Archdiocese of Washington’s Communications Secretariat Receives Several National Recognitions for Excellence

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – The newspapers of the Archdiocese of Washington received national recognition at the 2016 Catholic Media Conference on June 3, 2016. Both newspapers, the Catholic Standard and the Spanish-language El Pregonero, each received 15 awards from the Catholic Press Association at their annual conference.

First place was awarded for the Catholic Standard’s issue profiling Pope Francis’ visit to Washington in the “best supplement or special issue” category. The Catholic Standard was also awarded second place in the overall general excellence category in its division, with judges calling it “an excellent publication both in content and design.” A first-place award was also received from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for a missions advertisement. The paper was also recognized for its special sections on graduation and Easter, along with an editorial and news coverage of assisted suicide, for feature writing, best coverage of young adults and for the Year of Consecrated Life and the Year of Mercy.

Jaclyn Lippelmann, photographer for the Catholic Standard, received a first-place award for best portrait, along with three other individual awards. Additionally, the Archdiocese of Washington received a second-place award for best book on the papal visit, Pope Francis in Washington, edited by Georgina Stark, which included photos and text contributions from the Catholic Standard staff.

The archdiocese’s Spanish language newspaper, El Pregonero received first place awards for page one design, best news writing, best editorial and best coverage of local issues in the 2016 CPA awards for Spanish-language publications. The paper also received honors for its web site. El Pregonero placed third overall for general excellence.

An additional spotlight has also been put on the archdiocese’s communications secretariat with a silver Telly Award in the Religion/Spirituality category. The Telly Awards honor local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions and online content. The archdiocese’s award-winning video titled, “5 Things You Can Do to Properly Prepare for Pope Francis’ Visit to Washington,” is an animated video produced “LEGO style,” and features archdiocesan priest, Father Matthew Fish.

“These media industry recognitions of excellence reflect the talent and dedication of the archdiocese’s communications secretariat,” said Ed McFadden, Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. “Each and every day, the communications team collaborates and strives to ensure that the widest audience is reached through the many mediums available, to meet them where they are and inspire them to hear the Gospel truth and encounter the Catholic faith.”


The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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