Catholic Press Association awards - Catholic Courier

Catholic Press Association awards

The Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico recently received a total of 22 awards from the Catholic Press Association for work published during 2011. The association also awarded Bishop Matthew H. Clark its Bishop John England Award for the publisher who defends and exercises his First Amendment rights.

The CPA, which represents more than 600 Catholic publications in the United States and Canada, presented the awards during its annual convention in Indianapolis June 20-22.

Catholic Courier awards

The Courier won the following awards:

Individual Excellence – Photographer/Artist

First Place – Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: A series of dramatic images. Beautiful and moving!

Best Use of Art or Graphics – Best Chart or Information Graphic

First Place – “Hydrofracking” by Linda Jeanne Rivers

Judges’ comments: This piece is eye-catching, graphically pleasing and informative. The use of a cross-section was a good choice for this graphic, and the information provided complements the article.

Best Freestanding Online/Multi-Media Presentation of Video

First Place – “Dance brings back memories for seniors” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Quite pleasant, technically OK, sensitive, Good use of the medium. A very nice balance between information and lightheartedness magazine style. The pacing is not monotonous.

Second Place – “Area students help Habitat for Humanity” by Mike Crupi
Judges’ comments: Very well passed, some technical limitations with audio that do not interfere with the content. Good use of stills (even though color correction could have been quite beneficial). Inspiring.

Best Freestanding Online/Multi-Media Presentation of Photo Gallery or Slideshow

First Place – “Jazz campers learn to improvise” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Beautiful piece, very well layered, very involving and with excellent sense of timing. Vices, notes, ambiance sounds work together brilliantly.

Second Place – “Cancer awareness is personal for CYO team” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Very nice piece, layered well, theme and storyline work well together.

Third Place – “Giving from the heart at the House of Mercy” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Very humane and layered, text overlapping audio made it confusing for moments. But content and images quality.

Honorable Mention – “Stella Maris band plays with purpose” by Mike Crupi

Best Newspaper Website/Stand-Alone Website

Second Place – by Staff

Judges’ comments: Strong lead stories and a clean design makes this a quality website.

Best Analysis/Background/Round-Up News Writing: The Gerard E. Sherry Award

Second Place – “Fractured dialogue” by Amy Kotlarz

Judges’ comments: Good human interest approach to a fresh topic. Writing was very conversational, which made a tricky topic easy to understand.

Read the story here.

Best Photograph – Best Feature Photo (Black and White or Color)

Second Place – “Hundreds elect to join church” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Classic image that illustrates the good work done by members of the clergy.

Best Online Blog Publication

Third Place – “Our Two Cents” by Staff

Judge’s comments: Works well as an extension of the publication.

Read the blog here.

El Mensajero awards

El Mensajero won the following awards:

General Excellence

Third Place

Judges’ comments: El Mensajero es un periódico serie y sobrio, calidades deseadas en una publicación. Aprendo un montón sobre Rochester, la iglesia, y los feligreses. Hay notas sobre la enseflanza, fe, salud, familia y festivales. Strong photography and good story choices reflect the vitality of the community. Good feature reporting.

Individual Excellence – Writer

First Place – Annette Jiménez

Judges’ comments: Excelente articulos. Son todos muy bien escritos y el reportaje es impresionante. Annette Jimenez es un tesoro para El Mensajero y Rochester. Jimenez consistently uses detail and scene setting to bring life to her stories; she is a skilled reporter, covering a wide range of topics, varying her approach to leads and structure, and writing with nice pace.

Best Coverage of Immigration

First Place – “Best Coverage of Immigration” by Annette Jiménez and Jennifer Burke

Judges’ comments: Annette Jiménez and Jennifer Burke cover the immigrant community in Rochester; their coverage of immigration is rooted in sound, depth reportmg of real families.

Read articles in English here and in Spanish here.

Best In-Depth Analysis

First Place – “Censuran la esclavitud de hoy dia” by Annette Jiménez

Judges’ comments: Un antIcubo completo. La autora ha hecho una investigación, ha entrevistado varias personas y ha escrito una nota informativa y analitica.

Read story in English here and in Spanish here.

Best Photo Story Originating with a Newspaper

Second Place – “Una celebración del quinceañero” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: A good solid story. Quality of the images could have been stronger but the story comes through. Not just a group of pictures but a story from beginning to end.

Best Personality Profile

Second Place – “Sobreviviente de abuso educa a otros” by Annette Jiménez

Judges’ comments: A delicate subject is tackled in an elegant and nonintrusive manner.

Read the article in English: Part 1 and in Spanish: Part 1

Best Lead Article

Third Place – “Los quintuples van al kindergarten” by Annette Jiménez

Judges’ comments: Light-hearted, but fascinating article about the intricacies of raising quintuplets.

Read the article in English here and in Spanish here.

Best Coverage of Healthcare

Third Place – “Best Coverage of Health Care” by Annette Jiménez

Judges’ comments: The piece provides a good look at how cultural differences can affect health care delivery.

Best Photograph – Best General News Photo (Black and White or Color)

Third Place – “Carrera honra a soldados caIdos” by Tamara Tirado

Judges’ comments: A little bit of a cliche but the photographer stayed alert to opportunities and took advantage of it.

Best Multiple Picture Package Originating with the Newspaper – Feature

Third Place – “Eventos destacan las culturas hispanas” by Mike Crupi

Judges’ comments: Very fun. Nice variety.

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