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Week of June 20, 2005
WCR honoured for photography, general excellence
Ramon Gonzalez, the WCR's senior reporter, has been awarded the Canadian Church Press' top prize for colour photography.
Gonzalez won the award for his front-page photo in the May 31, 2004 issue of the WCR showing young people carrying a new replica of the World Youth Day cross through an Edmonton neighbourhood.
The judge's comments described the photo's composition as making it both newsworthy and interesting.
Gonzalez also won a third-place prize for feature writing for his three articles in the Nov. 29 issue entitled God's Bank.
His articles focused on the Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative, an investment firm set up by religious communities to lend their money at low interest to non-profit groups considered a high risk by the big banks. Two of the articles focused on local groups helped by the CAIC - the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation, and Inn Roads Housing Co-op.
First prize in the feature-writing category went to Audrey Martin of the B.C. Christian News and second prize to Michael Swan of The Catholic Register.
Calgary Bishop Fred Henry was another WCR winner at the CCP awards.
Henry won second-prize for his WCR column, A Shepherd Speaks. The judges described Henry's articles as having "strong leads, good use of
research, central point, well argued, courageous unconventional views, good definitions that will educate Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
First place in the column-writing category went to Esther Barnes of Christian Week.
The WCR itself received second place for general excellence among regional newspapers. The judges said the issues of the WCR submitted for judging had "a successful, real regional focus with two accounts reporting on down-to-earth stories - a good front page and consistent presentation of the editorials."
The WCR has won either the first or second place award for general excellence for eight consecutive years.
This year, first place for general excellence among regional newspapers went to B.C. Christian News.
The best national Church newspaper was judged to be The Catholic Register of Toronto.
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