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Creative circle abstract vector logo design templateAt the Canadian Church Press Conference held last week in Toronto, the following magazines, newspapers and websites were recognized for their excellence. The Canadian Church Press includes representatives from 59 member publications, including mainline, Catholic and evangelical churches. The awards were judged by a panel of accomplished journalists and academics from the secular media.

Here are the winners. Over the coming weeks, the full articles will be posted along with the judges’ comments, with a link to the parent websites:

 

2015 Award Winners

1. Editorial – Circulation up to 9,999 (Judge: Stephen Heckbert)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
We must join with Aboriginal Women in Caravan of Solidarity
Author: Glen Argan

Second Place – Christian Courier
What the Olympics Reveal about Russia
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Third Place – Spiritan
In Weakness, Strength
Author: Father Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.
Designer: Tim Faller

2. Editorial – Circulation above 10,000 (Judge: Stephen Heckbert)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observations (October 2014)
Author: David Wilson

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Principled Bill
Author: Jim O’Leary

Third Place – Faith Today
Where’s the Threat
Author: Bruce J. Clemenger

3. Letters from the Editor (Magazine) (Judge: Stephen Heckbert)

First Place – Mennonite Brethren Herald
Spun Around
Associate Editor: Karla Braun

Second Place – Faith & Friends
Moving On (June 2014)
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Salvationist
Love and Brokenness (October 2014)
Author: Geoff Moulton
Editors: Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton

4. News Story – Magazine (Judge: Richard Landau)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Exodus (October 2014)
Author: Vidya Kauri

Second Place – Faith Today
Coming to a Screen near You
Author: Jeff Dewsbury

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Prayer and Action
Authors: Connie Wardle and Elizabeth Keith

5. News Story – Newspaper (Judge: Richard Landau)

First Place – The B.C. Catholic
Nuncio Hails New Saints as Church’s Treasure
Author: Alistair Burns

Second Place – ChristianWeek
From Sorrow to Salvation: “Chance” Encounter Leads Family
Grieving a Son’s Brutal Murder to Christ
Author: Craig Macartney
Editors: Kelly Rempel and Rob Horsley

Third Place – The Catholic Register
Refugee Backlogs ‘Unacceptable’
Author: Michael Swan

6. In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Magazine (Judge: Richard Landau)

First Place – Salvationist
War and Peace
Author: Kristin Ostensen
Editors: Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton

Second Place – The United Church Observer
Playing God? (June 2014)
Author: John Barber

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Coverage of LGBT Overtures
Author: Connie Wardle

7. In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Newspaper (Judge: Richard Landau)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
Coverage of Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event
Author: Glen Argan

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Sudan
Author: Marites N. Sison and Diana Swift

Third Place – The Catholic Register
Holy Land Christians
Author: Michael Swan

8. Features (Nonfiction) – Magazine (Judge: Cynthia Shannon)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Four Years, 9 Months: A Journey through Infertility (January 2014)
Author: Jocelyn Bell

Second Place – The Canadian Lutheran
Hands of Mercy
Author: L. Block

Third Place – Faith & Friends
Holy Hip Hop (November 2014)
Author: Jayne Thurber-Smith
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

9. Features (Nonfiction) – Newsletter/Newspaper (Judge: Cynthia Shannon)

First Place – Anglican Journal
Big Care on Campus
Author: Diana Swift

Second Place – The Catholic Register
L’Arche at 50 Half a Century of Kindness and Care
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – The Catalyst
Income Splitting: A Contentious Debate within the Canadian Church
Author: Simon Lewchuk

10. Opinion Piece – Circulation up to 9,999 (Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
Science, religion can walk hand in hand
Author: Austin Mardon

Second Place – Mandate
Let’s Break Some Lights
Author: Jonathan Reed

Third Place – The Catalyst
The State of Refugee Health: A Prognosis for Public Justice in Canada
Author: Dr. Doug Gruner

11. Opinion Piece – Circulation above 10,000 (Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – The B.C. Catholic
Pope Francis and Wicked Teach us to Defy Gravity
Author: C.S. Morrissey

Second Place – The Catholic Register
My Quebec is For All
Author: Peter Stockland

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
MCC Manitoba Stands with Buffalo Gals
Author: Will Braun
Editor: Dick Benner; Managing Editor: Ross W. Muir

12. Column – Circulation up to 9,999 (Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – Christian Courier
Very Nice Pagans; Facing Forward; Holly Jolly Holy Night
Author: Emily Cramer
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Second Place – Western Catholic Reporter
Peacemaking Today
Author: Douglas Roche

