More awards for The Catholic Messenger

The Catholic Messenger placed in three categories for the Catholic Media Association contest, including for Best Coverage – Disaster or Crises.

The Catholic Messenger took home three awards in the Catholic Press Awards competition of the Catholic Media Association (CMA) this year. The CMA announced the results June 21 during the 2024 Catholic Press Awards Banquet and Presentation in Atlanta. The awards that The Catholic Messenger received:

First Place, Best Coverage of a Disaster or Crisis for “Everyone deserves a safe, decent, affordable home by Barb Arland-Fye. The judges wrote, “Excellent news coverage as well as editorial advocacy. The coverage drew in a lot of voices, and the first-person accounts of what happened were very compelling.” Report Lindsay Steele contributed to the coverage.

First Place, Best Editorial on a National or International Issue for “Global Hunger Crisis Requires Collaboration,” by Barb Arland-Fye.

Second Place, Best Coverage of Ecumenical and Interfaith Issues for “One Among Us Justice Award goes to interfaith friends,” by Barb Arland-Fye.


In total, members submitted more than 3,200 entries for the contest. CMA membership totals nearly 900 people and consists of 89 newspapers, 84 magazines and print newsletters, 124 communications, 28 digital-only publications, 18 general publishers, a couple of radio/TV stations and two book publishers across the country and in Canada.

Earlier this year, The Catholic Messenger earned a first-place award and a third-place award in the 2024 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests, announced during the 2024 Convention and Awards Ceremony Feb. 8 in Des Moines. First-place honors in the Best News Feature Story (weekly, class 3) recognized the Messenger’s story titled “Apartment disaster compounds affordable housing crisis,” written by Editor Barb Arland-Fye. Reporter Lindsay Steele contributed to the article. In the Excellence in Editorial Writing (weekly, class 3), the Messenger received the third-place award, based on three different editorials by Arland-Fye.

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