2017AwardsPresentation (PDF)
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Winners List:

Editorial/Opinion

EDITORIAL OR OPINION PIECE: News Service/Website/Blog                                    

Honorable Mention

The Baptist Standard

Editorial: A welcoming way ahead for Texas Baptists

By Marv Knox, editor

Award of Merit

The Baptist Standard

Editorial: How do evangelicals enable ‘locker room talk’ about women?

By Marv Knox, editor

Award of Excellence

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

Christian Stakes in an Election When Civility and Civil Religion Seem Dead

By Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso, author; Rev. Ginna Bairby, editor

Judge’s comments:

The author’s premise for the article rings true, especially when the issues of faith and government are increasingly clouded in our intensely secularized society.

Award of Excellence

The Baptist Standard

Editorial: Evangelicals, quit complaining and follow Jesus’ lead

By Marv Knox, editor

Judge’s comments:

Well written, well presented and without question a superlative representation of the Gospel message.

 

EDITORIAL OR OPINION PIECE: Newspaper/Newsletter/Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

The Banner

Seeing Christmas with New Eyes

By Shiao Chong, editor

Honorable Mention

Living Lutheran

Beware of the Lutherans: Darrow and the danger of labeling

By Martin Otto Zimmann, author; Erin Strybis, editor

Award of Merit

Mennonite World Review

Self-inflicted wound

By Paul Schrag

Award of Excellence

The Christian Century

Unprohibited Speech

By The Christian Century

Judge’s comments:

Elegant and sophisticated use of language to make the point clear. Best of all, it directly impacts religion, and affirms boundaries of church and state. Well done.

 

JAMES SOLHEIM AWARD FOR EDITORIAL COURAGE

Honorable Mention

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

Why I Haven’t Felt at Home in a Presbyterian Church for Three Years

By Rev. Kerri Allen, author; Rev. Ginna Bairby, Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso: editors

Award of Merit

Presbyterian Record

Called to the Church

By writers Aubrey Hawton, Bill Elliott, Laura Laird and Mark Chiang; Andrew Faiz, editor

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

Should Christians Own Guns?

By Rob Schenck

Judge’s comments:

Eye-opening, highly newsworthy and extremely well written. Definitely required courage.

 

Reporting/Writing

 

Reporting and Writing: FEATURE ARTICLE: Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

The Christian Chronicle

Canadian churches embrace Syrian refugees

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Award of Merit

The Christian Chronicle

Young man with autism has a heart for homeless

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Award of Excellence

The Christian Chronicle

Maid in Hong Kong

By Erik Tryggestad

Judge’s comments:

Great read on this topic of domestic workers gathering together for worship and fellowship far from their homeland, and the people who make it possible. A gem of a story, well told. A clear winner.

 

 

 

 

Reporting and Writing: FEATURE ARTICLE: News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Religion News Service

Iconography classes draw non-Orthodox in search of spiritual images

By Adelle M. Banks

Award of Merit

Faith & Leadership

Westbury UMC’s apartment ministry has helped resettled refugees — and the congregation — find new life in Houston

By Bob Wells, writer; and Sally Hicks, editor

Award of Excellence

Global Sisters Report

A Person Not a Ghost: Albinism in Africa: Sisters, activists counter violence with education, protection

By Melanie Lidman; Global Sisters Report

Judge’s comments:

A must-read feature. Informative, well-written, and eye-opening article. Effective idea development, upbeat tone, and solid reporting complement the article’s service orientation.

 

Reporting and Writing: FEATURE ARTICLE: Magazine, Short Format

Honorable Mention

Adventist Review

Healing the Hate

By Charles Mills

Honorable Mention

Adventist World

Faithful Unto Death

By Merle Poirier

Award of Merit

Concordia Seminary magazine

His Grace: Two Journeys to Gratitude

By Kim Plummer Krull, writer; Vicki Biggs, managing editor; Melanie Ave, editor

Award of Excellence

Adventist Review

Riding in the Key of Life

By Stephen Chavez

Judge’s comments:

Well-written. Easy to read. Robust title. Compelling photography. Good weaving together of personal experience, biblical considerations, direct quotes, and relevance to Adventists. Clean, strong writing.

 

Reporting and Writing: FEATURE ARTICLE: Magazine, Long Format

Honorable Mention

U.S. Catholic

The talk(s)

By Claire Zulkey

Award of Merit

Living Lutheran

When making a living and living in service intersect

By Erin Strybis, author and editor

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

Black and Blue

By Ryan Hammill

Judge’s comments:

Everything about this feature works towards excellence — from the writing to the layout it is a top-notch story. Author Ryan Hammill has crafted a timely piece that addresses a potentially sensitive topic through a compelling and balanced story.

 

Reporting and Writing: NEWS STORY: Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

Anglican Journal

Primate meets with LGBTQ Anglicans

By André Forget

Honorable Mention

The Christian Chronicle

Thirsty souls: Churches help victims of Flint water crisis

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Award of Merit

The Christian Chronicle

Will spread of Zika take bite out of Gospel?

By Erik Tryggestad, reporter

Award of Excellence

The Christian Chronicle

In the GOP primaries, do politics Trump values and character?

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Judge’s comments:

In depth look into the viewpoints of Republican primary voters; well done and provided reader with multiple perspectives of a critically important issue.

 

Reporting and Writing: NEWS STORY: News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Religion News Service

Atheists gather on the Mall to demonstrate their political muscle

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Youth Triennium worships under Friday night lights

By Gregg Brekke, writer and photographer

Award of Merit

The Baptist Standard

Damning details emerge about sexual assaults at Baylor University

By Ken Camp, managing editor

Award of Excellence

Presbyterian News Service

PC(USA) software engineer asks ‘What if God was our customer?’

By Emily Enders Odom, author

Judge’s comments:

Strong and well written piece that provided a personal story of risk and innovation. Enjoyed reading it and wanted to learn more about the company.

 

Reporting and Writing: NEWS STORY: Magazine

Honorable Mention

The Banner

Then & Now: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the CRC

By Janet A. Greidanus

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

‘Unsuitable’

By Mike Milne

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

Churches under the gun

By Anne Bokma

Award of Excellence

Presbyterian Record

Goodbye to the Record

By Record staff

Judge’s comments:

Among the entries in this category, this story has the strongest news angle because it’s based on specific and recent event that has a strong impact on readers. It’s very sad to read about the closure of a magazine that’s been published for 140 years, but the writer tells the story in a very compelling way.

