The Anglican Journal ranked as one of the top national or international church newspapers in North America, winning seven awards, including two awards of excellence at the Associated Church Press (ACP) convention here in April.
The Journal, the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada, was recognized with an award of merit (second place) in the Best in Class category for national and international newspapers. “Striking photographs anchor nicely designed front pages,” wrote the judges. “The paper is a page turner, with a powerful reflection or engaging feature on Page 3. Articles are well written throughout.”
The Journal won first prize for best convention coverage for its work on the 2004 meeting of General Synod (by staff writers Solange De Santis, Marites N. Sison, editor Leanne Larmondin and freelance writer Canon William Portman).
The Journal also won an award of excellence for art director Saskia Rowley’s design of an entire issue, the April 2004 issue.
In other awards:
- Ms. Larmondin’s November editorial, entitled Why it was impossible for us to sign declaration, won an honourable mention for best editorial;
- Ms. De Santis’s June/July story entitled Sexuality questions leave church at odds won an honourable mention in the category of best news story in a newspaper;
- Ms. Larmondin and Ms. Sison were recognized for their biographical profile of retired primate Archbishop Michael Peers last February (in a story entitled Making connections with the Primate and an accompanying feature, Primate by numbers);
- Freelance illustrator Anna Payne-Krzyzanowski won an honourable mention for best illustration for an image she created to accompany a June/July 2004 story entitled It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Other Canadian Anglican media honoured include The Anglican, the newspaper of the diocese of Toronto, and MinistryMatters magazine, edited by Vianney Carriere, director of communications and information resources for General Synod. Rev. Michael Thompson’s article in the Winter 2004 issue entitled Intersections at the edge of vision won an award of merit in devotional or inspirational article. The Anglican, edited by Stuart Mann, placed second for best in class in the regional newspaper category and an award of excellence (first place) for best newspaper front page.
The ACP awards, which are given annually, recognize professional excellence among ACP members.
The ACP, founded in 1916, is the oldest religious press association in North America and has about 200 member publications, Web sites, news services and individuals.