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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 dependably, 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 Awards of Merit entry guidelines 2019

Published on February 7, 2019 by in News

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CCP Awards of Merit entry guidelines 2019

The CCP Awards of Merit will be presented at the CCP convention to be held in Winnipeg, May 2 to 3, 2019. Below are the guidelines and a list of categories.

***New this year!! CCP will launch a new award for student journalism and is open to Canadian post-secondary students of all ages. The new award is co-sponsored by Faith Today, a national magazine for evangelical Christians, and by Love is Moving, a Christian magazine for young adults in Canada. See separate document for further details.

We will be using an online system to submit awards again this year.

Entries must be submitted in pdf format.

Please email each of your entries individually and indicate category, division, category number in the subject line along with the entry form in Word format to the following email address: ccp2019awards@gmail.com

Please mail your entries (two copies each from the original publication) for the following categories: Print Publication Redesign and General Excellence categories in magazines and in newspapers. Please send by mail to: Canadian Church Press Awards, 8 MacDonald Avenue, Hamilton, ON L8P 4N5.

The early bird deadline for award entries is February 4. Publications who enter by this date are allowed one free entry.

The final deadline for award entries is February 25. Each entry must be from editions published in the calendar year 2018.

Entry Fees:

For circulation up to 9,999: $17.00 for each entry

For circulation 10,000 and over: $20.00 for each entry

For newsletters: $15.00 for each entry

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award: $15.00 per entry

*Please make cheques payable to Canadian Church Press and mail to the above address.

 A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Entry Guidelines   

The A.C. Forrest Memorial Award is presented annually in honour of A.C. Forrest who was Editor of the United Church Observer for 23 years. It is presented for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism. The award is sponsored by the A.C. Forrest Award Committee of the United Church Observer Board of Directors together with the Canadian Church Press.

Entries should be based on current news events or trends that raise religious ethical questions. The judge will consider: quality of writing, depth of research, relevance and originality.

  1. Entries will be judged based on the criteria set out above. This award is open to print and online entries from member publications. Please note: only single articles eligible to enter (i.e., not editorial packages).
  1. Prizes will be awarded: $1,000 first place prize for circulation up to 9,999 and $1,000 first place prize for circulation above 10,000. There will be an honorable mention prize of $100 a piece in each subdivision. Entries will be judged by one judge appointed by the CCP.
  1. An entry form must be included with your entry. Please email one copy of your entry for the judge to consider. Submissions must have been published in 2018. A maximum of three entries per publication is allowed.
  1. Stories which have been entered for CCP awards are also eligible for the A.C. Forrest Memorial Award. It is an open competition.

General CCP Awards – Entry Guidelines

Entries must be from periodicals publishing two or more editions annually and your publication must have been a member of the Canadian Church Press within the last year. Some categories are based either on circulation or magazine/newspaper subdivisions. Ones with no subdivisions are open categories.

Member publications are allowed to enter a maximum of four entries into each category. There is no restriction on submitting the same item under different categories (e.g. a single photo could be entered in the appropriate photo category, photo spread and be part of a layout and design entry.)

Most categories are for original content. They may be staff-generated or first rights publication from a freelancer. The exception is in graphics, where stock graphics may be entered as part of front page or cover categories or in the layout and design categories.

Each entry must be accompanied by an appropriate entry form. Please complete these forms, stating your publication’s editorial purpose in 25 words or less, along with your publication’s intended audience. This will help the judges in assessing your entry. For author/artist/editor/designer, fill in only the blank applicable to this entry (e.g. writer for written material, editor for general excellence, designer for layout entries, etc.). This is where names are obtained for the certificates.

A first, second and third place may be given in each category; a publication may only win once per category. If the judges do not feel an award is merited, none will be given. If there are fewer than three entries in a category, no third place will be given.  

REPORTING AND WRITING

    1. EDITORIAL:
    • Magazine
    • Newspaper

Criteria: The successful editorial will take a well-argued stand on a current issue relevant to the readership and complex in its implications. If an editorial generated opposition and further debate, whether in letters to the editor or subsequent op-ed submissions, or even reaction in other

publications, please point these out to the judges.

