Awards 2019 – design

Published on May 5, 2019 by in Features, News

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News Photo – Magazine

Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Salvationist

Who We Are

Photographer: Giselle Randall

Second Place: Canadian Mennonite

Mug Shot

Photographer: Jennifer Osborne

First Place: The United Church Observer

Lisa Blais

Photographer: Christinne Muschi

News Photo – Newspaper

Judge: Terrance Pack

 No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Welcome Home

Photographer: Michael Swan

First Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Praying for the Faithful Departed

Photographer: Nigel Salway

Feature Photo – Magazine

Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Salvationist

Kenya Dreaming

Photographer: Joel Johnson

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Sharon Brant

Photographer: Giordano Ciampini

First Place: Canadian Mennonite

Modern Ghosts of a Horse-Drawn Scandal

Photographer: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

Feature Photo – Newspaper

Judge: Terrance Pack

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Angels Among Us

Photographer: Michael Swan

First Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Getting to know Saskatoon’s New Bishop

Photographer: The Reverend Peter Coolen

Photo Essay – Magazine

Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Faith Today

Food is central in Scripture, Community and Restoration

Photographer: Caroline Ryan   Designer: Janice Van Eck

Second Place: Faith & Friends

Coffee, Cookies and Christ

Designer: Brandon Laird   Photographer: June Li

First Place: The United Church Observer

Angels on Call

Photographer: Tallulah

Photo Essay – Newspaper

Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Christian Courier

Handcrafted By You

Designer: Kathryn DeRuijter

Second Place: Dialogue

In Pictures: Holy Week with Archbishop Fred Hiltz

Photographer: Mark Hauser

First Place: The Catholic Register

Danforth Community Offers Prayer and Support for Shooting Victims

Photographer: Michael Swan

Original Artwork

Judge: Carson Samson

Third Place: Salvationist

Defining Disability

Artist and Designer: Timothy Cheng

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Bloody Expensive

Artist: Jeannie Phan

First Place: Christian Courier

Island Lake Caribou

Artist: Alan Dhingra 

 Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Rupert’s Land News

Myth and Story

Editor: Kyla Neufeld   

Designer: Mike Berg

Second Place: Canada Lutheran

Breaking the Silence (September 2018 Cover)

Designer: Catherine Crivici

First Place: Canadian Mennonite

Modern Ghosts of a Horse-Drawn Scandal (October 8, 2018 Cover)

Photographer: Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

Designer: Ross W. Muir

Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation over 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Salvationist

Match made in Heaven (May 2018 Cover)

Designer: Timothy Cheng

    Photographer: Akil Simmons

Second Place: The United Church Observer

The Plastic Menace (April 2018 Cover)

Designer: Ross Woolford

First Place: Faith Today

Reconciliation (January/February 2018 Cover)

Designer and Illustrator: Janice van Eck

Front Page – Newspaper

Judge: Saskia Rowley

Third Place: The B.C. Catholic

Settling In

Illustrator, Designer, Production Co-Ordinator: Inca Siojo

Editor: Paul Schratz

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Clericalism

Designer: Lucy Barco

First Place: Dialogue

Summer 2018 Edition

Designer: Mark Hauser

Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Canada Lutheran

That Teen in the Mirror

Designer: Catherine Crivici

First Place: Canadian Mennonite

Pregnant with Peace/An Everlasting Light

Designer: Ross W. Muir

Features Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation over 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan  

Third Place: Salvationist

Kenya Dreaming

Designer: Timothy Cheng    Author/Photographer: Joel Johnson

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Angels on Call

Designer: Ross Woolford

First Place: Faith & Friends

Rock of Ages

Designer: Brandon Laird

Feature Layout and Design – Newspaper

Judge: Saskia Rowley 

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Bishop of Muyinga visits the Diocese of Qu’Appelle

Designer: Jason G. Antonio

No Second Place was awarded

First Place: The B.C. Catholic

Simone’s Camino

Designer/Production Coordinator: Inca Siojo   Author: Agnieszka Ruck

Editor: Paul Schratz

First Place: Christian Courier

The Corpus of James K.A. Smith: Worldview Made Flesh

Designer: Naomi Francis

  Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Edition Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan 

Third Place: Rupert’s Land News

October 2018 – Criminal Justice

Editor: Kyla Neufeld   Designer: Mike Berg

Second Place: Canadian Mennonite

January 15, 2018 Issue

Designers: Betty Avery and Ross W. Muir

First Place: Canada Lutheran

December 2018 Edition

Designer: Catherine Crivici

Edition Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation over 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan 

