Catholic New York earned seven awards, including honors for reporting, editorial and column writing, and photography in the annual journalism contest sponsored by the Catholic Press Association.
First-place honors for an editorial on a national or international topic went to Mary Ann Poust for her editorial, titled “Missed Opportunity for Student Protesters,” about students at the University of Notre Dame who walked out of a commencement speech by Vice President Mike Pence.
A Catholic New York team, including reporter Dan Pietrafesa, editor-in-chief John Woods and Ron Lajoie, plus photographers Chris Sheridan and Maria R. Bastone, took second place for best coverage of pro-life issues for a special section on the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C., and other life celebrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Woods received a third-place award for Spanish-language news writing on a national or international event and second-place honors in the best scenic, still life or weather photo category for coverage of a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, with Cardinal Dolan and others from the Archdiocese of New York.
In the category of best column by a bishop or archbishop, Cardinal Dolan received honorable mention honors for his column, Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?
Also cited was freelance photographer Mary DiBiase Blaich for two of her Catholic New York assignments. She won third place for multiple picture package in the sports category for photos from the CYO cheerleading championships and honorable mention for a photo story in the news category about the New York Police Department’s Holy Name Society Mass and Communion breakfast.
The Tablet, newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, received first-place honors as weekly diocesan Newspaper of the Year.
The awards were presented at the June 15 closing banquet of the Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, Wis.