‘Post’ receives two national press awards

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Catholic Post earned two awards for excellence in journalism in judging announced by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada during the annual Catholic Media Convocation here on May 29.

The newspaper received first place in its circulation category for Best Editorial on a National or International Issue for “God Views Beyond YouTube” by Thomas J. Dermody, editor.

The editorial appeared in the issue of June 8, 2008, and called to mind a political controversy raised by videotaped excerpts from a homily by Father Michael Pfleger of Chicago. Judges called it “a timeless lesson from the Catholic faith” that “becomes fresh and compelling with an amusing personal story” with which readers can identify.

In addition, The Catholic Post’s Christmas special section, “Taste of Christmas” — edited by Jennifer Willems, assistant editor — received second place honors for Best Seasonal Issue among all circulation categories.

The 16-page section featured holiday recipes contributed by readers, but also gave the faith- and family-based stories behind them. “What a great idea!,” wrote the judges. “Lots of reader appeal here.”

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