The Anglican Journal won 13 awards from the Canadian Church Press (CCP), including a first place win for biographical profile, at an event held in Quebec City June 22 to recognize excellence among the members of the CCP for work published in 2016.
Four of the Journal’s publishing partners–the diocesan papers The New Brunswick Anglican, The Saskatchewan Anglican, Huron Church News and The Highway–garnered 10 awards from the CCP, an association of Christian publications in Canada. Earlier in May, the Journal also won 12 awards, including four awards of excellence from the Associated Church Press, North America’s oldest interdenominational religious press association.
Journal contributor Diana Swift received top honours for Bishop in a Chevy pickup, her profile of Saskatchewan’s Bishop of Missinipi Adam Halkett.
Swift’s story is “a model of excellent, clear writing,” according to the judge’s comment. “Readers know they are in good hands. The article is written in a way that keeps them from asking the fatal question, ‘Why am I reading this?’ ”
The Journal editor and staff were recognized with second place wins for best publication website and best use of multi-media on a website.
Their coverage of the same-sex marriage resolution at General Synod 2016 also won a second place award for in-depth treatment of a news event.
“Taken together, the five parts of the in-depth coverage judiciously and fairly cover the different perspectives of the oft-contentious issue without evident bias,” commented the judge.
The newspaper also took third place for general excellence for its website.
Primate Fred Hiltz’s columns from the February, June and September issues garnered him a second place win.
“It’s so impressive that a senior churchperson, a primate of a major denomination, can write columns with such resonance and popular appeal,” commented the judge of the newspaper column category. “He never writes down but always manages to maintain the interest of the reader. Also, a broad scope of subjects.”
Jimpsie Ayres’s illustration “He is Risen,” from the March issue, took second place for original artwork.
Designer Saskia Rowley was awarded second place for edition layout and design for the December 2016 issue, and also took third place for newspaper front cover for the March issue and for feature layout and design for General Synod 2016.
Staff writers Tali Folkins and André Forget were also recognized with third place wins, Folkins for his feature Where the church has no name, and Forget for his news story on the passing of the same-sex marriage motion at General Synod 2016.
Photographer Art Babych won third place for his feature photo “Relief, despair as same-sex marriage motion fails.”
The New Brunswick Anglican, the newspaper of the Anglican diocese of Fredericton, won first place in the category of news story for Gisele McKnight’s news story I feel like I need a new word for thank you, and another first place award for newspaper feature layout and design for It’s Camping Season! Don’t Miss the Fun at Brookwood and Medley. It also received a second place award for feature photo, and an honourable mention for its two-minute interview with Colin Ranson.
The Saskatchewan Anglican, the newspaper of the dioceses of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon and Qu’Appelle, won first place in the category of feature photo for Nigel Salway’s picture of Qu’Appelle Bishop Rob Hardwick, and another first place award for its March 2016 front cover. A photo of banners at St. Luke’s Anglican Church took second place in the news photo category, and received an honourable mention for Saskatchewan Bishop Michael Hawkins’ theological reflection Inflame us with new hope!
Huron Church News, the newspaper of the Anglican diocese of Huron, was recognized with a third place award for in-depth treatment of a news event for its coverage of Bishop Linda Nicholls’ installation in the diocese of Huron, and the diocese of Kootenay’s newspaper, The Highway won second place for Dean Nissa Basbaum’s personal experience piece At the bottom of my freezer.