 

  1. FROM THE EDITOR:

Criteria: From the Editor unpacks and showcases the periodical’s leading articles and content, often with a personal anecdote and subject matter appropriate to the audience. The editorial letter also acts as an overview and serves to introduce the theme of that issue. Cogency, clarity, economy and flair are highlights of this category.

 

    1. NEWS STORY:
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper/Newsletter

Criteria: Winning submissions will be balanced, accurate, clearly structured and well written reports on events, issues and people of concern to the community of readers. If it’s news it should be new – information new to readers concerning recent or ongoing events.

 

    1. IN-DEPTH TREATMENT OF A NEWS EVENT:
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper

Criteria: This category is reserved for reporting of complex news, where events and statements have accumulated over time. Here, in addition to original reporting of previously unknown facts, stories will be judged on their ability to put events and statements into context. Submissions may include multiple stories, examples of team reporting, use of graphics and multi-media. A wide range of sources and quotes are necessary. Deadline writing will be preferred. Assembling a package of material from multiple sources on the day or within days of events is a greater challenge than doing the same thing over a month.

 

    1. FEATURES (Nonfiction):
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper/Newsletter

Criteria: A feature is a single story of greater length than a news story which examines issues, trends, debates or theories current in the public imagination. Compelling writing, a wide range of sources, comprehensiveness and originality will be considered.

 

  1. OPINION PIECE:

Criteria: Opinion writing will be judged on its ability to argue convincingly for a clear point of view without denigrating, belittling or ignoring the opposition. The writer must make the case, implicitly or explicitly, that the opinion being expressed matters.

 

  1. COLUMN:

*Submit examples from three issues either in print, online or both by one author as a single entry.

    • Magazine
    • Newspaper

Criteria: Successful columns build a relationship with readers. Strong opinions are valued, but only if they connect with a readership. If a columnist has generated mail, for or against, indicate how often and how heated.

 

  1. DEPARTMENT:

*Submit examples from three issues as a single entry.

Criteria: Space set aside within a publication to address a common theme. The section must consist of more than a single columnist’s regular submissions on a subject. It should include reporting, opinions, graphics, event listings or other features relevant to the intended sub-group.

  1. SERVICE JOURNALISM:

Criteria: Stories in this category aid readers to engage with specific issues or in specific activities by providing background information, contact names and organizations, phone numbers, websites and/or strategies.

  1. MEDIA REVIEW (Books, film, etc.):

Criteria: Primarily book and movie reviews, though this category may include game, magazine, web site or even festival reviews. Reviewers should be objective, informed observers who make reasonable arguments for their assessment of the work in question. Reviews should be of current works and the best should anchor the review to a theological or religious reflection or point to a broader truth.

  1. THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION:

Criteria: Whether the subject is Christian ethics or church teaching, the successful entry will include concrete, lived experience.

  1. BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION:

Criteria: Cogent, forthright, plain-language interpretations of biblical texts are essential. Preference will go to those who can also communicate the historical circumstances of either the composition of the text or the events which it describes. Relevance to the everyday lives of readers is essential. 

    1. PERSONAL EXPERIENCE/FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT:
  • Circulation of up to 9,999:
  • Circulation above 10,000:

Criteria: The subject’s personal experience reveals lessons learned and shared insights from experience. The writing should be intelligent, lively, diverse, engaging, and preferably – but not always – inviting a reply. 

  1. INTERVIEW:

Criteria: This category is reserved for question and answer format stories. Probing but brief questions should elicit surprising or insightful answers from the interview subject. Readers should come away feeling they have come close to someone remarkable – not the interviewer. 

  1. BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE:

Criteria: This category involves extraordinary reporting on one person’s life. Weight will be given to profiles of people who for reasons of notoriety or obscurity prove to be difficult subjects. Multiple sources and voices are preferred. 

  1. DISPLAY WRITING:

Criteria: Display writing should be judged on the ability of a title and deck (and possibly also captions and callouts) to work together to draw the reader into the article proper, while a reading of the article itself will determine how accurate and relevant the display writing ultimately was.

    1. HUMOUR:
  • Article:
  • Cartoon:

Criteria: While humour is subjective, the article or cartoon submission should be tasteful and use humour to anchor a theological or religious reflection or point to a broader truth.

 

GRAPHICS

This is not an award for use of stock photography. Any photos that form an element in a graphic design must be first time periodical publication. The graphic must inform the reader in ways that ordinary prose cannot. Stock graphics may be entered as part of front page or cover categories or in the layout and design categories. 

