The Record wins national press awards

Record Staff Report

The staff of The Record recently won 11 awards — including seven first place honors — in national and regional contests for work produced in 2018.

The Record staff won five distinctions from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The awards ceremony was held at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., June 21.

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

The judges called the editorial, “Help fulfill his promise,” a “courageous” piece.

“Alluding to the powerful words of Pope Francis himself, the author challenges stiff minds and hearts to reexamine what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.”

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

Judges said the editorial — titled “We shall overcome” — is a “well-structured piece with a hard-to-ignore core,” quoting the editorial, which said:
“The optimistic, faith-based and nonviolent effort that swelled under the leadership of King could be supplanted today by a less tolerant and peaceful movement.”

The judges concluded, “Direct and hard-hitting.”

McAllister also won two honorable mentions for Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues and Best Coverage of Violence in Our Communities.

McAllister and staff writer Jessica Able also received an honorable mention for Best Coverage of the Sexual Abuse Crisis.

The Record staff also earned six awards in the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Metro Journalism Awards contest June 27. The Record was judged in the Regional Community division.

McAllister and Able won first place for Continuing Coverage for a series of stories on the ordination of Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Tenn.

McAllister also won first place for Editorial Writing and Feature Writing.

Able won first place for Public Affairs Writing and Best General News Photography.

Able also won second place for Feature Writing.

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