The Record staff wins journalism awards

The staff of The Record received five awards June 27 from the Louisville Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for work produced in 2012.

Record Editor Glenn Rutherford won first place for editorial writing. Rutherford submitted entries entitled “Remembering our sacred spaces,” “Staying the course” and “We need a war on hunger.”

The judges, who were from the Chicago Pro Chapter of the SPJ, said the editorials “are well-written and well-structured opinion pieces which are carefully researched, employ helpful data and include relevant quotations from observers.”

Marnie McAllister, Record assistant editor, won a first place award for service reporting for a story about the annulment process in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Judges said the story was “beautifully written.”

“A complicated topic explained in a concise and clear manner. Each point clarified without being wordy,” the judges wrote.

Jessica Able, Record staff writer, won a second place award in minority and women’s affairs reporting for her coverage of refugees aided by Catholic Charities.

McAllister also won a second place award for continuing coverage of the tornadoes that struck Southern Indiana and Kentucky last spring. She won third place for enterprise reporting.

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