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Catholic Herald receives 28 awards

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The Arlington Catholic Herald received 28 awards at the annual Catholic Media Convention in Quebec June 24, including six first-place honors.

The paper has won a combined 62 awards over the past two years.

Multimedia designer Ashleigh Buyers received a total of 10 awards and was named Multimedia Journalist of the Year for her combination of writing, video production and photography on projects such as “A day in the life of a seminarian” and “WorkCamp.” 

Staff writer Zoey Maraist won six awards, including first place for Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament and Best Coverage of Mother Teresa’s Canonization.

The paper’s website, catholicherald.com, received first-place honors and its coverage of Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge’s installation captured second place in the category Best Special Supplement on a Bishop’s Transition.

The Catholic Herald earned third place in the General Excellence category for weekly newspapers with a circulation of more than 25,000. 

Following is the complete list of awards:


Best Single Black and White Ad — second place — Ashleigh Buyers for "St. Faustina Drama"

Best Single Color Ad — third place — David Garcia for "Fantasy or Reality"

Best Local Retail Campaign — first place — Ashleigh Buyers for "The Irish Walk"

Judges' comments: "Very well done. Fits category well. Good consistency of size, placement, font and style. Great photography. Clear message."

Honorable mention — Ashleigh Buyers and David Garcia for "The Paschal Lamb"

Best Promotional House Ad — third place — Ashleigh Buyers for "Available in print and online"

Most Effective Use of Small Space — second place — Ashleigh Buyers for "Irish plumber sticky note"

Best Advertising Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis — first place — Catholic Herald staff for "Catholic College Week"

Judges' comments: "A highly professional piece all around, with beautiful design, engaging content and eye-catching visuals."


Best Use of Art or Graphics — second place — Ashleigh Buyers for "10 gifts with heart"

Best Chart or Information Graphic — second place — Ashleigh Buyers for "Priest formation"

Best Feature Photo — honorable mention — Stacy Rausch for "Snowy 'I do'”

Best Sports Photo — third place — Joe Cashwell for "Goalie makes great save"

Best Feature Photo Story — third place — Joe Cashwell for "Living Stations"

Best Sports Photo Story — second place — Joe Cashwell for "O'Connell girls row to victory"

Best Publication Blog — third place — Ann M. Augherton for "Irish Soda Bread or tea cake?"

Best Electronic Newsletter — third place — Mary Stachyra Lopez  (Sign up here)

Best Multimedia Package — Depiction of Religious Life — honorable mention — Ashleigh Buyers for "A day in the life of a seminarian"

Best Newspaper Website — first place — Catholic Herald Staff

Judges' comments: "The site has a highly engaging variety of local, national and international news, plus commentary of interest to Arlington Catholics — all laid out in an easy-to-navigate hierarchy of content."

Best Coverage of Mother Teresa's canonization — first place — Katie Scott, Zoey Maraist and Mary Stachyra Lopez for "Summer with a saint; Building a family; Mother Teresa in Arlington."

Judges' comments: "A powerful retrospective of a saint from a personal experience."

Best Coverage of Pro-life Issues — second place — Katie Scott, Zoey Maraist and Elizabeth A. Elliott for "Paul Stefan Home; Rams for Life; Promise to the Abortion King."

Best Newspaper Special Supplement on a Bishop's Transition — second place — Catholic Herald staff for "Bishop Michael F. Burbidge"

Best Newspaper Reporting on Children under 18 — honorable mention — Ashleigh Buyers for "Young girls grow in virtue"

Best News Writing on a National Event — third place — Michael F. Flach for "Nation mourns Justice Scalia"

Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event — second place — Zoey Maraist for "Church construction boom"

Best Feature Writing — third place — Zoey Maraist for "Pastor's smoking habit pays off"

Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament — first place — Zoey Maraist for "Called to the priesthood"

Judges' comments: “This article was interesting, and the writer did a great job explaining the differences in tradition. Kudos for setting the scene and giving readers a sense of being there.”

Best Coverage of the Year of Mercy — second place — Katie Scott and Zoey Maraist for "Burying the dead; Confession primer; Bread ministry; Solace for the grieving."

Multimedia Journalist of the Year — Ashleigh Buyers 

Judges’ comments: "Powerful video accompanied the written story about the military father surprising his children. The other pieces in the portfolio are also high quality. Strong storytelling and news writing. Photography and video provide wonderful additional insight."

Newspaper of the Year — third place — Catholic Herald Staff

Judges' comments: "A beautifully designed paper with a wealth of story topics and special sections. Use of color and photos makes this paper special. The reporting in the Bishop Burbidge special December edition was excellent."

Click here to see a visual representation of the awards in PDF form.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017