Catholic Herald wins 15 awards

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Staff Writer Katie Scott's second place award for individual excellence as a writer led the way as the Arlington Catholic Herald received 15 awards in the 2015 Catholic Press Association awards competition.

The sample of Scott's diverse writing this year included: a report on binge drinking among young adults; how social service agencies are dealing with homelessness among children; the cycle of violence in Central Africa; and how one mother has opened her home to foster children.

"Scott's work demonstrates all the facets of good reporting: observation, interviewing and research," said the judges. "She tells full stories that touch the heart while still maintaining objectivity."

The paper received five first place awards for advertising design, headline writing, sports journalism and coverage of vocations to the priesthood.

The Catholic Herald has received a total of 33 awards during the past two years.

The winners were announced June 26 during the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, N.Y.

Once again, every aspect of the paper was honored - advertising design, writing, photography and graphics.

Photographer Gerald Martineau received three awards: two honorable mentions for portraits (a homeless man at Christ House in Alexandria and a dunk tank participant in Fairfax) and a second place award for his photo feature on the Labor Day Picnic at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax.

"This set of photographs," the judges said, really told the story of a parish event. Nice photographs, a variety of points of view and a variety of moments. This is the kind of story that makes you feel your parish is a community."

First place winners were:

- Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication (black and white), Ashleigh Buyers, "St. Veronica School - Welcome Back";

- Best Local Retail Campaign, David Garcia, "The Irish Collection";

- Best Headline, Katie Scott, "Holy smokes: New life for old candles";

- Best Sports Journalism, Jim McElhatton, "O'Connell girls win eighth title";

- Best Coverage of Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate, Christine Stoddard and Stacy Rausch, "The crisis in Hispanic vocations."

Second place honorees included:

- Individual Excellence: Writer, Katie Scott;

- Best Reporting on Young Adults, Katie Scott, "Dangerous drinking";

- Best Feature Photo Story, Gerald Martineau, "Labor Day Patriotism";

- Best Explanation of the Church's Position on Marriage, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Michael F. Flach and Maria-Pia Negro, "State marriage law"; "Judges ruling"; "Stand for marriage"; "Same-sex marriage ruling."

Third place winners included:

- Best Reporting on Teens, Maria-Pia Negro, "No texting and driving";

- Best Special Supplement with Advertising Emphasis, Ashleigh Buyers and staff, "Back to School."

Honorable mention winners were:

- Best Portrait, Gerald Martineau, "Thankful";

- Best Portrait, Gerald Martineau, "Dunk tank";

- Best Promotional House Ad, Stacy Rausch, "July photo sale";

- Best Seasonal Issue, Catholic Herald Staff, "Christmas issue."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015