Third Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Are Shopping and Sports more Fulfilling than Prayer and Worship?;
Wearing a Collar a ‘Missional’ Choice; Feeding Hungry Stomachs and Hungry Hearts
Author: The Reverend Dell Bornowsky

13. Column – Circulation above 10,000 (Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – The Catholic Register
A Call for the Prejudice of Love; Struggling between my two Worlds; I won’t Stand idly by as Atrocities are Committed
Author: Michael Coren

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Walking Together (March, May and June, 2014)
Author: Bishop Mark MacDonald

Third Place – Salvationist
Talking It Over: Greenwashing the Oil Sands (March 2014), Sex or Gender (May 2014),
Full Disclosure (September 2014)
Authors: Dr. James Read and Dr. Aimee Patterson
Editors: Melissa Yue Wallace, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton

14. Department (Judge: Bruce Solderholm)

First Place – Canadian Mennonite
Young Voices
Authors: Various
Editors: Aaron Epp and Rachel Bergen

Second Place – Faith Today
Kingdom Matters (March/April, September/October, November/December, 2014)
Authors: Darryl Dash, Patricia Paddey, Kate Yantzi, et. al.
Editor: Karen Stiller

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Spirit Story (May, September and December 2014)
Authors: Bethany Van Lingen, Jocelyn Bell and Bill Millar

15. Service Journalism (Judge: Donna Paris)

First Place – The Catholic Register
The Human Tragedy of Hunger
Author: Michael Swan

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
The Best Is Yet To Come: Building a Successful Capital Campaign
Author: Seth Veenstra
Edited by: Andrew Faiz

Third Place – Mandate
The Ministry-Based Budget
Author: Susan Graham Walker

16. Media Review (Judge: Robert White)

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth
Author: The Reverend Canon Howard E. Green

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Doing no Justice to Edith Stein
Author: Maria Di Paolo

Third Place – Faith Today
Books & Culture (September/October 2014)
Authors: Burton Janes, A. Matthews, D. Smid, S. Van Beveren and B. Beldan-Thomson
Editor: Bill Fledderus

17. Theological Reflection (Judge: Betsy Anderson)

First Place – Canada Lutheran
Unwrapping the Gift of Reincarnation
Author: The Reverend Tim Wray
Editor: Kenn Ward; Editorial Director: Trina Gallop Blank

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Lent: Time to Take Heed
Author: The Venerable Michael Thompson

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Thanksgiving (October 2014)
Author: David Giuliano

18. Biblical Interpretation (Judge: Betsy Anderson)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Nothing can Separate us from God’s Love (April 2014)
Author: Gary Paterson

Second Place – Salvationist
From the Realms of Glory (December 2014)
Authors: Major Cathie Harris, Dr. Donald E. Burke, Major Danielle Strickland
and Nancy Turley
Editors: Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton

Third Place – The Catalyst
Defiance, Not Compliance: Turning the Other Cheek
Author: Leah Watkiss

19. Personal Experience/First Person Account – Circulation up to 9,999
(Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – Spiritan
My Beautiful, Quiet, Sleepy Country Parish (Summer 2014)
Author: Fr. Peter Wayow, C.S.Sp.
Editor: Father Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.; Designer: Tim Faller

Second Place – Christian Courier
The Courage to Lead
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Third Place – Tapestry
Just a Small Thing…but it made all the Difference!
Author: Judy Grande

20. Personal Experience/First Person Account – Circulation above 10,000
(Judge: Peter Kavanagh)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Four Years, 9 Months: A Journey through Infertility (January 2014)
Author: Jocelyn Bell

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
I was in prison: The Story of a Farmer, a Sex Offender and the Choice of Friendship over Fear
Author: John Penner (Pseudonym)
Editor: Dick Benner; Managing Editor: Ross W. Muir

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
A Global Community
Author: Mona Scrivens

21. Interview (Judge: Alex Freedman)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
What Time Is It? An Interview with Douglas John Hall
Authors: Andrew Faiz, Barry Doner and Nick Athanasiadis

Second Place – Salvationist
The Gathering Storm (An Interview with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, September 2014)
Author: Kristin Ostensen
Editors: Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Christian Courier
Incarcerated Loved Ones, Prison Theatre and Jesus the Lawbreaker:
An interview with Ashley Lucas
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

22. Biographical Profile (Living or Dead) – Magazine (Judge: Nancy Wood)

First Place – The United Church Observer
The Agitator (February 2014)
Author: Chantal Braganza

Second Place – The Canadian Lutheran
Woman of Faith – Katie Luther: Reformer’s Wife
Author: Peggy Pedersen

