Catholic Standard and El Pregonero Win Nine National Awards

June 01, 2009

The Catholic Standard and El Pregonero, weekly newspapers of the Archdiocese of Washington, won nine awards in the annual Catholic Press Association awards competition, including four first place honors. Winners were announced May 29 at the CPA’s annual convention in Anaheim, CA.

The Catholic Standard won first place for book design and production for its work on “Pope Benedict XVI in Washington: Herald of Christ’s Hope,” published by the archdiocese in November 2008 to commemorate the Holy Father’s April 2008 visit to Washington, DC.

“The cover of this impressive book features a photograph of Pope Benedict, arms outstretched, greeting the American people and asking us to open the book and visit with him,” judges wrote in their critique of the book.

The Catholic Standard also won a third-place award for general excellence among newspapers of more than 40,000 circulation.

El Pregonero, the DC area’s oldest Spanish-language weekly newspaper, won seven awards in its Spanish-language division, including firsts for best website, best editorial and best lead article. The newspaper’s website, redesigned in fall 2007, was called “an informative website that is easy to navigate” by judges. “It has many relevant links for the community to act,” the critique continued.

Editor Rafael Roncal’s editorial, “El Presente Es Un Regalo” won first place. Roncal also wrote an editorial that took third place in the same category. El Pregonero also won second and third place for best in-depth analysis, and second place in the general excellence category.

The Archdiocese of Washington is the only diocese in the United States to publish two weekly newspapers. The Catholic Standard, published since 1951, circulates approximately 50,000 copies weekly in Washington, DC and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, and beyond. El Pregonero, founded in 1977, distributes 50,000 newspapers weekly, primarily in Washington, DC and the close-in Maryland suburbs.

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Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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