The East Tennessee Catholic wins national award for WMOF coverage

Newspaper cited by Catholic Press Association judges

By The East Tennessee Catholic

The East Tennessee Catholic, which has been providing news and information about the Diocese of Knoxville since 1991, was recognized by the Catholic Press Association for its coverage of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States last year.

A panel of judges for the CPA awarded the diocesan newspaper its first-place award for best coverage of the World Meeting of Families by a diocesan newspaper.

The East Tennessee Catholic also earned second-place honors for writing about the WMOF.

The East Tennessee Catholic’s October 2015 issue, “The Francis Effect,” was dedicated to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, where the WMOF took place.

The CPA judges recognized a team of East Tennessee Catholic contributors, including Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, The East Tennessee Catholic editor Bill Brewer, diocesan communications director Jim Wogan, The East Tennessee Catholic associate editor Dan McWilliams, diocesan communications specialist Emily Booker, and diocesan correspondents attending the World Meeting of Families: Marian Christiana, Rhetta Botts, Suzanna Pickering, Luis Gabriel Velasco, and Suzanne Erpenbach.

While the correspondents were with Pope Francis in Philadelphia, Bishop Stika joined the nation’s bishops in meeting with the pope in Washington, and Cardinal Rigali celebrated Masses with Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

The East Tennessee Catholic’s series of articles covering the World Meeting of Families and the United States papal visit earned a “bravo” and were “exceptionally well done and bring to life the experience for those who were not there.”

The Catholic Press Association judges also praised the The East Tennessee Catholic’s use of photography from the event. ■

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