Global Sisters Report Wins Nine Catholic Media Association Awards
Global Sisters Report won nine awards from the Catholic Media Association for stories published in 2021, many of which relate to ongoing coverage of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the judges recognized GSR’s flagship series “A Just Transition”.
This is the first year that Global Sisters Report has entered as a separate media entity. In previous years, Global Sisters Report submissions must have appeared in the print edition of the National Catholic Reporter.
The National Catholic Reporter and EarthBeat received 33 awards from the Catholic Media Association for coverage of politics, papal travel, the pandemic, immigration, U.S. bishops and the environment, as well as news reporting. in-depth investigation and news.
The Catholic Media Association announced the awards July 7 at its convention in Portland, Oregon.
GSR staff writer Soli Salgado won two runner-up awards. Its story “Campaign aims to keep seafarers’ livelihoods afloat during coronavirus hardship” won second place in “Best In-Depth News/Special Reporting” for a non-weekly newspaper with more than six staff members full time. Judge’s comments said: “This widely reported story showed how seafarers – those tasked with delivering food, medicine and electronics around the world – have been stranded on their ships due to COVID restrictions -19. The article gave stark examples of how seafarers are exploited and interviewed people involved in a campaign to raise awareness about their working conditions.”
Salgado’s story about how the sisters are helping tenants amid a housing crisis exacerbated by the economic backlash of the pandemic won second place in the category “Best Unpublished Online Content in Print – Feature “. The judges noted, “An impactful communication product combines dramatic storytelling and visually appealing media. Well done!”
GSR also won third place for “Best Coverage – Pandemic” with a wide sweep across the world on the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis involving editors and freelancers including Africa regional correspondent Doreen Ajiambo, international correspondent Chris Herlinger, national correspondent Dan Stockman, and freelancers Charity Durano and Joachim Pham. “Vivid and detailed reports on the widespread and global problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and what has been done to combat the problem, which has turned into a matter of survival.”
Last year, Global Sisters Report’s signature series “A Just Transition” won second place for “Best Reporting on Social Justice Issues – Caring for God’s Creation” by Herlinger, Stockman and Ajiambo . The judges wrote:
Of transition. It’s the word that connects these wonderfully documented and written stories focused on transitioning from fossil fuels and finding new jobs for those who depended on these environmentally unfriendly vocations. It’s a global problem, so these stories take us to the Philippines, North Dakota, New Jersey and Malawi. It is not an easy transition as North Dakota’s overcrowded pantries and Malawi’s deep-rooted poverty proclaim. But the transition is progressing. As one sister who helps tend an eco-friendly farm put it, “It’s a spiritual thing. And who can object when a spiritual thing can also fill stomachs and protect the environment.
An unusual approach to covering issues of migration and the American border, “Frontera: Where the Limits of a Wall and the Promise of the Unknown Intersect” by Salgado and photographer Lisa Elmaleh, who uses an 8×10 camera to capture compelling images, won second place in the “Best Story and Photo Package by Two or More People.” The judges noted the powerful combination: “In many ways, the photographs in this selection say so much more than the article and captions. The images are powerful and drive the storyline; however, the textual explanations provide insight into the “story told. This compilation captures the tension of the frontier zone and offers those who have never seen it greater knowledge and awareness.”
A joint project by Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat titled “A Real Estate Plan for Earth”, received honorable mention as a multimedia feature set.
Other awards won by Global Sisters Report: