CCP and the Future

Published on April 14, 2018 by in Features, News

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CCP and the Future: Responding to Change

Early last year the CCP executive initiated an e-mail discussion with members about these changes, and what they mean to the organization. There was follow-up discussion at the 2017 AGM in Quebec City in June, and a live online discussion in September.

Taking these various consultations into account, the executive established a committee to produce a discussion document (below). The goal is to hold another in-person discussion at our AGM in Hamilton (May 2-4) where members can provide feedback and let us know if we should continue to proceed in this direction. If that is the way people feel we should go, it will be brought to the 2019 AGM for a vote.

If you cannot be at this year’s convention, please share your thoughts with us by email. Your feedback is welcome!

The Future of the CCP: A Discussion Document

The world of communications and journalism is changing fast. Publications—both secular and church-based alike—are challenged on many fronts. Each year more publications close, including church-based publications.

Canadian Church Press (CCP) is caught up this change, along with its members. The question facing us is: How doe we respond to these changes? How do we adapt so that the organization continues to serve its members, and all those who are professional Christian communicators both now and in the future?

Current Situation

Currently, the CCP’s membership model is based on publications. Specifically, the constitution states that membership is open to “Christian print and web-based periodicals published in Canada” that are circulated regionally, nationally or internationally.

While this model has worked well for decades, the decline in the number of publications is problematic. Since 2001, the CCP has lost 32 publications, most of them to closure (three in 2017 alone). Since the future for many others does is also uncertain, this puts the future of the CCP at risk.

A Possible Course of Action

While publications are in peril, it can be said that there has never been more communication than ever before, and in so many different ways—much of it online. And many Christians still feel called to be communicators in mainstream journalism, church publications, or as bloggers, graphic and visual artists, on social media and other ways.

With that in mind, we are suggesting that CCP consider changing its membership model from being publication-based to being based on a combination of publications and individuals. At the same time, we suggest changing the name to Canadian Christian Communicators (CCC) to reflect that communication today is no longer “press” based, but takes place in many different ways.

This change would allow us to cast a vision for an organization of Christian communicators that engages the world in a broader way (beyond only publications), and that makes it possible for many more people to consider joining—Christians who are involved in journalism, public relations, communications, editing, and design work for church publications, non-profit agencies, NGOs, in the wider marketplace, as freelancers, or as bloggers.

The goal would be the same: To offer support, networking, training, community, and opportunities to gather through an annual convention, and to promote the creation of effective, engaging, and high-quality communications in various forms. Awards would still be offered to publications that continue to value them.

Communicators who could benefit from CCC include editors, reporters, writers, communication coordinators (denominational, local church, ministry organization), social media coordinators, videographers, bloggers, public relations professionals, graphic designers.

It is possible that smaller subgroups or cohorts may develop on the basis of location or specialization, e.g. the Winnipeg Christian communicators’ group, which organizes its own meetings and training events (Barefoot). Also, bloggers or designers might form a group based on their affinity rather than location.

Concluding Comments

Now, perhaps more than ever before, there is a need for good, high-quality and trustworthy communications. At the same time, economic challenges make the future of publications and the CCP uncertain. By expanding the concept of membership to all Christians who produce communications, while continuing to value, support and award the good work of existing member publications, a new organization can harness our collective strength, knowledge and energy to help many people follow their call to communicate about our faith to the wider world.

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Uncovering Truth in an Uncertain World

Published on March 15, 2018 by in Features, News

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A joint conference of Canadian Church Press and the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada

Click here to view conference brochure and schedule.

Student discount added! Although it’s not on the registration page, students can now join this national gathering of editors, journalists and more Thursday (May 3) 9:00-4:15 including lunch for only $50 (includes presentation on Fake News by Paul Berton of The Hamilton Spectator). Or Friday (May 4) 9:00-5:30 including lunch for only $50 (includes panel of luminaries on the Importance of Rigorous Journalism; workshop on Improving Indigenous–Settler Relations by Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, national coordinator for Indigenous ministries, Anglican Church of Canada; and Kairos Blanket Exercise by Major Shari Russell, territorial Indigenous ministries consultant for the Salvation Army). Check out all the keynote speakers and workshop options by clicking the above link.

