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Christian Chronicle wins top honors for coverage of Ukraine war, U.S. churches closing

The international newspaper received 19 national awards for journalistic excellence during 2022.

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The Christian Chronicle earned 19 national awards — including the top prize in seven categories — in annual contests sponsored by the Evangelical Press Association and the Associated Church Press.

For the fourth time in the past five years, the EPA recognized the Chronicle with its first-place Award of Excellence for print newspapers, presented at the association’s recent meeting in Lancaster, Pa.

The international newspaper for Churches of Christ received 50 out of 50 possible points from the EPA judge.


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“The Christian Chronicle demonstrates excellence in all aspects of the newspaper through its writing, use of photography, layout/design and worldwide coverage of timely and important events as well as the people whose lives are touched by these events,” the judge commented. “The coverage strives to report on the human element of worldwide events and accomplishes it very well.”

The awards were for content published during 2022.

Editor-in-Chief Bobby Ross Jr. accepts the Evangelical Press Association's Award of Excellence for best print newspaper on behalf of his colleagues.

Editor-in-Chief Bobby Ross Jr. accepts the Evangelical Press Association’s Award of Excellence for best print newspaper on behalf of his colleagues. The honor was presented at EPA’s recent meeting in Lancaster, Pa.

Coverage of Christians responding to the war in Ukraine won first place for Erik Tryggestad and Audrey Jackson in EPA’s article series category.

“We’ve all read a ton about Ukraine in the past year … but this on-the-ground reporting took the insight and passion to a whole deeper level,” that judge wrote, giving the entry a perfect score.

Cheryl Mann Bacon took first place in EPA’s freelance reporting category for the second straight year.

Bacon’s story on the Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas fighting for its future — part of her yearlong special project “Where have all the churches gone?” — was praised for its “exceptionally honest and deep look at a most troubling trend.”

The ACP Best of the Church Press Awards were announced last week in Chicago.

ACP awarded Tryggestad first place for international reporting (long format) for his piece from Poland recounting the 51 days Christians from Mariupol, Ukraine, spent huddled in “the valley of the shadow of death” as Russian forces obliterated the eastern Ukrainian city.

Bacon’s “Where have all the churches gone?” series won first place from ACP for theme issue, section or series.

Bobby Ross Jr. earned first place in ACP’s biographical profile category for his story on prominent religious freedom attorney Lori Windham, a member of the Fairfax Church of Christ in Virginia.

Jackson received first place from ACP for photo spread or essay for her “Shame stops as Agape Flows” feature from South Africa.

Audrey Jackson's "Shame stops as Agape Flows" package from South Africa won first place for photo spread or essay.

Audrey Jackson’s “Shame stops as Agape Flows” package from South Africa won first place for photo spread or essay.

The other winning entries included:

Second Place

• EPA Newspaper-Online News: The Chronicle staff.

• EPA Student Writer of the Year: Gabriel Grant Huff for coverage of mass shootings. (This follows Huff receiving a similar honor from the Religion News Association.)

• ACP In-depth Coverage: Ross, Jackson and Tryggestad for Mayfield, Ky., tornado coverage.

• ACP International Reporting (Short Format): Ross for “Teaching the Gospel, via Zoom.” (Ross also won first place in this category for a story he wrote for Religion Unplugged on a Russian-speaking church in Alaska helping Ukrainian refugees.)

• ACP Science Writing for the World of Faith: Huff for “The stars are singing.”

• ACP News Story (Long Format): Ross for “In Georgia county with history of racial violence, Christians seek unity.”

Paul Huyghebaert, on stage, welcomes attendees to the "One Voice Atlanta" joint assembly.

Paul Huyghebaert, on stage, welcomes attendees to the “One Voice Atlanta” joint assembly at the Grace Chapel Church of Christ in Cummng, Ga., last year.

Third Place

• ACP International Reporting (Long Format): Jackson for “Shame stops as Agape Flows.”

• ACP Local Reporting (Long Format): Ross for “Breaking down barriers — new and old — to help tornado victims.”

• ACP News Story (Long Format): Ross for  “After yet another mass shooting, Tulsa church prays, reflects: Is there a solution?”

Fourth Place

• Cartoon: Rick Gibson and W. Keith Brenton for “Brenton.”

Fifth Place

• EPA Article Series: Jackson for “Roe v. Wade.”

• EPA Feature Article: Jackson for “Shame stops as Agape Flows.”


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