Associate Editor Michael Swan received a first-place prize at the annual awards banquet of The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for a profile on deacon and judge Al Stong.

Register reporter wins writing award

  • July 27, 2011

Associate Editor Michael Swan of The Catholic Register was recently awarded one first-place and two second-place prizes for outstanding writing at the annual awards banquet of The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

In total, The Register won five awards in the North American wide competition of Catholic newspapers. Those honours follow the 14 awards, including best religious newspaper in Canada, The Register won earlier this year at the Canadian Church Press awards ceremony.

Swan’s first-place prize was in the category of Best Personality Profile for a front-page feature titled “Deacon Judge Rules with Conviction.” [read article here]

It explored how Alf Stong, a deacon in the Church, relies on his Catholic values in adjudicating the law.

The judges said the article captured a central challenge within the judicial system.

“It is well crafted and quotes compelling thoughts in strategic places,” the judges said.

Swan also won a second-place prize in the category of feature writing and another second for his contribution to The Register’s special section titled “Exodus Iraq,” which was recognized in the category of Best Special Issue.

In the category of Best Regular Column, Michael Coren placed second.

The Register also won a third-place award in the category of Best Information Graphic.

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