The Catholic Messenger has received national recognition for its award-winning reporting and writing in this year’s Catholic Press Awards competition. The results were announced last week during the Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Here are the results:
Best Personality Profile: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less:
First Place: The Catholic Messenger, “Successful banker works to banish stigma of mental illness,” by Barb Arland-Fye. The judges wrote: “This profile is full of excellent details on the subject’s life and faith.”
Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues: Call to Family, Community and Participation:
First Place: The Catholic Messenger, “Heroin addiction: Treatment requires individualized approach,” by Barb Arland-Fye. The judges wrote: This story vividly portrays the struggles of a drug-court participant to stay sober. With honest and nuanced storytelling, it explains the challenges he faces and the efforts of the community to support him.”
Best Editorial on a Local Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less:
Second Place: The Catholic Messenger, “Restoring hope,” by Barb Arland-Fye. The judges wrote: “Presents a compelling argument for restorative justice rather than prison. Author’s appeal to the Bishops and Catholic Social Teaching bolsters her argument.”
The Catholic Press Association (CPA) has nearly 250 publication members and 500 individual members in North America. For more than 100 years, the CPA has been uniting and serving the Catholic Press in an ever-changing world of communication.