Catholic Chronicle wins two publishing awards

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Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:00
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TOLEDO—The Catholic Chronicle was honored by the Catholic Press Association with two awards during the association’s annual convention June 22.

The Chronicle received second-place honors for Best Online Content Not Published in Print and an honorable mention for Best Redesign. Both awards categories were open to submissions from all Catholic Press Association members, which include 142 newspapers, 68 magazines, 22 newsletters and 14 foreign language publications across the U.S. and Canada.

This is the second time the Catholic Chronicle won in the Best Online Content Not Published in Print category. In 2010, the staff won a first place award. Judging criteria for the award includes up to five articles published online within a 60-day period that by themselves demonstrate sound writing and storytelling, and in the aggregate suggests a publication’s belief in the immediacy and value of reaching an online audience.

Stories submitted by the Chronicle for this award included several published between Sept. 8 and Nov. 11, 2011: “Holy Cross School breaks ground on chapel,” “Sisters’ Portiuncula Chapel marks 75th anniversary” and “Bishop Ottenweller, four others honored for service” by Laurie Stevens Bertke and “Diocesan employee placed on administrative leave” by Angela Kessler.

Toledo Central Catholic High School“While the reporting is very good, it was complemented nicely by a well-edited video clip,” the Catholic Press Association commented in its remarks regarding the online award. “Together, this is a great combination.”

A redesigned Catholic Chronicle was launched in August 2011 in conjunction with a change in publication schedule. Judges in this category considered front page design, interior page layouts, graphic elements, use of color, readability and organization of content. The final design was a collaboration of Elizabeth Dangrow, graphic designer and Angela Kessler, editor.

“These awards are a testament to the great work done every day by the entire staff of the Catholic Chronicle,” says Ms. Kessler.

The Catholic Chronicle is the official publication of the Diocese of Toledo. The print edition is published monthly (except July) and distributed throughout the 19-county Diocese of Toledo. Its companion website, is updated daily with local, national and international Catholic news. The Chronicle also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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