The Record staff earns national journalism awards

Record Staff Report

The Archdiocese of Louisville won three awards June 3 from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for work produced in 2015.

Record Editor Marnie McAllister and Record Staff Writer Jessica Able won first place for Best Coverage of the Year of Mercy: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more.

The judges said the articles, part of an ongoing series, were “exceptionally well-written stories, with excellent use of quotes.”

“The overview of diocesan initiatives in the first story provides an excellent context for subsequent articles,” the judges said.

McAllister and Able also won third place for Best Coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more.

Judges said the submissions were “well reported stories that dug deeper than simply historical recitations.”

“The piece about divestiture was a pleasant and interesting surprise,” said the judges, referring to story about the decision of the Sisters of Loretto to divest their financial interests of fossil fuels.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz won third place for Best Explanation of the Church’s Position on Marriage for his column published by Our Sunday Visitor.

His piece drew praise from the judges, who said it was “good and balanced coverage of an important issue with helpful insights for a way forward.”

The Catholic Press Awards were judged by journalism professors from DePaul University, Marquette University, Penn State University and Spring Hill College, as well as several independent professionals.

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