America Media received 53 awards from the Catholic Press Association at the Catholic Media Conference on July 1 for its groundbreaking coverage of events at the intersection of the church and world across print, digital, audio and video.
Recognized for both its intellectual content and spiritual resources, America Media received numerous awards, including Best Essay, Best Feature Article, Best Book Review Section, Best Multimedia Package Series, Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video, Best Writing (In-depth) and more.
The Catholic Press Association is an association of journalists and media specialists committed to providing the Catholic perspective. They have over 600 member organizations. Once a year, they honor the most significant Catholic media organizations and individual media producers in the United States with the CPA Awards. The awards acknowledge the outstanding work and contributions of publishers and members of the Catholic Press Association, striving to further the church’s mission by informing, inspiring and educating readers and keeping them connected to their faith.
A full list of winners is available here.
Best Electronic Newsletter: America Today
Best Multimedia Package Series, “America Media Covers the Amazon Synod”
Best Multimedia Package – Depiction of Religious Life: #BeyondtheHabit: The Power of Sisterhood
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video – Social Justice Issues: “Why do Catholics Protest? A Conversation on Activism in the Church Today”
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video – Explainer: “ 300 Years of Sister History (in 5 minutes) | Beyond the Habit"
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Feature: “Krista Tippett on Talking About God, Faith and Spirituality (Every Day, Every Week)” Faith In Focus
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - News: “Catholics Arrested in D.C. Protesting Trump’s Immigration Policies”
Best Coverage - Violence in Our Communities: “Violence in El Paso”
- What next? El Paso faith community shares stories of fear and anger in shooting aftermath
- El Paso bishop: Latinos feel ‘they have targets on their backs’
- Motivation remains unclear in arson attacks on three churches in El Paso
- We’re all victims now.
Best Essay - National General Interest Magazines: “The Path of Penance”
Best Feature Article - National General Interest Magazines: “When Professional Catholics Burn Out”
Best Book Review Section: “Spring Books 2019”
Best Writing - In-Depth: “A Complex Trauma: Understanding the Wounded Psyches Of Gang Members”
Best Use of Video on Social Media – News Organization: “Where was God when Notre Dame was in flames?”
Best Reporting on Catholic Education: “Catholicism is Multilingual, So Why Aren’t More Catholic Schools?”
Best Anthology: Avery Dulles: Essential Writings from America Magazine, Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., Ave Maria Press
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Pro Life Activities: “A Prayer in the Wake of Gun Violence”
Best Multimedia Package – Feature: “Catholicism is Multilingual, So Why Aren’t More Catholic Schools?”
Best Multimedia Package - News: “How the Catholic Church is Responding to Venezuela’s Refugee Crisis”
Best Podcast: “Plague: Untold stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church”
Best Use of Live Video in Social Media: “Why Do Catholics Protest? A Conversation on Activism in The Church Today”
Best Promotional House Ad: “Subscription House Ad”
Best Layout or Article Column- National General Interest Magazine: “A Fighting Spirit”
Best Coverage - Violence in Our Communities: “Violence in Mexico”
- As violence in Mexico continues to rise, can a new National Guard help?
- Mexico’s fight against organized crime takes a dark turn after urban warfare in Culiacán
- After the LeBarón family massacre, can Mexico’s López Obrador stop the violence?
Best Essay - National General Interest Magazines: “The Reality of Racism”
Best Feature Article - National General Interest Magazines: “After Isis: Can the Christian Community in Northern Iraq Survive?”
Best Explanation of Marriage: “How One Ministry Helps Families Live The Sacrament Of Marriage; Before The Thaw; Till Death Do Us Part?”
Best Original Poetry: “Spire”
Best Special Issue: “America’s Space Issue”
Best Writing - Analysis: “The Three Americas and How They Grow”
Best Online Content Not Published in Print-News: Content for August and September 2019
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Pro Life Activities: “America Reports: Why do people seek asylum in the U.S.?”
Best Podcast: “Deliver Us”
Best Guest Column/Commentary: “Dante, the President And The Moral Cowardice of the G.O.P.”
Best Feature Article - National General Interest Magazines: “Grace Amid the Grief”
Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues - Care for God’s Creation: “California Bishops Release New Letter On Environment For ‘Laudato Si’’ Anniversary”; “The University Of San Francisco Goes ‘Carbon Neutral’
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video – Explainer: What's in the final document of the Amazon Synod? | Developing Story
Best Reporting on Catholic Education: “Catholic Schools Reimagined”
Magazine/Newsletter of the Year- National General Interest Magazines: America
Multimedia Journalist of the Year, Michael O’Loughlin
Best Electronic Newsletter: Arts and Culture
Best Layout or Article Column - National General Interest Magazine: “The Three Americas and How They Grow”
Best Cover for Color- Large (over 6 x 9 ½”): “Helping Gang Members Heal”
Best Coverage- Ecumenical/Interfaith Issues: “How Jewish Spirituality Enriches My Catholic Faith; What Islam Taught Me About Dying; Mary Our Model”
Best Coverage - Immigration: ““The Three Americas And How They Grow; ICE Raids ‘Traumatize’ Communities In Mississippi; Border Security Will Not Solve The Immigration Crisis; Accompanying Undocumented Immigrants Is “The Catholic Thing To Do”; As Supreme Court Hearings Begin, Advocates Say DADA Was Always a Short-term Fix””
Best Feature Article - National General Interest Magazines: “A Call to Love”
Best Guest Column/Commentary: From Mawmaw
Best Reporting on a Special Age Group: “Is there a shortage of sacramental care for the elderly in the U.S.?; Paid family leave is a way to honor our elders; Uphold the dignity of elders and their caregivers; Bridging the generation gap”
Best Review: “The Father of Black Theology”
Best Writing - Analysis: “On Abortion, U.S. Latinos Are Not In Lockstep With The Democratic Party”
Hot Topic - Best Coverage on the Sexual Abuse Crisis: “America’s Coverage of the Sexual Abuse Crisis”
- How should we increase accountability? Empower laypeople. by the Editors
- What happens when a priest is falsely accused of sexual abuse, by Michael O’Loughlin
- Cardinal Marx: the Catholic Church must be transparent in its handling of sexual abuse, by Gerard O’Connell
- “Deliver Us” - Deliver Us team,
- The Vatican’s Sex Abuse Summit is a time for decisive action, by the Editors
Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video – Explainer: Is Pope Francis a Jesuit? Jesuits answer google's most searched questions | Jesuit Autocomplete
*Correction July 13, 2020: A miscalculation on the part of the Catholic Press Association resulted in America Media announcing 42 awards. The correct number of awards is 53.