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Catholic Courier, El Mensajero honored for their work from 2018

Gina Capellazzi/Catholic Courier    |    06.24.2019
Category: Local News


The Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico won a total of 27 awards from the Catholic Press Association for work published in 2018.

The CPA, which represents more than 600 Catholic publications in the United States and Canada, presented the awards during its annual convention June 18-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The newspapers received the following awards:

Catholic Courier

Photographer of the Year: Second place in this category went to Chief Photographer Jeff Witherow for a body of work from 2018.

Videographer/Video Producer of the Year: Honorable mention in this category also went to Witherow for a selection of videos he produced in 2018.

Best Freestanding Presentation Online Photo Gallery or Slide Show: Witherow received second place for his photo gallery from the March of Life in Washington, D.C., in January 2018.

Witherow and Staff Photographer John Haeger received a third-place award in this category for their photo gallery of the field days of three Catholic schools.

And Witherow received an honorable mention for his Year of the Eucharist closing Mass and eucharistic procession photo gallery.

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video — Feature: Witherow won first place for his video feature on Dante Iozzo, a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca and PhD student studying astrophysics at Cornell University.

Witherow also won second place in this category for his video on the opioid epidemic.

Best Multimedia Package — News: Witherow, Staff Writer Mike Latona and New Media Coordinator Gina Capellazzi won first place for their multimedia project on the opioid epidemic.

Also in this category, Witherow, Capellazzi and former Staff Writer Annette Jiménez took home second place honors for their multimedia project on the construction and rededication of St. Pius Tenth Church in Chili.

Best Multimedia Package — Pro-Life Activities: Witherow and Capellazzi won third place for their multimedia project on the March for Life in which they documented Elmira Notre Dame High School students’ experiences at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Best Use of Photos in Social Media: Witherow and Capellazzi won second place for the photos they posted to Facebook from Father Jeffrey Chichester’s June 2018 priestly ordination and from inside St. Pius Tenth Church days before its rededication.

Best Web and Print Package: Second place went to Witherow, Latona and Capellazzi for their multimedia project on the opioid epidemic, which was submitted in combination with Latona and Haeger’s story and photo on a local opioid forum.

Best Use of Graphics - Best Original Illustration: Graphic Artist Linda Jeanne Rivers won second place for the illustration she created for the 2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Best Coverage — Disaster or Crisis: Latona, Witherow and Haeger won first place for a series of stories and photos covering various aspects of the opioid epidemic.

Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament: Jiménez won third place for her story on Luke Medina, who had heart transplant surgery and was confirmed in August 2018 after missing his spring confirmation with his class.

Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate — Non-Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More: Jiménez, Latona and Staff Writer Jennifer Burke won third place for a series of stories in the Courier's May 2018 edition that focused on vocations discernment and formation.

Best Special Supplement: The Courier staff received an honorable mention for the special supplement they produced on the Diocese of Rochester’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Best Multiple Picture Package — Sports: Haeger received an honorable mention for his photos from Bishop Kearney High School basketball team’s Section 5 Class AA sectional championship game.

Best Photograph — Sports Photo: Haeger received third place for his photo from Aquinas Institute football team’s Class AA state championship game.

Best Story and Photo Package: Latona and Witherow won first place for their story and photos on the opioid crisis that appeared in the Courier’s September 2018 print edition.

El Mensajero

Spanish Staff Writer of the Year: Jiménez received first place in this category for a body of work from 2018.

Best Use of Art or Graphics — Best Chart or Information Graphic: Graphics Manager Matt Saxon won first place for the information graphic he designed on quinceañero planning.

Best Coverage of Pro-Life Issues: Jiménez won second place for a series of stories on the issue of homelessness.

Best Coverage of Violence in Our Communities: Jiménez won third place for stories on police accountability and efforts to curb violence in schools and the community.

Best Coverage of Disaster or Crisis: Jiménez won second place for a series of stories on the opioid epidemic.

She also won third place for a series of stories on the Rochester Puerto Rican community’s response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Best Photograph: Witherow won third place for his photo of a protester leading an October 2018 march in front of the Hotel Cadillac in Rochester.

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