I found myself surprised by the stories told in every piece.
J.D. Long-Garcia, The Catholic Sun, Phoenix, Ariz.
Fabulous choice in topics. We move from Haiti to the Navajo to Arizona and back again. Each story offers the kind of detailed reporting that's rare these days, insightful quotes, narrative movement and strong thematic unity. Each of these pieces provides multiple facets to complex issues and narratives. A tribute not only to smooth writing but good old-fashioned reporting, too. A rare combination.
Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register, Nashville, Tenn.
The Tennessee Register should be commended for the type of in-depth reporting that is rare these days. They seem to scour the area to find stories worth telling: rural and international, small and large, families and entire communities. Excellent breadth and a commitment to old-fashioned on-the-ground reporting.
Michele Bondi Bottesi, Joseph Karl Publishing, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Heartfelt first-person stories mixed with biographies and newsworthy recaps of guest speakers.
Mar Munoz-Visoso, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.
Novalis, Toronto, Ontario, "Healing the body of Christ” by Bernadette Gasslein
This is a good, tough editorial with a wide vision, in sync with "the wideness of God's mercy," and a touching ending. Rather than just curse the darkness, this provocative editorial points to a way to heal the damage done to the Body of Christ by the sexual abuse scandal. The editorial is both inspired and inspiring.
America, New York, N.Y., "The Millstone” by The Editors
This is a skillfully written and reasoned editorial that comes straight to the point in recommending how the Church can steady itself in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal.
U.S. Catholic, Chicago, Ill., "Pastoral Discretion Advised" by Bryan Cones
This editorial tackles a thorny issue and explains both sides of the dispute well while making a good case for the author's position. The editorial lays bare the tragedy of the situation -- a tragedy that perhaps need not have been compounded.
BEST SPECIAL ISSUE, SECTION OR SUPPLEMENT
One Magazine, New York, N.Y., "Christians in the Middle East: Special Edition” by Communications Team
Simply outstanding. One was a compelling read which was hard to put down. Thoughtful and well researched, this issue never faltered.
America, New York, N.Y., "Ministry Issue” by The Editors
This issue approached ministry in a compelling and intelligent fashion, enticing readers into reflection and new insights.
Horizon, Journal of the Natl. Religious Vocation, "Psychological Assessment of Applicants” by Carol Schuck Scheiber, Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., Sr. Mary Ann Hamer, O.S.F. and Virginia Piecuch
While a low priority topic for many, the psychological assessment of applicants has profound aspects as Horizon demonstrated with an array of strong authors and varied approaches in a well edited package.
BEST NEWS WRITING
Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C., "Widow of slain rancher struggles in the heart of immigration debate” by Patricia Zapor
The news service does a brilliant job of taking the highly charged issue of immigration reform and showing it through the eyes of one family's struggle to make a living and also to be servants of God. It takes an angle many mainstream media have missed or overlooked. The writing is crisp, and the characters are compelling.
National Catholic Reporter, Kansas City, Mo., ""Bishop says nun excommunicated for allowing abortion," "Ethicists fault bishop's action in Phoenix abortion case," "Portrait of a 'policy-driven' bishop," "Gray areas of excommunication," "Doctrine committee clarifies abortion teaching," by Michael Clancy, Tom Roberts, Bill Tammeus and Jerry Filteau
The writers do an excellent job of telling the story of an excommunicated nun by sticking to strong journalism and giving all sides of a complex issue.
The Dialog, Wilmington, Del., "Creating bully-free zones -- Catholic schools emphasize Christ-like behavior for students at schools and online” by Mike Lang
The issue of bullying has been given tremendous ink over the years. The paper does an exceptional job of detailing what this means for Catholic schools, while offering its readers resources in the community that confront the irksome issue.
BEST NEWS WRITING
Karen Osborne, "BP oil spill affects many throughout Florida”
The paper should be commended for taking an international story and making it its own! With good, solid reporting, the writer does a vivid job of showing how Catholics were affected by the spill. Great local reporting on a story with global dimensions.