 

Reporting and Writing: CONVENTION/MEETING COVERAGE: All Media

Honorable Mention

Living Lutheran

ELCA assembly marked by unity

By Charles Austin, Megan Brandsrud, Erin Strybis and Elizabeth Eaton, writers; Rod Boriack, editor; Michelle Goodman, designer

Award of Merit

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

A Year for Confessions: Issues of Social Justice Before the 222nd General Assembly

By Rev. Ginna Bairby, managing editor and Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso, general editor

Award of Excellence

The Christian Chronicle

Angkor of Faith: Coverage of a youth conference and mission trip in Cambodia

By Erik Tryggestad, reporter

Judge’s comments:

Visually appealing from the beginning. Good use of color and photography throughout. Loved the spread on the inside page. Great sidebar, good quotes on bottom. Fascinated with the whole thing.

 

Reporting and Writing: IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

The Christian Chronicle

Police shootings, racial unrest and the church

By Bobby Ross Jr., Erik Tryggestad, Chellie Ison and Katie Jones

Award of Merit

The Christian Chronicle

Orlando massacre: a Christian response

By Bobby Ross Jr.

Award of Excellence

Anglican Journal

Same-sex marriage resolution

By Tali Folkins, André Forget, Marites N. Sison and Janet Thomas

Judge’s comments:

There was no bigger story for the Anglican Church of Canada than the same-sex marriage vote, and the Journal nailed its coverage. Across the series, the writing and reporting were consistently top-notch always easy to follow and understand.

 

Reporting and Writing: IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Global Sisters Report

Global Sisters Report: Special Series on Mining

By Chris Herlinger, J. Malcolm Garcia, Melanie Lidman, Soli Salgado, Saji Thomas, Global Sistes Report

Award of Merit

Sojourners

Coverage of the Baylor Scandal

By Sandi Villarreal

Award of Excellence

Faith & Leadership

There is gospel to preach here: Christian leaders respond to the Orlando shooting

By Kelly Gilmer, Sally Hicks, Bob Wells, Jessamyn Rubio, Jennifer Stiles Williams,Nancy E. Petty, William H. Lamar IV, Theresa F. Latini, Amy Butler, Joseph Peters-Mathews, Marlon F. Hall, Laura Everett, Sarah Thompson, Prince Raney Rivers, Michael B. Brown, Christopher D. Girata

Judge’s comments:

This package offers an interesting blueprint on how churches should respond to an act of evil in our country, and in this particularly case the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

 

Reporting and Writing: IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

The Covenant Companion

When Ministers Moonlight

By Bob Smietana, writer

Award of Merit

The Banner

Synod Coverage

By Shiao Chong, editor; Judy Claire Hardy, associate editor; Gayla R. Postma, news editor; Kristen deRoo VanderBerg, Together Doing More editor; Kristy Quist, Tuned In editor; Dean R. Heetderks, art Director; Pete Euwema, graphic design; Frank Gutbrod, graphic design

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Coverage of atheist minister, Gretta Vosper

By various writers

Judge’s comments:

Great in-depth coverage of a timely and provocative issue. Wonderful layout, lots of layers, graphics exemplary, timeline outstanding idea, photos pull reader right in.

 

Reporting and Writing: THEME ISSUE, SECTION OR SERIES: Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

Breaking Barriers

Abuse and disability (Winter 2016)

By Terry A. DeYoung and Mark Stephenson, coeditors

Award of Merit

The Christian Chronicle

From the East

By Erik Tryggestad

Award of Excellence

Hunger News & Hope

Women and Poverty

By Linda Freeto, Lee McKenna, LeAnne Kerr, writers; Katie Cook, editor

Judge’s comments:

Exemplary In-depth research of a timely subject. Strong writing, good use of space, and a range of graphics pull the reader in quickly. Lots of places and ways in this issue to explore the topic of women and poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting and Writing: THEME ISSUE, SECTION OR SERIES: News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Global Sisters Report

Global Sisters Report: Special Series on Mining

By Global Ssisters Report: Chris Herlinger, J. Malcolm Garcia, Melanie Lidman, Soli Salgado, Saji Thomas

Award of Merit

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

Call to Confession: Race, White Privilege, and the Church

By Rev. Ginna Bairby, managing editor and Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso, general editor

Award of Merit

U.S. Catholic

Unexpected Women

By Diana Hayes, Rhonda Miska, Nick Ripatrazone, Heidi Schlumpf, Kaya Oakes, Jean P. Kelly

Award of Excellence

Faith & Leadership

Who is my neighbor?

By Sally Hicks, Bob Wells, Gretchen Ziegenhals, Kelly Gilmer, Jessamyn Rubio, Marlon Hall,

Andrew Kragie, Mark Mulligan, and Hannah Terry

Judge’s comments:

Clearly a 21st century integration of technology and journalism, with energy jumping off each story. Great video complements written pieces.

 

Reporting and Writing: THEME ISSUE, SECTION OR SERIES: Magazine

Honorable Mention

In Trust

Special section: Eight examples of mergers and partnerships

By Jay Blossom, publisher and Nettia Shepper, managing editor

Honorable Mention

Sojourners

Resistance and Resurrection: The Unchained Life of Daniel Berrigan

By Sojourners staff

Award of Merit

Adventist World

I Was a Stranger

By Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) provided copy and photographs;

Adventist World staff editors and Dever Designs

Award of Excellence

Church Health Reader

Living our Limits: Understanding the breadth of human ability and disability

By Stacy Smith, Susan Martins Miller, Rachel Davis, Lizy Heard, Terri Scott

Judge’s comments:

An extraordinary combination of artwork and storytelling to convey the relationship among faith, church, and human ability and disability. Wow!

 

Reporting and Writing: THEME ISSUE, SECTION OR SERIES: Journal

Honorable Mention

Ministry, International Journal for Pastors

Worship in the book of Revelation Parts 1 & 2

By Larry L. Lichtenwalter

Award of Merit

Ministry, International Journal for Pastors

April 2016 Worship themed issue

By Coralie, Williams, Papaioannou, Holford, Wilson-Bridges, Carter

Award of Excellence

Reflections journal, Yale Divinity School

Fall 2016 issue – “Spirit and Politics: Finding Our Way”

By Gregory Sterling, dean of Yale Divinity School; Ray Waddle, editor, Reflection, and the 22 writers, artists and interviewees who contributed to this issue

Judge’s comments:

The mission statement for Reflections is theological and ethical inquiry. This issue with a political theme did just that with a vast, exceptional collection of essays, opinions, and analytical reports yielding unparalleled results.

