‘Global South’ series honored by press group
Winners were announced at the religious press association’s recent annual awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The international newspaper for Churches of Christ was honored for work produced in 2009.
“I had a lot of confidence in the ‘Global South’ series, and I am thankful that the judges recognized the effort,” said Lynn McMillon, the Chronicle’s editor, president and CEO. “I want to thank everybody on the staff as this level of work is the result of the work and effort of all.”
Assistant managing editor Erik Tryggestad and managing editor Bobby Ross Jr. won first place for theme issue, section or series for their package of “Global South” stories.
The winning entry included coverage by Tryggestad from Belgium, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, India, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Togo and reports by Ross from Ghana, South Africa and the United States.
“A truly awesome effort,” judge John Wylie said of the series. “This took a great deal of planning and commitment.”
Tryggestad also won a first-place design award for a “Global South” centerspread on church growth in Africa. The project captured second place in the in-depth reporting category, and another second place for Tryggestad’s front-page design of the series’ opening installment from Nigeria in July 2009.
“The stories were well-written and compelling,” judge Jeff Kunerth said of the series. “The reporting was thorough and deep, providing both intimacy of detail and the context of historical perspective.”
After taking top honors a year ago, the Chronicle received third place in the prestigious “Best in Class” contest for top national or international newspaper.
Ross won third place in the news story category for his coverage of a partnership between Abilene Christian University in Texas and Heritage Christian College in Ghana — part of the “Global South” series. Ross also won third place for his feature article on the ministry for children with special needs at the Brooks Avenue church in Raleigh, N.C. The other third-place honor went to Tryggestad, in the department category, for the Chronicle’s Around the World section.
Funds for the Chronicle to pay its Associated Church Press annual dues and enter the contest were donated by Howard Hayes, 96, father of Chronicle administrative assistant Lynda Sheehan. Hayes gave the money in memory of his late brother-in-law Calvin T. Mannen, a dedicated Christian and longtime editor of the Daily Leader in Stuttgart, Ark.