U.S. Catholic receives 5 awards from the Associated Church Press for 2023

Associated Church Press judges say that “U.S. Catholic is not only an excellent publication but a brave one.”

The Associated Church Press’s annual convention, held May 15-17 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, closed with its “Best of the Church Press” awards. Every year, the ACP recognizes excellence in religious communication, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and websites. The theme for the year’s convention was “Covering Conflict in a Polarized World,” and the organization awarded communicators for excellence in categories ranging from local reporting to denominational politics to “Best Disapproving Letter to the Editor.”

U.S. Catholic won awards in the following categories:

  • Award of Excellence: Denominational or special interest magazine
  • Award of Excellence: Social media presence
  • Award of merit: National reporting, for “The final frontier,” a feature on death cafes, death doulas, and other new death care movements, by Cassidy Klein
  • Honorable mention: Interview, Long Format, for “Reclaiming ecotheology,” a discussion with theologian Jawanza Eric Clark about a new framework for ecotheology that uses the land as a symbol that can bridge race, class, and gender. 

Honorable mention: Biblical interpretation or lectionary reflection, for Testaments, a monthly column devoted to scripture study, by Alice Camille

The judges said that “U.S. Catholic is not only an excellent publication but a brave one. This is a magazine that asks tough questions, probably takes a lot of criticism from readers, but does an excellent job of covering issues that are part of the daily lives of American Catholics. Every issue is visually interesting with bold colors, great graphics, charts, etc. Outstanding.”

Managing editor Emily Sanna said she is proud of the editorial team’s commitment to sharing the vast diversity of stories throughout Catholicism, and the conversations fostered through both the magazine and U.S. Catholic’s social media platforms. “This recognition by the ACP is not just an honor; it’s a validation of our commitment to make sure everyone in the Catholic Church knows that they are loved and part of building the kingdom of God,” Sanna said.