El Observador, The Observer, Diocesan Directory Come Home Winners
July 14, 2022
PORTLAND, Oregon—Publications in the Rockford Diocese all were recognized with awards for journalism excellence at the annual Catholic Media Conference held in Portland July 4-7. The gathering met in person for the first time since 2019. 
Each year, Catholic newspapers, magazines, newsletters, books, videos, websites and social media campaigns in the U.S. and Canada compete for awards in journalism. Among thousands of entrants, The Observer, El Observador and the Official Directory for the Diocese of Rockford earned awards.
The Diocesan Directory received a third place book award with the judges saying “Diocese of Rockford directory, if judged on photography and printing alone, would be the clear winner, with full color throughout, high quality photographic reproduction, good use of typography and white space. Map of the diocese, the parish headings and deanery designations all clear and useful.”
Amanda Hudson was recognized with a first place for her ‘Person in the Pew’ column. The judges said “The writer offers excellent deep insight on Biblical principles in practical terms. Her open, inquisitive, but reassuring tone, engages the reader.”
Hudson also earned an Honorable Mention in the Best Analysis and Round Up category for her reporting on “Joseph a Relevant Saint for 2021 Challenges,” part of the yearlong coverage of the Year of St. Joseph. 
El Observador, the diocesan Spanish publication earned seven awards including a first-place award for best reporting on the celebration of the sacraments. Judges said of Margarita Mendoza’s article ‘Jornada Reconciliate en 2021,’ “Margarita’s article on the sacrament of reconciliation was very helpful. It is especially important because there seems to be a dearth of articles on the topic. The pictures added a great deal to the story as well.”
El Observador also earned a second place award for Best Column by Margarita Mendoza, a second place and honorable mention to Margarita Mendoza for Best Reporting on Special Age Groups, a second place for Best News Writing by Margarita Mendoza, a second place for Best Parish Profile by Margarita Mendoza and a third place for Best Reporting on Catholic Education by Penny Wiegert.
“Our diocese is truly blessed with great talent in journalism, reporting, commentary and design. I am so grateful those efforts were recognized with awards for excellence by the Catholic Media Association and that all we do is for the benefit of our readers and the Church,” said Penny Wiegert, director of Communication and Publications.
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