Media outlets of the Diocese of Oakland, The Catholic Voice and the Spanish-language El Heraldo Católico, received 13 national awards for excellence at the annual Catholic Media Conference of the Catholic Press Association, held in St. Louis June 1-3.
The Catholic Voice was recognized with six awards in its circulation category of 25,000 or more subscribers; The Voice has 90,000 subscribers. El Heraldo Católico received seven awards.
Among The Voice awards: a third place General Excellence award and a first place for best feature writing for an article by staff writer Michele Jurich, "In Berkeley, evangelists take to the streets."
In addition at the annual conference, Helen Osman, interim director of communications for the Diocese of Oakland and former communications director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, received the Clarion Award. The Clarion Award, sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, recognizes the work of Catholic communicators through service; creativity and excellence in leadership, ecumenical cooperation or industry collaboration.
Osman was with the USCCB from 2007-2015; from 1985-2007, she was communications director for the Diocese of Austin.
More than 300 members of the Catholic Press Association are eligible to enter the awards contest. Faculty members from the journalism schools of Marquette University, Spring Hill College and DePaul University, along with select professionals familiar with the Catholic press, were the judges. The selections were judged from almost 2,500 entries.
In addition, The Voice received a third place in the category of Best Reporting on a Special Age Group, Senior Citizens, for a story by Michele Jurich, "Delivering the Good News on Sunday afternoons," and several honorable mentions in the category of Best Coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life: including an Aug. 10 section for the Year of Consecrated Life and a story by Michele Jurich, "Two sisters profess as Carmelites," and a story by Carrie McClish about the Quinhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross, "Sisters' congregation from Vietnam traces founding back to 17th century."
El Heraldo Católico and its writer, Raúl Ayrala, were recognized with several awards:
There were two awards in the category of Best Coverage of a Local Issue, a second place for "Escuelas católicas cumplirán con la ley de vacunación obligatoria," ("Catholic schools comply with mandatory vaccinations") and a third place for "Carismáticos: de la iglesia y para la iglesia," ("Charismatics: of the Church and by the Church").
El Heraldo won a second place for Best Coverage of Family for a story, "¿Cómo tratamos los latinos a nuestros hijos?" ("How are we treating our children?").
There were two awards in the category of Best Parish Profile: a second for a story about St. Peter Martyr Parish, Pittsburg, and a third for an article on All Saints Parish, Hayward.
Coverage of the annual Guadalupe pilgrimage in December won two second place awards, for Best Multiple Picture Package and Best Coverage of Cultural Heritage.
The monthly El Heraldo Católico (www.elheraldocatolico.org), is delivered at no cost the first weekend of each month to every church in the diocese that offers a Spanish-language Mass and to select retail outlets. The biweekly Catholic Voice is mailed to all registered households in the diocese who request it and to other subscribers and is also available online at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org.
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