Third Place – Faith & Friends
In God’s Hands (October 2014)
Author: Diane Stark
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

23. Biographical Profile (Living or Dead) – Newspaper (Judge: Nancy Wood)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
He Fought the Lord and the Lord Won
Author: Ramon Gonzalez

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Two Popes, Two Saints
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – The B.C. Catholic
Woman Triumphs over the Tragedies of her Past
Author: Alistair Burns

24. News Photo (B&W or Colour) – Magazine (Judge: Miguel Vadillo)

First Place – The United Church Observer
Bursting with Pride (September 2014)
Photographer: Merle Robillard

25. News Photo (B&W or Colour) – Newspaper (Judge: Miguel Vadillo)

First Place – The B.C. Catholic
VC’s Movember
Author: Alistair Burns

Second Place – Crosstalk
Honour on the Hill
Photographer: Art Babych

26. Feature Photo (B&W or Colour) – Magazine (Judge: Miguel Vadillo)

First Place – Salvationist
Mending Broken Hearts (March 2014)
Photographer: Pre-emptive Love Coalition – Cody Fisher/Kendelyn Ouellette
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Second Place – Mennonite Brethren Herald
Adoption Reflections: Big brother Caleb Shares an Affectionate Moment
with Sister Anaya, Adopted from Ethiopia

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Good Work
Photographer: Michael Swan

27. Feature Photo (B&W or Colour – Newspaper  (Judge: Miguel Vadillo)

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Harry Baldwin
Photographer: Jason Antonio

Second Place – Crosstalk
The Last Post
Photographer: Art Babych

28. Photo Essay (B&W or Colour) – Magazine (Judge: Miguel Vadillo)

First Place – Geez magazine
Failure Stories
Photographer: Colin Vandenberg
Editor: Kyla Neufeld

Second Place – Salvationist
An Open Door (October 2014)
Photographer: Warren Pot
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Third Place – Foi & Vie
Portraits du Pakistan (Septembre, 2014)
Designer: Brandon Laird
Photographer: Heidi Ram

(There were no awards given for Photo Essay – Newspaper)

29. Original Artwork – Magazine (Judge: Carson Samson)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
Portrait of Douglas John Hall
Illustration by: Montse Bernal

Second Place – Faith Today
Too Busy to be Faithful?
Artist: Jason Logan

Third Place – Salvationist
What Kind of Salvationist Are You? (June 2014)
Artist: Zack Rock
Designer: Timothy Cheng

(There were no awards given for Original Artwork – Newspaper)

30. Magazine Front Cover – Circulation up to 9,999 (Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Foi & Vie
Gardien des Valeurs Chrétiennes
Designer: Brandon Laird

Second Place – Mandate
God’s Mission Our Gifts
Designer: Lisa Rebnord
Photographer: Jim Hodgson

Third Place – The Catalyst
Winter 2014
Designer: Pao Quang Yeh

Third Place – Spiritan
What You Do For Them…You Do For Me (Fall 2014)
Editor: Father Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.
Designer: Tim Faller

31. Magazine Front Cover – Circulation above 10,000 (Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
April 2014
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Second Place – Faith Today
How to Disagree … Graciously
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Third Place – The United Church Observer
November 2014
Designer: Ross Woolford

32. Newspaper Front Page (Judge: Gordon Preece)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
October 20, 2014
Designer: Glen Argan

Second Place – Anglican Journal
February 2014
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Third Place – The Catholic Register
Canada Red-Flagged
Designer: Lucy Barco

33. Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation up to 9,999

(Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Mandate
Training Leaders for the Church of Tomorrow
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Second Place – Canada Lutheran
An Attitude of Gratitude
Designer: Catherine Crivici
Editor: Kenn Ward; Editorial Director: Trina Gallop Blank

Third Place – Spiritan
Spiritan Spirituality (Winter Issue 2014)
Editor: Father Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp; Designer: Tim Faller

34. Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
(Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
God’s Love in a Digital Age
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
Good work: Tales of Disability, Interruption and Revolution
Designers: Ross W. Muir and Dan Johnson

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Four Years, 9 Months: A Journey through Infertility (January 2014)
Designer: Ross Woolford

35. Feature Layout and Design – Newspaper (Judge: Gordon Preece)

First Place – Anglican Journal
Big Care on Campus
Designer Saskia Rowley

Second Place – Western Catholic Reporter
Skaro’s Marian Pilgrimage draws Newcomers, Lifelong Devotees
Designer: Glen Argan

Third Place – The Catholic Register
Holy Land Christians: The Next Generation
Designers: Mickey Conlon and Lucy Barco

