Christian Chronicle’s Bobby Ross Jr. wins national award from Religion Newswriters Association
Congratulations to Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle's managing editor.…
Permit me to brag on my colleague Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle’s chief correspondent.
That title only describes a part of what he’s done for the Chronicle since joining our staff in 2005. He has served as managing editor and continues to play an important role in crafting the voice of this publication, maintaining “not only the highest ethics of the newspaper profession, but also of Christianity,” as our founder, Olan Hicks, wrote nearly 75 years ago in the Chronicle’s second issue.
Ross coaches me in my own writing — and has even before he worked here. (I wrote a few freelance pieces for The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City when he was religion editor.) We’ve had our fair share of creative tension over the years — and just a bit of good, old-fashioned rivalry — but I think that helps make the Chronicle a stronger product.
This past weekend, the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter recognized Ross with second place for Best Reporter in its “Best of the Best” contest. Jennifer Palmer of Oklahoma Watch took first place, and Darla Slipke of The Oklahoman came in third. (The contest is open to Oklahoma-based news media, which includes the Chronicle. Most of the competitors are secular news organizations. Because of our circulation, we compete against the biggest newspapers in the state.)
For the contest, Ross submitted a portfolio of five stories he wrote for the Chronicle:
In Canada, Syrian refugees find love and hope — For these Syrians, church members have become ‘a second family.’
No more ‘us and them’ — At 50th anniversary of Detroit race riot, black and white churches model unity.
18 vans, 150 volunteers, 465 miles, one goal: to help Harvey victims — Behind the scenes of a church mission trip to help hurricane-ravaged southeast Texas.
A baptism, then a murder confession — Texas woman gave her life to Christ, owned up to a slaying — and got a life sentence.
For kings and queens with special needs, a Night to Shine — Arkansas church rolls out the red carpet at prom-like event.
For me, it’s really exciting to see a Christian journalist honored for Christian journalism by a secular organization.
And, of course, there are the many, many awards he’s won from the Associated Church Press. Ross played a vital role in our recent first-place win in the ACP’s Best in Class category (our fourth win in a row, I might add).
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