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Chronicle receives an ACP Best in Class award for the fifth year in a row


For the fifth year in a row, The Christian Chronicle has earned a top award from the Associated Church Press in the “Best of the Church Press” contest.

The prestigious “Best in Class” award recognizes overall excellence. The Chronicle’s digital news editor, Chellie Ison, was honored with the “Best in Class” first-place “Award of Excellence” for social media presence.

“Active engagement is the hallmark of this social media effort,” the judges wrote. “Well-formed titles invite readers to respond, share and dive deeper. The most popular posts engage two to three times the number of subscribers. Nice work.”

The Chronicle also received the “Best in Class” second-place “Award of Merit” for national or international newspaper. The first-place award went to the Mennonite World Review. The Christian Recorder received the third-place award.

The awards ceremony was held Thursday in Chicago. In all, the Chronicle won 15 awards for content produced in 2018, including all three places in the news story category (see below the list of winning stories and links).

Since 2007, the Chronicle has won 116 national ACP awards and been recognized in the Best in Class contest for 13 consecutive years. This is the sixth time the Chronicle has received a first-place award in the category, winning the national or international newspaper category previously in 200920132015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Awards of Excellence (First Place)

Feature article: 18 wheels and a heart to serve, by Bobby Ross Jr.

John Kincaid poses beside a model Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort tractor-trailer rig like the one he drives all over the U.S. Kincaid is pictured in his home shop, where he enjoys working on old cars.

John Kincaid poses beside a model Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort tractor-trailer rig like the one he drives all over the U.S. Kincaid is pictured in his home shop, where he enjoys working on old cars.

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News story: Tears and fears: Church teen killed by Arkansas police, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Candles, balloons, teddy bears and flowers are among the items left at a makeshift memorial for Charles Smith Jr. — known as “C.J.” — outside the Levy Church of Christ. Smith died in a shootout with police just 30 feet from the church’s ministry center.

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Theme issue, section or series: Big Questions for Churches of Christ, by Erik Tryggestad, Bobby Ross Jr. and Chellie Ison

Read all the articles in this series

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Photography — Photo spread: Everyday Saints, by Chris Reynolds and Jennifer Gerhardt

Sometimes taking care of a family — managing chaos, maintaining routine, getting the kids to school and volleyball practice and baseball and youth group, shopping for school supplies and getting stains out of shirts — seems ordinary. But when done with patience and love, intention and wisdom, daily tasks are transformed into sacred rites. Natalie Bogue first came to the Round Rock church when her older daughter attended the preschool program. She decided then that she wanted Jesus to be at the center of her family. Ever since, she’s committed to motherhood as a holy vocation.

Sometimes taking care of a family — managing chaos, maintaining routine, getting the kids to school and volleyball practice and baseball and youth group, shopping for school supplies and getting stains out of shirts — seems ordinary. But when done with patience and love, intention and wisdom, daily tasks are transformed into sacred rites. Natalie Bogue first came to the Round Rock church when her older daughter attended the preschool program. She decided then that she wanted Jesus to be at the center of her family. Ever since, she’s committed to motherhood as a holy vocation.


Awards of Merit (Second Place)

News story: Seeking justice for Botham Jean, by Bobby Ross Jr.

Botham Shem Jean

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Convention or meeting coverage: Fear and hope in Europe, by Erik Tryggestad

Dominic dos Santos, director of the Trinidad School of Preaching in the Caribbean, leads Christians from Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East in the song “Amen” during the European Vision Worskhop in Bratislava.

Dominic dos Santos, director of the Trinidad School of Preaching in the Caribbean, leads Christians from Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East in the song “Amen” during the European Vision Worskhop in Bratislava.

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In-depth coverage: Seeking justice for Botham Jean, By Bobby Ross Jr., Erik Tryggestad and Chellie Ison

Willie Williams III, left, minister for the North Colony Church of Christ, north of Dallas, sings at a #Justice4Botham event outside the Dallas County courts building. Williams, a former Abilene Christian University football player, organized the social media campaign.

Willie Williams III, left, minister for the North Colony Church of Christ, north of Dallas, sings at a #Justice4Botham event outside the Dallas County courts building. Williams, a former Abilene Christian University football player, organized the social media campaign.


Honorable Mention (Third Place)

News Story: At the border, a prayer for ‘forgotten people,’ by Erik Tryggestad

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Convention or meeting coverage: ‘Love Wins’ at same-sex conference, by Bobby Ross Jr.

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Theme issue, section, or series: 50 years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church, by Bobby Ross Jr., Hamil R. Harris and Lynn McMillon

Marshall Keeble preaches in Abilene, Texas, in the 1960s.

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Biographical profile: Profile of Olan Hicks, founder of The Christian Chronicle, by Erik Tryggestad

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Column: Three columns by Erik Tryggestad

A book-burning memorial in Frankfurt, Germany.

A book-burning memorial in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Art/design/graphics: The Christian Chronicle’s 75th anniversary, by Erik Tryggestad

In honor of our 75th anniversary, The Christian Chronicle’s July 2018 print edition is modeled after the first issue from 1943. Download a PDF of the issue.

 

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