Third Place: The United Church Observer

March 2018 Issue

Designer: Ross Woolford

Second Place: Salvationist

Journey of Reconciliation Continues

Designer: Timothy Cheng

Editors: Geoff Moulton, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson and Kristin Ostensen

First Place: Faith Today

November/December 2018 Issue

Designer: Janice Van Eck

Edition Layout and Design – Newspaper

Judge: Saskia Rowley

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

September 2018 Edition

Designer: Jason G. Antonio

Third Place: The Catholic Register

Lest We Forget

Designers: Mike Simpson, Lucy Barco, Mickey Conlon

Second Place: Christian Courier

December 10, 2018 The Christmas Issue

Designers: Kevin Tamming and Naomi Francis

First Place: Dialogue

Summer 2018 Edition

Designer: Mark Hauser

Use of Social Media

Judge: Carson Samson

Honourable Mention: Salvationist

Designer: Brandon Laird

Editors: Kristin Ostensen and Giselle Randall

General Excellence: Website Design

Judge: Carson Samson

Second Place: Rupert’s Land News

Editor: Kyla Neufeld 

 Designer: Mike Berg

First Place: Salvationist.ca

Designers: Radiant and Brandon Laird

General Excellence – Magazine

Judge: Ian Adnams

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Faith Today

July/August, September/October, November/December

Designer: Janice Van Eck

Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

First Place: The United Church Observer

January, February and March 2018

Editor: Jocelyn Bell

First Place: Salvationist

March, April and May

Editors: Geoff Moulton, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson,

Kristin Ostensen and Ken Ramstead

 Designers: Timothy Cheng and Brandon Laird



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Awards 2019

Published on May 2, 2019 by in Features, News

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2019 CCP Awards of Merit

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award

Student Award

Editorial – Magazine

Judge: Michele Beacom

Third Place: The United Church Observer

Observations – #MeToo

Author: Jocelyn Bell

Second Place: Canadian Mennonite

Questions of Conscience

Author: Virginia A. Hostetler

First Place: Faith Today

Competing Views on State Neutrality: Court Decision may Impact Church and State Collaboration

Author: Bruce J. Clemenger

Editor: Bill Fledderus

Editorial – Newspaper

Judge: Michele Beacom

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Christian Courier

The Best Laid Plans

Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

First Place: The Catholic Register

It’s Time for Action

Author: Jim O’Leary

From the Editor

Judge: Michele Beacom

Third Place: Salvationist

Armed and Dangerous

Author: Geoff Moulton

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Observations – The Lasting Legacy of 1988

Author: Jocelyn Bell

First Place: Canada Lutheran

Sowing Hope

Author: The Reverend Kenn Ward

News Story – Magazine

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Canadian Mennonite

Mennonite Arrested at Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protest

Authors: Amy Dueckman and Ross W. Muir

Editor: Virginia A. Hostetler

Second Place: Faith & Friends

From Armour to Sanctuary

Author: Linda Leigh

First Place: The Canadian Lutheran

Humboldt – Still Strong

Author: James Morgan

News Story – Newspaper

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Anglican, Lutheran Colleges hold First Joint Service

Author: The Reverend Dr. Iain Luke

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Abuse Survivor Demands ‘Real’ Change

Author: Michael Swan

First Place: Christian Courier

‘The Restorer of Women’

Author: Maaike VanderMeer

In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Magazine

Judge: Richard Landau

 No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Salvationist

Messengers of the Gospel

Author: Pamela Richardson

First Place: The United Church Observer

Island Access

Author: Angela Mombourquette

In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Newspaper 

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Bishop of Muyinga visits the Diocese of Qu’Appelle

Author: Joanne Shurvin-Martin

Second Place: The B.C. Catholic

Pioneering Congregation Wraps Up Mission in B.C.

