Record staff earns national and local journalism awards

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The staff of The Record recently won more than a dozen writing awards — including seven first-place honors — in national and regional contests for work produced in 2016.

The Record staff won three distinctions from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The awards ceremony was held at the Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City June 23.

Record Editor Marnie McAllister won first place for Best Editorial on a National/International Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more.

The judges said the editorial on the service of women religious “grabs the attention of the reader in the first paragraph.”

“The author then develops a strong emotional plea for transforming action using the insightful words of Blessed Teresa and Pope Francis,” the judges said.

McAllister and Record staff writer Jessica Able won second place for Best Coverage of Mother Teresa’s Canonization: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more.

The judges said the articles presented a “beautiful and moving look at the life of St. Mother Teresa.”

The Record staff also received an honorable mention for Best Newspaper Website. Visit the site at

The Catholic Press Awards were judged by journalism professors from Marquette University; University of Northwestern — St. Paul;  DePaul University; University of Southern California; and Spring Hill College, as well as industry professionals.

The Record staff also earned 10 awards in the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Metro Journalism Awards contest June 29. The Record was judged in the non-metro community newspaper division.

McAllister won first place for Best News Story for a piece on the murders of two women religious in Durant, Miss. McAllister also placed first for Editorial Writing.

McAllister and Able won first place for Continuing Coverage for a series of stories on the canonization of Mother Teresa.

Able won first place for Enterprise/ Investigative Reporting for a series of stories on local priest numbers. Able also placed first for Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting for a set of stories on the Hildegard House and parishes aid for Haiti.

Record staff writer Ruby Thomas placed first in Personality Profile Reporting for a series of stories on laity and religious.

Thomas also placed second for Best News Story and third for Feature Writing. Able placed second for Feature. And, the Record staff won second for Continuing Coverage.

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