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Catholic Herald wins big at 2020 Catholic Media Awards

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The Catholic Herald took home 26 awards at this year’s annual Catholic Media Conference. Scheduled for Portland, Oregon, the gathering went virtual as have so many other large gatherings in the time of coronavirus. Keynotes, special topic sessions, roundtables and even the annual awards presentation, were all courtesy of Zoom.

In a lively video shot partly in Rome, Delaware and Maryland, the award winners were announced July 2, complete with a canned applause track and scrolling names on the screen. 

Acting Editor and General Manager Ann Augherton received second place for Editor of the Year in the Individual Excellence category; Mary Stachyra Lopez, former social media coordinator, won first place for Social Media Professional of the Year in the same category.

In the diocesan communications office, Chief Communications Officer Billy Atwell won honorable mention for Communications Director of the Year; and Bridget O’Boyle, director of digital and social media for the communications office, won the Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award. The diocese also won an honorable mention for the Just One Yes initiative.

The full list of 2020 CPA Award Winners

Individual Excellence — Editor of the Year: Ann M. Augherton, Acting Editor and General Manager, 2nd Place  

Individual Excellence — Social Media Professional of the Year: Mary Stachyra Lopez, former staffer, 1st Place

Individual Excellence — Communications Director of the Year: Billy Atwell, Diocese of Arlington, Honorable Mention

Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award: Bridget O’Boyle for “Just One Yes Campaign”

Best Online Video, Freestanding Presentation — Feature: Matt Riedl, Multimedia Producer, “Beat the back to school jitters: Focus on your goals and go with God,” Honorable Mention

Best Use of Photos in Social Media: "Alfo-Conce” — George Goss and Mary Stachyra Lopez, former staffers, Honorable Mention 

Best Website – Newspaper,  www.catholicherald.com, 2nd Place

Best Promotional House Ad: Stacy Rausch, Power of the Press, Honorable Mention   

Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication — Color: St. Luke School open house — David Garcia, Graphic Artist and Advertising Staff, 3rd Place

Best Single Ad — Online Ad: "Tepeyac — We're here for you," David Garcia, Graphic Artist and Advertising Staff, 1st Place

Best Ad Campaign: Catholic Charities car donation — David Garcia, Graphic Artist and Advertising Staff, 1st Place  

Most Effective Use of Small Space: "Virtual Baby Bottle Campaign," David Garcia, Graphic Artist and Advertising Staff, 2nd Place  

Most Effective Use of Small Space: "Tepeyac — We're here for you," David Garcia, Graphic Artist and Advertising Staff, 1st Place     

Most Effective Use of Small Space: "Paul VI Open House." Stacy Rausch, Production Coordinator and Advertising Staff, 3rd Place

Best Chart or Information Graphic: Second Mass Count,  Zoey Maraist, Staff Writer, and Stacy Rausch, Production Coordinator, 3rd Place

Best News Writing on Local or Regional Event: "Child hero helps mother and brother,"  Ashleigh Kassock, Freelance Writer, Honorable Mention

Best Feature Writing: "Poppy fights cancer with family, faith." Elizabeth A. Elliott, former staffer, 3rd Place

Best Reporting on Special Age Group —  "Senior says prayer helped thwart scam,"  Zoey Maraist, Staff Writer, 1st Place

Best Reporting on Celebration of a Sacrament: "Offer your sufferings for the church," Zoey Maraist, Staff Writer, 2nd Place

Best Special Supplement — Regular Special Supplement: Back to School, Catholic Herald Staff, Honorable Mention

Best Seasonal Issue: Christmas issue, Catholic Herald Staff, 3rd Place 

Best Multiple Picture Package –Feature: "Palm Sunday," Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, and Mary Stachyra Lopez, former staffer, Honorable Mention   

Best Photo Story – Sports: "Earthen Vessels win by two points," Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, 1st Place

WCAC Track and Field Championship — Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, 2nd Place

A special basketball scrimmage — Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, 3rd Place

Best Story and Photo Package: "The harvest is plentiful, and so are the campers,” Zoey Maraist, Staff Writer, Honorable Mention

Best Photograph — Sports Photo: "WCAC track and field hurdles" — Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, 2nd Place

Best Photograph – Sacramental: "Eucharistic procession at Rally," Joe Cashwell, Freelance Photographer, 2nd Place

Best Photograph — Catholic Education: "St. Ann kindergartener," Zoey Maraist, Staff Writer, 2nd Place

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020