 

Reporting and Writing: INTERVIEW: All Media

Honorable Mention

Church Health Reader

Natural Connections: Q&A with Jennifer Pharr Davis

By Rachel Davis

Honorable Mention

Living City

What is work all about?

By Susanne Janssen

Award of Merit

Church Health Reader

The Whole Church: Q&A with Otis Moss III

By Stacy Smith

Award of Merit

Sojourners

Leaving the Silos Behind: an Interview with Aaron Mair

By Sojourners staff

Award of Excellence

U.S. Catholic

Somos familia

By Nichole Flores and U.S. Catholic Editors

Judge’s comments:

Moving, insightful, and packed with ideas that the reader will be thinking about long after they finish the article.

 

Reporting and Writing: BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE: All Media

Honorable Mention

The Christian Century

Unshakable in Uganda

By Jeff Chu, the Christian Century

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

The fighter

By Richard Wright

Award of Merit

The Living Church

Mabel Dearmer

By Richard J. Mammana, writer

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

Resistance and Resurrection: The Unchained Life of Daniel Berrigan

By Sojourners staff

Judge’s comments:

The compilation of memories by his family, friends and literary peers revealed a deeply personal look into the man who led a movement.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (short format): Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

The Alabama Baptist

Faith and Family: Miscarriage first-person

By Lisa Keane, TAB staff

Award of Merit

Anglican Journal

The War of the Begonias

By Michelle Hauser

Award of Excellence

Adventist Review

Learning to Love Life

By Cecilia Luck

Judge’s comments:

“Wow… a brave, strong, moving piece. Great grab open. Clear, compelling well articulated and approachable style that speaks to real human confusions, conundrums… affirming the presence and commitment to being God’s person amidst the personal struggle of depression; a struggle not uncommon through the lives of the saints, but not always addressed so directly. Powerful. Very well and courageously done. Thank you, and Congratulations.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (short format): Magazine/Journal

Award of Merit

Presbyterian Record

Sharing Witness

By Vivian Ketchum

Award of Excellence

The Banner

I Never Had a Chance to Say Goodbye

By Robert Koornneef, author

Judge’s comments:

This is a very brave, introspective, and well-written piece on a very personal and difficult topic. Very powerful.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (short format): News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

The Baptist Standard

‘Created equal’ and hope for girls

By Meredith Stone

Award of Merit

Sojourners

Stop Telling Me To Fight

By Da’Shawn Mosley

Award of Excellence

Messenger

A playlist of mercy and hope

By Wendy McFadden, writer

Judge’s comments:

Outstanding personal experience writing – clear, emotionally resonant and engaging. A true pleasure to read.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (long format): Newspaper/Newsletter

Honorable Mention

Mennonite World Review

Legacy of a Mennonite state

By Ben Goossen

 

Award of Merit

Forum Letter

My Eucharistic Journey

By Richard O. Johnson

Award of Excellence

Forum Letter

The death of my atheist

By Peter Garrison

Judge’s comments:

This is a beautifully written piece by a retired minister who bares his soul about the death of his atheist brother. Because the author wrote with such emotion and thoughtfulness, the piece is particularly moving and poignant.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (long format): Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

Ministry, International Journal for Pastors

Homosexuality: One pastor’s reflection

By Bruce Manners

Award of Merit

Presbyterians Today

A rugged road to forgiveness

By Gwen Haspels

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Are vegans right?

By David Macfarlane, author

Judge’s comments:

Very cleverly done. Was especially impressed at how the author convinced himself along with his readers as the piece progressed. The humor was helpful in diffusing what is a very volatile subject.

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/1st PERSON ACCOUNT (long format): News Service/Website/Blog

Award of Merit

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

“You Look Like a Thug!”: Dog-Whistling and Sin-Talk

By Rev. Alonzo Johnson, author and Rev. Ginna Bairby, editor

Award of Excellence

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

Race Gives Me Poetry

By Rev. Laura Cheifetz, author and Rev. Ginna Bairby, editor

Judge’s comments:

… Weaves an engaging experience channeling it through a positive ambiance that reminds the reader of the complex strands through which racism rears its ugly head.

 

Reporting and Writing: COLUMN: Newspaper/Newsletter/News Service/Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Mennonite World Review

Gathering the Stones column

By Hillary Watson

Award of Merit

The Christian Recorder

Discipleship 101

By Dr. Reggie Blount

Award of Merit

Anglican Journal

Reflections from General Synod 2016; Church away from church; The blessings of change

By Rhonda Waters

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

SojoMails

By Jim Wallis

Judge’s comments:

These are model columns: inviting, reflective, and challenging. Jim Wallis writes masterfully, showing with lively detail the Christian concerns he wants to express. “How Daniel Berrigan Helped Save My Faith” should be required reading.

 

Reporting and Writing: COLUMN: Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

CommonCall: The Baptist Standard Magazine

Edgewise

By Marv Knox, editor

Award of Merit

The Christian Century

From the publisher

By Peter W. Marty, the Christian Century

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Observations

By David Wilson, editor

Judge’s comments:

These columns do much with little. In just 600 words each, they memorably illustrate acceptance (“When Peterborough speaks”), climate change (“Skating on thin ice”), and change (“To the moon and beyond”). Their wisdom is palpable.

 

Reporting and Writing: DEPARTMENT: Print Media

Honorable Mention

The United Church Observer

Superlatives

By various authors

Award of Merit

Sojourners

CultureWatch

By Julie Polter, section editor

Award of Merit

Living Lutheran

I’m a Lutheran department

By Megan Brandsrud, writer and editor

Award of Excellence

The Alabama Baptist

Faith and Family

By Carrie Brown McWhorter, TAB staff

Judge’s comments:

This department delivers — with wonderful clarity, visual and editorial excellence, and impressive consistency — all of the things it says it is going to do: provide resources, tips, and in-depth stories that deepen readers’ faith and show them how to interact with the world around them for its benefit. It is biblically and spiritually grounded but avoids preachiness by recognizing that matters of faith and family touch many areas of human experience.