    1. NEWS PHOTO:
    • Magazine

Newspaper

Criteria: The winning photo should capture a critical moment or critical personality in the story which it accompanies, informing readers of something they would not otherwise know. Photos will be judged on the information conveyed. For this category we are looking for the reporters’ craft. Cutline information should be complete.

 

    1. FEATURE PHOTO:
  • Magazine
    Newspaper
  • Criteria: The winning photo will illustrate an idea or theme that directs the reader into the text. It will effectively convey the concept or theme behind a story, series or issue. Design, composition, lighting, concept and execution will be the criteria for judging.

 

 

    1. PHOTO ESSAY:
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper

Criteria: The winning essay will consist of at least four photos up to a maximum of 20 presented either on-line or on page. Photos will constitute the primary means of telling the story, with only enough text to place them in context. Photo reporting will be judged on journalistic merits of newsworthiness, enterprise and insight.

 

    1. ORIGINAL ARTWORK:
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper

Criteria: The word “original” is the key to this category. The ability to illustrate an idea or theme that directs the reader into the text will be key.

 

    1. FRONT COVER/PAGE:
  • Magazine, circulation of up to 9,999
  • Magazine, circulation above 10,000
  • Newspaper

Criteria: An effective and attractive design will combine text, typography, photography or illustration to draw the reader into the publication. It should be compelling without misrepresenting or distorting the content inside.

 

23. FEATURE LAYOUT & DESIGN:

    • Magazine, circulation of up to 9,999
      Magazine, circulation above 10,000
    • Newspaper

Criteria: Judges will look at overall design, taking into account the complexity of the material and the number of elements the page designer must bring together. An engaging and balanced appearance, effective and captivating headlines and cut lines, and design that serves the content will win this category.

 

    1. EDITION LAYOUT & DESIGN:
  • Magazine, circulation of up to 9,999
  • Magazine, circulation above 10,000
  • Newspaper

Criteria: A consistent design from first page to last which uses all the designers’ tools from typography to illustration to photography to demonstrate the mission of the publication.

 

  1. PRINT PUBLICATION REDESIGN:

Criteria: Award given to a publication that has made significant improvements in graphics, photography, page design, reader impact and overall appearance. Submit copies of any three issues from the new design and one issue from the former design.

 

ONLINE AND INTEGRATED MEDIA

 

  1. USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA:

Criteria: This award is for the publisher or organization that makes the best use of social media storytelling to meet the audience needs. Entries will be evaluated on graphic branding, content strategy, conversations generated (comments, tweets, shared links) and audience engagement (page/video views and brand activations). Entries can be submitted on single or multiple social channels and can include sponsored campaigns.

 

  1. GENERAL EXCELLENCE – WEBSITE DESIGN:

Criteria: This is a design category that seeks to recognize the ability of a website to get its content to readers quickly, efficiently and easily. The award goes to a website that looks appealing, is viewable and accessible on all devices, loads quickly, with none of the content hidden in awkward or mysterious categories. Intuitive navigation and organization, including effective use of menus, navigation bar and site map, combined with a clean, attractive layout will factor in judging.

 

  1. WEBSITE REDESIGN:

Criteria: Judges will look for an effective and attractive design; well-integrated content; user-friendliness; clear instructions; strong quality of graphics, content and writing; high searchability; social networking capabilities; and overall improvement of site. Provide URL of new homepage and PDF screen-capture from the former design.

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

*You must submit and mail two sets each of three consecutive issues for magazine, national and regional newspapers)

Criteria: overall quality of the publication and appropriateness to its audience, including variety and quality of editorial content, design, photography, graphics and typography.

 

  1. GENERAL EXCELLENCE – MAGAZINE:

Criteria: intelligent, lively, diverse, engaging and inviting reply.

 

  1. GENERAL EXCELLENCE – NEWSPAPER:

Denominational or ecumenical general-interest newspaper

Criteria: intelligent, lively, diverse, engaging and inviting reply.

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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.

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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 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. Join us for a decisive discussion at the upcoming convention May 2 in Winnipeg.

