America Media Wins 26 Catholic Press Awards

We are happy to announce that America Media is the recipient of 26 awards for journalistic excellence from the Catholic Press Association. Six books written by America editors and columnists also were honored this year. The winners were announced on Friday evening at a dinner to mark the conclusion of the 2015 Catholic Media Conference, hosted by the C.P.A. this year in Buffalo, N.Y. The annual event gathers the top Catholic journalists from across the country and Canada to acknowledge excellence in Catholic reporting and to share best practices with its members. 
 
Among its 2014 accolades, America Media was honored for its video coverage of the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. America was also honored for its coverage of racism, marriage and family, and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The magazine’s “Books and Culture” section won first place in its category, as did “(Un)Conventional Wisdom,” America’s politics blog by Robert David Sullivan. The full list of awards is as follows:

Magazine Awards

First Place

Best Individual Blog: “(Un)Conventional Wisdom” by Robert David Sullivan

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Best freestanding video: “Jesuit and Lakota: Graduation at Red Cloud” by Jeremy Zipple

Best Essay: “Revisiting Racism” by M. Shawn Copeland

Best Editorial: “When the Law is a Crime” by The Editors

Best Review Section: “Fall Books I” by Jon M. Sweeney, Perry Petrich, Sidney Callahan, Franklin Freeman, M. Ross Romero

Best In-Depth Writing: “Morality and Morale” by Luke Hansen

Second Place

Best group or association blog: “The Good Word” by Staff

Best Original Poetry: “Paul on the Adriatic” by Dan MacIsaac

Best Essay: “Dignity for All” by Joe Kennedy

Best Interview: “Defending the Worst” by Luke Hansen

Best Explanation of Church's Position on Marriage: Coverage by Michael Heintz, Walter Kasper, Helen Alvare

Best coverage of vocations: "Changed, Not Ended” by Julia Walsh

Best Feature Article: “Separation Anxiety” by Anna Nussbaum Keating

General Excellence

Third Place

Best Essay: “Suffering Children” by Brian Doyle

Best Editorial: “Remarriage, Mercy and Law” by The Editors

Best Review: “Acts of Contrition” by Ronan McCoy

Best Review Section: “Fall Books II” by Raymond A. Schroth, Hank Stuever, Paul Lakeland, James R. Kelly

Best Analysis Writing: “Allowed to Hope” by Kevin Clarke

Best Online Presentation of Multi-Media Visuals: “The Restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral” by Ashley McKinless

Best Group Blog: “Dispatches” by Staff

Honorable Mention

Best Regular Column – General Commentary: by James T. Keane

Best Personality Profile: “What Martyrdom Means” by Patrick Gilger

Best Review: “Life Itself” by John Anderson

Best Analysis Writing: “Watergate S.J.” by Raymond A. Schroth

Advertising Awards

First Place - Best Media Kit

Book Awards

First Place

First-time author: Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job by Kerry Weber, Loyola Press

Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith: The Jesuit Post by Patrick Gilger, S.J., Orbis Books

Family Life: Mortal Blessings by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Ave Maria Press

Third Place

Spirituality – Hardcover: Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, HarperOne

Biography: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton by Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., Ave Maria Press

Honorable Mention

Biography: Oscar Romero by Kevin Clarke, Liturgical Press

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