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Christian Chronicle wins four awards in professional journalists competition

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Christian Chronicle earned four awards recently at the annual awards banquet of the Oklahoma Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Chronicle, an international newspaper for members of Churches of Christ published in Oklahoma City, competed against the state’s largest newspapers, including The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World.
Assistant Managing editor Erik Tryggestad captured first place in theMinority Issues reporting for a feature on the Northeast church inOklahoma City using “edgy, street-savvy evangelism” in a Black HistoryMonth production featuring a former gang member-turned-Christian.
Judges awarded Managing Editor Bobby Ross Jr. third place in General News Reporting for his stories from Mandeville, La., Gulfport, Miss., and Dallas on church members offering hope and help after Hurricane Katrina.
Tryggestad, who has filed stories from more than a dozen countries since joining the Chronicle in 2001, received honorable mention for Best Newspaper Reporting Portfolio for stories from Belize, Cuba, Liberia, and other places around the globe.
Tryggestad, a Lipscomb University graduate who holds a master’s in journalism from the university of Georgia, also earned honorable mention in Minority Issues Reporting for a story from the Irving, Texas, on the challenges that face Laotian Christians in the U.S.
“I am really proud of Erik and Bobby,” said Lynn McMillon, the Chronicle‘s editor, president and CEO. “I have know all along that they are both gifted writers, but this is recognition of what I and the rest of us have known for a long time. Most of all, I am thankful that they are using their talents to serve the Lord and their kingdom.”
While with The Oklahoman from 1993 to 2002, Ross won 34 awards from Oklahoma’s Society of Professional Journalists, including 11 first-place honors. He said he was pleased by the Chronicle’s success in its first year to enter the contest.
“I am particularly excited that the judges recognized the type of world-class reporting that Erik has done in places such as war-torn Liberia and communist Cuba,” said Ross, an Oklahoma Christian journalism graduate who joined the Chronicle in 2005 after three years with the Associated Press in Nashville, Tenn. and Dallas.

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