To take advantage of this great student discount, please RSVP to cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com and just pay your $50 upon arrival. (To attend Wed evening, May 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. including a talk by charities expert Bruce MacDonald and a wine and cheese reception, register like anyone else for $25 at www.catholicregister.org/ccp.

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Canadian Church Press town hall meeting minutes

Published on September 25, 2017 by in Uncategorized

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Canadian Church Press town hall meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 11:00 p.m. (ET)

Archdiocese of Toronto and teleconference

 Present onsite: Bill Fledderus (president), Michael Swan (past-president), Ken Ramstead (membership), Angela Bick (member-at-large) Sue Newbery (administrator), Ginny Hostetler (Canadian Mennonite), Keith Knight (Canadian Christian Business Federation), Michael Hostetler (Canadian Mennonite)

Online: Karla Braun (CCP secretary), Brad Wassink (treasurer), James Sweeney (Quebec Diocesan Gazette/Anglican Editors Association), Mike Strathdee (MEDA Marketplace), Robert White (ArtsConnection.ca), Lloyd Mackey (The Word Guild), Tess Sison (Anglican Journal), Shiao Chong (The Banner), Matthew Block (The Canadian Lutheran), Karen Stiller (Faith Today). To be confirmed: Hannah Marazzi (Convivium), John Van Dyk (Christian Renewal)

  1. A meeting convened by Canadian Church Press on the occasion of the 60th anniversary to discuss possibilities to change the structure to better serve the needs of existing and potential new members. Hosted at the Archdiocese of Toronto.
  2. Canadian Church Press current membership includes staff at 68 member publications, most (49) periodicals serving a single church family (e.g., Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, etc.) . CCP is led by a volunteer executive of 8 people.
  3. The church communications sector is experiencing changes in methods and operations that may be discouraging some people from participating in the CCP community. Editors have been our core membership group, but are increasingly only one member of a communications team responsible for doing PR, fundraising, marketing, design websites, content editing and design on newsletter, broadcast—video and audio. Some are seeing a need for more parts of the team to be part of a community like CCP, not just one gatekeeper editor.
  4. Intro presentation by Bill Fledderus (see com/ccp-town-hall-meeting/)

Question: Is there a need for an association like the Canadian Church Press today? What is nature of that need? How can we better serve more people? Is there demand for a broader Christian community of communicators?

  1. CCP’s community is mainly editors; it could diversify further.
  2. The CCP community is specific to Canada and cross denominational – connecting various traditions evangelical, mainline, parachurch, ethnic, etc. – and so might benefit many others
  3. CCP provides community which we all need, especially those working in home office, those who are new to the sector
  4. CCP annual convention offers training through workshops and peer relationships
  5. CCP can advance the needs of its members in many ways;
    1. awards contest
    2. lobby on behalf of its members, issues in mailing, government funding,
  • relate with academia and industry bodies
  1. commission research relevant to the broader community
  1. CCP could facilitate online chat groups for encouragement and training
  1. Possible strategies to open CCP membership discussed so far, as summarized by Bill Fledderus
    1. If the community were not only editors and writers but also communications officers, fundraisers, marketers, audio/video producers, social media workers, etc., would that be of benefit?
    2. Membership could be extended to include publications serving a large Canadian audience (currently restricted to those published in Canada)
    3. The “associate member” category for freelancers could be expanded to other communications workers (currently it aims mainly at journalists)
    4. Options for partnership:
  • The Word Guild
  • Magazines Canada or CSME
  • Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada
  • News Media Can (Newspapers)
  • Evangelical Press Association
  • Editors Canada
  • Associated Church Press
  • Canadian Association of Journalists
  1. Previous internal CCP conversations and online poll showed support for partnering with Associated Church Press and for loosening stringent membership criteria. Regional chapters for Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver were suggested. Some questioned the wisdom of partnering with The Word Guild or joining with mainstream org like Magazines Canada or Newsmedia Canada – in so large an organization, our particular faith basis will be lost/unsupported.
  2. Floor opened to questions.

Michael H: Can the CCP do more to serve an interpretive role to larger press? There are opportunities like when a CBC TV program created an inaccurate portrayal of Mennonites.