 

Reporting and Writing: DEPARTMENT: Online Media

Award of Excellence

The Baptist Standard

Texas Baptist Voices

By Meredith Stone, Kyndall Rae Rothaus, Ellen Di Giosia

Judge’s comments:

The writers did an impeccable job of reminding the Baptist religious community of the need to address sometimes uncomfortable women’s issues from a perspective of what is right. Assault is indeed the sexual sin of our time and Ms. Rothaus so perfectly explained that in her piece.

 

Reporting and Writing: CRITICAL REVIEW: All Media

Honorable Mention

In Trust

“Piety goes to school”

By Edwin Woodruff Tait, writer and Jay Blossom, publisher

Award of Merit

Chris Herlinger

Three book reviews: NCR / America / Christian Century

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

An 82-Year-Old Nun Did What?

By Rosalie G. Riegle

Judge’s comments:

This is what a great review does — it captures the energy, the insight, and the righteous anger of a book. A marvelous mixture of clear writing, passion, good story-telling and … sometimes … even dark humor. Well done!

Award of Excellence

Baptist Peacemaker

Born in Sin, Upended in Grace

By Ken Sehested

Judge’s comments:

Oh, this one was easy. Full of joy and laughter, insightful, interesting, and compelling — this review made the book’s subject come alive. I laughed out loud a couple of times. On one occasion, I scrambled for one of my civil rights histories to read more about the event. Irresistible!

 

Reporting and Writing: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: All Media

Honorable Mention

Anglican Journal

Letters

By Marites N. Sison and Janet Thomas

Award of Merit

The Covenant Companion

Readers Write

By Covenant Companion Staff

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Letters

By United Church Observer staff

Judge’s comments:

This letters section presents a solid variety of viewpoints, displays and encourages lively debate, and draws readers in effortlessly. The letter writers chosen express themselves well, and they are consistently opinionated and make a point rather than simply rant or rave.

 

Reporting and Writing: POETRY: All Media

Honorable Mention

Quaker Life

Awakened in the Word

By Franchot Ballinger

Award of Merit

Sojourners

Petition

By Betsy Sholl, author

Award of Excellence

The Cresset

While Babel Fell

By Brianna Flavin

Judge’s comments:

Sound echoes, reader identification, and such apt phrasing as “I wound through back-alleys like script curving/ from a pen…” make this a poem to read again and again. Nice!

 

Reporting and Writing: PERSONALLY USEFUL ARTICLE: All Media

Honorable Mention

The Baptist Standard

How to apologize

By Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Award of Merit

The Journal of Adventist Education

No More Secrets: Talking With Children and Young Adults About Pornography

By Brad Hinman

Award of Excellence

Adventist Review

Christians and Environmental Stewardship

By William K. Hayes

Judge’s comments:

Great lead, which opens the door wide for the reader–and that high quality of writing carries consistently through to the end. Terrific!

 

Reporting and Writing: PROFESSIONAL RESOURCE: All Media

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian Outlook

Worshipping a creative God

By Shawna Bowman, Jill Duffield, Jana Blazek

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

That Evangelical Sizzle

By Christopher White, author

Award of Excellence

The Covenant Companion

The CEO has Left the Sanctuary

By Mike Mirakian

Judge’s comments:

An original idea, personalized and discussed superbly. Arresting first sentence grabs your attention. Excellent job!

 

 

 

 

Reporting and Writing: HUMOR, WRITTEN: All Media

Honorable Mention

The Covenant Companion Online

Well Done, Good and Frequent Flyer

By Dana Bowman

Award of Merit

Gather magazine

Waking Fools

By Christa von Zychlin, writer; Elizabeth Hunter, editor; Sarah Carson, associate editor

Award of Excellence

Sojourners

Give me a few of your tired, your poor…’

By Ed Spivey Jr., author

Judge’s comments:

With the demise of the late, lamented “Wittenburg Door,” Ed Spivey is about all Christiandom has left by way of consistently funny, consistently thought-provoking humor. Long may he write! Great stuff, as usual.

 

Theological

 

Theological: THEOLOGICAL OR SCHOLARLY ARTICLE: All Media

Honorable Mention

Reflections journal, Yale Divinity School

“Religion as a Bridge, Not a Wall” by Gregory E. Sterling

By Gregory E. Sterling, Dean of Yale Divinity School and the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School

Award of Merit

Concordia Journal

Three Myths about the Crusades: What They Mean for Christian Witness

By Paul W. Robinson

Award of Excellence

The Journal of Adventist Education

Schools of the Bible: Contours of the Divine Plan for Education

By John Wesley Taylor V

Judge’s comments:

This ambitious article examines approaches to education throughout biblical history, drawing out general principles that can be applied to today’s educational questions. The writing is clear and informative, and holds the reader’s interest despite the extended length of the piece.

 

 

 

 

Theological: BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION: All Media

Honorable Mention

The Christian Century

Biblical farce

By Debbie Blue, the Christian Century

Honorable Mention

The United Church Observer

My messy vocation

By Jonathon Orbell

Honorable Mention

Church Health Reader

The Day No One Spoke Up

By Barbara L. Roose

Honorable Mention

The Alabama Baptist

Editorial “A lesson from the first century church”

By Bob Terry

Honorable Mention

Gather magazine

The Ten Commandments: A Way to Spiritual Renewal

By Barbara Berry Bailey, writer; Elizabeth Hunter, editor; Sarah Carson, associate editor

Award of Merit

U.S. Catholic

Be the peace

By Alice Camille

Award of Excellence

Ministry, International Journal for Pastors

Praying and anointing: A look at James 5:14-16

By Elizabeth Ostring

Judge’s comments:

Precise, fresh writing with an anecdotal approach to praying and anointing. The writer holds the reader’s attention in a clear message while using convincing biblical sourcing in a topic that is not overused.

 

Theological: THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (Short Format): All Media

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)

“Hope-ly” by Irene Pak

By Irene Pak and Sharon Dunne Gillies

Award of Merit

The Banner

Our Lady Too

By Leonard J. Vander Zee

Award of Excellence

Adventist Review

I am Not Afraid

By Stephen Chavez

Judge’s comments:

This concisely written article connects strongly with readers and clearly identifies a worldwide problem where fear grips us, and people, including Christians, are afraid of being targets for terror.