Author: Agnieszka Ruck

First Place: The Catholic Register

School in Crisis

Authors: Catholic Register Staff

Features – Magazine

Judge: Cynthia Shannon

Third Place: The Canadian Lutheran

Trust Not In Princes

Author: The Reverend Dr. John Hellwege

Second Place: Faith Today

The Shame of Sexual Harassment in the Church: How it Happens,

How we can Heal

Author: Alex Newman

First Place: The United Church Observer

In the Beginning

Author: Alanna Mitchell

Features – Newspaper

Judge: Cynthia Shannon 

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Stewards of God’s Creation

Author: Jean Ko Din

First Place: Christian Courier

The Corpus of James K.A. Smith: Worldview made flesh

Author: Peter Schuurman

Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Opinion Piece

 Judge: Mirko Petricevic

Third Place: The Catholic Register

Another Betrayal

Author: Jim O’Leary

Second Place: The United Church Observer

I Regret My 100 Huntley Street Book

Author: Paul Knowles

First Place: Faith Today

Your Theology is Changing – is that okay? The difference between maturing and copping out

Author: Rod J. K. Wilson

Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

Column – Magazine

Judge: Emily Cramer

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Canada Lutheran

Saskatchewan Synod

Author: Bishop Sid Haugen

   Editor: The Reverend Kenn Ward

First Place: Faith Today

Go with God

Author: Carolyn Arends

    Editor: Karen Stiller

Column – Newspaper

Judge: Emily Cramer

Third Place: The B.C. Catholic

Global Theatre

Author: C.S. Morrisey

Second Place: The Catholic Register

The Church on the Street

Author: Robert Kinghorn

First Place: Christian Courier

A Story of Moving Boxes, Word Gets Around, Two Trees

Author: Katie Munnik 

 Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Department

Judge: Bruce Soderholm

Third Place: Salvationist

Ethically Speaking

Authors: Major Doug Binner, Lieutenant Crystal Porter, Aimee Patterson

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Youth Speak News

Editor: Jean Ko Din

First Place: Canadian Mennonite

Young Voices

Authors: Rachel Bergen, Annika Krause, Daniel Rempel, Madalene Arias, with Peter Haresnape, Moses Falco, Laura Abraham

   Editors: Aaron Epp and Ross W. Muir

Service Journalism

Judge: Amy MacLachlan

No Third Place awarded

Second Place: Salvationist

Hope for the Hopeless

Author: Brandalyn Musial

First Place: The United Church Observer

Addicted to Plastic

 Author: Susan Nerberg

Media Review

Judge: Michael Coren

Third Place: Christian Courier

Robinson’s Rich Vision

Author: Philip Christman

Editor: Brian Bork

Second Place: The United Church Observer

The Gospel of Rap

Author: Kira-Lynn Ferderber

First Place: The Canadian Lutheran

Hammers and Nails: 12 Rules for Life

Author: The Reverend Michael Schutz

Theological Reflection

Judge: Rolf Pedersen

Honourable Mention: Tapestry

Pray with Perseverance

Author: Jill M. Munoz

Third Place: the Catalyst

The Living Relationship Between the People and the Land

Author: Mark MacDonald

Second Place: The United Church Observer

The Complex History of the Huron Carol

Author: Will Pearson

First Place: Canada Lutheran

Tree Talk

Author: The Reverend Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Biblical Interpretation

Judge: Doug Koop

Third Place: The United Church Observer

Is There a Point to Life?

Author: Trisha Elliott

Second Place: the Catalyst

Vulnerable Voices

Author: Sylvia C. Keesmaat

First Place: Salvationist

The Perils of Power, Daring to Lead

Author: Donald E. Burke

Personal Experience – Circulation under 10,000

Judge: Muriel Duncan

Third Place: Canadian Mennonite

From ‘Never a Teacher’ to ‘Why Not?’

Author: Henry Neufeld

Editors: Virginia A. Hostetler and Ross W. Muir

Second Place: Canada Lutheran

She Wore Flowers in her Hair

Author: Raven Rautenbach

Editor: The Reverend Kenn Ward

First Place: Christian Courier

Open Windows

Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema

Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Personal Experience – Circulation over 10,000