Bill: Executive has talked about partnering with other mainstream orgs to fund research about what church offers and publicize the results to media colleagues.

Michael S: Journalists trust other journalists, so positioning ourselves that way could make CCP a valuable source of info on faith issues to mainstream journalists. The challenge is informing journalists when they need a faith perspective. They call for a Catholic consult when there’s a new pope, but they may not remember to ask how to interpret census data.

Bill: CCP could help mainstream media connect with Christian experts, provide impartial information.

Robert: Bloggers often work alone and would benefit from connections. Recommend CCP broaden membership to include religious bloggers who may be former journalists.

Keith: There is appeal for organizational communications staff to be part of association that supports the skills needed for their work, especially producing a newsletter or periodical for org (not only church magazines).

Michael S: This is already in evidence with some newsletter-type members such as Scarborough Mission and Spiritan. CCP is journalist focused but not specifically an organization of journalists. Either join ARCCC or join CAJ

Robert: To get more freelancers to join would perhaps require more defined benefits other than contest and conference, a re-visioning of what members can expect. What is payoff, especially with fee to join?

Bill: It would be beneficial to widen connections so one person isn’t gate keeper – everyone working for a member publication could be an active member. A way other magazine staff (e.g. regional correspondents) can join CCP.

Bill: Adding benefits brings up the question: What should be the primary focus of CCP’s energy? If our limited capacity of org led by volunteers is used up planning convention (traditionally one of the big tasks of CCP exec), is that best use of time? There is demand for training.

Keith: Has CCP considered hiring a part-time director to invest in CCP’s capacity?

Bill: The Word Guild and other groups have struggled with being able to financially support staff. We could expand offerings but money needs to come from somewhere.

Lloyd: TWG has seen success with creating regional chapters. Another success story is the Cardus-initiated but multi-faith informed Canada 150 “Thread of Stories”

Chong: It would be beneficial if membership widened to Canadian readership not just published in Canada.

Mathew. Some speakers have expressed concern about expanding the membership of the CCP to Christian communicators more broadly. It’s worth noting that many of the CCP’s member publications already have a dual-life in that sense: functioning as part of the church’s “communications department”” as well as a magazine/newspaper. (My own official title, after all, is “communications manager” for Lutheran Church-Canada.) If a communications department for a Christian organization puts out a publication (in print or online), I’d personally be in favour of expanding membership to include them.

Bill: We may need a sequel gathering to keep exploring these ideas, especially partnering with ACP, and encouraging regional chapters. If a national partnership between orgs doesn’t happen, it would still be possible for local chapters of different orgs to work together, e.g., a Vancouver chapter of TWG and one from CCP might plan an event together.

  1. Bill apologized for the need to change online connection instructions just before the meeting and for the sound quality problems during the meeting. He closed in prayer.

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2017 Award Winners

Published on September 7, 2017 by in News

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This year’s Awards Banquet and presentation was held last Thursday evening (June 22) in conjunction with the Catholic Media Conference at Laval University in Quebec City. The following magazines, newspapers and websites were recognized for their excellence.

Category: Editorial
Judge: Michele Beacom

First Place – The Catholic Register
Stop This Torture
Author: Jim O’Leary

Second Place – Faith Today
Too Many Victims: Child Neglect and the Response of our Churches
Author: Bruce J. Clemenger

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Give it to God
Author: David Harris

Category: From the Editor
Judge: Michele Beacom

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observations – My Beef with Veganism
Author: David Wilson

Second Place: Salvationist
Road to Healing
Author: Geoff Moulton

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Art Reflecting Faith
Author: Ken Ramstead

Category: News Story
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – Presbyterian Record
Goodbye to the Record
Authors: Record Staff

Second Place – Faith Today
Imprisoned in North Korea
Author: Ron Csillag

Third Place – Salvationist
On the Ground in Fort McMurray
Author: Pam Richardson

Category: News Story – Newspaper
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
I Feel Like I Need a New Word for Thank You
Author: Gisele McKnight

Second Place – The Catholic Register
World Turning Blind Eye to Refugee Crisis
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Same-Sex Marriage Motion Passes
Author: André Forget

