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America StaffJune 12, 2023

On June 9th, America Media and staff were honored with 32 awards from the Catholic Media Association, including writer of the year and podcaster of the year.

America took first place in several categories: Kerry Weber, Executive Editor, Writer of the Year (English); Maggi Van Dorn, Audio Producer, Podcaster of the Year; and J.D. Long-Garcia, Senior Editor, for Best Coverage—Immigration: “Reporting on migrants and refugees.”

America Media was also awarded Best Editorial; Best Interview; Best Book Review Section; Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video—Feature; Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video—News; and more.

The Catholic Media Association, which has over 200 member organizations, provides professional development and networking opportunities for journalists and media specialists committed to providing a Catholic perspective. Their annual awards honor the outstanding contributions of Catholic media organizations and individual media producers in the United States and Canada.

The full list of awards can be found here.

On June 9th, America Media and staff were honored with 32 awards from the Catholic Media Association, including writer of the year and podcaster of the year.

First Place

Podcaster of the Year: Maggi Van Dorn

Writer of the Year: Kerry Weber

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Feature: “This historic Catholic parish fought to stay open — and won”

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - News: “Why Pope Francis will visit Canada to apologize to Indigenous Peoples”

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Panel Discussion: “Who was Rutilio Grande, S.J., priest and martyr?”

Best Coverage – Immigration: “Reporting on migrants and refugees” — J.D. Long-García

Best Editorial: “Roe v. Wade: An End and a Beginning”

Best Interview: “Exclusive: Pope Francis discusses Ukraine, U.S. bishops and more”The Editors of America Media

Best Book Review Section: Spring Literary Review 2022

Second Place

Magazine of the Year - National General Interest Magazines

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video - Depiction of Religious Life: “Think Like A Jesuit: How Catholics can overcome the liturgy wars”

Best Podcast - Topical News: “Inside the Vatican: Pope Francis visits Canada to apologize to Indigenous peoples”

Best Podcast - Social Justice Issues: America Magazine, “Hark!: The Huron Carol (‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime)”

Best Regular Column – General Commentary: “Of Many Things: Columns by Matt Malone, S.J.”Matt Malone, S.J.

Best Essay – National General Interest Magazines: “Covid, 9/11, Florida: I tried to find something to blame for a Jesuit’s death. Nothing stuck.”Joe Hoover, S.J.

Best Review: “President Zelensky’s love of Ukraine is at the heart of ‘Servant of the People’”Jim McDermott, S.J.

Best Writing – Analysis: “The painful, grace-filled and (hopefully) healing process of seeking an annulment”Simcha Fisher

Best Writing – In-depth: “Flexible Catholic workplaces aren’t just good for parents. They’re also good for the church.”Laura Loker

Third Place

Best Regular Column – General Commentary: “Robert David Sullivan on U.S. politics”Robert David Sullivan

Best Editorial – “Catholic Education on the Margins”

Best Feature Article – National General Interest Magazines: “We traveled to four Catholic parishes across the country to make a documentary. These are their stories.”Kevin Jackson; Ricardo da Silva, S.J.

Best Reporting on Catholic Education: “This Catholic high school is 70% Latino—four times the national average—and still growing”J.D. Long-García

Best Writing – In-depth: “Explainer: Could Pope Francis revoke the 15th-century ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ used to justify colonizing Indigenous peoples?”Ricardo da Silva, S.J.

Honorable Mention

Multimedia Journalist of the Year: Ricardo da Silva, S.J.

Best Multimedia Package – Seasonal Issue: “Hark! — Carol of the Bells”

Best Podcast - Social Justice Issues: “Voting Catholic: How should Catholics judge candidates on abortion after Roe?”

Best Website – Magazine or Newsletter: America Magazine, “americamagazine.org”

Best Essay – National General Interest Magazines: “‘Why Does God Hate Me?’ A response to a frequently Googled question”Jim McDermott, S.J.

Best Essay – National General Interest Magazines: “Have Catholics been praying the Our Father all wrong?”Nathan Schneider

Best Feature Article – National General Interest Magazines: “The church forbids ‘human composting’ at death. But what about ‘green’ burials?”Collin Price

Best Writing – Analysis: “Can a pro-life and a pro-choice Catholic find common ground? We gave it a shot.”Ashley McKinless, Keara Hanlon

Best Electronic Newsletter: Outreach, “Zacchaeus, the Grumblers and LGBTQ People” — James Martin, S.J.

CorrectionThis story previously stated that America Media won 31 awards from the Catholic Media Association. It has been updated to include the honorable mention that Outreach received for best electronic newsletter.

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