Visitor wins 11 national Catholic press awards

The Visitor won 11 awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, including an honorable mention in the “newspaper of the year” category for large-circulation diocesan newspapers. The awards were announced June 23 at the 2017 Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

The other awards, for work completed in 2016, were:

  • First place, for best group or association blog for “From the Heart: A Catholic Blog for Central Minnesota,” coordinated by Visitor multimedia reporter Kristi Anderson.
  • First place for best news writing on a local or regional event for Anderson’s coverage of the St. Mary Church fire in Melrose.
  • First place for best editorial on a local issue for “Building bridges,” by editor Joe Towalski, writing about the importance Christians and Muslims building relationships with each other.
  • Second place for best feature writing for a story by Anderson about a Stearns County program that assists people leaving prison to make the transition back into the community.
  • Second place for best reporting of social justice issues for Anderson’s story “Paynesville man who walked to Guatemala still making a difference there 44 years later.”
  • Second place for the newspaper’s Year of Mercy coverage for work done by Anderson and multimedia reporter Dianne Towalski.
  • Second place for best online presentation of multimedia visuals for Dianne Towalski’s story and accompanying video “St. Cloud priest gives teens ‘Vital 3.0’ car tips.”
  • Third place for best online presentation of multimedia visuals for a video featuring Bishop Donald Kettler and Deacon John Wocken cooking a CRS Rice Bowl recipe from Laos.
  • Third place for best editorial on a national/international issue for Joe Towalski’s editorial “Pope Francis endorses this editorial,” addressing “fake news” and the importance of media literacy.
  • Honorable mention for best reporting on vocations to the priesthood, religious life or diaconate for Dianne Towalski’s profile of Father Art Vogel, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Author: The Visitor

The Visitor is the official newpaper for the Diocese of Saint Cloud.

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