Category: In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Magazine
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The United Church Observer
Unsuitable – Gretta Vosper Controversy
Authors: Observer Staff

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Fort McMurray Strong
Author: Andrew Faiz

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Covenant faithfulness: God People Faith (Assembly 2016)
Author: A multitude of scribes

Category: In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Newspaper
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The Catholic Register
A Nation at War, Ukraine Turns to the Lord
Author: Michael Swan

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Same-Sex Marriage Resolution
Authors: Tali Folkins, André Forget, Marites Sison and Janet Thomas

Third Place – Huron Church News
The Diocese Welcomes Bishop Linda
Authors: Sandra Coulson, Marty Levesque and Terry Dance

Category: Features – Magazine
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

First Place – The Canadian Lutheran
Driven from Distraction
Author: The Reverend Michael Schutz

Second Place – Foi & Vie
Le Sculpteur de L’âme
Author: Brianne Zelinsky

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Deutsche Post: Do-Gooders, Christians and Refugees in Germany
Author: Todd Statham

Category: Features – Newspaper
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

First Place – Christian Courier
The Art of Worship
Author: Chris Cuthill

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Revisiting the Reformation
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Where the Church has no Name
Author: Tali Folkins

Category: Opinion Piece
Judge: Murray Lewis

First Place – Christian Courier
Disruptive Theology
Author: Lloyd Rang

Second Place – Salvationist
A Matter of Life and Death
Author: Dr. James Read

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Becoming Aryan
Author: Ben Goosen

Category: Column
Judge: Michael Coren

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observations (January, February and April)
Author: David Wilson

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Come and See (February, June and September)
Author: Archbishop Fred Hiltz

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Eastern Synod (March, October/November and December)
Author: Bishop Michael Pryse

Category: Department
Judge: Bruce Soderholm

First Place – The Catholic Register
Youth Speak News
Editor: Jean Ko Din

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
Young Voices
Authors: Aaron Epp & Andrew Brown

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Service Journalism
Judge: Rebekah Chevalier

First Place – Salvationist
Digital Overload
Author: Nancy Turley

Second Place – Faith Today
How to Communicate with your MP
Author: Patricia Paddey

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Intergenerational Worship: What to do When the Kids are Few
Author: Tori Smit

Category: Media Review
Judge: Karen Pauls

First Place – The Canadian Lutheran
In Review: X-Men Apocalypse
Author: The Reverend Ted Giese

Second Place – Faith & Friends
When God is Silent
Author: Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Christian Courier
Kent Haruf: Scribe of Light and Dust
Author: Cathy Smith

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Good News for Kids
Author: Pieta Woolley

Category: Theological Reflection

Judge: Rolf Pedersen

First Place – Salvationist
Carry Me
Author: Dion Oxford

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
A Walk in the Dark
Author: Carol Penner

Third Place – The United Church Observer
The Gratitude Effect
Author: Trisha Elliott

Honourable Mention – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Inflame us with new hope!
Author: Bishop Michael Hawkins

Category: Biblical Interpretation
Judge: Doug Koop

First Place – Canada Lutheran
The Virgin Mary
Author: The Reverend Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Second Place – Salvationist
Our Daily Bread
Author: Dr. Donald Burke

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Instilling Faith at Home
Authors: Carmen Brubacher and Paul Heidebrecht

Category: Personal Experience (Circulation less than 10,000)
Judge: Muriel Duncan

First Place – Christian Courier
Our Family’s Unexpected Change of Direction
Authors: Jim Dekker and Jessica Dekker

Second Place – The Highway
At the Bottom of my Freezer
Author: Nissa Basbaum

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Life is a Garden…Dig It!
Author: June Crowe

Category: Personal Experience (Circulation above 10,000)
Judge: Brent van Staalduinen

First Place – Faith Today
For the Love of the Church
Author: Mark Buchanan

Second Place – The United Church Observer
A Complicated Love Story
Author: Alanna Mitchell

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Living in Expectation
Author: Connie Wardle

Category: Interview
Judge: Stephen Heckbert

First Place – Christian Courier
Fear, not facts, behind climate change skepticism: An interview with Katharine Hayhoe
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Second Place – Mandate
The Apology: The 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations People
Author: Sara Stratton

