Florida Catholic Newspaper Earns Six National Awards

The Florida Catholic took top honors at the 2016 Catholic Media Conference June 1-3, including two first-place awards and four other awards.

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The Florida Catholic took top honors at the 2016 Catholic Media Conference June 1-3, including two first-place awards and four other awards.

The Catholic Press Association awarded a first place for best coverage of the papal visit to Cuba and the U.S. The winning package  included six articles, written by staff members Jean Gonzalez and Linda Reeves, along with correspondents Laura Dodson, Ana Rodriguez-Soto and Angelique Ruhi-Lopez.

For the second straight year, the whole Florida Catholic staff took home first-place honors for its print circulation promotion campaign. The campaign featured the question “What do you prefer?” as it highlighted the choices of the printed paper, its electronic edition or both.

Two editorial awards focused on the paper’s excellence in coverage of vocations. Jim Davis, a contributor of the Palm Beach Diocese edition, was recognized with a third-place award for a popular series with readers — Who’s who in the Catholic Church.

The paper also took an honorable mention in the same category for its “Priest Jubilarians” special section, which offers profiles of 25-year and 50-year jubilarians of the Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice dioceses. Writers of those profiles included staffer Gonzalez, along with Davis and correspondents Marjorie Durante and Linda Caldwell in Orlando.

Designer Michael Jimenez’s “Priest Retirement Collection” ad won honorable mention for best single color ad originating with the publication.

The paper’s newest writer for Sunday Word, Father Brian Campbell, parochial vicar of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles in Royal Palm Beach, was awarded third place for a series of his columns that appeared in September 2015.