The author aptly goes on to remind us of our attitudes and conduct as Christians before closing on this crucial quotable chord: “bigotry, fear-mongering, and prejudice are unwelcome weapons in our efforts to reflect Christ’s character. Those of us who take seriously Christ’s gospel commission cannot afford to be afraid. We just don’t have the time….”

 

Theological: THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (Long Format): All Media

Honorable Mention

Forum Letter

Morality and law

By Thomas D. Pearson

Honorable Mention

Sojourners

The Earth Awakens

By Walter Brueggemann

Award of Merit

Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)

“An Old Invitation for a New Day”

By Carol Bechtel, author; Sharon Dunne Gillies, editor

Award of Excellence

Adventist Review

Seeing the World Through Love-Colored Glasses

By Ty Gibson

Judge’s comments:

Congratulations. A clear, engaging and coherent piece, which lays its theological implications out solidly and economically. Overall this piece is reminiscent of C.S.Lewis in its combination of depth and journalistic readability. Well done indeed.

Theological: DEVOTIONAL/INSPIRATIONAL (Short Format): All Media

Honorable Mention

The Banner

Nothing is Wasted

By Debra Rienstra, author

Award of Merit

Breaking Barriers

Yearning, Treasuring, Hoping

By Eric Groot-Nibbelink

Award of Excellence

Gather magazine

Weak Spots

By Abby Acceturra, writer; Elizabeth Hunter, editor; Sarah Carson, associate editor

Judge’s comments:

I absolutely love how the author tied in religious connotations of Jesus’ reminder that he is always there, while maintaining a perfectly universal story that could relate to literally anyone, regardless of their religion.

Theological: DEVOTIONAL/INSPIRATIONAL (Long Format): All Media

Honorable Mention

The Covenant Companion

Royally Picked

By Steve Norman

Honorable Mention

Sojourners

Who is this ‘Jesus’?

By Belden C. Lane

Award of Merit

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

As Close as Our Very Breath: A Sermon for Those Who Feel Afraid

By Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin, author and Rev. Ginna Bairby, editor

Award of Merit

Gather magazine

The Way is Through

By Amy White, writer; Elizabeth Hunter, editor; Sarah Carson, associate editor

Award of Excellence

The Cresset

Chicken Eight Ways

By Amy Peterson

Judge’s comments:

What a delight to read such wonderful storytelling, complete with rich details, humor and even a recipe or two. The story itself makes the point, so that the author just needs to remind us, at the beginning and end, briefly. Lovely and truly inspirational. This was the clear winning essay.

 

Theological: BIBLE REFERENCE: All Media

Honorable Mention

Sojourners

Preaching the Word

By Sojourners staff

 

Award of Merit

Gather magazine

Gather fall Bible study

By Megan Johnston Aelabouni, author; Elizabeth Hunter, editor; Sarah Carson, associate editor

Award of Excellence

Presbyterian Women

Who Is Jesus? Bible study

By Betsy Ensign-George, Carissa Herold, Yvonne Hileman, Susan Jackson-Dowd, Laura Lee, Debbie Paris

Judge’s comments:

Powerful resource here. Strong scholarship, wide range of material with good sidebars, strong graphics, and deep creativity. Clean and clear presentation that respects participants of diverse cultural background.

Theological: SEASONAL ARTICLE: All Media

Honorable Mention

The United Church Observer

Nativity – re-Imagined

By Trisha Elliott, author

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

The gratitude effect

By Trisha Elliott

Award of Excellence

The Banner

Our Lady Too

By Leonard J. Vander Zee

Judge’s comments:

A good corrective for religious traditions that have underemphasized the role of Mary.

Art Design Graphics Photography

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Magazine Cover

Honorable Mention

Adventist World

Journeys of Faithfulness

By Jeff Dever, Dever Designs

Award of Merit

Ministry, International Journal for Pastors

By 316 Creative

Award of Excellence

Gather magazine

By Chelsea Stephen, illustrator; Elizabeth Hunter, and Sarah Carson

 

Judge’s comments:

Dear Chelsea Stephen, Elizabeth Hunter, and Sarah Carson:

The Good:

Good clean color scheme and layout. Solid font choices. The dark colors highlight the white figure in the whale’s stomach while somberly emphasizing the subtexts.

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Newspaper Front Page

Honorable Mention

Anglican Journal

By Saskia Rowley

Award of Merit

The Alabama Baptist

By Lauren Grim

Award of Excellence

Mennonite World Review

By Paul Schrag 

Judge’s comments:

This issue powerfully shows the reach and vision of Mennonites. The front page alone has an enticing mix of stories. Yet the page doesn’t neglect a homey touch — running a caption-only photo of two smiling preteens on their first day at a Mennonite school in Sarasota, Fla.

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Magazine/Journal Design (Spread or Story)

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian Record

Affluenza

By Ross Lockhart, article; Barry Falls, illustration and Caroline Bishop, art design

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

Hell and high water

By Josiah Neufeld

Award of Excellence

Concordia Seminary magazine

500 Years: The Impact of the Reformation Today

By Jayna Rollings, art director; Michelle Meier, designer

Judge’s comments:

Sophisticated and scholarly air to these graphics, befitting the topic of Luther. Images are well selected and well used. Colors are muted, which fits the images of time-worn books and manuscripts.

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Magazine/Journal Design (Entire Issue)

Honorable Mention

Alliance Life

By Daron Short, senior graphic designer; Kenneth Crane, graphic designer/illustrator

Award of Merit

Church Health Reader

By Rachel Davis, Susan Martins Miller, Lizy Heard, Terri Scott, Stacy Smith

Award of Merit

Adventist Review

By Bryan Gray, art design

Award of Excellence

Extension magazine

By Elio Leturia

Judge’s comments:

Exceptionally well-designed, clean magazine that provides clear structure of information, with a variety of layout grids held together through consistent use of text type, headline fonts and color use. Wide margins and generously sized images make this a pleasure to read.

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Newspaper/Newsletter Design (Spread or Story)

Honorable Mention

Anglican Journal

By Saskia Rowley

Award of Merit

The Christian Chronicle

By Erik Tryggestad

Award of Excellence

Anglican Journal

By Saskia Rowley

Judge’s comments:

Contents read easily. Nice balanced mix of photos and text. It all hangs together well. The elements align with each other horizontally, and each story is in a regular rectangle shape outside the strong columnar format. Typography: Simple font choices used well.