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Interview with Sister Helen Prejean
Author: Alicia von Stamwitz

Honourable Mention – The New Brunswick Anglican
Two-minute interview, Colin Ranson
Editor: Gisele McKnight

Category: Biographical Profile – Magazine
Judge: Donald Bastion

First Place – The United Church Observer
The Fighter
Author: Richard Wright

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Walk with God
Author: Derek Macleod

Third Place – Faith Today
Canada’s Giving Guru: Inside the World of Marina Glogovac and Canada/Helps
Author: Alex Newman

Honourable Mention – Faith & Friends
Life Changer
Author: Kristin Ostensen

Category: Biographical Profile – Newspaper
Judge: Donald Bastion

First Place – Anglican Journal
Bishop in a Chevy Pickup
Author: Diana Swift

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Hard Knocks Give Rolheiser Appreciation of Life
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Indian Life
Witness to the Truth: Giving Voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless
Author: Jim Uttley

Category: Display Writing
Judge: Nandy Heule

First Place – Presbyterian Record
The Gender Imbalance
Author: Connie Wardle

Second Place – The United Church Observer
That Evangelical Sizzle
Author: Christopher White

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Humour
Judge: Phil Callaway

No Awards Given

Category: News Photo – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – The United Church Observer
Unsuitable
Photographer: Hugh Wesley

Second Place – Faith & Friends
A Joyful Noise
Photographer: Clement Storksen

Third Place – Mandate
African and Middle Eastern Mission and Service Partners 2016
Photographer: Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace

Category: News Photo – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

First Place – The Catholic Register
Out of Africa, into Canada
Photographer: Michael Swan

Second Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Banners at St. Luke’s Anglican Church
Photographer: Nigel Salway

No Third Place Awarded

Feature Photo – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – Canada Lutheran
September 2016 Cover
Photographer: Art Babych

Second Place – The United Church Observer
Rainbow Muslims
Photographer: Daniel Ehrenworth

Third Place – Alliance Connection
Loving Iraq
Photographer: Anonymous

Category: Feature Photo – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Bishop on a Bike
Photographer: Nigel Salway

Second Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
Learning to Cook
Photographer: Gisele McKnight

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Relief, Despair as Same-Sex Motion Marriage Fails
Photographer: Art Babych

Category: Photo Essay – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – Salvationist
Our Priority…the People!
Photographer: Steve Nelson

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
The Animals of MCC
Designers: Ross W. Muir and Dan Johnson
Photographers: Josh Steckley, Silas Crews and Matthew Sawatzky

Third Place – Faith & Friends
The Power of Art
Designer: Brandon Laird
Photography: CBC

Category: Photo Essay – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

No Awards Awarded

Category: Original Artwork – Magazine
Judge: Carson Samson

First Place – Geez magazine
The Watershed Issue
Artist: Jonathan Dyck

Second Place – Faith Today
Cover Illustration – Readers Could Colour (July/August 2016 Issue)
Artist: Yuhan Hu
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
General Assembly Elephant in the Room
Illustrator: Susan Mattinson

Category: Original Artwork – Newspaper
Judge: Carson Samson

First Place – Christian Courier
Golden Hands: A Modern Portrait
Artist: Lisa Smouter

Second Place – Anglican Journal
He is Risen
Artist: Jimpsie Ayres

Third Place – the Catalyst
We Are All Connected to Climate Change
Artist: Miriam Mahaffy

Category: Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Mandate
Responding to Refugees
Designer: Lisa Rebnord
Photographer: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Second Place – Canada Lutheran
July/August 2016 – Cover
Designer: Catherine Crivici
Photographer: Ebonie Klassen

Third Place – Foi & Vie
Le Sculpteur de l’âme
Designer: Brandon Laird
Photographer: Timothy Schmalz

Category: Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Presbyterian Record
September 2016 Front Cover
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn
Photographer: Gillian Secord

Second Place – Salvationist
Front Cover of April 2016
Designer: Timothy Cheng
Photographer: Homin Kwon

Third Place – Faith & Friends
Ring Ruler
Designer: Brandon Laird

Category: Front Cover – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
March 2016 Front Page
Designer: Jason Antonio

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Padre’s War Diary
Designer: Lucy Barco

