Messenger wins Catholic Press Association award

The Catholic Messenger won honorable mention for Best Front Page Broadsheet from the Catholic Press Association after submitting front pages from its Nov. 13, 20 and 27 for judging.

In competition with diocesan newspapers from throughout the United States and Canada, The Catholic Messenger has been awarded honorable mention for Best Front Page Broadsheet.

The Catholic Press Association (CPA) announced its 2009 Press Award winners during the annual Catholic Media Convention held May 27-29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Our Sunday Visitor, a national newspaper, won first place in the broadsheet category. Second place went to the B.C. Catholic in Vancouver, British Columbia, and The Pittsburgh Catholic placed third. “Broadsheet” refers to the largest of the newspaper formats. The other format for Best Front Page was tabloid, which refers to a smaller-size newspaper.

Contestants in the Best Front Page competition were required to submit three front pages from consecutive issues of their diocesan newspaper. The Catholic Messenger submitted front pages from the Nov. 13, 20 and 27 issues.


More than 2,500 entries in 237 categories were submitted in 2009 Press Awards competition, the CPA reported. Categories included newspapers, magazines, newsletters, Spanish language publications and books, among others. The American Press Institute judged the press entries.

“We have a great team whose members work well together week after week to publish a diocesan newspaper worthy of its subscribers,” said Barb Arland-Fye, editor of The Catholic Messenger. “We feel blessed to be recognized for the quality of our efforts, especially in light of the impressive competition.”

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