New Orleans, La. -- National Catholic Reporter was honored with the Catholic Press Association’s award for “general excellence” June 4. It is the 11th consecutive year NCR has won the Press Association’s highest award for a national Catholic newspaper.
The contest judges – from the American Press Institute – said, "The National Catholic Reporter combines vibrant layouts with sharp writing and analysis, both by its own staff and also contributors."
The awards were announced during the Catholic Media Convention in New Orleans.
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No newspapers were named for second place and third place in this category. Honorable mentions were given to Catholic Health World, of St. Louis, Mo., and to The Catholic Register of Toronto, Canada.
Other awards earned by NCR are:
First Place – Best Editorial National or International Issue, National Newspaper. "Pastor's Effort Merits Support," by National Catholic Reporter Editors.
First Place – Best Analysis/Background. The Emerging Church Series by Tom Roberts, NCR editor at large.
Second Place -- best use of art or graphics: "10 things the church should know about seniors" by Toni-Ann Ortiz, NCR's layout chief and design artist.
Second Place – Best Editorial Page or Section -- Opinion and Arts Section. Contributors were Pat Marrin, Jeanette Cooperman, Thomas J. Reese, Michael Lerner, Nicholas Cafardi and Jamie Manson.
Third Place – Best editorial National or International Issue, National Newspaper. The right to health care, by National Catholic Reporter Editors
Third Place – Best regular column: Culture, arts and leisure by Sr. Rose Pacatte
Also to note:
- NCR contributor Heidi Schlmupf won honorable mention in the Family Life Books category for her book While We Were Waiting.
- Second Place in the category Spirituality – Books – soft cover, was "The Essential Writings of Daniel Berrigan," edited by Fr. John Dear, an NCR online columnist.
- Sr. Rose Pacatte, NCR media critic, won a Second Place Award for Best Review Section for her column "Eye on Entertainment" in St. Anthony Messenger.
The Catholic Media Convention is for members of the Catholic Press Association and the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals. They met in New Orleans June 2-4.