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2017 Press Awards

Various organizations have honoured The United Church Observer with awards for editorial excellence this past year. Here are some of the highlights so far.

By Observer Staff



Associated Church Press Awards


Awards of Excellence

• "Letters to the Editor," by Patricia Clarke

• Marketing and Public Relations (Video): "A tale of two cancers," by Catherine Gordon, Kevin Spurgaitis and Merle Robillard

• Photography: Photo Spread: "Many faces, one humanity," by Wade Davis

• Biographical Profile: "Fall from grace," by Justin Dallaire

• News Story: "Resisting genocide," by Sally Armstrong

• Online Media (Publication Website): "UCObserver.org," by Kevin Spurgaitis and Susan Docker (Pectopah)

• Magazine Cover: "May Cover," by Ross Woolford

• Personal Experience (Blog): "My Year of Living Spiritually," by Anne Bokma

• Feature Article (Long Format): "Trump Country," by David Macfarlane


Awards of Merit

• Devotional/Inspirational (Long Format): "Involuntary Pilgrim," by David Giuliano

• Editorial or Opinion: "Culture Thieves," by Pieta Woolley

• Video Documentary (Short): "My Year of Living Spiritually," by Kevin Spurgaitis

• Marketing and Public Relations (Direct Mail Fundraising Campaign): "Fall Fundraising Appeal," by Sharon Doran

• Single photo with article or cutline: "May Cover Photo"        

• Theme Issue or Series (Magazine): "From Far and Wide," by multiple authors

• Theme Issue or Series (Blog): "My Year of Living Spiritually," by Anne Bokma

• Magazine Design (Spread or Story): "Many faces, one humanity," by Ross Woolford

• In-Depth Coverage: "Trump Country," by David Macfarlane

• Podcast: "The Observer Podcast," by Kevin Spurgaitis, David Wilson, David Wallen and multiple authors


Honourable Mentions

• Theological Reflection (Long Format): "When neurons meet prayer," by Trisha Elliott

• Photography (Photo Spread): "Trump Country," by Nigel Dickson

• Illustration with Article or Cutline: "Yearning," by Sandra Dionisi

• Feature Article (Short Format): "The Sound of Silence," by Bertrand Marotte

• Theological Reflection (Short Format): "Why Pray?" by Christopher Levan


Canadian Church Press Awards


First Place Awards

• “Resisting genocide,” by Sally Armstrong (winner in four categories): the A.C. Forrest Memorial Award; Features; In-Depth Treatment of a News Event; and News Story

• Biographical profile: “Fall from grace,” by Justin Dallaire

• Interview: “Interview with Martin Rumscheidt,” by Paul Knowles

• Theological Reflection: “When neurons meet prayer,” by Trisha Elliott

• Opinion Piece: “Culture thieves,” by Pieta Woolley

• Personal Experience: “Involuntary pilgrim,” by David Giuliano

• From the Editor: “Free speech and civility,” by David Wilson

• Editorial: “If statues could talk,” by David Wilson

• Front Cover: “Stolen mothers,” designed by Ross Woolford

• Edition Layout & Design: February 2017 edition, designed by Ross Woolford:

• Feature Layout & Design: “Many faces, one humanity,” designed by Ross Woolford: Feature Layout & Design

Other

• "Resisting genocide," by Sally Armstrong and Peter Bregg Amnesty International Media Award (Online Journalism), Canadian Online Publishing Award (Best Investigative Article or Series) and the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award (Magazines).

• "Many faces, one humanity," by Wade Davis — North American Travel Journalists Award (Photo Essay-Print or Online).







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