Judge: Brent van Staalduinen

Third Place: Salvationist

Defining Disability

Author: Dion Oxford

Second Place: Faith Today

Let the Sermon be Interrupted: The Church, First Nations And Reconciliation

Author: Mark Buchanan

First Place: The United Church Observer

Power in the Blood

Author: Anne Bokma

Interview

Judge: Michael Coren

Third Place: Faith Today

The Faith Today Interview with Sharon Ramsey

Author: Karen Stiller

Editor: Bill Fledderus

Second Place: Rupert’s Land News

Interview with Julie Collings

Editor and Author: Kyla Neufeld

Designer: Mike Berg

First Place: Salvationist

Holy Protest

Author: Kristin Ostensen with Lt-Colonel Wendy Swan

Biographical Profile

Judge: Donald Bastian

Third Place: The B.C. Catholic

A Cup of Kindness, 50 Years Later

Author and Photographer: Agniezska Ruck

Second Place: Faith & Friends

Fiddles and Family

Author: Kristin Ostensen

First Place: The United Church Observer

The Good Death

Author: Pieta Woolley

Humour

Judge: Kevin Frank

No Third Place was awarded

Second Place: Faith & Friends

Two Missiles to Paradise

Author: Phil Callaway

First Place: The Catholic Register

Listen to What the Lord Wants us to Hear

Author: Gerry Turcotte

General Excellence – Newspaper

Judge: Bob Cox

First Place: The Catholic Register

September 2, September 9 and September 16, 2018 Issue

Catholic Register Staff

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation under 10,000

Judge: Richard Landau

There was no Honourable Mention awarded

First Place: Canadian Mennonite

Modern ghosts of a horse-drawn scandal, Pt. IV: Humility

Author: Will Braun

   Editor: Ross W. Muir

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation over 10,000

Judge: Richard Landau

Honourable Mention: Faith Today

The Shame of Sexual Harassment in the Church: How it Happens,

How we can Heal

Author: Alex Newman

Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

First Place: The United Church Observer

Angels on Call

Author: Roberta Staley

Student Award: Sponsored by Faith Today and Love is Moving

Judge: Ken Ramstead

Honourable Mention: The Catholic Register

Making a Mark: Theology and the Tattoo Trend

Author: Jacklyn Gilmour

First Place: The United Church Observer

Wilbur Howard and the White Church

Author: Mugoli Samba

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Renaming and Restructuring our Association in 2019

Introduction

Professional Christian communications has gone through a great deal of change in recent years. Communications staff serving Christian audiences have seen their jobs shift from a focus on printed products to also include social media, videos, websites, e-newsletters, blogs, etc. Some have abandoned print entirely and shut down venerable periodicals in order to reallocate resources to digital forms of communication.

The need for Christians to be communicators is perhaps greater than ever – in mainstream media journalism and broadcasting; church and Christian charity communications; design, graphic and visual arts. Staff at many organizations that have traditionally participated in the CCP association wear several of these hats, including those of marketer and fundraiser.

Given the changing media landscape, job roles and responsibilities, the volunteer executive of the Canadian Church Press unanimously suggests the association be restructured. Currently we have a paid membership structure that consists almost entirely of people who work full-time for print and digital periodicals. Our paid membership category for individuals, freelancers and part-timers is unused.

The executive has put together two proposed models that make it easier and more beneficial for individuals from a wider range of communications specialties to join while continuing to invite participation from entire staff teams at organizations. Neither of these models are similar to the status quo. 

As part of this restructuring, the executive proposes changing the name Canadian Church Press to reflect that communications today is no longer “press” based. Some possible new names are Canadian Christian Communicators & Publishers (CCCP), Canadian Christian Media Network (CCMN) and Canadian Christian Media Association (CCMA).

At this year’s AGM, held at our convention in Winnipeg on May 2 at 10 a.m. Central (11 a.m. Eastern), you will be able to discuss this and vote on one of these restructuring options and on a new name. Those who cannot attend in person will be able to participate by sending their opinions in writing in advance and in a limited way by watching the AGM streamed live online (technology permitting) and sending in votes by email.

We want to hear what you think!

Please read the information below and either send us a note now or come to the May 2-3 convention in Winnipeg ready to discuss your preferences.

Which option appeals to you?

Scenario 1: Dramatic Downsizing to a Free Voluntary Association of Individuals 

This model is based on the Winnipeg Communicators group, which has been meeting informally several times a year since the early 1990s. The group gathers for fellowship and networking lunches. Every two years, it plans a one-day conference, and occasionally has special sessions on various topics.

The Winnipeg group has no registered name, no board, no elections, no fees. It is run by a 3-person volunteer committee who plan the networking events. Every two years, an ad hoc committee is formed to plan the conference (called Going Barefoot).

There would be no formal “membership” in this model. Individuals would participate as desired.

If the CCP were to restructure following this model, it would have no more membership fees, no formal board, no official status. The organization or publication that a communicator works for would be almost irrelevant.

The goal would be to provide networking for Canadian Christian communicators, probably through a Facebook group (currently CCP has a Facebook page not a group) and occasional webinars when someone volunteers to lead one.

