The Anglican Journal received 25 awards, including eight awards of excellence, at the joint convention of the Canadian Church Press (CCP) and Associated Church Press (ACP) held April 27 to May 1 in Toronto.
Journey to Jerusalem Sunday, a multimedia web page produced by the Journal and Anglican Video was awarded first place by the ACP in the reporting category for theme issue, section, or series: news service/website/blog. The newspaper also received first place in the CCP’s best publication website category.
Editor Marites Sison and staff writers Leigh Anne Williams and André Forget won two first-place awards from the ACP in the categories of social media and online/new media: integrated communications.
Art director Saskia Rowley won two awards of excellence, three awards of merit (second place) and two honourable mentions (third place) in the design category. Rowley won first place in the CCP’s feature layout and design/newspaper category for Big Care on Campus and an ACP award of excellence for the front cover of the February issue. Rowley won second place CCP awards in the categories of front page, website design and edition layout and design. Rowley received an honourable mention from the ACP for the front cover of the October issue and for her design of the February issue.
Contributor Diana Swift’s Big Care on Campus won top honours in the CCP’s features/newspaper category. Swift also shared a second-place CCP award with Sison in the category of in-depth treatment of a news story, for the coverage of the conflict in Sudan. Swift’s reflection, A Powerful Lesson in Christmas, was recognized by the ACP with an honourable mention.
Journal contributing photographer Michael Hudson won the ACP’s award of excellence in the single photo with an article or cutline category.
The Journal picked up three other awards of merit (second place). Sison and assistant to the editor Janet Thomas won in the ACP’s Letters to the Editor/all media category. Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, was awarded by the CCP in the category of theological reflection for Lent: Time to take heed. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald received a CCP award for his column, Walking Together.
The newspaper also won third place in the ACP’s Best in Class, national/international newspaper category and and in the CCP’s best use of multi-media on a website category, for Journey to Jerusalem Sunday.
Sison’s editorial, A boy named Andrew, won an honourable mention from the ACP. Staff writer André Forget’s Pilgrimage, which looks at Anglican responses to homelessness, received an award in the ACP’s news story, website/news service/blog category.
MacDonald’s column, Walking Together, also picked up an honourable mention from the CCP.
Two diocesan publications – Crosstalk (diocese of Ottawa) and Saskatchewan Anglican (diocese of Saskatchewan) were also recognized by the CCP. Crosstalk editor Art Babych won second place in the news photo category for Honour on the Hill, and second place in the feature photo for The Last Post. Saskatchewan Anglican managing editor Jason Antonio won first place in the feature photo category for Harry Baldwin. His newspaper picked up first place in the media review category for Heresy: A history of defending the truth, by the Rev. Canon Howard Green, and third place in the column category (Circulation up to 9,999) for The Rev. Dell Bornowsky.
Founded in 1916, the ACP is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America; the CCP, which has its headquarters in Toronto, began in 1950 as a fellowship of editors.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the awards received by the diocesan publications Crosstalk and Saskatchewan Anglican.