Archdiocese of Detroit honored for social media, investigative news in CMA awards

Graphics created by the Archdiocese of Detroit's Department of Communications for the Unleash the Gospel social media channels, which earned first place for "Best Use of Social Media" during this year's Catholic Media Association awards. Detroit Catholic reporter Daniel Meloy also earned first place for "Best Investigative Writing" for a May 2023 article about the return of a stolen Station of the Cross at St. Augustine Parish in Richmond. (Archdiocese of Detroit graphics)

Video producer Kleczek recognized for individual contributions at Catholic Media Conference; Detroit earns 13 awards overall

ATLANTA — The Archdiocese of Detroit’s communications department took home two first place awards and 13 awards overall during this year’s Catholic Media Conference, which took place June 18-21 at the Marriott Buckhead hotel in Atlanta.

The conference, sponsored by the Catholic Media Association, is a chance for Catholic communications professionals, journalists, public relations experts, videographers and digital media specialists to showcase their work among their peers in the United States and Canada.

The competitive awards, presented during the conference’s final day, honor work done during the 2023 calendar year by hundreds of dioceses, independent publications, media nonprofits and Catholic organizations.

The Archdiocese of Detroit took home two first-place prizes this year — for “Best Use of Social Media” for the archdiocese’s Unleash the Gospel social media accounts, managed by Emily Mentock, Edmundo Reyes and Leah Butalid, and for “Best Investigative News Writing” for a Detroit Catholic article written by Daniel Meloy in May 2023 about the return of a missing Station of the Cross at St. Augustine Parish in Richmond.

Christine Smith holds up the replacement First Station of the Cross her husband, Kirby, made after the original first station was stolen from St. Augustine Parish in Richmond in the 1990s. In the spring of 2023, the parish received a phone call from Leonard St. Pierre of the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Riverview, saying he had the original station in a story that has plenty of twists and turns. (Photos by Daniel Meloy | Detroit Catholic)
Christine Smith holds up the replacement First Station of the Cross her husband, Kirby, made after the original first station was stolen from St. Augustine Parish in Richmond in the 1990s. In the spring of 2023, the parish received a phone call from Leonard St. Pierre of the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Riverview, saying he had the original station in a story that has plenty of twists and turns. (Photos by Daniel Meloy | Detroit Catholic)

In addition to the two first-place awards, Archdiocese of Detroit videographer Andrew Kleczek earned an honorable mention for Videographer/Video Producer of the Year, an honor that was specially recognized during the awards banquet.

The archdiocese’s communications department also earned the following awards:

Best Video – The Clergy (Third Place)“Answering God’s call to the Priesthood,” by Andrew Kleczek, Rick Giffin, Emily Mentock and Edmundo Reyes

Best Video – Catechesis (Honorable Mention)“Do Catholics Believe in the Devil?” by Joseph Pelletier, Fr. David Tomaszycki, Emily Mentock and Edmundo Reyes

Best Podcast – Social Justice (Honorable Mention)“Detroit Stories,” by Michael Stechschulte, Ronald Pangborn, Casey McCorry, Daniel Meloy and Gabriella Patti

Best Audio/Video Interview (Third Place)“On his 75th birthday, Archbishop Vigneron gives God thanks for a lifetime of blessings,” by Andrew Kleczek, Rick Giffin, Emily Mentock and Edmundo Reyes

Best External E-Newsletter – Weekly Newsletter (Honorable Mention) — “Unleash the Gospel newsletter,” by Emily Mentock, Leah Butalid and Meg Pilcher

Best In-Depth News/Special Reporting (Third Place)“Detroit’s Ukrainians maintain unbroken spirit one year after Russian invasion,” by Daniel Meloy (Detroit Catholic)

Best Reporting on a Special Age Group – Children and Teens Younger Than 18 (Honorable Mention)“Children’s holy hours encourage little ones to start a relationship with Jesus,” by Gabriella Patti (Detroit Catholic)

Best Reporting on Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate – One Shot (Third Place)“After 60 years, the IHM Sisters’ ‘singing nun’ is still hitting the high notes,” by Gabriella Patti (Detroit Catholic)

Best Photo Story – News (Third Place)“Archdiocese of Detroit schools welcome new and familiar faces as 2023-24 school year begins,” by Valaurian Waller (Detroit Catholic)

Spanish Language Division – Best Coverage (Third Place)“Joven hispana de Detroit encuentro fortleza en su fe durante embarazo de gemelas siamesas con un solo corzon,” by Karla Fierro (Detroit Catholic en Espanol)

Detroit Catholic reporter Gabriella Patti also earned honorable mention for Best Online Content Not Published in Print for an article she wrote on trademarks among Catholic creators that was published in U.S. Catholic.



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