All that would be needed is a small ongoing advisory committee (for coordination), an awards committee if the membership wants the award to continue, plus a temporary planning committee for each convention.

A similar loose mainstream association like this is www.facebook.com/groups/EditorsofEarth which has 9000+ members.

Benefits

  • No fees (barrier for entry is eliminated)leading to a possible increase in participation from freelancers (more vital community online and perhaps at local meetups)
  • No elections, no meeting minutes
  • No need to hire staff, maintain a bank account, engage a year-round volunteer treasurer
  • No need to maintain and update a website (unless someone volunteers to do that, and volunteers might also be needed to moderate online discussion forum).

Drawbacks

  • No formal centre to hold things together; end to current paid, part-time admin position
  • Annual awards contest becomes more precarious and could end if volunteers don’t step forward to run it; cost of awards entries would probably increase slightly to maintain current honorarium level for professional judges (since there would no longer be a bank account to dip into)
  • Vitality depends on the commitment and dedication of volunteers. If a lack of volunteer time becomes widespread in a given year, nothing happens (more hurtful to newcomers to the profession than to veterans perhaps); no bank account to reimburse volunteers for even the smallest expenses
  • Loss of a formal common voice, e.g., to lobby government on mailing subsidy policies, etc.
  • If the annual national conference and/or awards are reduced or disappear, there could be less of a Canadian professional community of Christian communicators
  • Need a member or partner to handle payments for convention fees, awards
  • No formal structure to fall back on; thus, if members want to start collaborative projects, more work needed to get going
  • Possibly changing the annual convention to once every two years or replacing it with webinars and/or local meetups

Observation: This basically closes down the current structure and re-invents it. It is highly dependent on motivated volunteers to keep it going. (Not so different from now, but currently board members have a deeper sense of accountability.) The model has a proven track record on the local level in Winnipeg, but what about nationally?

Scenario 2: New Individual Membership Structure, Fees Comparable to Past Rates, Introductory Waived-Fees Offer

In our association’s existing structure, membership fees range from $60 to $215 a year for periodicals based on circulation, with revenues going to pay a part-time administrator and enabling various member benefits. There’s also a $30 category for individual membership which is not used.

It might be possible to reverse the current slow downward spiral in the size of our association by changing the name and aggressively inviting wider individual participation from other communications sectors. This could perhaps be done by maintaining current membership fees while promoting a free trial membership for individuals available only for 2019 and 2020. If enough people joined and the sense of community increased, a positive spiral might begin that could be re-assessed in 2021. After the first year of free membership, a person might be invited to pay what they can for year two.

We might look for a bit of inspiration for ways to tweak our association from Anabaptist Communicators (www.anabaptistcomm.org), an association of individuals who work for Anabaptist-Mennonite organizations, or who are part of Anabaptist-Mennonite churches. Individuals are expected to pay a modest annual fee of $50 ($25 for students and retired). An organization can enroll five people for $200. Two major differences are that the association is led by a small elected board (4 people) and offers no awards.

Another similar association familiar to many of us might be The Word Guild www.thewordguild.com, which does offer awards. (Membership is $65 or $30 student or $105 professional, and its awards contest has higher entry fees than CCP: $30 for members, $45 for non-members.)

Similar comparable associations might include the following, although some are of course much larger and charge much higher fees (correct us if we’re wrong).

  • The Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada arccc.ca($100 org, $60 indiv., $30 assoc./non-voting, has an annual career award only
  • Anglican Editors Association of Canada facebook.com/Anglican-Editors-Association-598297143525794/ (fee based on circulation)
  • Associated Church Press theacp.org (US-based, $150-$350 for most periodicals, $75 indiv., $50 students, holds an annual contest)
  • Evangelical Publishers Association evangelicalpress.com (US-based, $200-$310 periodicals with discounts for campus and community newspapers, $75 indiv., holds an annual contest)
  • Canadian Association of Journalists caj.ca, holds an annual contest, has discounted introductory/student/low-income membership rates, regular cost $75/yr
  • Canadian Christian Business Federation ccbf.org ($200 for indiv. or biz with less than $150,000 annual revenue)
  • Magazines Canada magazinescanada.ca(over $500 per title)
  • News Media Canada nmc-mic.ca