If our association of Christian communicators is to have any future at all, we need anyone interested to attend this convention! (That said, if you absolutely 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 is a digital-only publication today 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

Wed., May 1

(all events at the 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. To order tickets for yourself and for spouses and guests, please follow this ordering webpage set up by our friends at the Catholic Register. If you have special needs around food, please email them to cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com. The 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.

9:00 a.m. Discussion on the life or death of the CCP organization. Decision on its future (streamed online if possible). In CMU room 244 NS. Includes coffee/tea and muffins.

11:00 a.m. presentation about a possible shared online platform opportunity by Crossroads/Lorna Dueck/Castle, 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). If enough people opt out of the museum trip, we may organize a simultaneous workshop back at CMU.

Important: Everyone, please email cdnchurchpress@hotmail.com to let us know your name and whether you will be going on the museum trip or would prefer a workshop (ideas welcome) or would prefer free time.

5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own. CMU’s Folio Café is nearby to the ensuing activities.

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.

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.

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. Each speaker will be followed by panels reflecting on the issues and ideas raised by their presentations. Time will also be taken to acknowledge founder and first editor Harold Jantz, and others who made ChristianWeek possible.

Noon. Symposium registration includes lunch.

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.

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 Fri eve and Sat 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 this webpage set up by our friends at the Catholic Register. 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.

Updated Mar. 20, 2019

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Awards 2018

Published on May 5, 2018 by in Features, News

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Winners of the awards presented May 3, 2018 for publications in 2017.

CCP and ARCCC Conference
Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton, ON

EDITORIAL: MAGAZINE
Judge: Michele Beacom

Third Place: Faith Today
Church is not a Private Club
Author: Bruce Clemenger
Editor: Bill Fledderus

Second Place: Canadian Mennonite
Making Space for the Spirit
Editors: Virginia A. Hostetler and Ross W. Muir

First Place: The United Church Observer
Observations: If Statues Could Talk
Author: David Wilson

EDITORIAL: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Michele Beacom

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
Dead is dead; but death is not the end
Author: Joanne Shurvin-Martin

Second Place: The Catholic Register
Our Leaders Failed
Author: Jim O’Leary

First Place: Christian Courier
God of Small Things
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

FROM THE EDITOR
Judge: Michele Beacom

Third Place: Canada Lutheran
Ministry in the Margins
Editor: Kenn Ward

Second Place: Mandate
Righting Wrongs
Author: Kathryn Dorrell

First Place: The United Church Observer
Observations: Free Speech and Civility
Author: David Wilson

NEWS PHOTO: MAGAZINE
Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Mandate
Canadian Mission & Service Community Ministries
Photographer: Derek Ford

Second Place: Salvationist
A Journey of Reconciliation
Photographer: Pamela Richardson

First Place: Canada Lutheran
Ministry in the Margins
Photographer: Joshua Hergesheimer

NEWS PHOTO: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
Guest Book
Photographer: Gisele McKnight

Second Place: The Catholic Register
For the Sake of our Children: Teens and Welfare Reform
Photographer: Michael Swan

First Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
Taking it to the Streets
Photographer: Grace Paterson

NEWS STORY: MAGAZINE
Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Foi & Vie
Salut, Québec!
Author: Kristin Ostensen
Editors: Ken Ramstead & Geoff Moulton

Second Place: Faith Today
Rev. Lim and the Church that Prayed Him Out
Author: Craig Macartney
Editors: Bill Fledderus & Karen Stiller

First Place: The United Church Observer
Resisting Genocide
Author: Sally Armstrong

NEWS STORY: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Christian Courier
Canadian Colonialism Dressed up as Aid
Author: Maaike VanderMeer
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Second Place: The Catholic Register
Doctors Being Bullied
Author: Michael Swan

First Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
PM Drops in at St. Margaret’s Coffee Club
Author: Gisele McKnight

IN-DEPTH TREATMENT OF A NEWS EVENT: MAGAZINE
Judge: Richard Landau

*No Third Place Awarded*

Second Place: Salvationist
A Mobilized Army
Author: Pamela Richardson

First Place: The United Church Observer
Resisting Genocide
Author: Sally Armstrong

IN-DEPTH TREATMENT OF A NEWS EVENT: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Huron Church News
Huron Anglicans march against intolerance/Creating space for dialogue while holding to our values/Our message will heal the world, one demonstration at a time
Authors: Sandra Coulson; Bishop Linda Nicholls and
Reverend Marty Levesque

