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CAROL STREAM, Ill., May 15, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Evangelical Press Association presented its 2012 Awards of Excellence and Higher Goals Awards at its annual convention May 9-11, 2012 in Colorado Springs. The global media ministry of Christianity Today was honored with 43 awards.
Each year the Evangelical Press Association contest honors the best work done by EPA-member publications during the past calendar year. This year 12 Christianity Today brands from across the nonprofit ministry won an award. David Neff, Christianity Today editor in chief and vice president, reflects, "All year long, everyone at Christianity Today does what they do for the sake of our readers. But once a year, we enjoy hearing what our professional peers think of our writing, editing, design, and digital efforts. This year's Evangelical Press Association awards testified once again the high level of professional achievement of people at our ministry. News of these awards made me properly proud of those I work with."
Some award highlights included:
"This Is Our City" starts off strong
With the launch of the multimedia "This Is Our City" project in 2011, the first city, Portland, won first place in the Article Series category. The judges gave this series high marks, saying, "A fine, well-reported, and creative package....that lets the material drive the stories."
Christianity Today's global coverage
Christianity Today is a leader in global reporting about the church, and several awards were given that had a strong international dimension to them, including:
- "Ethiopia’s River of Death," a report on Christians fighting child sacrifice, won 1st place in the Reporting category, plus 2nd in Single Photo: Candid
- "Havens for Healing," a piece by Catherine Newhouse on how Pentecostal renewal is transforming Rwanda, won 1st place for Student Writer of the Year
- "The Son and the Crescent" took 2nd place for Cause of the Year, Making the Bible Accessible, and 2nd place in Original Art
- "India's Grassroots Revival" received 5th place in the Photo Feature category
A focus on digital
This year's awards had several new web/digital categories, and in the overall website design category, LeadershipJournal.net took 2nd place with judges commenting "very professional," "engaging," and a "great mobile experience.” This is noteworthy because of the site’s redesign in late 2011.
Additionally, top honors went to Managing Your Church blog with the Award of Excellence in the Church Ministry (Digital) category and SmallGroups.com for Newsletter (Digital).
Below is the full listing of Christianity Today's 2012 EPA awards:
Awards of Excellence
Honors overall excellence of a publication. Judges in this category evaluate a number of criteria, including writing quality, content choices and design.
Merit: Church Law & Tax Report
Excellence: Leadership Journal
General Merit: Books & Culture
Merit: Christianity Today
Excellence: Church Finance Today
Christian Ministry (Digital) Merit: Building Church Leaders Merit: Catalyst Leadership Excellence: Managing Your Church
Merit: Christianity Today
Higher Goals Awards
Honors individual aspects of a publication, such as reporting, column writing and design.
1st Christianity Today Online: This Is Our City, Portland
5th Christian BibleStudies.com: Unbalanced Blessings
4th Leadership Journal: What Does God Think Of Entertainment?
Cause of the Year: Making the Bible Accessible
2nd Christianity Today: The Son and the Crescent
3rd Christianity Today: Disappointed with Intimacy
5th Christianity Today Online: Heaven, Hell, and Rob Bell
1st Christianity Today: An Everyday Scandal
2nd Christianity Today: Proselytizing in a Multi-faith World
1st Leadership Journal: Church 2 Church
1st Christianity Today: My Perfect Child
General article short
1st OutOfUr.com: Are We Afraid of Single Pastors?
5th Books & Culture: It's All a Mystery
3rd Kyria.com: The Goodness of God
2nd Leadership Journal: War And Peace
1st: Christianity Today: Sex Economics 101
2nd Christianity Today: Super Natural: Josh Hamilton's Comeback
4th Books & Culture: Construction by Luci Shaw
1st: Christianity Today: Ethiopia's River Of Death
2nd Christianity Today: Wrestling With Angels (Carolyn Arends)
Student writer of the year
1st Christianity Today: Catherine Newhouse, A Haven For Healing
5th Leadership Journal
1st Christianity Today
3rd Christianity Today: Beelzeblog
Original art: traditional
2nd Christianity Today: Muslims and the Son Of God
5th Christianity Today: India’s Grassroots Revival
4th Christianity Today
Single photo: Candid
2nd Christianity Today: Ethiopia's River of Death
Single photo: Controlled
2nd Christianity Today: My Perfect Child
Typography and lettering
4th Leadership Journal: Surprised by Addiction
3rd Christianity Today: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?
2nd Christianity Today: Briefing
A full list of EPA 2012 awards can be found at the association's website:
Christianity Today is a nonprofit, global media ministry that serves the church through digital and print publications, as well as practical and accessible web resources that together reach more than 2.5 million people every month.