Record newspaper staff won 19 awards for work produced in 2021 in national and local journalism competitions this summer.
The National Association of Catholic Media’s Catholic Press Awards awarded third place to The Record for Best Newspaper. The Record competed in diocesan weekly newspapers with six or more divisions of full-time staff.
The 2022 Press Awards program had approximately 2,700 entries in 472 categories. More than 160 organizations participated in this year’s program.
Editor-in-chief Marnie McAllister won first place for best editorial on a local issue for her editorial “Tornado Recovery from Advent to Easter” published in December. She placed second for the best editorial on a national or international issue on “An economy for all”.
A special supplement on the Office of Multicultural Ministry, designed by The Record with content from the office, placed second for best special supplement. The winners are publicity director and designer Jennifer Jenkins, production manager Paul Hohman and WMO communications coordinator Charmein Weathers.
The CMA awarded The Record third place for Best Special Supplement with a Commercial Emphasis for the Graduation Section by Jenkins, Hohman, Sales Support Manager Kathy Estes, Sales and Production Assistant Rachell Rauh and McAllister. The judges noted that the advertisements complemented the editorial content.
Additionally, journalists Kayla Bennett and Ruby Thomas along with McAllister earned an honorable mention for Best Coverage of a Disaster or Crisis: Tornado Recovery Coverage. Thomas also earned an honorable mention for best coverage of racial inequality.
In the Society of Professional Journalists Louisville’s Pro-Chapter competition, The Record won top prizes in the regional/community newspaper division.
Thomas won first place in Feature Writing for stories about a burial program for the indigent dead, a refugee farmer, and a bike camp for disabled children. Bennett ranked second and third in feature writing.
Thomas placed first in feature/sports photography for a photo of the blessing of a 167-year-old statue of St. Joseph. She also placed first in general news photography for a photo of a Eucharistic procession in downtown Louisville.
In public affairs writing, McAllister ranked first for an article about the “support network” at Nazareth Home during the pandemic lockdown. Bennett placed second.
McAllister received first place in the best reporting category for an article about teachers receiving covid shots. Thomas placed second.
The Record also swept the continuous coverage category. Bennett, McAllister and Thomas took the top spot for coverage of December’s tornado response; Thomas received second place for three stories.
McAllister won a second place in the Metro Louisville division in the editorial writing category for his article “For the Common Good”.