QUEBEC — The Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela won 21 awards during the annual Catholic Media Conference at Laval University here June 23.
The Sentinel was named the best of North America’s non-weekly newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or fewer. That’s the first time since 1959 that the Sentinel has been named first in its class. Judges cited a “wealth of topics that are not often discussed in a Catholic paper,” “crisp prose,” and “great graphics.”
Sentinel reporter Katie Scott was first in investigative reporting among all newspaper sizes for a story about a University of Portland student who says the school failed her after a sexual assault. Judges called Scott’s work “in-depth, detail-filled and well-researched.”
Scott earned second place in writer of the year competition, with judges saying she tells “tough, challenging stories, and she tells stories that touch the heart.”
Among all Spanish-language newspapers, El Centinela editor Rocio Ríos won first place for her column on Portland’s Mercado after vandals struck the collection of businesses. Ríos took second in editor of the year competition.
Archbishop Alexander Sample earned third place among spiritual columns in Spanish newspapers and El Centinela’s website took third place.
Sentinel reporter and layout specialist Kristen Hannum took first place in local reporting for a story on how St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland fought for residents of a nearby trailer park who faced eviction. Judges praised her encounter with an often overlooked community and her search for different perspectives. In the same category, managing editor Ed Langlois received honorable mention for an account of a Catholic fire chief’s experience at gas explosion scene.
Hannum and Langlois shared a third place prize for their profiles of people who joined the church at Easter.
Langlois earned a first place award in reporting on religious life for his story on the Trappist monks of Lafayette. Judges said the piece, illustrated with photos by Msgr. Chuck Lienert, allowed readers to see the monks as they see themselves.
Langlois also was given first place in Year of Mercy reporting for a story on Eugene’s Catholic Worker outreach to homeless people.
Langlois’ photo of Benedictine Brother Alcuin Walch and a centuries-old manuscript won second place among newspapers of all sizes in the portrait category.
In reporting on social justice issues, second place among all newspaper sizes went to Langlois for a story on how the Catholic director of the Eugene Mission brought direction to the enterprise that helps people who are homeless in Oregon’s second largest city. In the same category, honorable mention went to Scott for her piece on how Catholic Community Services in Salem helps people with disabilities find work and thrive.
Langlois took third place among all newspaper sizes in the analysis category for a series on how Catholic schools in western Oregon are dealing with students with disabilities. Judges called the series “deeply reported.”
Reporter Sarah Wolf and Langlois garnered third place in pro-life reporting for a series that touched on human trafficking, abortion and assisted suicide.
A Sentinel series on faithful citizenship published before the 2016 election won second place among all newspaper classes. Langlois, Hannum, Scott and Wolf teamed up on the collection.
Langlois was honorably mentioned for a feature on men recovering from addiction amid the animals, fresh air and labor at Blanchet Farm.
In sports news among papers of all sizes, longtime Sentinel freelance writer Ken Niezgoda took home third place for a story on runner Galen Rupp’s selfless moment in the 2016 Olympic Games.
An advertising campaign for Catholic Youth Organization earned the Sentinel’s Bob Jaques a first place prize.