Benefits

  • Awards program can continue independantly, with volunteers creating new awards categories for the new wider membership and a paid administrator to help finding judges
  • An executive board and perhaps an experienced administrator to organize a regular convention (who know well ahead of time what needs to be done and are able to work well in advance as a result)
  • Because the association has a bank balance to draw upon, possible continuation of member discount/travel bursary for convention and minor expenses reimbursement for volunteers
  • Formal structure, continuity, momentum
  • More extensive website depending on time allocation of administrator/volunteers
  • Voice for the sector to government, etc.
  • Getting membership revenue allows financial benefits for members, as the CCP currently has (for more examples, see anabaptistcomm.org/membership.html)
  • Revenue also enables association to pay website hosting fees and honorariums for someone to update website and for webinar organizers or presenters

Drawbacks

  • Need to hire & pay a staf fperson to coordinate membership, registration, convention organization, website hosting, etc.
  • Need to show value for memberships, convincing potential members to pay the fee or else participation drops
  • Closure of publications, or financial hardships, will lead to reduced membership unless the individual category really takes off
  • Need to maintain and update formal constitution
  • If membership continues to dip, loss of paid administrator means awards contest either cancelled or more precariously run by volunteers; it’s a big job to get volunteers to find and organize judges for awards each year (and it would only get bigger if the association getsa wider membership, requiring creation of new awards categories
  • Possibly changing the annual convention to once every two years or replacing it with webinars and/or local meetups

Observation: The past publication-based model is no longer tenable as more publications close. It does not appear that the CCP as it exists has captured the imagination of many Christian communicators outside of full-time charity staff – it may be that freelancers see CCP as a publisher/editor/organization-oriented group.

Scenario 3: Closing Down

If neither of these options are appealing, a third option is to simply close down. Perhaps CCP members would then join other associations or seek other ways to meet the needs currently met by the CCP.

CCP executive, version 25 February 2019

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CCP launches new award for student journalism

Published on January 12, 2019 by in Features, News

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Attention postsecondary students!

The Canadian Church Press association is launching a new student journalism award with a $250 prize.

The award is open to Canadian postsecondary students of all ages.

The deadline for entries to this new annual award is February 1, 2019.

Entries must be news articles or journalistic essays/opinion writing published during the preceding calendar year. Self-published materials (e.g., on a blog managed by the author of the article) are not eligible. Judges will look for excellence in journalistic reporting, research and writing.

This annual student journalism award is a new category within the larger Canadian Church Press awards, which are judged annually by independent judges with professional experience. Every entry benefits from constructive comments regardless of whether it wins or not. Judges are paid an honorarium.

Winners are normally announced at a spring awards banquet, held as part of the annual CCP convention – which in 2019 will be held in Winnipeg, May 2-3.

Entry process for student articles published by CCP members

If the student article was published by a CCP member publication or website, the staff of that member publisher can enter the student article on behalf of its author, as is done with most other contest entries. Each entry requires a nominal fee (around $12) paid by the member publisher, which goes toward honoraria for judges and related expenses.

Entry process for non-CCP articles

Articles that are published in a periodical or on a website that is not a CCP member can be entered directly by their author, as long as the author is an associate member of the CCP or takes out such a membership as part of the entry application. In the case of the student category, the CCP is waiving the cost of associate membership, normally $30 per year, as well as the entry fee for the first entry. So a student who directly enters one article in the student category can do so for free, and also gains a free one-year membership to the CCP association. If the student wants to enter a second or third article, each of those would incur the usual fee of $12 per entry.

Entry forms will soon be available at www.canadianchurchpress.com.

Questions are welcome at cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com.

Entrants must reside in Canada, be enrolled at a Canadian postsecondary institution and personally identify as a Christian.

This new award is co-sponsored by Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, and by Love Is Moving, Canada’s Christian youth magazine.

Please share the news of this category with others who may be interested.

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Come to Winnipeg for the 2019 CCP convention

Published on January 12, 2019 by in Features, News

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Convention 2019: Out with the old, in with the new? Christian journalism in Canada – past, present and future

If you’ve been working in communications over the past few years, you’ve already been living through major job changes. Your association, the Canadian Church Press (CCP), is ready to change with the times.

The CCP executive is proposing radical restructuring (see proposal and request for feedback) and a new name. We hope you can join us for a decisive discussion at the upcoming convention May 2 in Winnipeg! If you can’t make it, we’ll do our best to have a livestream of the discussion and decision, allowing you to email in your comments/votes.

As usual, the CCP is also accepting a limited number of applications for travel bursaries. Please contact cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com if you need help with the cost of your airfare.

