“Pelican’s Plume” Journal Wins Awards From Catholic Media Association

July 8, 2024

The Catholic Media Association released their 2024 collegiate awards in “The Catholic Journalist,” recognizing two JPCatholic students for their work on the University’s student journal “Pelican’s Plume” (Fall 2023 issue).

Pelicans Plume Journal Fall 2023

Delaney Rayner ‘24 received First Place for Excellence in Layout and Design. The award reads: “‘The Pelican’s Plume’ boasts a visually appealing layout, with colors chosen to complement each submission, enhancing the reading experience without causing distraction. The interview and essays are thoughtfully laid out to highlight key elements and facilitate easy reading. Excellent work!”

Evan Mock ‘24 received First Place for Best Single Photo, the cover image titled “Reside.” The award reads: “A beautifully composed image, with effective movement and excellent colors and exposure.”

“Pelican’s Plume” is an annual student journal from John Paul the Great Catholic University, produced through the Literary Arts Journal Production practicum. In this course, students operate as a professional masthead, generate written and visual work for the journal, solicit submissions from the larger community of students and alumni, and hone their editing and proofreading skills as they oversee the issue’s production. Eduardo Jáuregui Martinez and Angela Whalen Crowell were the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Fall 2023 issue.

“It is wonderful to see the work and talent of numerous people come together so well in a piece like this,” said Mock. “This photo of mine in particular speaks to me of family, and God's ever present hand in the order and serenity of creation.”

“I loved putting the design skills I’ve acquired over the years into action,” said Rayner. “I’m proud of all the hours of work and dedication from my practicum classmates; it was rewarding to see our labor of love come to fruition and finally getting to hold the journal in my hands after seeing it on screen for so long.”

The journal can be read online here, and hard copies are available to purchase in-person on campus.