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Associated Church Press awards announced

(PNS) Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related publications and others won awards in the 2007 “Best of the Christian Press” competition sponsored by the Associated Church Press — the oldest and largest religious press association in North America.

Horizons, the magazine of Presbyterian Women, led the way with four awards. The Presbyterian News Service (PNS) garnered three, including second place in the prestigious “Best In Class” category for religious news services.

Presbyterians Today and independent The Presbyterian Outlook each took home two awards.

Two presbytery publications — Noticias, the newsletter of Santa Fe Presbytery and Connector, the newsletter of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery won the “Acorn Award” for small-budget publications.

Horizons won an Award of Excellence (first place) in the devotional/inspiration-short format category for “Children of God” by Cecilia Amorocho Hickerson in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue; and three Honorable Mentions. Presbyterians Today also won an Award of Excellence, in “magazine design” for the June 2007 issue, designed by Linda Crittenden. The magazine’s other award — an Honorable Mention — went to Editor Eva Stimson in the “magazine feature article-long format” category for her June story on domestic abuse titled “Breaking the silence.”

The Presbyterian Outlook won an Award of Excellence in “magazine feature article-short format” for “Presby-Twi-ministry shows immigrant outreach potential” by Leslie Scanlon, published June 4, 2007. The magazine also won an Honorable Mention in the “magazine theme issue” category for “Web 2.0: The New Connectionalism,” edited by Jack Haberer and designed by Stann Bailey.

In addition to its second place Best In Class award —top honors went to the Newhouse-owned Religion News Service — PNS received an Honorable Mention in the “convention or meeting coverage” category for Jerry L. Van Marter’s reporting on last summer’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium; and an Honorable Mention in the “in-depth coverage” category for a February 2007 package of stories, photos and video on relief efforts along the Gulf Coast. Jerry Van Marter and Evan Silverstein wrote the stories, with video and photography by Joe Williams of the PC(USA)’s Creative Services office.

The awards were presented during the 92-year-old ACP’s annual convention in Dallas on April 22. More than 1,000 entries were judged in nearly 60 categories by a panel of outside judges.

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