U.S. Catholic wins 36 awards

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Bryan and Meinrad with awardsU.S. Catholic magazine solidified its reputation as the most award-winning religious magazine in the country, bringing home 23 awards from the Associated Church Press (ACP) and 13 from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) this year. 

Four additional awards gave Claretian Publications a total of 40 awards. From ACP, At Home with Our Faith and Context earned top newsletter awards. At Home with Our Faith also earned Best in Class for newsletters from CPA, while Elisabeth Roman of the Hispanic Ministry Resource Center won an award for individual excellence for OYE!

In addition to a Best in Class Awards of Merit for U.S. Catholic, the magazine won the following awards from ACP:

First-place Awards of Excellence for:

Publication website: uscatholic.org
Theme issue: Family issue, April
Column: Kevin Clarke's Margin Notes
Magazine Design, Spread or Story: "Under the gun," July
Photography: "Under the gun" by Carlos Javier Ortiz, July
Humor Graphic: Tom Wright's "'Twas the fight before Christmas" cookies, December

Second-place Awards of Merit for:

Feature Article: Robert McClory's "Collection racket," May
Personal Experience (short format): Brian Doyle's "The terrible brilliance," April
Personal Experience (long format): Molly Jo Rose's "Confessions of a repeat offender," August
Media Review Section: "Culture in Context"
Letters to the Editor: "You May Be Right"
Personally Useful Article: Heather Grennan Gary's "Deathbed confusion," November
Devotional/Inspirational: "Out of the depths," June
Magazine Design (entire issue): December

Third-place Honorable Mention awards for:

In-Depth Coverage: Megan Sweas' "Under the gun," July
Editorial Courage: Bryan Cones' "Above and Beyond the Call," June
Best Blog: U.S. Catholic blog
News story, magazine: J. D. Long-García's  "Fault lines: The immigration debate comes home to Catholic parishes," February 2009
Interview: "And God Created Darwin: An interview with Stephen Pope," February
Department: Sounding Board
Poem: Terry Cahill's "Cancer Poem #5," August
Professional resource: Robert McClory's "Collection racket," May

From CPA, U.S. Catholic won the following awards:

First place awards:

Best in Class, Magazine
Best cover: "Under the gun," July 
Best photo, magazine, black and white: "Under the gun," July
Best photo, magazine, color: "O little wall of Bethlehem," May
Best feature: "Collection racket," May
Best blog
Best e-newsletter (subscribe through form to the left)

Second place awards:

Best investigative news writing: "Collection racket," May
Best feature: Megan Sweas' "Under the gun," July
Best multimedia: Confronting Violence, Kevin Clarke and Megan Sweas  Best Year of the Priest coverage: Jeff Parrott's "Foreign Ministry," February
Original poetry: Cancer #5

Honorable mention, Editorial: Bryan Cones' "Above and Beyond the Call," June

The staff would like to extend their congratulations and gratitude to all of our contributors, and thank our readers and supporters, especially the Claretians, who have published this magazine for 75 years.   

For a full list of the awards and judges' comments, please see: http://theacp.org/ACPawards2010. CPA awards are listed in the June issue of The Catholic Journalist

(Photo: Bryan Cones and Meinrad Scherer-Emunds with Best of Class awards at the ACP conference. Taken by Ann Augherton.)