Second Place: The Catholic Register
Saving Our Kids
Author: Michael Swan

First Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
May you fly with the Angels – Archbishop Nutter Laid to Rest;
Archbishop Nutter Remembered for his Kindness;
A Life Well Lived: Archbishop Harold Nutter
Author: Gisele McKnight

FEATURE PHOTO: MAGAZINE
Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs Canada
Solitary Refinement
Photographer: Wes Laing

Second Place: The United Church Observer
Yoko Kihara
Photographer: Ian Sheh

First Place: Salvationist
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Photographer: Carson Samson

FEATURE PHOTO: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Terrance Pack

*No Third Place Awarded*

Second Place: The Catholic Register
Helping Hands
Photographer: Meggie Hoegler

First Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
Remembering the Anglican boys from Craik
Photographer: Jason G. Antonio

FEATURES (NONFICTION): MAGAZINE
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

Third Place: The Canadian Lutheran
Reformation 500: Heart and Sola
Author: Reverend Dr. James Gimbel

Second Place: Salvationist
The Children Who Never Came Home
Author: Kristin Ostensen

First Place: The United Church Observer
Resisting Genocide
Author: Sally Armstrong

FEATURES (NONFICTION): NEWSPAPER & NEWSLETTER
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

*No Third Place awarded*

Second Place: The Catholic Register
I was in prison, and you visited me
Author: Angela Saldanha

First Place: Christian Courier
Zombies and a Gospel Conversation
Author: Trent deJong
Editor: Monica de Regt

OPINION PIECE
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

Third Place: Faith Today
Fearless: Christians are part of culture, and culture is part of us
Author: Anna Robbins
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

Second Place: Christian Courier
The Limits of Thoughts and Prayers
Author: Lloyd Rang
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

First Place: The United Church Observer
Culture Thieves
Author: Pieta Woolley

COLUMN: MAGAZINE
Judge: Emily Stassen

Third Place: Salvationist
Her Story
Lieutenant Kristen Jackson-Dockeray

Second Place: The United Church Observer
To the Point
Author: Michael Coren

First Place: Faith Today
Go With God
Author: Carolyn Arends
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

COLUMN: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Emily Stassen

*No Third Place awarded*

Second Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
God’s power shown in our weakness; Resurrection is the bedrock of our hope; Reconciliation comes through God’s grace
Author: The Reverend Cheryl Toth

First Place: The Catholic Register
Herman Goodden columns
Author: Herman Goodden

DEPARTMENT
Judge: Bruce Soderholm

Third Place: The Canadian Lutheran
Reformation 500
Editor: Mathew Block (featuring work by Mathew Block, The Reverend Dr. Edward G. Kettner and Kelly Klages)

Second Place: The United Church Observer
Superlatives
Authors: Nancy Fornasiero, Mario Toneguzzi and Jon Tattrie

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

SERVICE JOURNALISM
Judge: Amy MacLachlan

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Fair Trade in an Unfair World
Author: Kaitlin Adlam
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Second Place: Salvationist
In Harm’s Way
Author: Major Shirley King

First Place: Faith Today
Stability Is the Key: Helping Children After a Divorce
Author: Alex Newman
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

PHOTO ESSAY: MAGAZINE
Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: Salvationist
Island of Hope
Photographer: Joel Johnson; Designer: Timothy Cheng

Second Place: The United Church Observer
Trump Country
Photographer: Nigel Dickson

First Place: Canadian Mennonite
Back to School Around the World
Photographers: Various; Designer: Ross W. Muir

PHOTO ESSAY: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Terrance Pack

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
Celebrating Ordinations at Pentecost in Saskatoon
Designer: Jason G. Antonio

Second Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
Celebrating Safe Harbour House
Artist, Designer and Photographer: Gisele McKnight

First Place: The Catholic Register
Nativities Cover Every Corner of the Earth
Photographer: Jean Ko Din

MEDIA REVIEW
Judge: Michael Coren

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Son of a Preacher Man
Author: Giselle Randall
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Second Place: The United Church Observer
Culture: Colour me Sedated
Author: Pieta Woolley

First Place: The Canadian Lutheran
In Review: Silence
Author: The Reverend Ted Giese

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION
Judge: Rolf Pedersen

Third Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
Resurrection is the bedrock of our hope
Author: The Reverend Cheryl Toth