BEST NEWS WRITING
Catholic San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif., "A cross destroyed, a parish under siege: is anti-Catholic repression on the rise in Vietnam?” by Rick DelVecchio
Good shoe-leather reporting, crisp writing and vivid imagery make for an outstanding package. Readers got to learn something new--and something likely not to be reported anywhere else. Outstanding.
The Dialog, Wilmington, Del., "Earthquake hits home for those in diocese with ties to Haiti; Where was God last week in Haiti?; Answered prayer - Wilm. woman brought adopted daughter home from Haiti a day before earthquake struck” by Gary Morton, Joseph Ryan and Elissa Serrao
The Dialog offered its readers outstanding service by compiling a compelling stream of stories that showed that while Haiti might be far away on a map, it is lot closer to the paper's readership than one would think.
The Catholic Sun, Phoenix, Ariz., "Haiti rebuilds” by J.D. Long-Garcia
The Catholic Sun took its readers beyond the headlines and through strong reporting and vivid images, it painted a picture of the country's Herculean struggle to rebuild, and the Catholics who helped it on its journey to recovery.
BEST NEWS WRITING
Dave Hrbacek, "St. Joan of Arc parishioners rally around Iraqi family”
The writer crafts a compelling story of one parish helping someone in need. Good reporting + great writing = a story readers in the community can feel proud of.
BEST REPORTING ON SPECIAL AGE GROUP
The Florida Catholic, "Kids' pages -- Eireann go bragh; "What am I really thankful for?"; Mothers' Day: How do you say thanks?” by Jean Gonzalez
Consistent quality and graphics and child will reach for weekly
The Clarion Herald, New Orleans, La., "Mommy and Me supplement” by The Clarion Herald Staff
Top quality supplement and varied articles on a wide range of topics.
The Catholic Standard, Washington, D.C., "Junior Saints” by Catholic Standard Staff
The voices and photos --"And a child will lead them"
BEST REPORTING ON SPECIAL AGE GROUP
Montana Catholic, Helena, Mont. , "Justice Outreach Project” by Eric Connolly and Renee St. Martin Wizeman
The Justice Outreach Project details "solidarity and immersion" and reaching out and learning black feet culture. And the article makes it look fun to teens.
Idaho Catholic Register, Boisie, Idaho, "Foolishness Reigns at 2010 ICYC” by Ann Bixby and Loretta Gossi
When you get pictures of teens dancing, talk about priests in wigs and rapping as faith, plus a GREAT headline. You have succeeded.
The Leaven, Kansas City, Kan., "How the Game is Played” by Jill Ragar Esfeld
Young men giving of themselves are inspiring and they are giving to kids that are aspiring. Good article and art.
Arlington Catholic Herald, Arlington, Va., "Christ House Man” by Gerald Martineau
The stare of the subject illustrates the lack of joy at his economic situation and his reliance on others. The cross layered in the background ties him with the Christ House program.
The Message, Evansville, Ind., "Elmo Gunn -- Love of Music has Taken Him to Las Vegas and Back” by Paul R. Leingang
Elmo's photo is well layered to tell his story. I especially like the reflection of his face on the right side of the frame.
Catholic Courier, Rochester, N.Y., "Promoter aims to resurrect big award” by Mike Crupi
Layering of the old boxer's image with Tony connects him to his quest. Nice lighting and expression on his face. A simple, yet balanced image.
BEST COVERAGE OF A ROUTINE- SACRAMENTAL EVENT
Michael Wojcik, Marc Stumbo and Joe Gigli, "Path to Priesthood -- Bishop Serratelli Ordains Five Men to Order of Deacon”
Excellent photography - tells the story almost as well as the words. Great light & strong lines. The story is thorough, and blends philosophy with process. Sidebar of individual profiles are a nice touch.
Makani Marquis and Paul Schratz, "Good things come in Threes”
Article makes great use of the varied individuals comprising the event. The photos balance out the story, with color, pomp & grandeur. The layout is bright, colorful & creative.
The Boston Pilot Staff, "Three new priests for Boston"
Great photography. Majestic & bright with strong lines. The article makes good use of quotes from a profound preacher.
2010 Catholic Press Award Winners