For outstanding contribution to Catholic journalism
The St. Francis de Sales Award is the highest award the Catholic Press Association presents to an individual for his/her "outstanding contributions to Catholic journalism.” Members of the Catholic Press Association are encouraged to nominate someone who, in the preceding year or throughout their career, has performed with excellence and contributed to raising the professional standards of Catholic journalism.
There are a number of dedicated journalists in the Catholic press who meet the criteria and deserve to be recognized and honored by their peers. Please give thoughtful consideration to those in the Catholic press who you feel should be nominated for the 2014 St. Francis de Sales Award.
CriteriaThe St. Francis de Sales Award shall be given to the person who, in the preceding year or during the years of his/her journalism career, has contributed to raising the measure of performance of Catholic journalists, or to the development of new and more effective practices.
Excerpt from rules approved by CPA Board of Directors:
The St. Francis de sales Award of the Catholic Press Association shall be given to the person who, in the preceding year or during the years of his/her journalism career, while on the staff of or as a contributor to a publication which is a member of the Catholic Press Association, has performed the work of Catholic journalism either in general (for example, managing or editing a periodical) or in particular (for example, reporting) with such overall excellence or such originality or initiative, judged by that work's proper technical, intellectual, and practical-moral standards, as by his/her example to have contributed to raising the measure of performance of Catholic journalists, or to the development of new and more effective practices.
Any member of the Catholic Press Association is considered qualified to nominate one person each year for the St. Francis de Sales Award, so long as he/she identifies the organization for which he/she works and designates his/her position. An individual may submit his/her own name for nomination.
Most Recent Winners
2014 - Jim Lackey: For upholding a standard of excellence for himself, his peers, and future generations of journalists.
2013 - Peter Finney: For his unequaled skills and outstanding leadership, all this is done with class, steady encouragement, and enduring grace.
2012 - Helen Osman: For the affirming, collaborative way she works. She is a role model for women leaders in the Catholic media and elsewhere for her ability to win the ear of decision-makers though her character, her intelligence, vision and her grace under pressure.
2011 - Robert Zyscowski: For his leadership, commitment to excellence and his ability to understand the big picture. He studies the demographic and readership trends that are changing the way the Catholic press must do business if it is to fulfill its mission in the future.