LINTHICUM –The Catholic Review’s gun buy-back campaign took a pair of first-place honors at the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association annual awards convention.
The Review increased its total awards to 16 during the April 22-23 convention at the Sheraton BWI Hotel.
The ongoing campaign, initiated by Associate Publisher/Editor Christopher Gunty with additional reporting by Paul McMullen and Matt Palmer, was singled out by editorial judges in the public service category.
“While sponsoring a gun buy-back campaign can be controversial,” the judges commented, “the action taken by this paper is given more credibility and more weight by the fact that some of those organizing have worked on the streets of the city for 30 years.”
In the Online Media Contest, Richard Ihle and The Review staff took first place in community service project for “Stop the Violence – Take The Guns Away.”
The Review earned second place in six editorial categories for non-dailies over 20,000 circulation:
Palmer, for series, “Life Journeys;” George P. Matysek, Jr. and Gary Gately, state government, “Vote on Death Penalty Urged;” Owen Sweeney III, spot news photo, “St. Leo Procession;” Jennifer Williams, religion reporting, “Dreams Realized;” and Robert Thompson, page 1 design, “Lent.”
The editorial, production and advertising staffs were recognized for their work on the “Cathedral of Mary Our Queen 50th Anniversary”in both editorial special section and advertising’s member or vendor supported category.
The Review earned two other second-place honors in advertising for non-dailies over 15,000: April Hornbeck, Nina Schuler, Jo Simmons, annual, “Retirement Not The Same As Your Parents;” Chic Davis, Hornbeck, Simmons, print promotion of newspaper, “Going Away to College in the Fall?”
Third-place advertising honors went to: Hornbeck and Joann Washington, local retail color, “Trappistine Candy”; Simmons, Hornbeck, Thompson, themed feature page, “Travel Guide;; and Hornbeck and Schuler, wild card category, “World of Summer Camps.”
In non-daily online media category, Ihle and the advertising staff took second in innovative online advertising, and Ihle and the Review staff took third in general website excellence.