The staff of The Record recently won 14 awards — including 10 first place honors — in national and regional contests for work produced in 2017.
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 Green Bay, Wisc., 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 — titled “Curb everyday racism” — presents a “clear moral argument likely to raise shackles in some.”
“The courage to speak this truth should be applauded by those in the church,” the judges said.
McAllister and Record staff writers Jessica Able and Ruby Thomas won second place for Best Coverage of Immigration.
The judges said the entry, titled “Fear is the only certainty, Dreamers say,” is a “strong steady series of articles, commentary and editorial support.”
“Short individual stories of individual immigrants are very compelling. Good photos support theme,” the judges said.
McAllister also received an honorable mention for Best Editorial on a Local Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more. The editorial addressed the opioid crisis.
The Record staff also earned 11 awards in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Metro Journalism Awards contest June 28. The Record was judged in the non-metro community newspaper
The Record staff won first place for Continuing Coverage for a series of stories on refugees.
McAllister and Able won first place for Best Video (non-broadcast).
Able and Thomas won first place in Government/Politics Writing and Enterprise/Investigative Writing for a series of stories about children who sought protection in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
McAllister won first place for Editorial Writing.
Able took first place in Personality/Profile Writing, Public Affairs Writing, Feature Writing and General News Photography.
Thomas also placed second for Feature Writing and Continuing Coverage