The East Tennessee Catholic was recently recognized with top place finishes by the Catholic Press Association in two categories: best redesign of a newspaper and magazine feature writing.
In the Feature Writing category, Editor Bill Brewer’s story about the Gatlinburg wildfires won first place. The story, with compelling photography by East Tennessee photographer Stephanie Richer, appeared in the January 2017 magazine issue.
Regarding the new format for the newspaper, judges said, “Redesigning one’s publication is scary. In an effort to provide more information to readers, staff at The East Tennessee Catholic (returned to a time-trusted format) and shifted its publication from a tabloid to a broadsheet. It was a great decision. The newspaper today has a newsy, modern feel and a sense of more information. A fringe benefit was almost twice as much space as before for its Spanish-language section. It’s an attractive and newsy makeover.”
Editor Bill Brewer, Assistant Editor Dan McWilliams, Communications Specialist Emily Booker, and Communications Director Jim Wogan worked for a number of months on the redesign under the leadership and guidance of Bishop Richard F. Stika, who serves as publisher of The East Tennessee Catholic publications.