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Newspaper/Newsletter Design (Entire Issue)

Honorable Mention

The Christian Chronicle

By Erik Tryggestad

Award of Merit

The Alabama Baptist

By Lauren Grim

Award of Excellence

Anglican Journal

By Saskia Rowley

Judge’s comments:

Without a doubt, this was the cleanest entry. It is easy to read and follow and makes great use of art and graphics. Terrific use of white space. This truly is a great example of how design makes a story better.

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Illustration w/Article or Cutline: All Media

Honorable Mention

Sojourners

Guess Who’s Minding the Ballot Box

By Dan Hubig, illustrator and Ed Spivey Jr., art director

Award of Merit

Anglican Journal for Rejoice

By Alida Massari

Award of Excellence

Presbyterian Record

General Assembly Elephant in the Room

By Susan Mattinson, illustrator and Caroline Bishop, art director

Judge’s comments:

Here you see struggle, indifference, passion, pain, and the gamut of emotions as good people of faith grapple with that elephant in the room. This is good storytelling without being offensive to differing views. Simple and poignant. Great work!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Single Photo w/Article or Cutline: Newspaper/Newsletter/News Service/

Website/Blog

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian News Service

By Gregg Brekke, photographer

Award of Merit

Religion News Service

By Adelle M. Banks

Award of Excellence

Anglican Journal

By Art Babych

Judge’s comments:

To Art Babych:

The Good:

The light coming in captured on their face enhancing the tears help strengthen the point of this photo. Genuine sadness is captured here at the moment it’s happening.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Single Photo w/Article or Cutline: Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

Extension magazine

Sister plays games with children of migrants

By Rich Kalonick, Steve Krason

Award of Merit

Alliance Life

Chicago Basin

By Daron Short, photographer

Award of Merit

The Christian Century

Deferred dreams

By Theo Stroomer

Award of Merit

The Living Church

A Nation Wounded

By Richard Hill, photographer

Award of Excellence

Adventist World

I Was a Stranger

By Jeff Dever, Dever Designs: art design

Judge’s comments:

Excellent composition. Draws the eye into the story in a deft and graceful way.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo Spread w/Article or Cutline: Newspaper/Newsletter/News Service/

Award of Merit

The Alabama Baptist

What’s it worth?

By Neisha Roberts

Award of Excellence

Religion News Service

Evangelicals gather for prayer rally in Washington

By Adelle M. Banks

Judge’s comments:

Veteran religion writer Adelle Banks shows yet another talent as a photographer in her nine shots of last year’s evangelical prayer rally in Washington, D.C.

When you consider that she shot them while taking notes for an 800-word story on the rally, the pictures are even more impressive.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo Spread w/Article or Cutline: Magazine/Journal

Honorable Mention

Presbyterian Record

Canada Youth Photo Spread

By Gillian Secord, photographer and Caroline Bishop, art director

Honorable Mention

The Catholic Review

Scenes from an Ordination

By Kevin J. Parks

Honorable Mention

Alliance Life

Momentum: LIFE 2016

By Daron Short, senior graphic designer

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

Hell and high water

By Josiah Neufeld and Paul Plett, photographers

Award of Merit

Extension magazine

Way of the Cross

By Rich Kalonick, Elizabeth Boo, Steve Krason

Award of Merit

The Living Church

New Americans: A photo essay by Asher Imtiaz

By Asher Imtiaz, photographer

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Interlove

By Colin Boyd Shafer, photographer

Judge’s comments:

B&W photographs easily convey the both the tenderness and love of the people highlighted in the stories, and draw the reader in. B&W allows for a wonderful play on light, and depth of field, which is evident with this spread.

Award of Excellence

The Covenant Companion

Letters from Stateville

By Karl Clifton-Soderstrom, photographer

Judge’s comments:

Photos emanate the mood and feelings of the men who are featured in the story. These photos draw you in and convey the sheer joy that they show.

Award of Excellence

The Cresset

The Industrial Vernacular

By Gregory Maher, author and Gary Cialdella, photographer

Judge’s comments:

The photos of the bridge and the row of houses each demonstrate brilliant technique, drawing the eye along the lines of the bridge and trying to see into the windows of the houses, just to catch a glimmer of the personalities of the people living within. The impact is felt and the mood easily conveyed. A bit of history, of a place and the people and their faith, gone, but in print to be preserved through the ages.

 

 

 

 

ART/DESIGN/GRAPHICS: Print Publication Redesign

Award of Excellence

The Catholic Review

The Catholic Review Staff and Sara Travlos, senior graphic designer

Judge’s comments:

An amazing transformation from a local community newsletter to a professional looking journal. Sleek and well organized with an easy to follow format for the reader. The articles are varied and informative, and pertinent to the local population, all the while incorporating local and world stories, and including history!

 

Online/New Media

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Publication Website

Honorable Mention

The Christian Century

By The Christian Century staff

Award of Merit

Adventist Review

By Adventist Review staff

Award of Excellence

Concordia Journal

By Charles Arand, executive editor; Travis Scholl and Erik Herrmann, editors; Melanie Appelbaum, assistant editor; Ken Kogler, technology; Dale Ward, video production

Judge’s comments:

Creative use of “books/photos/covers” as buttons. The use of such visuals is visually appealing and easy on the eye and allows for quicker cognitive response of the viewer. Unlike websites/blogs where the eye is bombarded with an excessive amount of random and unorganized visuals, this site uses distinct patterns to ease the burden on eye and brain.

Award of Excellence

The Catholic Review

By George P. Matysek Jr., web editor and The Catholic Review staff

Judge’s comments:

This site offers ease of view and navigation. Allows users to click on link to e-version of monthly journal without losing page and opens in separate window/tab.

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Website Redesign

Honorable Mention

Messenger

By web editor: Jan Fischer Bachman, web editor and Russ Otto, web designer

Award of Merit

The Christian Century

By The Christian Century staff

Award of Excellence

Prepare the Word

By Prepare the Word staff

Judge’s comments:

The new Prepare the Word is professional in appearance, it has a definitive new style and a certain edge to it, which relays to the viewer (ever subconsciously) efficiency and quality. It is not overloaded with images and is easy on the eyes.

