The Catholic Voice, the newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland, and its affiliated Spanish-language monthly, El Heraldo Católico, were recognized by the Catholic Press Association for excellence in journalism.
The publications received two first place awards, two second place awards and an honorable mention for work done in 2012. The press association is a trade group representing more than 600 Church-related media organizations in the US and Canada.
The Catholic Voice received a first place award for "Best reporting on a special age group, young adults" for the report: "Andrew Moore led a life dedicated to life" by Michele Jurich, associate editor/staff writer. The judges said it was a "touching story of how the nation's youth can make such a difference in even a short lifetime. … Wonderful choice of quotes and nice language use."
José Luis Aguirre, associate editor of El Heraldo Católico and staff photographer, received the first place award in "Best news writing, local/regional event," for an article on Jesus Navarro, a local immigrant awaiting an organ transplant.
The Voice won a second place award for "Best story originating with a newspaper" for an article and photos on the ordination of Rev. Derrick Oliveira; and El Heraldo received a second place for "Best coverage of vocations" for an article and photos on a day in the life of our seminarians. Contributor Diana Otero received an honorable mention in the "Best coverage of immigration" category for her story on the effect of changes in immigration rules on young people.
Several of these articles appeared in both publications.
The monthly El Heraldo Católico is delivered at no cost the first weekend of each month to every church that offers a Spanish-language Mass.
The biweekly Catholic Voice is mailed to all registered households in the diocese and to subscribers and is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org.
Judging was done by the journalism departments at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama.
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