Catholic Review receives multiple journalism awards

By Catholic Review Staff

“Then and Now,” the October 2014 special edition of the Catholic Review commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, enjoyed a sweep of top honors in three media competitions, two at the international level.

The 80-page issue was most recently acknowledged June 19 in Buffalo, by the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States and Canada, with first place for Best One-Time Special Issue.

It had previously been honored in May, in Toronto, by the Associated Church Press (ACP), with its Award of Excellence (first place) for Reporting and Writing in a Theme Issue, Section or Series, and by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association (MDDC), with Best of Show in the Special Section category. The special edition also won in MDDC’s Division D, non-dailies with a circulation more than 20,000.

The special edition earned five other honors. “Two Days in the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” a slideshow and video by former staff photographer Tom McCarthy Jr., took first place in Photo Series from the MDDC; first place for Online Video and second place for Art/Design/Graphics in a Photo Spread with Article or Cutline from the ACP; and second place from the CPA for Best Online Presentation of Multi-media Visuals.

The special section also earned notice for McCarthy and former art director April Hornbeck from the ACP, first place for Art/Design/Graphics in an Entire Issue.

Other awards, by competition, follow.


First Place

Editorial: “It’s time to be courageous” by Christopher Gunty; Feature Story: “Creativity and caring defined NDP senior, not the cancer that took her life” by Maria Wiering; Religion Reporting: “Secret Service: All in the name of Jesus” by Paul McMullen, McCarthy and Hornbeck; Multimedia Storytelling (Sports): “Team Effort” by McMullen and McCarthy.

Second Place

Local Column: “Reach out and touch a real someone” by McMullen; Continuing Coverage: “Drugs and Crime” by Elizabeth Lowe, McCarthy and Wiering; Feature Story (Non-Profile): “Out of the depths” by George Matysek Jr. and Olivia Obineme; Medical/Science Reporting: “Reclaiming perspective” by Wiering and McCarthy; Special Section: “Serve with Gladness” by CR Staff; Page 1 Design: “Toot your own horn” by McCarthy; Feature Page Design: “Running Start” by Lowe, Wiering and Hornbeck; Online Commentary or Blog: “Open Window” by Rita Buettner and “God is in the Clouds” by Patti Murphy Dohn; Best Photo Gallery: “A photo foray into Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular” by McCarthy; News Page Design: “Preparing for the Primary” by Wiering, McCarthy and Hornbeck.

Associated Church Press

First Place

Best in Class/Print – Regional Newspaper: “The Catholic Review” by CR Staff; E-Newsletter: “CR News” by Jennifer Williams.

Second Place

Art/Design/Graphics in a Single Photo with Article or Cutline: “Reclaiming Perspective” by McCarthy.

Honorable Mention

Best in Class/Online-Blog: “Open Window” by Buettner and “God is in the Clouds” by Murphy Dohn; Reporting and Writing in a Personal Experience: “Rediscovering yourself when you are single again” by Gunty; Art/Design/Graphics in a Spread or Story: “Running Start” by Hornbeck.

Catholic Press Association

First Place

Supplement on Local Ordinary’s Transition: “Serve with Gladness” featuring Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, by CR Staff; Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis: “Schools Open House 2014,” by CR Staff; Photography – Best Portrait: “Reclaiming Perspective” by McCarthy.

Second Place

News Writing on a Local or Regional Event: “Part of the Solution” by Lowe; Newspaper Website: The Catholic Review Website by Williams and CR Staff.

Third Place

Best Scenic, Still-life or Weather Photo: “Sign of the Season” by McCarthy.

Honorable Mention

Best Coverage of Local Politics: Wiering and McCarthy. ?

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