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Social Media

Honorable Mention

VISION Vocation Guide

By VISION Vocation Guide staff

Award of Merit

U.S. Catholic

By U.S. Catholic Editors

Award of Excellence

Catholic Extension

By Matt Paolelli and Kathryn Eardley

Judge’s comments:

This is a textbook example of the best use of social media. A sure and practiced hand clearly is behind this program.

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Video

Honorable Mention

UCObserver.org

Out of Syria

By Kevin Spurgaitis, producer

Award of Merit

Faith & Leadership

‘Be the bee’: The beehive as a metaphor for life in Christian community

By Casey Atkins and Sally Hicks

Award of Merit

Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to the Flint Water Crisis

By Paul Seebeck, director/producer

Award of Excellence

Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Video for 911

By Carol E. Barnwell, art director and Kevin Thompson, video editor, videographer

Judge’s comments:

Gorgeous video. Flawless. Outstanding cinematography with moving music. Succinct. Great symbolism with the cloth. Exceptionally moving. Highlights national history through the lens of faith. Exceptional use of time to evoke emotion – power-packed 1 min, 51 second video. Superior artistry.

 

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Integrated Communications

Honorable Mention

Concordia Seminary magazine

Master of Divinity curriculum revision

By Vicki Biggs, senior vice president; Melanie Ave, communications manager; Jayna Rollings, creative services manager; Lewis Mendez, web developer; Michelle Meier, graphic designer; Dale Ward, senior media producer; Kendra Whittle, communications specialist

Award of Merit

Concordia Seminary magazine

Call Day 2016

By Vicki Biggs, senior vice president of advancement; Melanie Ave, communications manager; Jayna Rollings, creative services manager; Michelle Meier, designer; Lewis Mendez, web developer; Ken Kogler, senior applications manager; Nikolai Gibbons, motion graphics editor; and Kendra Whittle, video editor

Award of Excellence

Concordia Seminary magazine

2016-17 Academic Year Theme: “By Grace Alone, Grace in His Son”

By Vicki Biggs, senior vice president; Melanie Ave, communications manager; Jayna Rollings, creative services manager/designer; Lewis Mendez, web developer; Michelle Meier, graphic designer; Dale Ward, senior media producer

Judge’s comments:

SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY. OUTSTANDING. LOVE IT!

Comprehensive PR Campaign. Attractive design elements and consistency in branding. Extensive use of new media. Informative and well-edited materials and writing. Beautiful photography and manipulation of photos. Outstanding design elements. Flawless.

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Audio

Award of Merit

www.UCObserver.org

Observer Podcast – Episode 5

By Observer staff

Award of Excellence

The Christian Century

Preachers on Preaching podcast

By The Christian Century

Judge’s comments:

All three podcasts have consistent structure and clearly defined structure, engaging interviewer and solid content. All of the ministers are equally engaging. These podcasts make for good listening.

 

ONLINE/NEW MEDIA: Podcasts

Award of Excellence

Cafe–Stirring the spirit within (boldcafe.org)

Cafe podcast

By Elizabeth McBride, producer and editor; Josh Ginter, Sound engineer

Judge’s comments:

Excellent and innovative use of modern technology to evangelize young women while addressing contemporary issues. Easily accessed on i-Phones and the internet. Succinct and to the point. Accessible. Highly creative and inviting cafe theme. Series demonstrates high level of originality.

 

Books

 

BOOKS: Non-Fiction

Award of Excellence

Gregg Brekke

Healing Hands: The Life Story of Dr. Virendra and Nancy Henry

Judge’s comments:

The author offers a faithful and detailed account of a couple’s dedication, determination and effectiveness in the mission field. Very readable and very inspirational.

 

Public Relations & Marketing

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: Traditional News Release

Award of Merit

The United Church Observer

Walrus Talks

By Dayo Kefentse

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: Marketing/PR Video

Award of Merit

The Alabama Baptist

Read TAB Day

By Bethany Rogers and Debbie Campbell

Award of Excellence

Catholic Extension

What is Catholic Extension?

By Spirit Juice Studios and Matt Paolelli

Judge’s comments:

The message is clear. The images are deliberately chosen and placed to enhance the narrative. The message rallies and motivates the viewer to an action. The music also enhances the message, and the quality is professional. The viewer really gets a sense of what the organization is all about.

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING: Electronic Newsletter

Honorable Mention

In Trust

In Trust Now

By Jay Blossom, publisher and Shannon Beaudry, editorial assistant

Award of Merit

The Catholic Review

The Catholic Review bi-weekly Electronic Newsletter

By George P. Matysek Jr.

Award of Excellence

The Christian Chronicle

The Christian Chronicle e-newsletter

By Chellie Ison and Tonya Patton

Judge’s comments:

Layout is professional and story choice is newsworthy for each month. The story of Dr. Kent Brantly’s survival of the Ebola virus to coverage of the Flint water crisis. Reporters appear to go above and beyond for the Christian Chronicle.

 

Best in Class

 

Best in Class: Marketing: Public Relations/Marketing Campaign

Award of Merit

The Baptist Standard

2016 Giving Day Campaign

By Julie Sorrels, marketing manager; Marv Knox, editor

Award of Excellence

The United Church Observer

Walrus Talks

By The United Church Observer staff

Judge’s comments:

The beauty of this comprehensive campaign is that they stayed on message in content and aesthetically for the communication of an event in a variety of printed materials. This campaign is attractive and easily understood.

 

Best in Class/Online: Digital Edition/Mobile Publication

Award of Merit

The Catholic Review

The Catholic Review Digital Edition

By The Catholic Review Staff

Award of Excellence

General Assembly News

General Assembly News of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

By Office of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Judge’s comments:

The simplified design and ease of navigation made the General Assembly News the award of excellence winner for this category. Every page has a photo, sidebar or graphic.

 

Best in Class/Online: Blog

Honorable Mention

The United Church Observer

Camino de Cancer

By David Guiliano, author

Award of Merit

Presbyterian Outlook

Outlook Outpost blog

By Jana Blazek and Jill Duffield

Award of Excellence

The Catholic Review

The Space Between

By Julie Walsh

Judge’s comments:

The author presents points that are of special interest to the reader in a friendly manner that is representative of her status as a “Stay-at-home mom!” It is refreshing to see the view from such a talented author.

