Julie Sly, editor of Catholic Herald magazine, was honored July 7 at the 2022 Catholic Media Conference in Portland, Oregon, with a second place award from the Catholic Media Association for Best Feature Article in diocesan magazines across the United States. She received the award for the cover story of the March/April 2021 issue of Catholic Herald magazine: /news/youre-turning-god-all-time
The Catholic Press Award judges commented that Sly's feature article, on how Frank and Lynn Hanratty's faith endured after losing everything to a wildfire in August 2020, was "a touching tribute to people who remain faithful despite suffering." "I wish to thank Lynn and Frank Hanratty, longtime members of St. Mary Parish in Vacaville, for sharing their personal story with Catholic Herald readers, and to Steve German, photographer, for taking the wonderful photos that accompanied the story.," Sly said.
The purpose of the Catholic Press Awards is to acknowledge the outstanding work of its publisher and communication members as they strive to further the mission of the Church. On a daily basis they inform, inspire and educate readers keeping them connected to their faith, and telling the story of the Church. It is those contributions that are recognized through these awards.
With the diversity of Catholic communications today, the Awards program offers the opportunity for individuals with various skill sets to submit their best work for critical review. Participants choose categories organized by different media that feature writing, design, production and editing skills, and submit in sub-categories separated by intent such as news, feature stories and so forth.
The Catholic Press Awards accepts work completed by its members in the previous year. The association announces the winners at its Catholic Media Conference in July, publishes them in the Awards issue of The Catholic Journalist, and showcases them on the CMA website at https://www.catholicmediaassociation.org/catholic-press-awards/