Third Place – Anglican Journal
March Front Cover
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Spiritan
Mercy at the Centre
Designer: Tim Faller

Second Place – Mandate
What we learned and why we need to do more and Overseas Mission: a new vision
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Generosity (July/August 2016)
Designer: Catherine Crivici

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – The United Church Observer
Interlove
Designer: Ross Woolford

Second Place – Faith & Friends
Ring Ruler
Designer: Brandon Laird

Third Place – Salvationist
Breaking the Power of Sin
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Honourable Mention – Presbyterian Record
Dwell, Work, Be With God
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn
Illustrator: Gemma Correll

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
It’s Camping Season! Don’t Miss the Fun at Brookwood and Medley
Designer: Gisele McKnight

Second Place – The Catholic Register
On the Front Lines with the Padre
Designer: Lucy Barco

Third Place – Anglican Journal
General Assembly 2016
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Magazine Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Geez magazine
The Watershed Issue
Designer: Darryl Brown
Creative Director: Aiden Enns

Second Place – Mandate
November 2016 Issue
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
July/August 2016
Designer: Catherine Crivici

Honourable Mention –Spiritan
Meeting People Where They Are
Designer: Tim Faller

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Magazine Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Faith Today
March/April 2016 Issue
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Second Place – Salvationist
April 2016 Issue
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Third Place – The United Church Observer
September 2016 Issue (Rainbow Muslims)
Designer: Ross Woolford

Honourable Mentions to the following:
Alliance Connection, Presbyterian Record, Faith & Friends and Canadian Mennonite

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The Catholic Register
The Padre’s War Diary
Designers: Mickey Conlon and Lucy Barco

Second Place – Anglican Journal
December 2016 Edition
Designer: Saskia Rowley

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Blog – Online and Integrated Media
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Camino de Cancer
Author: David Giuliano

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Messy Table
Author: Katie Munnik

Third Place – Faith Today
The Faith Today Blog
Editors: Karen Stiller and Bill Fledderus

Category: Use of Multimedia on a Website
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observer Doc: Out of Syria
Kevin Spurgaitis, Producer

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Marites Sison, André Forget, Tali Folkins and Saskia Rowley

Third Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Designer
Kristin Ostensen, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Ken Ramstead and
Geoff Moulton, Editors

Category: Publication Website
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Kevin Spurgaitis, Webmaster

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Anglican Journal Staff

Third Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Designer
Kristin Ostensen, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Ken Ramstead and
Geoff Moulton, Editors

Category: General Excellence – Website Design
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Kevin Spurgaitis, Webmaster

Second Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf, Designers

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Anglican Journal Staff

Category: General Excellence – Magazine
Judge: Kristy Woudstra

First Place – The United Church Observer
February, May and December 2016
Editor: David Wilson

Second Place – Faith & Friends
Jerry Howarth, Grace Haven and From War and Peace (September, October and November 2016)
Designer: Brandon Laird
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
October, November and December 2016
Editor: David Harris

General Excellence – National Newspapers
Judge: Glen Argan

First Place – Indian Life
July/August, September/October and November/December 2016
Editor: Jim Uttley

Category: General Excellence – Regional Newspapers
Judge: Glen Argan

No Awards Awarded

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – Christian Courier
The stained-glass ceiling: 100 ordained women in CRC ministry today
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Honourable Mention – Canada Lutheran
Restorative Justice
Author: Catherine Pate
Editor: Kenn Ward

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The United Church Observer
Hell and High Water
Author: Josiah Neufeld

Honourable Mention – Faith Today
Gently into the Arms of Jesus: Palliative Care, Done Well
Author: Karen Stiller
Editor: Bill Fledderus

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CCP town hall meeting

Published on September 7, 2017 by in Features

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Join this Canadian Christian communicators town hall meeting, led by the Canadian Church Press and hosted by the R.C. Archdiocese of Toronto, 1155 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Sept 12, 2017.

Join by phone toll-free: 1-855-344-7755 or local  1-416-933-3852. Conference code is: 480 018 4

NEW instructions:

Remember to review the report on revisiting CCP mission and structure by president Bill Fledderus.

Download the PowerPoint presentation to follow along at home.

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