 

Best in Class/Online: Independent Website

Award of Merit

Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice

By Rev. Ginna Bairby, managing editor and Rev. Dr. Chris Iosso, general editor

Award of Merit

Faith & Leadership

By Kelly Gilmer, Sally Hicks, Jessamyn Rubio and Bob Wells

Award of Excellence

Global Sisters Report

Global Sisters Report: Focusing on and Giving Voice to Women Religious Around the World

By Global Sisters Report – Staff & Contributors

Judge’s comments:

Global Sisters Report is a welcome arrival on the faith journalism scene. This is an important and inspiring effort about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Great reporting and trenchant analysis.

 

Best in Class/Online: News Service

Award of Merit

Presbyterian News Service

By Gregg Brekke, writer and editor; Rick Jones, Emily Enders Odom, Scott O’Neill, Kathy Melvin, Paul Seebeck, Tammy Warren: writers

 

Best in Class/Print: Newsletter

Honorable Mention

Forum Letter

By Richard O. Johnson, editor

Award of Merit

Hunger News & Hope

By Katie Cook, Editor

Award of Excellence

Breaking Barriers

By Terry A. DeYoung and Mark Stephenson, coeditors

Judge’s comments:

The writing and editing, topics covered and format and design well complement each other, resulting in a reader-friendly publication that provides broad coverage of disability issues and God’s work in the midst of those issues. Each issue has a high “pass along” (print or electronic) value because of the useful, informational and inspirational content.

 

Best in Class/Print: Journal

Honorable Mention

Concordia Journal

By Dale Meyer, publisher; Charles Arand, executive editor; Travis Scholl, editor; Melanie Appelbaum, assistant editor; Jayna Rollings and Michelle Poneleit, graphic designers

Award of Merit

Reflections journal, Yale Divinity School

By Gregory Sterling, dean of Yale Divinity School and publisher of Reflections; Ray Waddle, editor of Reflections; Peter Johnson, Yale University, designer

Award of Excellence

The Cresset

By James Old (editor of the Trinity issue) and Heather Grennan Gary (editor of the Michaelmas and Advent-Christmas issues)

Judge’s comments:

The Cresset is a classic example of the best in American commentary from a religious perspective. Literature, public affairs, culture are all covered deftly and with graceful writing and editing.

 

BEST IN CLASS: Magazine, Institution of Higher Education

Award of Excellence

Concordia Seminary magazine

By Jeff Kloha, executive editor; Vicki Biggs, managing editor; Melanie Ave, editor; Jayna Rollings, art director; Michelle Meier, designer

Judge’s comments:

Clean, clear design and a strong voice for the seminary. The magazine does a masterful job of illustrating Concordia’s significance at home and in the wider world.

 

BEST IN CLASS: Denominational Magazine, National

Honorable Mention

U.S. Catholic

By U.S. Catholic Editors

Honorable Mention

The Covenant Companion

By The Covenant Companion staff

Award of Merit

Presbyterian Outlook

By Leslie Scanlon, Jana Blazek and Jill Duffield

Award of Excellence

Presbyterians Today

By Susan Washburn, Karen Bosc, Patrick David Heery: editors; Mark Thomson, designer and

Jeffrey Lawrence, publisher

Judge’s comments:

Fine periodical, offering a range of positive news, hard truths, issues, trends, and seasonal items. Presby Today obviously helps build and strengthen connections among members of all ages and backgrounds.

 

BEST IN CLASS: Denominational Magazine, Regional

Honorable Mention

CommonCall: The Baptist Standard Magazine

By Marv Knox, editor; Ken Camp, managing editor; Julie Sorrels, staff; Kayla Peltoma, staff

Award of Merit

Word&Way

By Bill Webb, Brian Kaylor, Ken Satterfield and Holly Hyde

Award of Merit

Diolog: Texas Episcopalian

By Carol E. Barnwell, editor, writer, photographer and art director; LaShane K. Eaglin, graphics and layout

Award of Excellence

The Catholic Review

By The Catholic Review Staff

Judge’s comments:

Celebrating and reflecting on all things Catholic in the greater Baltimore area and beyond. This publication truly covers the waterfront, with news and features that grab the reader.

 

BEST IN CLASS: Magazine, Special Interest

Honorable Mention

Vision Vocation Guide

By Vision Vocation Guide staff

Honorable Mention

Gather magazine

By Elizabeth Hunter, Sarah Carson

Award of Merit

Church Health Reader

By Stacy Smith, Lizy Heard, Rachel Davis, Susan Martins Miller, Mary Boland, Hannah Walter, Sherrie Lemons, Terri Scott

Award of Merit

In Trust

By Jay Blossom, publisher; Nettia Shepper, managing editor; Shannon Beaudry, editorial assistant

 

Award of Excellence

Horizons Magazine

By Sharon Dunne Gillies, Carissa Herold, Yvonne Hileman, Susan Jackson-Dowd, Laura Lee, Stephanie Morris, Debbie Paris

Judge’s comments:

Outstanding mix of Interviews, features, resources and departments. This is a good read for all women of faith.

 

Best in Class/Print: National or International Magazine

Honorable Mention

Living City

By Living City staff

Award of Merit

Sojourners

By Sojourners staff

Award of Excellence

The Christian Century

By The Christian Century staff

Judge’s comments:

Informative and compelling, the Christian Century reflects the best of the religious press. It showcases a range of voices, and is always well-written.

 

Best in Class/Print: National or International Newspaper

Honorable Mention

Episcopal Journal

By Solange De Santis, editor and Linda Brooks, art director

Award of Merit

Anglican Journal

By Anglican Journal editor and staff

Award of Excellence

The Christian Chronicle

By Lynn McMillon: President and CEO; Erik Tryggestad: editor; Bobby Ross Jr.: chief correspondent; Chellie Ison: digital media reporter; Tonya Patton: advertising manager; Lynda Sheehan: administrative assistant; Joy McMillon: administrative assistant; Melinda Wilson: administrative assistant; Louise Beyer: staff accountant; Bailey McBride: editor emeritus and Katie Jones: intern

Judge’s comments:

The Christian Chronicle is consistently well planned, written, edited and produced. The stories are compelling, the art is professional and the headlines clear and tight.

 

Best in Class/Print: Regional Newspaper

Award of Excellence

The Alabama Baptist

By The Alabama Baptist staff

Judge’s comments:

Great news front teases inside stories effectively. Comprehensive mix of news and feature stories.