The Catholic Spirit wins national journalism awards

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit was honored with 13 awards for writing and videography at the Catholic Media Convention June 19 to 21 in Denver.

The awards, for work completed in 2012, are given by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

In the category of “best feature writing,” the newspaper garnered three awards:

• 1st place for “The Sober Truth: Alcoholic opens home in St. Paul to help others like him” by Dave Hrbacek.

• 3rd place for “Person of Mercy: Woman finds healing from abortion, offers hope to those facing Unknownunplanned pregnancies” by Dave Hrbacek.

• Honorable mention for “Coming to America: Immigrants give back to communities they now call home” by Julie Carroll.

The Catholic Spirit won three awards for editorials by Joe Towalski:

• 3rd place in the national/international category for “After Newtown: Moving from darkness into the light.”

• 3rd place in the local category for “Setting the record straight on adoption, single-parent children.”

• Honorable mention in the local category for “Time to fold on gambling option for new Vikings stadium.”

Dianne Towalski won two awards for “best online presentation of video:”

• 3rd place for “Archdiocesan Youth Day 2012.”

• Honorable mention for “Catholic cowboy relies on his faith.”

The Catholic Spirit also won awards in other categories:

• 2nd place for “best reporting on a special age group — teenagers” for  “Archdiocesan Youth Day aims to fire up faith of young Catholics” by the staff.

• 2nd place for “best chart or information graphic” for “Catholic Charities 101” by Dianne Towalski

• 2nd place for “best coverage of a routine, sacramental event” for  “Finding God in the darkness: Nine siblings join church after losing their parents” by Julie Carroll and Dave Hrbacek.

• 3rd place for “best regular special supplement” for “Leading With Faith,” an annual section honoring men and women business leaders who live their faith in the workplace.

• Honorable mention for “best coverage of vocations” for “Father’s Day . . . with a twist,” by Dave Hrbacek.

Dianne Towalski also received a first place award from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the “mission news” category for her story “Kitui delegation visit features faith, friendship . . . and fun,” about last fall’s visit to the archdiocese by a delegation from the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya.


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