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Columbia Magazine Honored


Columbia magazine receives several awards from the Catholic Press Association

Representatives from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council communications staff and Columbia magazine attended the 2013 Catholic Media Convention June 19-21 in Denver. At the convention’s awards banquet on Friday, Columbia was honored in several design and writing categories. Click through the gallery below to see the magazine’s award-winning content from 2012.

Best Cover (4-color large)—First Place: Columbia won first place for its April 2012 cover, which featured a torn copy of the U.S. Constitution. The judges noted that the “subtle use of the cover blurb [and] the black background work to draw the reader in. An important topic presented in a compelling way.” Click here to read the issue’s special coverage of religious freedom challenges.

Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life—Honorable Mention: Archbishop William E. Lori’s monthly column, “Learning the Faith, Living the Faith,” won an honorable mention for best spiritual life column. Visit the Columbia archives to read all of Archbishop Lori’s articles.

Best Regular Column, General Commentary—Honorable Mention: Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson’s monthly column, “Building a Better World,” won an honorable mention for best general commentary column. Visit the Columbia archives to read all of the supreme knight’s articles.

Best Regular Column, Family Life—First Place: Columbia’s “Fathers for Good” column, an extension of the Fathers for Good website, won first place for best family life column. Visit the Fathers for Good website to read these and other essential articles for Catholic fathers.

Best Single Photo (color)—First Place: Rich Green’s headline photo from the March 2012 article In the Service of Dignity won first place in the color photo category. The judges wrote, “Not only a wonderful moment, but there are so many layers of information in the photograph. The story is all there.”

Best Personality Profile—Honorable Mention: Columbia contributor Erika Ahern won an honorable mention for her profile of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, which can be read here or in the July 2012 issue.

Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues—Second Place: In addition to winning first place for the cover of the April 2012 issue, the Columbia staff also took second in this category for the magazine’s coverage of religious liberty topics. Judges commented on the articles’ “thorough, in-depth reporting” and added that the section was “cleanly assembled and well-written.” Click here to read the issue.

Best Coverage of the Year of Faith—First Place: Columbia won first place for its coverage of the Year of Faith in several issues in 2012. Judges noted that the articles “put the Year of Faith in the appropriate historical perspective, with clear writing and editing.” Visit the Columbia archives to browse last year’s Year of Faith coverage.

Best Feature Article—Third Place: Columbia contributor Jeannette Cooperman won third place for her article about a K of C-sponsored development center for children with intellectual disabilities. Read the article here or in the June 2012 issue.

Cardinal John P. Foley Award for Excellence in Catholic Journalism (National General Magazine Category)—Second Place: The highest journalism award given by the Catholic Press Association in any given year. Judges noted Columbia’s “classic layout with a modern feel” and added that “K of C news and information was secondary in location to carefully written and edited feature stories with strong illustrations.”