The Catholic Courier
and El Mensajero Católico
have won hundreds of Catholic Press Association and New York Press Association awards during the past 25 years.
Collectively, the two newspapers received 15 awards from the Catholic Press Association for work published during 2012. The CPA, which represents more than 600 Catholic publications in the United States and Canada, presented the awards during its annual convention in Denver June 19-21, 2013.
- Best Freestanding Online/Multi-Media Presentation of Photo Gallery or Slide Show: First place went to Photo Editor Mike Crupi for his slideshow "Local Catholics reflect on the March For Life." Crupi also won third place for his slideshow "Breakfast with Santa."
- Individual Excellence - Photographer/Artist: First place went to Staff Photographer Tamara Tirado for a body of work from 2012.
"Impressive use of great photographs in a multimedia format from paper to web," the judges said.
Crupi received an honorable mention in this category.
"Breath-taking photographs!" the judges remarked.
- Best News Writing Originating With the Paper on a Local or Regional Event: Staff Writer Mike Latona received an honorable mention for his June 2012 story about how the Diocese of Rochester has responded during the past decade to the clergy sexual-abuse crisis.
- Best Multiple Picture Package Originating With the Newspaper -- News: Crupi won second place for a package of photos on the March for Life that appeared in the February 2012 edition.
"Story is told nicely via photos. Nice variety of shapes, subjects and sizes," the judges said.
- Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues - Print: Third place went to Staff Writer Amy Kotlarz for a series of articles from throughout the year.
- Best Local Treatment of the Olympics: Third place went to Latona and Staff Writer Jennifer Burke for a series of stories. Latona's piece was a roundup of how local Olympians fared in their events, while Burke's article featured Naples native Meghan Musnicki, who spoke to students at a Geneva Catholic school.
"Great story of Olympian sharing her life with students," the judges said.
EL MENSAJERO AWARDS
- Best Freestanding Online/Multj •Media Presentation of Photo Gallery or Slide Show: Tirado received an honorable mention for her slideshow of students dancing with Rochester Police officers during a Hispanic Heritage Month event.
- Best Personality Profile: Staff Writer Annette Jimenez won third place for her profile of Edwin Rivera, the first Hispanic elected to public office in Rochester.
- Best In-Depth Analysis: Jimenez won first place for her series of stories, "Programa alienta soluciones tranquilas" ("Program encourages peaceful solutions"), about Partners in Restorative Initiatives and Project HOPE.
"A very in-depth piece on how the community can reduce violence. This is the exact definition of analysis in reporting," the judges said.
- Best Lead Article: Jimenez received a third-place award for her article on the Rochester City School District's program to inform and guide parents on how to be actively engaged in their children's educations. "A good example of a policy issue that can be reviewed from a religious point of view," the judges said.
- Best Coverage of Immigration: Jimenez won second place for a body of work on the subject.
"Reporter Annette Jimenez integrated gut-wrenching personal anecdotes with thorough, balanced coverage of law enforcement, diplomacy, federal policy, and ministry responses," the judges said. "Four photographers vividly told their own stories. Superb, comprehensive coverage."
- Individual Excellence - Writer: Jimenez won third place for a body of work from 2012. "Annette Jimenez knows her community well and works hard to provide meaningful coverage," the judges said. "Her article about the Dream Act of May 2012 is impressive because she was able to find people directly affected by the federal proposal regarding undocumented immigrants. She is an efficient and versatile reporter."
- General Excellence Publication: E1 Mensajero received an honorable mention in this category.
"Informative. This newspaper makes the effort to connect with parishioners in Rochester. This is a newspaper for them, about them and appears to be written by them."
In April, the New York Press Association, a trade organization for the state's non daily community newspapers, gave El Mensajero
three awards for work published during 2012. The Catholic Courier
was not entered in the contest.
- In-Depth Reporting (Division 3, circulation over 13,000): Jimenez won second place for stories on immigration and the DREAM Act.
- Feature Photo(s) (Division 3, circulation over 13,000): Crupi won third place for a Halloween photo of Rochester school district students.
- Best Newspaper Web Site (all circulation divisions): The newspaper's website, E1Mensajero Rochester.com, received third place among all competing nondaily newspapers in the state.