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The Catholic Herald won 28 awards this year in the Catholic Press Association’s media awards competition, including first place in the General Excellence category for weekly diocesan papers with a circulation of more than 25,000. The awards banquet was held June 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The paper has won a combined 93 awards over the past three years.

“There is strong writing throughout, especially in features,” the judge wrote about the Catholic Herald’s submission. “Photo packages are clean and work well to give another entry point into events in the community, church and school life. Graphics highlight and unite story elements to guide the reader through the paper.”

Individual recognition went to Ann M. Augherton, managing editor, who received second place honors in the Editor of the Year category. For the second straight year, staff writer Zoey Maraist received honorable mention in the Writer of the Year category. 

In commenting about Augherton’s work, the judge said, “The skills and talents to achieve top status in your field are ever-changing in the world of communications. Ann Augherton displays this from the world of podcasts to editing and special sections. She truly tells the story of Arlington.”

Augherton also received honorable mention in the Best Photograph category for her photo of fall foliage at Marymount University in Arlington; and third place in the Best Blogs category.

Maraist received first place honors for Best Feature Writing for her article “Faith from the wreckage”; second place in Best News Writing on National or International Event for “The two Koreas”; second place in Best Reporting on a Special Age-Group for “A growing business”; and second place in Best Headline for “Sisters all a Twitter.” 

She shared third place honors with photographer Joe Cashwell for Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament for “Three new priests.”

The judge called Maraist’s article “Faith from the wreckage” a moving feature that combines excellent writing with vivid details “that make this story, and the message of hope behind it, come to life for readers.”

Maraist and Social Media Coordinator Mary Stachyra Lopez shared second place honors in Best Coverage of Ecumenical and Interfaith Issues.

The entire staff shared a third place award in Best Reporting on Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate for its 12-part series on the permanent diaconate, as well as third place honors in the category Best Coverage on the Sexual Abuse Crisis for its series on how the Diocese of Arlington responded to the crisis.

The Catholic Herald’s website (catholicherald.com) placed second in the category Best Website for a Newspaper. “Beyond the excellent journalism found on the Catholic Herald site, I was impressed with several additional sections on this site,” wrote the judge. “The podcast offerings were impressive and the audio quality was professional. The events section was divided between current events and senior events, which is particularly helpful for older parishioners.”

The judge also said, “The fact that you can go online and not only purchase photos (many were of community events with children) and also have the option of turning those photos into keepsakes like mugs, was value added.”

The paper also earned honorable mention for its weekly podcast.

Photographer Joe Cashwell swept the top three spots in the Best Photo Story — Sports category. “O’Connell makes a splash” won first place; “Panthers take down Tartans” placed second; and “Girls basketball” finished third. 

“I like the variety and approach to each image,” wrote the judge about Cashwell’s first place entry. “The timing on the close-up of the boy swimmer gives the viewer an insight into the effort needed to win. The finishing image to the story of the meet was perfectly layered, including both boys’ and girls’ celebration and their trophies.”

Graphic Artist David Garcia won first place in the Most Effective Use of Small Space for “Stem-A-Palooza!” and Production Coordinator Stacy Rausch won second place in the Best Use of Graphics category for “Virtus training.”

Former Multimedia Designer Ashleigh Kassock garnered a combined six awards for advertising design, advertising campaigns and writing. 

 

 

 

 

Full list of awards

A1131A: Editor of the Year

Second place

Ann M. Augherton, managing editor

The skills and talents to achieve top status in your field are ever-changing in the world of communications. Ann M. Augherton displays this from the world of podcasts to editing and special sections. She truly tells the story of Arlington. 

 

A117A: Writer of the Year (English)

Honorable mention

Zoey Maraist, staff writer

 

AW561: Best Podcast

Honorable mention

Catholic Herald podcast, staff

 

aw711b: Best Blog — By layperson

Third Place

 “Remembering the Babe Ruth Story”; “Love the Movies?”; and “Plugged into Podcasts,” by Ann M. Augherton, managing editor

This blog is reader-friendly, easy to consume quickly but also packed with engaging content. Colorful quotes and anecdotes put the reader into the scene. Prominent presence of social media sharing tools helps spread the blog to many social spaces. Embedded audio clips of podcasts cross-promotes the blog/organization into a new, exploding realm of media consumption. Asking feedback from readers makes the blog a two-way street of communication, not just one-way, as many blogs are.

