Christian Chronicle wins 11 awards in Oklahoma journalism contest
The SPJ recognized Oklahoma’s top journalists at an awards banquet Jan. 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa. Professional journalists from outside Oklahoma chose winners from hundreds of entries produced between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008.
The Chronicle competed in Division A against the state’s largest newspapers, including The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Gazette.
“I am so thankful for the professional quality of writing that these awards recognize from our dedicated staff,” said Lynn McMillon, editor, president and CEO of the Chronicle, an Oklahoma City-based international newspaper for Churches of Christ. “Belonging to and competing in professional journalism organizations is a quality test we give ourselves.”
Winning entries from the Chronicle were:
• “Let’s treat our ministers’ families like shareholders, not servants,” by Tamie Ross. First Place: Personal Column.
• “Rising food, gas prices touch churches at home, around the world,” by Erik Tryggestad and Bobby Ross Jr. First Place: Business Reporting.
• “Rich in spirit, poor in funds for retirement,” by Bobby Ross Jr. First Place: Business Features.
• “A place of quiet rest,” by Ted Parks. Second Place: Story/Photo Essay.
• Apples: iWay to students’ hearts?” by Erik Tryggestad. Second Place: Science, Technology and Environmental Reporting.
• “Education as an outreach tool?” by Bobby Ross Jr. Second Place: Education Reporting.
• “Are We Growing?” by Bobby Ross Jr., Erik Tryggestad, Lynn McMillon and Jonathan Cannon. Third Place:
In-Depth Enterprise Reporting/Team.
• “Throwing more than crumbs at the hungry,” by Bobby Ross Jr. Third Place: Personal Column.
• “Have we become lukewarm?” by Bobby Ross Jr. Third Place, Editorial/Commentary.
• “Fire ravages heart of Christian college in Texas,” by Bobby Ross Jr. Honorable Mention: Diversity Reporting.
The Oklahoma SPJ received a record 1,250 entries in newspaper, magazine, television, radio and public relations categories. The money raised from the contest goes to scholarships for students to attend the SPJ national convention, networking and programming opportunities for Oklahoma journalists. Bobby Ross Jr., managing editor of the Chronicle, serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma SPJ.