Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
June 14, 2010
WCR writers win awards
Catholic Press Association gives first prize for news writing, second for editorial
NEW ORLEANS - WCR News Editor Lasha Morningstar has been honoured by the Catholic Press Association with its top news writing award for mid-sized diocesan newspapers.
Morningstar won first prize in local or regional news writing from the CPA for her article, "Test Tube Children: Conceived Without A Voice" that appeared in the Feb. 16, 2009 issue of the WCR.
The article examined how in vitro fertilization involving anonymous donors fulfills the dreams and wishes of parents with little thought given to the best interests of children.
The article was written in the context of a California woman giving birth to eight babies and a 60-year-old woman becoming the mother of twins in a Calgary hospital. All the children were conceived through in vitro fertilization.
The CPA judge lauded the article for "discussing what the test-tube generation (who are now adults) think of their situation and how it all ties back into having two parents, etc.
"The tone of the article makes the reader really think about the issues without sounding like a lecture."
Also, winning an award from the CPA was WCR Editor Glen Argan who won a second-place award for his Sept. 21 editorial, "Double Standard for Excommunications Leaves Activist on the Outside."
Argan won the second prize for editorials in mid-sized diocesan newspapers on a national or international issue. The CPA's judge called the editorial a "sharply-focused commentary" on the case of Father Roy Bourgeois who incurred automatic excommunication for attending an "ordination" for women priests.
"The robust writing makes excellent use of thoroughly presented background information on Bourgeois," the judge said.
The CPA has 275 newspaper, magazine and newsletter member publications in Canada and the United States.
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