This photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer took the second-place award for a news photo from the Catholic Press Association. It also won a first-place award from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
BLOOMFIELD – The Catholic Transcript has been awarded first place for general excellence in a professional contest for the second time this year.
It was judged first in overall excellence in the 40,001-plus circulation category by the Catholic Press Association (CPA) in June. The paper was chosen from among entries submitted by diocesan newspapers located across the United States and in Canada.
The prestigious CPA award came only three months after the Transcript took first place in general excellence for biweekly and monthly newspapers in the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. In addition, the Transcript garnered nine awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) Excellence in Connecticut Journalism Contest in May. That is the most awards the paper has received from the SPJ in the four years it has taken part in that contest.
The CPA contest’s judges wrote of the Transcript: "We thought this was a well-edited, news filled publication. Easy to digest. Good writing and locally written content. Topical. Seems like a must-read."
The CPA also awarded Transcript freelance photographer Robert Mullen second place in the Best General News Photo category. Mr. 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."
The CPA awards were announced on June 24 at a reception held at the Wyndham Hotel in Pittsburgh. The Catholic Press Association is made up of 775 newspapers, magazines and other publications in the United States and Canada.
The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and St. Louis, Mo., came in second, and The Arlington Catholic Herald in Virginia took third.
"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.