‘Post’ earns four Catholic press awards, including third place for ‘Best Newspaper’

PORTLAND, Oregon — The Catholic Post was recognized with four awards for journalistic excellence, including third place for Best Newspaper, in judging announced July 7 by the Catholic Media Association of the United States and Canada.

This colorful center spread from April 25, 2021, earned The Catholic Post second-place honors for Best Multiple Picture Package — Features” from the Catholic Media Association of the United States and Canada.

The awards, based on work published in 2021, were announced at the closing banquet of the association’s conference held this year in Portland.

“The Post presents the news of the diocese and lots of it,” wrote the judges in awarding it third place Best Newspaper honors in the category of non-weekly Catholic newspapers with a full-time staff of one to five. They praised the publication’s writing, photos, and strong design.

The Catholic Post also received:

  • a second-place award for Best Multiple Picture Package — Features, with all newspapers competing. The package, titled “Spring in Bloom: A Caress of God” and published April 25, featured photos of floral beauty on the grounds of parishes and schools across the diocese. “An excellent photo array that creatively blends brick-and-mortar symbolism with symbolism of spring,” wrote the judges of the package. The layout was by Shannon Reznick, graphic designer.
  • a third-place award to Jennifer Willems, assistant editor, for Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event. The story, published March 28, was titled “Baby Fulton Joseph is surrounded by love” and told of the faith of the Royce and Elise Hood family of Dunlap — and the widespread prayer support they received — as they awaited the birth of their son, who was diagnosed in utero with Potter’s syndrome. “Very touching topic,” wrote the judges, who praised Willems’ “strong writing” and weaving in of quotes to tell the “powerful” story.
  • an honorable mention to Tom Dermody, editor, for Best Editorial on a National or International Issue for his Sept. 26 piece titled “Unmask the unborn, follow the science.” The editorial and news writing awards were in the non-weekly, one to five staff member category.
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