This year’s convention also includes “The Canadian Church at the Turn of the Millennium: A ChristianWeek Symposium.” ChristianWeek today is a digital-only publication that was for many years the country’s leading Protestant weekly print periodical. It makes a great example for all communicators as we have wider discussions about the past, present and future of our work.

CCP Schedule of Events

Location:

Great Hall, Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg

5:00 p.m. – reception punch and appetizers

6:15 p.m. – CCP banquet to be followed by awards presentations.

You must order tickets in advance (for catering numbers) at https://www.catholicregister.org/ccp. You can also order tickets for spouses and guests. If you have special needs around food, there is room on the order form to note them. The banquet menu includes: Mediterranean chicken breast with capers and olives, herbed rice pilaf, hot vegetable medley, salad of bistro greens with house made dressing, fresh baked dinner rolls and butter, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, Level Ground fair trade coffee and tea service.

Thurs., May 2

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at CMU’s Dining Hall can be included as part of symposium registration. Participants may also choose to arrange breakfast on their own.

Location:

CMU room 224 NS (in the castle)

9:00 a.m. AGM and discussion on the future of the CCP organization. In CMU room 244 NS. Includes coffee/tea and muffins. Will be streamed online so those who can’t attend can still participate.

See AGM agenda here.

See 2018 minutes here.

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11:00 a.m. Presentation about a possible shared online platform opportunity by Crossroads (Lorna Dueck) and ChristianWeek (Brian Koldyk), continuing in CMU room 244 NS.

Noon. Lunch on your own. CMU’s Folio Café is available on site.

1:30 p.m. Carpools leave for optional visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights including a tour at 2 p.m. for 90 minutes (entry paid on your own $21, or $26 if you want to include the special exhibit).

When you fill out the form at https://www.catholicregister.org/ccp, there is a spot to note whether you will be going on the museum trip.

Note: If enough people opt out of the museum trip, we may organize a simultaneous workshop back at CMU. If you would like such a workshop during the museum trip, please email cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com to let us know your name and ideas for such a possible workshop.

5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own. Carpools will return museum visitors to CMU, where you may choose to dine at CMU’s Folio Café. It is nearby to the ensuing activities.

Location:

Laudamus Auditorium

7:00 p.m. Opening of “The Canadian Church at the Turn of the Millennium: A ChristianWeek Symposium.” Keynote by Lorna Dueck, broadcaster and commentator, CEO of Yes TV and host of Context with Lorna Dueck. Title: Legacies and Learnings: Considering the Past, Present, and Future of Faith-based Media in Canada.

Fri., May 3

8:00 a.m. Symposium registration can include breakfast in the CMU Dining Hall. Participants may also choose to arrange breakfast on their own.

Location:

Laudamus Auditorium

8:45 a.m. Symposium continues with presentation by Gerry Bowler, a former professor of history at the University of Manitoba and chronicler of the way Christianity intersects with popular culture. Title: “The Curious Case of ChristianWeek: A Brief History of a Medium that Mattered.” Panel discussion to follow.

Noon. Symposium registration includes lunch. (The CMU Symposium Registration form has an opportunity for you to note any special dietary requirements.)

2:00 p.m. Symposium continues with presentation by Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University in Calgary of the forthcoming book None of the Above: Having No Religion in the United States and Canada. Presentation title: None of the Above: Having No Religion in the United States and Canada. Panel discussion to follow.

4:00 p.m. Symposium ends. Some participants may wish to stay in Winnipeg beyond the end of the symposium. For example, the Anglican Editors Association are arranging their own post-symposium dinner and events Friday evening and Saturday morning. The symposium registration form allows for the option of staying the extra night and buying breakfast on Sat. morning.

Important: Most of your registration, food and accommodation needs can be taken care of at www.cmu.ca/commsconference/register.php. The cost is very affordable, perhaps $200 per person, depending on which options one chooses. In addition to registering there, please also register for CCP pre-symposium awards banquet and other activities at https://www.catholicregister.org/ccp (extra cost is only $55 each).

If you’d rather stay in a local hotel instead of at CMU dorms, here are two that are 10 minutes drive away:

Viscount Gort: $129 a night, https://www.viscount-gort.com/.

Clarion: $152 a night, https://www.clarionhotelwinnipeg.com/en-us.

There is an option on the CMU Symposium Registration form allowing you to register while also checking off “I do not need CMU accommodations.”

Updated Mar. 28, 2019

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