Clarion Herald earns national honors

By Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald

The Clarion Herald won a record 10 national awards at the 2018 Catholic Media Conference of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada on June 15 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The recognition included  third place for “Newspaper of the Year” in the Catholic Press Association’s highest circulation category.

The awards submission required the Clarion Herald to submit three consecutive issues – Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, 2017 – for review.

The judges said: “The Catholic Wedding special section (Oct. 14) was excellent. Very impressive collection and variety of stories. Nice layout. There is a lot packed into this newspaper. The bite-sized stories are particularly appealing for the busy reader.” 

Reporter and Kids’ Clarion editor Beth Donze won five awards – first place for social justice reporting about Loyola University New Orleans’ interest in the Flint, Michigan, water crisis at a global tribunal; second place for her profile on Regina Matrum winner Gertrude Rome Guidry from St. Peter Parish in Reserve; third place for her focus on Sharon Rodi’s pro-life efforts as the recipient of the St. John Paul II Award from The Catholic Foundation; and honorable mentions for shedding light on the increase in African-born clergy and religious in the U.S., and on the transformation of the former St. Joseph Academy to Artspace.

Executive editor Peter Finney Jr. won second-place awards for best newswriting on present-day effects of slavery in which the Jesuits of Georgetown University participated; best photo as Vergie and Roger Davis of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish rebuilt again following a massive tornado in New Orleans East; and third place for an investigation of the local church’s Respect Life efforts against human trafficking on Bourbon Street. His reporting on religious vocations with Elizabeth Rizzo’s “yes” to “a life of virginity lived in the world” earned an honorable mention.


Click the following links to view the award-winning entries:

BEST REPORTING OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES:
Care for God’s Creation
First Place

“Loyola law students take Flint crisis to global tribunal” by Beth Donze

Judges: “Long after most national attention has moved on, the residents of Flint, Michigan, still suffer from contaminated drinking water. This story powerfully details the effects people have faced—including, in some cases, death—and explains that Loyola University law students have turned to an international human rights tribunal to seek an affirmation that clean and safe water is a basic human right.”

https://clarionherald.org/…/loyola-law-students-take-flint…/

 

BEST NEWS WRITING ON A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL EVENT:
National Event, Diocesan Newspaper

Second Place

“Painful truths, hopeful future” by Peter Finney Jr.

Judges: “Truth-telling can be painful but is necessary. The author used touching stories, captivating quotes, and clearly described detail to tell this important story about the history of slavery and Georgetown University.”

https://clarionherald.org/…/…/painful-truths-hopeful-future/

 

BEST PERSONALITY PROFILE:
Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more

Second Place

“Faith carried Regina Matrum through family tragedy” by Beth Donze

Judges: “Excellent use of details and quotations to weave the story.”

https://clarionherald.org/…/faith-carried-regina-matrum-fa…/

 

BEST PHOTOGRAPH:
Best General News Photo

Second Place

“Keeping the faith—for a third time” by Peter Finney Jr.

Judges: “Kudos to the photographer for access in a sensitive situation. While the composition is wonderful, a little more emotion would have helped this rise to the top.”

https://clarionherald.org/?s=keeping+the+faith&submit=

 

BEST PERSONALITY PROFILE:
Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more

Third Place

“Catholic Foundation honors Rodi, pro-life advocate” by Beth Donze

Judges: “The subject’s personality is evident throughout the article through quotes and the many details of her life. Nicely done.”

https://clarionherald.org/…/catholic-foundation-honors-rod…/

 

BEST INVESTIGATIVE/ANALYSIS NEWS WRITING:
Investigative News Writing, Diocesan Newspaper

Third Place

“A ministry of presence” by Peter Finney Jr.

Judges: “Highly descriptive reporting about a timely and emotional issue and what is being done to address it. Writing style is smooth and clear, painting a picture for readers absent the lurid details that often bog down these types of stories.”

https://clarionherald.org/?s=A+ministry+of+presence&submit=

 

BEST NEWS WRITING ON A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL EVENT:
National Event, Diocesan Newspaper

Honorable Mention

“African-born clergy and religious in U.S. growing” by Beth Donze

https://clarionherald.org/?s=African-born+clergy&submit=

 

BEST NEWS WRITING ON A LOCAL OR REGIONAL EVENT:
Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more

Honorable Mention

“An artistic transformation” by Beth Donze

https://clarionherald.org/…

 

BEST REPORTING ON VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD, RELIGIOUS LIFE OR DIACONATE:
Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more

Honorable Mention
“When saying ‘yes to the dress’ is a ‘yes’ to God” by Peter Finney Jr.

https://clarionherald.org/…

 

 

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