The Associated Church Press honored magazines, newspapers, authors, designers and photographers at its annual conference, April 29-May 1 in Toronto, Ontario. The Presbyterian Outlook was recognized for denominational coverage and online content at The Associated Church Press “Best of the Christian Press Awards Banquet” on May 1.
National reporter Leslie Scanlon, editor Jana Blazek and designer Stann Bailey, received an Award of Excellence in the In-Depth Coverage category for the story, “Investigation finds four PC(USA) evangelism employees committed ethics violations.” Additionally, the Outlook team consisting of Mike Jennings, Leslie Scanlon, Jack Haberer, Jana Blazek and Stann Bailey, earned the Award of Merit in the Convention or Meeting Coverage category for their reporting on the 221st General Assembly.
In the digital arena, the Outlook was recognized for the recent web redesign with an Award of Merit. The highlight of the evening came when The Outlook’s associate editor for print and online content, Jana Blazek, went to the front to receive the Best in Class Award of Excellence for the Outpost blog. The Outpost blog is written by young PC(USA) pastors who reflect on a wide variety of topics. This award highlights the depth and quality of their work.
Additionally, at the Associated Church Press annual meeting Blazek was elected to serve a three-year term on the Associated Church Press board. Blazek was asked to serve in recognition of her dedication and her talents, particularly in the area of online content. The ACP hopes to enhance their continue education efforts through the use of webinars, a medium in which Blazek has extensive experience and a proven track record.