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Catholic Herald sets new record with 38 awards

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The annual Catholic Media Association awards highlight the best of Catholic journalism in the U.S. and Canada. This year, the conference was held virtually instead of at the planned Baltimore location. And this year, the Catholic Herald broke its previous record of 34 awards with a total of 38, plus another five for the diocesan communications office. The accolades recognize everything from our print product, website, photos, stories, sports coverage, videos and ads.

Best of all, we won second place for the coveted award for Best Diocesan Newspaper. (Taking first was the Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Ore., where our former staff writer Katie Scott works.)

The Catholic Herald’s website, catholicherald.com, won second place for best newspaper website.

Individual excellence awards were presented for Writer of the Year where Zoey Maraist won third place and Leslie Miller won honorable mention. Videographer/video producer of the Year, second place, went to Matt Riedl.

Among the awards were first place honors for our photos — recall the beautiful photo of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the Easter Vigil lighting the Easter candle in an empty cathedral last spring. We won first place for a headline Leslie Miller wrote for a Catholic University story: Grad speech short and tweet.

The media kit designed by Stacy Rausch, former production coordinator, captured first place honors, and several ads designed by Graphic Artist David Garcia took first place honors.

Then there are our videos by Matt Riedl and Jim Salitsky where four took first place, including one that went with our package Putting a face on COVID-19, and a tribute to the Class of 2020.

The diocesan communications office also did well with five awards, including a first place for the Bishop’s Christmas greeting video.

Managing Editor’s note: The awards are an impressive nod to all the fine work done by the Catholic Herald last year in the midst of all the challenges the coronavirus pandemic brought. Congratulations to the entire staff for all their hard work, their commitment and professionalism. Consider the list below a pat on the back and a charge to continue our mission to tell the story of the Arlington diocese.

Augherton can be reached at aaugherton@catholicherald.com.

2021 Catholic Press Awards

Best Newspaper, Diocesan
Second Place

Best Website, Newspaper
Second Place, catholicherald.com

Writer of the Year (English)
Third Place, Zoey Maraist
Honorable Mention, Leslie Miller

Videographer/Video Producer of the Year
Second Place, Matt Riedl 


Best Regular Column, Pandemic
Second Place, We're here for you; Finding inspiration; Hope for the holidays, Ann M. Augherton

Best Feature Writing
Second Place, Civil War parish marks 150 years, Leslie Miller

Best Headline
First Place, Grad speech short and tweet, Leslie Miller
Second Place, Love in the time of quarantine, Leslie Miller

Best In-Depth News/Special Reporting 
Second Place, Putting a face on COVID-19, staff

Best Reporting on a Special Age-Group, Children and Teens Younger than 18
Third Place, Vacation Bible school goes online, Meghan Bartlett

Best Reporting on Catholic Education
Second Place, Grads may miss milestones, Matt Riedl

Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate — One Shot
Third Place, When debt delays a vocation, Zoey Maraist

Best Seasonal Issue, Print only
Honorable Mention, Christmas issue, staff


Best Multiple Picture Package, News
Third Place, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Zoey Maraist

Best Multiple Picture Package, Sports
Second Place, Quo Vadis' three-peat victory, Joe Cashwell

Best Photo Story, News
Honorable Mention, Priesthood ordination, Joe Cashwell and Zoey Maraist

Best Photograph, Feature Photo
First Place, Celebrating Easter Vigil in empty cathedral, Matt Riedl
Honorable Mention, ALOB plays at Rally, Joe Cashwell

Best Photograph, General News Photo
Honorable Mention, Pro-life witness, Zoey Maraist

Best Photograph, Photo-illustration
Third Place, Jennifer Argueta, Matt Riedl

Best Photograph, Sacramental
Third Place, Bishop leads eucharistic procession, Joe Cashwell

Best Photograph, Holy Days/Liturgical Seasons
First Place, Easter Vigil in empty cathedral, Matt Riedl

Best Photograph, Catholic Education
Honorable Mention, Holy Family buddies, Zoey Maraist


Best Sports Journalism, Sports Feature or Column
Honorable Mentions, Duke's next basketball star?, Matt Riedl, and Blind hockey, Zoey Maraist


Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video, Feature
Honorable Mention, Who is Jeremy Roach, Matt Riedl and Jim Salitsky

Best Video, Hot Topic, the COVID-19 Pandemic
First Place, Agradecidos a Dios: "Grateful to God," Jim Salitsky

Best Multimedia Package, News
Honorable Mentions, Growth of a Catholic artist, Matt Riedl and Stacy Rausch

Best Multimedia Package, Pro-Life Activities
First Place, Virginians March for Life, Matt Riedl and Zoey Maraist

Best Use of Video on Social Media, News Organization
First Place, A tribute to the Class of 2020, Matt Riedl


Best Media Kit 2020
First Place, Catholic Herald Media Kit, Stacy Rausch

(All awards below by David Garcia)

Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication, Black-and-White
Honorable Mention, Project Rachel: You are not alone

Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication, Online Ad
First Place, Tepeyac OB/GYN
Second Place, Catholic Charities

Best Ad Campaign Originating with the Publication for Advertiser
First Place, Lansdowne Heights

Most Effective Use of Small Space
Second Place, Capitol Sheds
Honorable Mention, Family of St. Sharbel


Best Diocesan Pastoral Message, Audio or video
First Place, Prayerful Christmas Greetings from Bishop Burbidge with a Special Gift, Matt Riedl and Jim Salitsky

Best Diocesan Pastoral Message, Letter
Third Place, In Tongues All Can Hear: Communicating the Hope of Christ in Times of Trial

Best Podcast Program by Communications Department
Third Place, The Walk Humbly Podcast

Best Twitter Account, Diocesan Bishop
Second Place, @BishopBurbidge

Best Use of Video on Social Media, Diocesan Communications
First Place, Prayerful Christmas Greetings from Bishop Burbidge with a Special Gift, Matt Riedl and Jim Salitsky

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021