Third Place: Salvationist
At the Same Table
Author: Major Christine Johnston

Second Place: The Catholic Register
There’s still a long road to Church unity
Author: Michael Swan

Second Place: Canada Lutheran
Early Legends about Jesus’ Birth and Childhood
Author: The Reverend Dr. Kristine Ruffatto
Editor: Kenn Ward

First Place: The United Church Observer
When Neurons meet Prayer
Author: Trisha Elliott

BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
Judge: Doug Koop

Third Place: Canadian Mennonite
Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory
Author: John D. Rempel
Editors: Virginia A. Hostetler and Ross W. Muir

Second Place: Faith Today
You Anoint My Head With Oil: What a Bronze Age warrior-king can teach us about friends and enemies
Author: Mark Buchanan
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

First Place: Salvationist
Fear and Trembling
Author: Dr. Donald Burke

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: CIRCULATION LESS THAN 10,000
Judge: Muriel Duncan

Third Place: Tapestry
An Intervention
Author: Amy Bracebridge

Second Place: Mandate
Living in Hope
Author: Geraldine Robertson, as told to writer Charlotte Empey

First Place: Canada Lutheran
Early I Loved Him
Author: The Reverend Nancy Vernon Kelly
Editor: Kenn Ward

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: CIRCULATION ABOVE 10,000

Judge: Brent van Staalduinen

Third Place: The Catholic Register
I was in prison, and you visited me
Author: Angela Saldanha

Second Place: Faith Today
Welcoming Refugees in Uganda
Author: Karen Stiller
Editor: Bill Fledderus

First Place: The United Church Observer
Involuntary Pilgrim
Author: David Giuliano

INTERVIEW

Judge: Michael Coren

Third Place: Salvationist
Force for Change
Authors: Geoff Moulton and Kristin Ostensen

Second Place: Huron Church News
The state of Huron: This is what I’m seeing / ‘The passion and energy of people in Huron give me hope’
Author: Sandra Coulson

First Place: The United Church Observer
Martin Rumscheidt
Author: Paul Knowles

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE: MAGAZINE
Judge: Donald G. Bastian

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Hammer’s Time
Author: Ken Ramstead
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Second Place: Canadian Mennonite
Prodigal Pastor
Author: Will Braun
Editors: Virginia A. Hostetler and Ross W. Muir

First Place: The United Church Observer
Fall from Grace
Author: Justin Dallaire

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Donald G. Bastian

*No Awards Awarded*

HUMOUR: ARTICLE
Judge: Kevin Frank

*No Third or Second Place Awarded*

First Place: Faith & Friends
Cowpocalypse Now
Author: Phil Callaway
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

HUMOUR: CARTOON
Judge: Phil Callaway

*No Third or Second Place Awarded*

First Place: Foi & Vie
Pour L’Amour du Ciel
Artist: Kevin Frank
Designer: Brandon Laird

ORIGINAL ARTWORK: MAGAZINE
Judge: Carson Samson

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Cowpocalypse Now
Artist: Dennis Jones
Designer: Brandon Laird

Second Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald
The Polarity of Discipleship
Designer: Colton Floris

First Place: Rupert’s Land News
Urns for Healing
Artist: Carolyn Mount

ORIGINAL ARTWORK: NEWSPAPER
Judge: Carson Samson

Honourable Mention: Christian Courier
Harbour Lights
Artist: Adam Young
Editor: Monica deRegt

FRONT COVER – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION LESS THAN 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Mandate
2017-2018 Mission & Service Special Edition
Photographer: Ruth Noble

Second Place: Canada Lutheran
Luther’s Legacy
Designer: Catherine Crivici

First Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald
The Holy Spirit Living in us
Designer: Colton Floris

FRONT COVER – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION ABOVE 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Faith Today
The Mystery of the Incarnation
Designer and Illustrator: Janice Van Eck

Second Place: Faith & Friends
The Sky’s the Limit
Designer: Brandon Laird
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

First Place: The United Church Observer
Stolen Mothers
Designer: Ross Woolford

FRONT PAGE – NEWSPAPER

*No Third or Second Place Awarded*

First Place: The Catholic Register
The Poet Priest
Photographer: Michael Swan

FEATURE LAYOUT & DESIGN – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION LESS THAN 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald
Spreading Hope with the Southridge Jam Company
Designer: Colton Floris

