St. Louis, Mo.
The Anglican Journal received 17 awards, including four awards of excellence and an award of merit for Best in Class at the Best of the Christian Press Awards held here April 22.
The awards, presented by the Associated Church Press (ACP), the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America, recognize excellence in church publications on both sides of the border.
Eyewitness, the Journal’s Special coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was recognized with the award of excellence (first place) in the integrated communications (online/new media) category. Top honours also went to editor Marites N. Sison, for As TRC ends, Johnston asks Canadians: ‘Where do we go from here?‘, which won in the news story category (news service/website/blog); art director Saskia Rowley for her front-page design of the November 2015 issue; and Michelle Hauser for her online column, Lifelines.
The Journal‘s March, November and December 2015 issues won an award of merit (second place) for best in class in the national and international print newspaper category, while its in-depth coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis garnered it two awards: an award of merit for in-depth coverage on a news service, website or blog, and an honourable mention for in-depth coverage in a newspaper.
Rowley received an award of merit for design of an entire newspaper issue, while Sison and assistant to the editor Janet Thomas were recognized with an award of merit in the letters to the editor (all media) category.
The Journal’s print publication redesign and social media were also recognized with awards of merit.
Staff writer André Forget and former staff writer Leigh Anne Williams won an honourable mention in the theme issue/section/series category for their stories about voluntary simplicity, which appeared in the February 2015 issue. Forget also received an honourable mention for photographs profiling the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior, which appeared in the September 2015 issue.
Journal contributor Diana Swift won honourable mention for Bishops apologize for priest’s history of abuse, which won in the news (newspaper and newsletter) category.
Honourable mentions also went to the Journal for its in-depth coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis (newspaper/newsletter category) and for its coverage of the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Contributor Michael Coren’s essay, No regrets about becoming an Anglican, won honourable mention in the personal experience/first person (short format, newspaper) category.