Several North American-based Adventist publications were recognized for their work in various categories at the Associated Church Press (ACP) “Best of the Church Press” awards*, held May 12, 2022. Winners in 78 categories, representing 67 organizations and 885 entries, highlighted the best in faith-based journalism produced in 2021. Several new categories were added this year, including a book category and expanded audiovisual classifications, while the full list of categories has been refreshed with some streamlining.
A total of twenty-four awards, ranked either by honorable mention (third place), merit award (second place), or excellence award (first place), were won by six different Adventist publications in a wide range of categories. These include the Herald of Lake Union, Canadian Adventist Messenger, NAD NewsPoints, Adventist Review, Ministry magazines, and The Journal of Adventist Education.
Honors in the writing categories included reporting, science, poetry, biographical profile, science article, service journalism, and devotional. Visual communication awards were given for magazine cover design, magazine spread or story design, full magazine design, full newsletter design, illustration, website of publication, the news video and the short documentary video.
In the North American Division
the Herald of Lake Unionproduced for the Lake Union Conference, received five awards, including an Award of Excellence for publishing website by Felicia Tonga, associate director of communications for the Lake Union Conference. The judges said:The Lake Union Herald was first published in 1908, but followed changing trends. The publication’s website is easy to follow and comprehensive. The visual design is gorgeous; jaw-dropping photos are used for section banners and in stories. The content is informative, easy to read and concise.
Debbie Michel, Director of Communications for Lake Union and Herald editor, said it was his first time participating in the CPA competition and to be recognized in this way is an honor. “Our team strives for excellence and we are always looking for ways to improve. We praise God for the validation of our efforts.
the Canadian Adventist Messengerproduced for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC), received four awards, including two design excellence awards by Aimee Perez, graphic designer: drawing—“Creation Corner for Kids: Flashlight Fish” and the entire design magazine issue (September 2021). The judges called the children’s illustration “very engaging and engaging”.
“In the name of Canadian Adventist Messenger team, I am honored to receive these awards from the Associated Church Press, which validate the fine work done by our editorial team over the past year under the leadership of Stan Jensen,” said Evaldo Vicente, editor of the Messenger and director of communications for the SDACC, who replaced Jensen beginning in March 2022. “We are blessed to be able to reach more than 20,000 homes each month across the country, telling the inspiring story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. Our team does it with professionalism and dedication.
NAD NewsPoints won six awards, including two excellence awards. An award of excellence was awarded to the video reportage “Adventist Community Services Provided Shelter in Louisiana” by Pieter Damsteegt, NAD Video Producer. The judges said, “A solid interview supported by a B-roll and supporting footage. The story is cohesive, has a set timeline, and matches the accompanying text. The second prize was awarded to article “Breaking Bread, Serving God, Building Community” by Kimberly Luste Maran, Associate Director of Communications for the North American Division and Managing Editor of News.
“In a difficult year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing shortages, I am grateful that we were able to produce high quality materials for members in North America; and I am delighted that our work has been considered excellent by the CPA,” said Maran. “As we serve God in our communication roles and strive to tell stories that share his message, it is rewarding to be recognized in this way.”
*The Associated Church Presswhich began as the Religious Press Editorial Council in 1916, is a North American professional organization united by a common commitment to excellence in journalism as a means of describing, reflecting and supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.