Second Place: Canada Lutheran
Liberated by God’s Grace
Designer: Catherine Crivici

First Place: Mandate
On the Road to Reconciliation
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

FEATURE LAYOUT & DESIGN – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION ABOVE 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Salvationist
Bridge Builders
Designer: Timothy Cheng; Photographer: Giselle Randall

Second Place: Faith Today
The Incarnation Mystery: Why God becoming flesh is the paramount teaching of the Christian faith
Designer and Illustrator: Janice Van Eck

First Place: The United Church Observer
Many Faces, One Humanity
Designer: Ross Woolford

FEATURE LAYOUT & DESIGN – NEWSPAPER
Judge: Saskia Rowley

Third Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
2017 Events and Activities
Artist/Designer: Gisele McKnight

Second Place: The Catholic Register
Canada Day 150
Designer: David Chan

First Place: Christian Courier
What is the Purpose of Christian Education?
Designer: Naomi Francois
Editor: Monica de Regt

EDITION LAYOUT & DESIGN – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION LESS THAN 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald
Discipleship
Designer: Colton Floris

Second Place: Mandate
Reconciliation
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

First Place: Canada Lutheran
Luther’s Legacy
Designer: Catherine Crivici

EDITION LAYOUT & DESIGN – MAGAZINE: CIRCULATION ABOVE 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Faith & Friends
The Sky’s the Limit
Designer: Brandon Laird

Second Place: Faith Today
May/June 2017 issue
Designer: Janice Van Eck

First Place: The United Church Observer
Many Faces, One Humanity
Designer: Ross Woolford

EDITION LAYOUT & DESIGN – NEWSPAPER
Judge: Saskia Rowley

Second Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican
September 2017 Edition
Designer: Jason G. Antonio

First Place: The Catholic Register
Christmas 2017
Designers: Mike Simpson, Mickey Conlon and Erik Canaria

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Judge: Scott Refvik

Honourable Mention: Salvationist
Facebook.com/salvationistmagazine;
Twitter.com/Salvationist;
Instagram.com/salvationistmagazine;
YouTube.com/salvationistmagazine
Editors: Kristin Ostensen and Giselle Randall; Designer: Brandon Laird

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE – WEBSITE
Judge: Scott Refvik

Second Place: The United Church Observer
Designer: Kevin Spurgaitis

First Place: Salvationist.ca
Designers: Radiant and Brandon Laird

WEBSITE REDESIGN
Judge: Scott Refvik

Honourable Mention: Salvationist.ca
Designers: Radiant and Brandon Laird

 

GENERAL EXCELLENCE – MAGAZINE
Judge: David Harris

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Kim’s Convenience, The Sky’s the Limit & From Trauma to Triumph
(September, October & November 2017)
Designer: Brandon Laird
Editors: Ken Ramstead & Geoff Moulton

Second Place:Canadian Mennonite
September 25, October 9 and October 23 issues
Publisher: Tobi Thiessen
Executive Editor: Virginia A. Hostetler
Managing Editor: Ross W. Muir

Second Place: Faith Today
July/Aug, September/October and November/December issues of 2017
Designer: Janice Van Eck
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller

Second Place: The United Church Observer
September, October, November
Editor: David Wilson

*No First Place Awarded*

GENERAL EXCELLENCE – NEWSPAPER
Judge: Robert White

Second Place: The New Brunswick Anglican
September, October and November Editions
Editor: Gisele McKnight

First Place: The Catholic Register
April 9, 16 and 23, 2017
Editor: Jim O’Leary

A.C. FORREST MEMORIAL AWARD – CIRCULATION LESS THAN 10,000
Judge: Richard Swain

Honourable Mention: Christian Courier
Two Tales of a City
Author: Jonathan Boone
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

First Place: Canada Lutheran
Ministry in the Margins
Author: Joshua Hergesheimer
Editor: Kenn Ward

A.C. FORREST MEMORIAL AWARD – CIRCULATION OVER 10,000
Judge: Richard Swain

Honourable Mention: The Catholic Register
Digging for Truth
Author: Michael Swan

First Place: The United Church Observer
Resisting Genocide
Author: Sally Armstrong

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