I’m writing this at 30,000 feet en route from Denver, host city of this year’s Catholic Media Conference. Though the nearby Rocky Mountains were somewhat obscured by the recent wildfires, even those of us who didn’t venture much out of the conference center still got the full Denver experience in a hotel that registered at an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet.
As it does every year, the conference offered valuable opportunities for professional development, networking and reenergizing of mission.
And it was an opportunity for Our Sunday Visitor to shine as the Newsweekly received five awards (with an additional award given to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl’s book “Seek First the Kingdom”).
The judges wrote: “Cardinal Donald Wuerl “clearly and succinctly recapitulates magisterial teaching on a number of critical issues, and does so in an appealing and welcoming manner.”
The Newsweekly received a first-place award for Karen Callaway’s photo package “Capturing the Universal Church.” The package offered an “excellent variety of photos from detail to broad shots.”
It also received first place for its issue celebrating last year’s centennial: “A Century of Serving the Church.” Said the judges: “The overview of a century of Our Sunday Visitor from newsprint to iPad is a massive undertaking, and its execution is something to behold.”
Designer Lindsey Riesen received second-place honors for her illustration accompanying the article “Church finances under the microscope.” The judges called it “very descriptive [with a] good choice of colors and use of textures.”
The editorial board received honorable mention for its editorial, “Why we are suing the government,” published last June in response to the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services. The judges commented that the piece had “strong writing, with purpose.”
And last but certainly not least, OSV Newsweekly received third place in general excellence for a national newspaper. The judges highlighted “compelling features and interviews” that were “well-written and laid out.” They also noted that the content addresses “major issues of the day,” as well as provides “deeper knowledge about the Church.”
Columnist Teresa Tomeo and former columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion also received recognition.
Of course, the beauty of being a new editor is that I had absolutely nothing to do with these accomplishments, but still get to bask in the glory of leading a top-notch publication. The credit and hard work sit firmly with former editor John Norton, executive editor Sarah Hayes, and the talented team of writers, designers and editors entrusted to their care. I am very proud.
Yet while we celebrate, we know we still have much to do. And as we continue our mission of serving the Church, I continue to welcome your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.