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Global Sisters Report wins Excellence awards from the Associated Church Press

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Global Sisters Report is pleased that its coverage of Catholic women religious has been recognized by the Associated Church Press with an “Award of Excellence – Best in Class/Online: Independent Website” in the 2017 ACP “Best of the Christian Press” awards.

According to the judges, “Global Sisters Report is a welcome arrival on the faith journalism scene. This is an important and inspiring effort about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Great reporting and trenchant analysis.” The Associated Church Press is a professional organization whose members are “brought together by a common commitment to excellence in journalism as a means to describe, reflect, and support the life of faith and the Christian community,” according to its website. The awards honor work done in 2016.

Global Sisters Report correspondent Melanie Lidman also won an “Award of Excellence in the Feature Article: News Service/Website/Blog” category for her article A Person Not a Ghost: Albinism in Africa: Sisters, activists counter violence with education, protection. “A must-read feature. Informative, well-written, and eye-opening article. Effective idea development, upbeat tone, and solid reporting complement the article’s service orientation.

A special series on mining by Global Sisters Report writers and contributors Chris Herlinger, J. Malcolm Garcia, Melanie Lidman, Soli Salgado, and Saji Thomas received honorable mentions in two categories – In-Depth Coverage: News Service/Website/Blog and Theme Issue, Section or Series: News Service/Website/Blog. Read the mining series online here.

Global Sisters Report international correspondent Chris Herlinger also won an Award of Merit for three book reviews in National Catholic ReporterAmerica and Christian Century.

The awards were presented at the Associated Church Press Convention in Chicago, Illinois. on April 28.

“It’s rewarding to see the Global Sisters Report staff and contributors be recognized for their hard and enterprising work, which reflects the broad range of missions and ministries of Catholic sisters around the world, ” said Gail DeGeorge, editor of Global Sisters Report.

Funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Global Sisters Report was founded in 2014 as a project of the National Catholic Reporter. For more information about Global Sisters Report, please visit


Rebecca Roman

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