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 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Awards of Excellence (First Place)
Feature article: 18 wheels and a heart to serve, by Bobby Ross Jr.
News story: Tears and fears: Church teen killed by Arkansas police, by Bobby Ross Jr.
Theme issue, section or series: Big Questions for Churches of Christ, by Erik Tryggestad, Bobby Ross Jr. and Chellie Ison
Photography — Photo spread: Everyday Saints, by Chris Reynolds and Jennifer Gerhardt
Awards of Merit (Second Place)
News story: Seeking justice for Botham Jean, by Bobby Ross Jr.
Convention or meeting coverage: Fear and hope in Europe, by Erik Tryggestad
In-depth coverage: Seeking justice for Botham Jean, By Bobby Ross Jr., Erik Tryggestad and Chellie Ison
Honorable Mention (Third Place)
News Story: At the border, a prayer for ‘forgotten people,’ by Erik Tryggestad
Convention or meeting coverage: ‘Love Wins’ at same-sex conference, by Bobby Ross Jr.
Theme issue, section, or series: 50 years: Racial Reconciliation and the Church, by Bobby Ross Jr., Hamil R. Harris and Lynn McMillon
Biographical profile: Profile of Olan Hicks, founder of The Christian Chronicle, by Erik Tryggestad
Column: Three columns by Erik Tryggestad
Art/design/graphics: The Christian Chronicle’s 75th anniversary, by Erik Tryggestad