|Tennessee Register Managing Editor Andy Telli interviews St. Christopher pastor Father Matthew Perumpally after the ordination of Fathers Rodolfo Rivera and Daniel Steiner on June 3. Telli won three first place writing awards from the Catholic Press Association on the same day. Photo by Rick Musacchio|
Earlier this month, staff members of the Tennessee Register newspaper were once again honored for their outstanding work by the Catholic Press Association. The 2016 CPA awards, recognizing the best work to appear in Catholic newspapers, magazines and books in 2015, were announced June 3 at the annual Catholic Media Conference, held in St Louis.
The Register received nine awards total, including five first place awards in individual categories. Additionally, staff writer Theresa Laurence and editor Rick Musacchio were each recognized with Individual Excellence awards, based on their 2015 portfolios of work in writing and photography, respectively.
“Year in and year out the staff of the Tennessee Register works hard to capture life in the Diocese of Nashville and the Church Universal. We are blessed to have some of the most talented journalists in the Catholic press – as evidenced by their frequent recognition in the Catholic Press Association Awards – working on behalf of all Catholics in the diocese,” said Tennessee Register Editor Rick Musacchio.
“I am proud of their efforts and grateful that the Catholic Press Association has once again recognized those efforts and their dedication to excellence,” Musacchio added.
Two of the Register’s entries covering vocations and religious life were given first place awards:
• Staff Writer Theresa Laurence and Managing Editor Andy Telli won first place in the Best Coverage of Year of Consecrated Life category for non-weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less.
This submission required samples of writing from three different issues of the paper. The Register’s entry included the stories: “Religious communities share gifts during Year of Consecrated Life,” by Theresa Laurence, and “Consecrated religious have helped shape life in diocese,” by Andy Telli, from the March 13, 2015, issue; “Religious life follows model of early Christians,” by Andy Telli, from the May 8 issue, and “Dominicans bring varied experiences to convent” by Theresa Laurence, from the Oct. 23 issue.
The judges commented: “These stories were informative, with plenty of historical perspective. …Well written, well presented articles.”
• Laurence received her second first place award in the Best Coverage of Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate category for non-weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or less. The story, “Dominicans bring varied experiences to convent,” focused on three Sisters who came from unique families or had unusual career experiences before entering the convent.
The judges praised this “absorbing account about the transitions of three women,” from life before the convent to life as a Dominican Sister, and how their past experiences impact their current way of life.
The Register’s other awards included:
|Tennessee Register editor Rick Musacchio’s photo of Pope Francis blessing a baby from the popemobile during his visit to Philadelphia earned a first place award as part of his entry for Best Multiple Picture Package-News, judged against all circulation categories among diocesan and national Catholic newspapers. Tennessee Register file photo by Rick Musacchio|
• For his photographs of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States last fall, Musacchio won first place in the Best Multiple Picture Package-News category. This entry was judged against entries from all circulation categories among diocesan and national newspapers. It included photos of Pope Francis and crowd reactions to him in Philadelphia and New York.
The judges commented: “Great main photo. Nice images throughout. Really tells the story.”
• Telli won first place in the Register’s circulation category for Best Editorial on a Local Issue for his editorial, “Defeat of Insure Tennessee a missed opportunity,” which appeared in the Feb 13, 2015, issue.
The judges commented: “Grounded in principles of Catholic social teaching, this editorial addresses the failure of the Tennessee state government to act on behalf of those without health insurance. The scenarios the writer paints in vivid language are real and replicated throughout the Unites States.”
• Telli also won first place for Best Sports Journalism-News for his story, “Ryan, Pearl communities celebrate historic game,” which appeared in the Jan. 16 issue.
The judges praised Telli’s “strong, descriptive language,” and commented, “story is more than an anniversary remembrance. Offers an interesting and vivid historical perspective mixed with key current interviews of players who participated in the game.”
• Laurence won third place in the category of Individual Excellence, Writer, based on a sampling of work from 2015 and judged against writers from all circulation categories. Stories that were part of the entry were: “After Insure Tennessee falls, Catholics vow to keep fighting,” from Feb. 13; “Aided by St. Matthew, former inmate adjusts to life outside prison;” and “Dominicans bring varied experiences to convent” from Oct. 23; “Teachers eager to dive into papal encyclical,” from Aug. 14; and “Charities program empowers families to find stability, set goals,” from Nov. 6.
The judges commented: “This reporter, year after year, tells stories that pull on the heart. She tells them thoroughly and beautifully.”
• Musacchio won third place in the category of Individual Excellence, Photographer. His entry included photographs from the March for Life in Washington, D.C.; Insure Tennessee talks at Legislative Plaza; the Hispanic community of Sagrado Corazón moving into their new worship space; and photos from Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. including a boy wearing a paper miter, Father Gervan Menezes being interviewed during the papal visit, and a portrait of a firefighter from the pope’s visit to Ground Zero in New York.
The judges commented: “Very good work overall,” and that the photos “capture the environments” and “elicit emotional response.”
• Telli won third place in the category of Best Portrait Photo among all circulation categories for “Sister Suzanne Stalm, RSM, celebrates golden jubilee,” from July 31.
The judges commented: “Emotional moment displays character of Sister Stalm. The card she holds indicates her accomplishments.”
• Laurence received an honorable mention in the category Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event in the Register’s circulation category for: “After Insure Tennessee falls, Catholics vow to keep fighting, ” from the Feb 13 issue.