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2016 Press Awards

Six different organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this year. Here are some of the highlights.

By Observer Staff


National Magazine Awards

• “The Fighter,” by Richard Wright, March 2016: Honourable Mentions, Long-Form Feature and Profile


Amnesty International Canada Media Awards

• “Hell and High Water,” by Josiah Neufeld, April 2016: First Place, Local/Alternative Print


North American Travel Journalists Association

• “The Holland I Never Knew,” by Anne Bokma, March 2016: Silver, Special Form Travel; Finalist, Destination Travel (International Magazine)


Travel Media Association of Canada

• “The Town That Paranoia Built,” by Anne Bokma, October 2015: First Prize, Cultural/Historical Feature


Associated Church Press (Total 20 Awards)

• “Atheist Minister Controversy,” by Mike Milne: Award of Excellence, In-Depth Coverage

• “Are Vegans Right?” by David Macfarlane, May 2016: Award of Excellence, Personal Experience

• Observations, by David Wilson: Award of Excellence, Column

• Letters, edited by Patricia Clarke: Award of Excellence, Letters to the Editor

• “Interlove,” text and photos by Colin Boyd Shafer, February 2016: Award of Excellence, Photo Essay

• “Walrus Talks Spirituality,” by Sharon Doran, promotion, and Dayo Kefentse, publicist: Award of Excellence, Public Relations and Marketing


Canadian Church Press Awards 2017

• The United Church Observer Magazine: First Place, General Excellence

• “Unsuitable,” by Mike Milne, November 2016: First Place, In-depth Treatment

• “My beef with veganism,” by David Wilson, May 2016: First Place, From the Editor

• “The Fighter,” by Richard Wright, March 2016: First Place, Biographical Profile

• “Unsuitable,” by Hugh Wesley, November 2016: First Place, News Photo

• “Interlove,” by Ross Woolford, February 2016: First Place, Feature Layout & Design

• “Hell and High Water,” by Josiah Neufeld, April 2016: The A.C. Forrest Memorial Award

• “Camino de Cancer,” by David Giuliano: First Place, Blog

• “Out of Syria,” by Kevin Spurgaitis and Merle Robillard, May 2016: First Place, Multimedia

• www.ucobserver.org, by Kevin Spurgaitis, Susan Docker and Mike Custode: First Place, Publication Website

• www.ucobserver.org, by Kevin Spurgaitis, Susan Docker and Mike Custode: First Place, General Excellence Web Design


Congratulations to all the winning contributors!



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