Outlook reporter, art director honored by Associated Church Press

TORONTO — Leslie Scanlon, The Outlook's national reporter, and Stann Bailey, its art director, received honors from the Associated Church Press during the organization’s annual meeting here April 18-21.

Scanlon, who has been with The Outlook for four years, received a second-place award in magazine newswriting for her coverage of the Cincinnati Presbytery meeting at which minister Stephen Van Kuiken lost his ordination last summer. (That decision was later overturned by the Covenant Synod PJC.)

Bailey won an honorable mention for best redesign. During the past year — his first with the magazine — he oversaw improvements in both the appearance and printing of The Outlook.

Scanlon also received a first-place award for “professional resource” for an article she wrote for U. S. Catholic on “How to Draw Kids into Mass.”

Numerous Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) publications and writers were honored during the awards ceremony.

The Presbyterian News Service, directed by Jerry Van Marter, placed second for best in class for news services. Church and Society, edited by Bobbi Wells Hargleroad, was second overall for journals. Presbyterians Today, edited by Eva Stimson, received an honorable mention in the denominational magazine category.

Writers receiving first-place awards included PNS staff member Alexa Smith for in-depth coverage for reports from Israel/Palestine; PNS staff member John Filiatreau for news service reporting on the Van Kuiken case; and three sisters who are Presbyterian ministers — Louise, Mary and Sue Westfall — for the 2003-3004 Horizon’s Bible study, “The Face is Familiar.”

Second-place honors went to Van Marter for his personal reflection, “The Last 8-ball” about his last game of pool with his dying father; to Charles W. Rawlings for his scholarly article, “Steel Shutdown in Youngstown” in Church and Society; and to Notícias, the newsletter of Santa Fe Presbytery, edited by Ray Kersting.

Honorable mentions were awarded to PNS writer Evan Silverstein for his feature, “PDA Builds a Village in El Salvador”; to Presbyterians Today for in-depth magazine reporting for “Is It Ever Right to Fight?”; to Edward McNulty for his devotional article, “Advent Calendar: Christ Through Artists Eyes” which appeared in Presbyterians Today; to Steve Yamaguchi for the biblical interpretation, “A New Way of Eating: Our Daily Bread” in Presbyterians Today; and to Sharon Kutz-Mellem for a direct-mail subscription campaign for Presbyterians Today.

Founded in 1916, the Associated Church Press is the oldest religious press association in North America. Nearly 200 publications, Web sites, news services and individuals are ACP members, representing a combined circulation of several million. Publication members from the U.S., Canada, and English-speaking communities abroad make up most of ACP’s membership and represent the full diversity of Christian belief and practice — from A.M.E., Baptist and Catholic to Lutheran, Mennonite and Orthodox, with everything in between. Line