36. Edition Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation up to 9,999
(Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Geez magazine
Life Offline (Summer 2014)
Designer: Darryl Brown
Editor: Aiden Enns

Second Place – Mandate
November 2014
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Third Place – Spiritan
Founders Wish Their Schools Farewell (Spring 2014)
Editor: Fr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.
Designer: Tim Faller

37. Edition Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
(Judge: Brian Morgan)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
March 2014
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Second Place – Faith Today
Too Busy to Be Faithful? (September/October 2014)
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Third Place – The United Church Observer
November 2014
Designer: Ross Woolford

38. Edition Layout and Design – Newspaper (Judge: Gordon Preece)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
November 3, 2014
Editor: Glen Argan

Second Place – Anglican Journal
February 2014
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Third Place – The Catholic Register
November 16, 2014
Designers: Mickey Conlon and Lucy Barco

39. Best Blog (Judge: Carson Samson)

First Place – Presbyterian Record
Matthew Ruttan – http://presbyterianrecord.ca/articles/blogs/matthewruttan

Second Place – Salvationist.ca
salvationist.ca/2014/08/the-day-laughter-died/, salvationist.ca/2014/08/family-ties-2/,
salvationist.ca/2014/07/are-we-there-yet-2/, salvationist.ca/2014/07/keep-the-fight-alive/
Author: Captain Scott Strissel
Designers: Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf and Brandon Laird

Third Place – Faith Today
http://blog.faithtoday.ca
Editor: Karen Stiller

40. Best Use of Multi-Media on a Website (Judge: Scott Refvik)

First Place – Salvationist.ca
www.salvationist.ca
Editors: Pamela Richardson, Melissa Yue Wallace, Ken Ramstead
Kristin Ostensen and Geoff Moulton
Designers: Carson Samson and Ryan Neudorf

Second Place – The United Church Observer
First World War Centenary – http://www.ucobserver.org/video/2014/05/first_world_war/
Producer: Kevin Spurgaitis

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Journey to Jerusalem Sunday – http://www.anglicanjournal.com/departments/special-report/jerusalem
Anglican Journal Staff

41. Publication Website  (Judge: Scott Refvik)

First Place – Anglican Journal
www.anglicanjournal.com
Anglican Journal Staff

Second Place – Salvationist.ca
http://salvationist.ca/
Editors: Melissa Yue Wallace, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Kristin Ostensen,
Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton
Designers: Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf and Brandon Laird

Third Place – Mennonite Brethren Herald
www.mbherald.com
Associate Editor: Karla Braun; Editor: Laura Kalmar

42. General Excellence – Magazine (Judge: Robert White)

First Place – Geez magazine
Summer Fall and Winter 2014
Editors: Aiden Enns, Tim Runtz, James Wilt and Kyla Neufeld
Designer: Darryl Brown

Second Place – The United Church Observer
September, October, November 2014
Editor: David Wilson

Third Place – Faith Today
July/August, September/October and November/December 2014
Editors: Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller
Designers: Janice Van Eck and Robert Robotham

43. General Excellence – National Newspaper (Judge: Carol Goar)

First Place – Christian Courier
October 27, November 10 and November 24, 2014
Christian Courier Staff and Freelancers
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

44. General Excellence – Regional Newspaper (Judge: Carol Goar)

First Place – Western Catholic Reporter
February 17, March 3 and March 17, 2014
Editor: Glen Argan

Second Place – ChristianWeek (Eastern Edition)
September, October, November, 2014
Designer: Allison Barron
Editors: Kelly Rempel and Steve Sukkau

45. General Excellence – Website (Judge: Scott Refvik)

First Place – Salvationist.ca
http://salvationist.ca/
Designers: Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf and Brandon Laird

Second Place – Anglican Journal
www.anglicanjournal.com
Anglican Journal Staff

 

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 A.C. Forrest Award Committee of the United Church Observer Board of Directors together with the Canadian Church Press sponsors this award.

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation up to 9,999 (Judge: Stevie Cameron)
First Place – Christian Courier
Canadian Doctors and Nurses Fight for Refugees’ Right to Health Care
Author: Dena Nicolai
Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Honourable Mention – Geez magazine
Preparing for a Beautiful End
Author: Josiah Neufeld
Editor: Aiden Enns

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation above 10,000 (Judge: Stevie Cameron)
First Place – The United Church Observer
Playing God? (June 2014)
Author: John Barber

Honourable Mention – Presbyterian Record
Canada’s Slave Trade
Author: Laurie Watt

 

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