Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

NCR Takes Top Award for Eighth Year

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

NCR Takes Top Award for Eighth Year

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For the eighth consecutive year, National Catholic Reporter won the first-place general excellence award for national newspapers from the Catholic Press Association.

The newspaper won 20 awards total, sweeping two categories, taking first, second and third places for "Best editorial on a national or international issue in a national newspaper" and for "Best investigative news writing."

The awards were announced May 25 in Brooklyn, N.Y., site of the association's 2007 annual convention.

Michael Newall, a freelance writer for NCR, won four CPA awards for news writing. His April 28, 2006, story about a grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse in Philadelphia, "Shining light on a cover-up" won first places in "Best news writing national event" and "Best investigative news writing."

The editorials winning first, second and third respectively are: "Sorting ethics, hope in stem cell battle," Sept. 15; "Planning a day of fasting and penance," Dec. 29; and "A request of Cardinal George," March 31.

Other first place awards were:

* Best front page.

* Best news writing, international event for "Wells run dry: Coke faces thirsty opponents in India" by Paul Jeffrey, March 24.

* Best analysis/background/roundup writing (the Gerard E. Sherry Award) for "Remaking a diocese: Bishop Robert Finn" by Dennis Coday, May 12. NCR senior correspondent John L. Allen Jr. took second place in this category for a series of articles examining the style, substance and implications of Pope Benedict XVI's interactions with the Muslim world

* Best feature writing, national newspaper, for "Uncommon choir" by Renee LaReau, July 28. …

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