Northwest Catholic nets 19 national awards

Northwest Catholic was just named the best diocesan magazine in the country. Northwest Catholic and received 19 Catholic Press Awards — including first place for General Excellence among diocesan magazines — during the awards banquet June 26 at the 2015 Catholic Media Convention in Buffalo, New York.

Northwest Catholic was recognized in categories ranging from features, columns and multimedia presentations to photography, advertising and design. Several of the awards were for content that appeared only on 

Follow the links below to see our award-winning stories.

First Place

General Excellence (diocesan magazines)
Northwest Catholic 

Best Web and Print Combination Package (all publications)
The art of faith” by Anna Weaver, Greg Magnoni, Lori Wirtz, Pam Gunderson

Best Regular Column: Family Life (all magazines)
“Your Family Matters” (1, 2, 3) by Sarah Bartel

Best Explanation of Church’s Position on Marriage (all magazines)
NFP? Are you serious?”; “The other vocation crisis”; “Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?” by Jean Parietti, Sarah Bartel, Father Cal Christiansen 

Best In-Depth/Analysis Writing: Best Analysis Writing (all magazines)
"Lost in space?” by Kevin Birnbaum

Best Feature Article (diocesan magazines)
Does God want you to speak in tongues?” by Kevin Birnbaum 

Best Online Presentation of Multimedia Visuals (all magazines)
The art of faith” by Anna Weaver, Stephen Brashear


Second Place

Best Magazine or Newsletter Magazine (all magazines)
Northwest Catholic Online

Best Online Content Not Published in Print (all publications) stories by Kim Haub, Louis McGill (1, 2), Greg Magnoni, Susan Gilmore, Stephen Brashear (1, 2), Robin Gunderson, Jean Parietti 

Best Regular Column by a Bishop or Archbishop (Spanish)
“Del Obispo” (1, 2, 3) by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

Best Example of Effective Advertising Promotion Originating with the Publication (all publications)
“Teaming Up for Success” by Keri Hake

Best Media Kit Created in 2014 (all publications)
“Northwest Catholic” by Keri Hake

Best Promotional House Ad (all publications)
“Follow us from anywhere” by Keri Hake, Ellen Bollard


Third Place

Best Multiple Picture Package: Feature Package (all magazines)
The art of faith” by Stephen Brashear 

Best Coverage of Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate (all magazines)
Faithful Seahawks, super priest” by Anna Weaver 

Best Feature Article (diocesan magazines)
The long road to peace” by Kevin Birnbaum


Honorable Mention

Best Multimedia Package for News: Feature Package (all publications)
Seattle Archdiocese’s Madre de las Americas celebration turns 20” by Louis McGill, Robin Gunderson, Stephen Brashear

Best Cover: Large (all magazines)
The coach” by Stephen Brashear, Ellen Bollard

Best Promotional House Ad (all publications)
“When you speak, we listen” by Keri Hake, Ellen Bollard