Since its inauguration in 2020, the Arch Media Awards has drawn scores of original video submissions from 6-12th grade students across Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. These videos have explored relevant, timely themes, challenging students and their moderators to tell a story just as it’s done by reporters and editors around the world.
This year, the fourth annual Arch Media Awards ceremony was presented in person — for the first time! — in front of a live studio audience at Catholic Faith Network’s newly renovated studios in Yonkers, NY.
Click here or on the image below to watch the 2023 Arch Media Awards ceremony.
The theme of the 2023 Arch Media Awards is: “How are we, as the body of Christ, called to serve?” Drawing inspiration from our rich Catholic tradition of service, students will expand on one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching in relation to this question:
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Rights and Responsibilities
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Care for God’s Creation
(For a refresher on Catholic Social Teaching and its seven themes, click here.)
Guidelines for Participants
In order to participate in the Arch Media Awards, students must make sure that:
Their group has a name.
Their group is sponsored by an adult moderator from their school, who will register on their behalf and assist them in creating their videos.
Each member of their group has at least one role (such as videographer, editor, director, or actor) in the making of their video.
Their video answers the theme of the Arch Media Awards.
Video entries must be no longer than 90 seconds long.
Videos can be shot in any medium, including smartphones.
Videos must be filmed in landscape mode.
Interested parties are invited to watch this introductory video from Monsignor Jim Vlaun, President of the Catholic Faith Network, which contains tips and pointers for creating a winning video for the Arch Media Awards.
Registration dates for the 2024 Arch Media Awards will be released in Spring 2024.
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are proud to present the 2022 Arch Media Awards Winners, produced by our partners at the Catholic Faith Network. This year’s theme was: “Where Do We See Jesus In Our Schools?” Thank you to all the students, teachers, principals, and pastors for participating!
Click here to watch the 2022 Arch Media Awards Show presented virtually by the Catholic Faith Network.
The 2021 Arch Media Awards Show
Faced with an ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the 2021 Arch Media Awards asked students to creatively tackle the question: “How has your school responded to COVID-19 as a community of faith?” Participating groups reflected on their Catholic school experience during this time, remembering the support of their principal and teachers.
Winning videos illustrated how their school community responded to COVID-19 by:
Conducting daily prayer
Organizing service projects
Celebrating first Friday Masses
Helping community members affected by the virus
Dealing with the loss of family members or friends
Maintaining or modifying traditions
Click here to watch the 2021 Arch Media Awards Show, presented virtually by the Catholic Faith Network.
The 2020 Arch Media Awards Show
Nearly 200 students from more than 30 schools participated in the first annual Arch Media Awards. This multimedia journalism program challenges students and their moderators to produce 60-90 second packages that tell a story just as it is done by reporters and editors around the world. The theme assigned was “What Makes My School Catholic.” While the COVID-19 crisis prevented the awards from being held at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, this video, featuring Msgr. James Vlaun from the Catholic Faith Network, Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael J. Deegan and celebrity guest, CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Lonnie Quinn is a wonderful salute to the winning submissions and all those who made the first Archies a roaring success.
Click here to watch the 2020 Arch Media Awards Show, presented virtually by the Catholic Faith Network.