WESTLAKE, Texas — The Christian Chronicle earned nine national awards in the “Best of the Christian Press” contest sponsored by the Associated Church Press.
The international newspaper for Churches of Christ claimed first-place honors in three categories for work published in 2007.
“Excellence in Christian reporting is our goal every issue, and these awards in a national contest are a partial indication of the progress we hope to make,” said Lynn McMillon, editor, president and CEO.
Assistant managing editor Erik Tryggestad won top honors for his feature on “Worship in a War Zone” and his page design for “Ghana’s Next Generation.”
Managing editor Bobby Ross Jr.’s winning editorial on “Have We Become Lukewarm?” was part of the Chronicle’s yearlong “Are We Growing?” project.
The Chronicle tied for third place in the prestigious “Best in Class” category for national and international religious newspapers. The Mennonite Weekly Review claimed the top prize, followed by The Anglican Journal. The other third place recipient was United Church News.
The awards were presented at the press association’s recent annual convention at a Dallas-Fort Worth hotel. Association members include nearly 200 publications, Web sites, news services and individuals.
Other awards won by the Chronicle:
• Second place in Convention or Meeting Coverage for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a report by Ross on an
a cappella music symposium at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
• Second place in Personally Useful Article for a package by Tryggestad and Ross on sex crimes and addictions.
• Third place in Theme Issue, Section or Series for stories by Ross on church-planting efforts.
• Third place in Photography for Tryggestad’s photos from Ghana.
• Third place in Publication Redesign.
In a secular contest, the Chronicle received seven awards recently from the Oklahoma professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards included an honorable mention for Best Newspaper in competition against Oklahoma’s largest daily newspapers.
Ross won second place in Feature Writing. Tryggestad earned second place in Minority Issues Reporting. Ross and Tryggestad also won third place in In-Depth Enterprise Reporting/Team.
Among the other awards were third place in Sports Columns for Ross, honorable mention in Personal Columns for online editor Tamie Ross and honorable mention in Entertainment Features for Bobby Ross.