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Catholic press group honors CFCA communications

June 26, 2012

Awards & honors

CFCA has received three second-place awards for journalism excellence from the Catholic Press Association.

The awards were given at the association's annual awards banquet and celebration Friday, June 22, as part of the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.

”We are honored to participate in the Catholic Press Awards and receive recognition for our work in giving families in the CFCA program a way to share their stories,” said Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA director of communications. “By sharing their struggles and successes with the rest of the world, families in poverty are less isolated.”

The categories in which CFCA received awards were:

  • Best Online Blog — Group or Association for "Around the World with CFCA"

  • Judges' summary: "Impressive amount of meaningful content addressing issues of social justice. Serves to open eyes, hearts and minds. Easy access to social media."

  • General Excellence — Special Interest Newsletters for CFCA Update

  • Judges' summary: "This compact newsletter gives people-centered updates on the community, offers a simple but intriguing layout, and unites good writing with captivating stories."

  • Best Online/Multimedia Presentation of Visuals for "Sponsorship transforms distressed community"

  • Judges' summary: "Focusing on the needs of a family and individuals makes readers and viewers immediately care about the cause."

Tim Walter, the association's executive director, wrote about the awards in the June edition of The Catholic Journalist.

"Judging was done with a combination of Catholic University staff members and those working in the field but still affiliated with the University," he wrote.

Other judges included professors from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Walter wrote.

The association also held a Memorial Mass commemorating members of the Catholic Press Association who have died in the last year.

Bernard A. "Bud" Hentzen, the late CFCA co-founder who died Nov. 30, 2011, was included in the reading of the names.

Hentzen was a steadfast supporter of the Catholic press, having attended conferences over many years and encouraging CFCA's involvement in the Catholic press.

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