The Clarion Herald won eight awards last week at the 2017 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, including honorable mention for “Newspaper of the Year” in the largest circulation category.
Weekly Catholic newspapers with circulations of more than 25,000 were judged in the general excellence award category. The St. Louis Review won first place, followed by The Leaven of Kansas City, Kansas, and the Arlington (Virginia) Catholic Herald.
Beth Donze won third place for best reporting on a sacramental celebration (“Champions of charity,” the transitional diaconate ordination at St. Louis Cathedral in May 2016). “This piece was well written and conveyed the emotion felt by the deacons, their families and others in the church,” the judges said. “Well done.”
Donze also received honorable mentions for best personality profile (Regina Matrum winner Gail Daigle) and best reporting on vocations (a 500-mile walking pilgrimage by Dominican Fathers Thomas Schaefgen and Daniel Orozco).
Honorable mentions were received by Peter Finney Jr. for best general commentary newspaper column and by Christine Bordelon for local newswriting (Steve Gleason’s faith talk).
Art director Lloyd Robichaux also won two advertising design awards, a third place for best use of small space for a rosary ad – “In a sea of text, the rosary is an eye-catching image,” the judges said – and honorable mention for best promotional house ad (a Clarion Herald pilgrimage to the Holy Land).