GN 111E: Best Newspaper Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More

First Place

 

Catholic Herald staff

 

There is strong writing throughout, especially in features. Photo packages are clean and work well to give another entry point into events in the community, church and school life. Graphics highlight and unite story elements to guide the reader through the paper. 

 

n365b: Best Use of Graphics

Second Place

“Virtus Training,” by Stacy Rausch, production coordinator

Clean, colorful and easy to understand info-graphic.

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n523a: Best Coverage of Ecumenical and Interfaith Issues — Diocesan Newspaper

Second Place

A Deacon Named Stephen”; “Different Feathers”; “Many faiths, One in Gratitude,” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer; and Mary Stachyra Lopez, social media coordinator 

Clear writing with details to bring the stories to life. Well done.

 

n536e: Best Feature Writing — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or More

First Place

Faith From the Wreckage” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer 

A moving feature that combines excellent writing with vivid details that make this story, and the message of hope behind it, come to life for readers.

 

n541: Best Headline

Second Place

Sisters All a ‘Twitter” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer

Another outstanding headline, this one summing up the story in four words: “Sisters all a ‘Twitter,” that conveys not only the use of Twitter accounts to tell their story, but the excitement of expressing their age-old views through this modern social network. A joyful headline that doesn’t just invite us to read the story, but dares us not to read further. 

 

n567a: Best News Writing on National or International Event — International Event, Diocesan Newspaper 

Second Place

The Two Koreas,” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer

Dramatic story with the needed restraint in writing to keep the emotions in check. Photos, though small, tell the story of the aging Koreans who can only wait and hope. 

 

N571e: Best Personality Profile — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More

Honorable Mention 

Native American woman serves neighbors from Alaska to Maine,” by Ashleigh Kassock, multimedia designer

 

n575b: Best Reporting on a Special Age-Group — Young adults (18-40)

Second Place

A Growing Business,” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer 

The introduction draws the reader in with a great sense of place and the remainder of the article is interesting and informative.

 

n579d: Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More

Third Place

Three New Priests,” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer, and Joe Cashwell, photographer

Though the article is largely the standard event reporting customary to Catholic papers, it provides excellent details at the beginning of the article, with good attention paid to the people who attended the ordination for meaningful reasons.

 

n584e: Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate — Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More

Third Place

12-Part Series on Diaconate,” by Zoey Maraist, staff writer; Mary Stachyra Lopez, social media coordinator; Elizabeth A. Elliott, staff writer; Ashleigh Kassock, multimedia designer; Fr. Paul deLadurantaye; and Fr. Paul D. Scalia.

Articles capture the essence of featured deacons. Well done. 

 

n587: Best Seasonal Issue

Second Place

“Easter issue,” by Catholic Herald staff  

Dramatic photographs with Rembrandt-like use of lighting and contrast, straight-from-the-heart personal testimonies, sensitivity to different cultures and solid writing make the Catholic Herald’s Easter issue one of the best of the year.

 

n596c: Best Special Supplement — Regular Special Supplement

Second Place

“Back to School,” by Catholic Herald staff 

This section takes a comprehensive look at its schools (within 21 counties) from pre-school to college, with a through thread on how faith is used as a pointed and powerful tool for learning.

 

n711: Hot Topic — Best coverage on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Third Place

“Sex Abuse Crisis Response in Arlington,” by George Goss, multimedia journalist; Zoey Maraist, staff writer; Mary Stachyra Lopez, social media coordinator; and Billy Atwell, diocesan chief communications officer

A good article on abuse victims who still have a balanced view of the church makes this series stand out. The other coverage is thorough and continues through many editions of the publication. Good writing throughout.

 

 

n821c: Best Photo Story — Sports 

First Place

swim “O’Connell Makes a Splash,” by Joe Cashwell 

I liked the variety and approach to each image. The timing on the close up of the boy’s swimmer gives the viewer an insight into the effort needed to win. The finishing image to the story of the meet was perfectly layered including both boys’ and girls’ celebration and their trophies.

 

Second Place

Panthers take down Tartans,” by Joe Cashwell 

Like the balance of both teams, fans cheering them on. Good facial expressions captured in the girls’ huddle.

 

Third Place

“Girls Basketball,” by Joe Cashwell 

I liked the variety of action on and off the floor that attributes everyone’s contribution to success upsetting a top-ranked team.

 

n831e: Best Photograph — Scenic, Still-life or Weather Photo 

Honorable Mention

Fall Foliage,” by Ann M. Augherton, managing editor

     

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019