Media outlets of the Diocese of Oakland, The Catholic Voice and the Spanish-language El Heraldo Católico, received 14 national awards for excellence at the annual Catholic Media Conference of the Catholic Press Association, held in Québec City June 20-23.
The Catholic Voice was recognized with five awards in its circulation category of 25,000 or more subscribers; The Voice has 90,000 subscribers. El Heraldo Católico received nine awards.
More than 240 members of the Catholic Press Association are eligible to enter the awards contest. Faculty members from the journalism schools of Marquette University, Spring Hill College and DePaul University, along with select professionals familiar with the Catholic press, were the judges. The selections were judged from 2,688 entries.
Notably, El Heraldo Católico swept the category of Best Parish Profile, taking first, second and third place awards. Three years ago, the monthly El Heraldo began profiling each of the 40 diocesan parishes that offer a Mass in Spanish.
For its coverage of the Year of Mercy, El Heraldo was commended by the judges for its "great reporting" and unique "focus on family."
Awards for The Catholic Voice:
Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event, Third, "Sulpicians abruptly quit seminary" by Albert C. Pacciorini, "Hard to cover an internal dispute of this type but this story does a good job. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, but Pacciorini gives readers a good feel for why this is happening," the judges wrote.
Best News Photo Story, Third, "Easter 2016 (double truck)," "The first few images provide a symmetric and welcoming aesthetic of bright colors and movement, and those following clearly portray the symbolism of the holiday," the judges wrote.
Best Feature Writing, Honorable Mention, "Sisterhood puts its collective heart into dresses, shorts," by Michele Jurich.
Best Coverage of Immigration, Honorable Mention, three stories, "Catholics learn how to sponsor refugee families; Immigration ruling baffles, but doesn't deter advocates; Catholics respond to election with calls to protect the vulnerable," by Michele Jurich.
Best Reporting on Ecumenical and Interfaith Issues, Honorable Mention, three stories, "Piedmont church co-sponsors refugee family; Catholics respond to race, violence and healing; Hundreds crowd cathedral for prayer for peace and sidebars," by Michele Jurich and Carrie McClish.
Awards for El Heraldo Católico:
The previously mentioned sweep of this category: Best Parish Profile: First Place, "Latinos de San Miguel en Livermore crecen junto a su pastor," by Raúl Ayrala; Second Place, "San Patricio: "La palabra de Dios en vivo," by Raul Ayrala; Third Place, "Insistencia y perseverancia dan fruto," by Raúl Ayrala.
Best Coverage of the Year of Mercy, Second Place, "Las 24 Horas para el Seņor" finalizan con una parábola de perdón; Respondiendo al pedido del Papa; Oran por la paz cientos de personas en la catedra," by Staff.
Best Layout of Article or Column, Second, "Los latinos de San Bernardo: frutos de un buen árbol," by Raúl Ayrala.
Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Second, "Atención médica gratuita para indocumentados," by Staff.
Best Reporting on the V Encuentro, Second, "Llegar a los latinos más jóvenes: desafío para el Quinto Encuentro," by Raúl Ayrala.
Best Front Page, Third, "San Patricio: La palabra de Dios en vivo; Los latinos de San Bernardo: frutos de un buen árbol; "Donde haya uno o dos, allí estará Jesucristo, et al." by Staff.
Best Story And Photo Package, Honorable Mention, "Los latinos de San Bernardo: frutos de un buen árbol," by Raúl Ayrala.
The monthly El Heraldo Católico (www.elheraldocatolico.org) is delivered at no cost the first weekend of each month to every church in the diocese that offers a Spanish-language Mass and to select retail outlets. The biweekly Catholic Voice is mailed to all registered households in the diocese who request it and to other subscribers.
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