BLOOMFIELD – The Catholic Transcript was awarded first place for General Excellence in the 40,001+ circulation category by the Catholic Press Association (CPA). The paper was chosen from Diocesan newspapers from across the United States and Canada.
When judging the Transcript, judges described it as a “well-edited, news-filled publication” that seemed like a “must-read.”
The Catholic Spirit from St. Paul, Minnesota came in second followed by third place winner the Arlington Catholic Herald in Virginia.
The prestigious CPA award comes only three months after the Transcript received first place recognition from the New England Newspaper and Press Association , and a month after the Transcript won nine awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' Excellence in Connecticut Journalism Contest.
CPA also awarded Transcript freelance photographer Robert Mullen second place for Best General News Photo. Mullen’s photograph, which was called, “Niece Shares Pride and Joy,” depicts a priest administering his first priestly blessing after his ordination. Judges commended the photograph by saying, “The joy, the fun and the excitement of the event really came through.”
“Our small staff works extremely hard to publish a comprehensive, interesting and entertaining monthly publication for our readers, and it is very gratifying to be honored for our efforts,” said Transcript managing editor Roberta Tuttle.
The CPA awards were announced Friday, June 24 at a reception held at the Wyndham Hotel in Pittsburgh. The Catholic Press Association is made up of more than 12,000 newspapers, magazines and other publications in the United States and Canada.