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Christian Chronicle again named top newspaper by Associated Church Press

In all, the international newspaper for Churches of Christ received 16 'Best of the Christian Press' awards.

For the seventh time, The Christian Chronicle has earned recognition as the top newspaper in the annual “Best of the Church Press” contest, sponsored by the Associated Church Press.

“Much more colorful and photo heavy than usually seen, which really helps this publication to stand out,” judges said of the Chronicle’s winning entry.

The Star of Zion publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church claimed second place. The Mennonite World Review and the Christian Recorder tied for third place.

Best in Class award for national or international newspaper

The Chronicle also won the “Best in Class” first-place prize for social media presence for the second straight year.

“Clearly the strongest and most engaging of the entries,” judges said of the submission by Digital News Editor Chellie Ison.

Best in Class award for social media presence

In all, the international newspaper for Churches of Christ collected 16 awards in competition that drew 940 entries from 62 organizations.

Winners for content produced in 2019 were announced online Thursday. The coronavirus pandemic prompted the cancellation of the ACP’s planned awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Since 2007, the Chronicle has won 132 national ACP awards and been recognized in the Best in Class contest for 14 consecutive years. The Chronicle previously won the national or international newspaper category in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Awards of Excellence (First Place)

Feature article: Fighting for souls, and lives, in Native America, by Erik Tyggestad

In her family’s home, Celeste Lee shows a few of the many cards — encouraging her and congratulating her for graduating — she has received from Christians.

In her family’s home, Celeste Lee shows a few of the many cards — encouraging her and congratulating her for graduating — she has received from Christians.

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News story: A perpetrator in the pews, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, prays with relatives and supporters of Clyde E. Brothers Jr.'s victims.

Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, prays with relatives and supporters of Clyde E. Brothers Jr.’s victims.

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In-depth coverage: A perpetrator in the pews, with related stories ‘Tell somebody. Don’t keep quiet,’ Stunning reversal and It’s time to talk about predators in the church, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, with his mother, Clara Hinton, and sister Alex Howlett at the Somerset Church of Christ in Pennsylvania. Longtime minister John Hinton — the siblings' father and Clara Hinton's former husband — is serving prison time for sexually abusing young girls.

Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, with his mother, Clara Hinton, and sister Alex Howlett at the Somerset Church of Christ in Pennsylvania. Longtime minister John Hinton — the siblings’ father and Clara Hinton’s former husband — is serving prison time for sexually abusing young girls.

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Newspaper/newsletter design: Spread or story: A medical mission to Chad, by Erik Tryggestad

A boy draws water from a shallow well in southern Chad. Hope Springs International plans to drill a new, better well for his community.


Awards of Merit (Second Place)

Online media: publication website: The Christian Chronicle website, by Chellie Ison, Tonya Patton, Bobby Ross Jr. and Erik Tryggestad

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Electronic newsletter: The Christian Chronicle newsletter, by Chellie Ison and Tonya Patton

Scroll to the bottom of our homepage to sign up for the electronic newsletter.

Scroll to the bottom of our homepage to sign up for the electronic newsletter.

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Feature article: From global justice champion to Christian university president, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Tumusiime Henry, center, receives applause from the crowd at an inauguration event at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Henry is pictured with Jim and Joline Gash.

Tumusiime Henry, center, receives applause from the crowd at an inauguration event at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Henry is pictured with Jim and Joline Gash.

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In-depth coverage: Guilty and forgiven, by Bobby Ross Jr., with related story To Botham Jean’s parents, shooting still feels ‘as if it just happened’

Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt Jean hugs convicted murderer and former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger after delivering his impact statement.

Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt Jean hugs convicted murderer and former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger after delivering his impact statement.

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Theme issue, section of series: Is the Holy Land the Promised Land? by Bobby Ross Jr. and Erik Tryggestad, with related stories In Israel, a missile attack and a monk stir reflection and Churches of Christ in the Holy Land

Both Jews and Muslims consider Jerusalem holy as it contains the Temple Mount, which includes Judaism’s Western Wall and Islam’s al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

Both Jews and Muslims consider Jerusalem holy as it contains the Temple Mount, which includes Judaism’s Western Wall and Islam’s al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

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Column: Three columns from Erik Tryggestad’s travels, by Erik Tryggestad


Honorable Mention (Third Place)

Feature article: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Convention or meeting coverage: Keeping it a cappella, by Erik Tryggestad

Biographical profile: ‘Child of God’ goes home at 112, by Erik Tryggestad

Personal experience (short format): In Israel, a missile attack and a monk stir reflection, by Bobby Ross Jr.

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