Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, has won five Associated Church Press awards, including two first-place Awards of Excellence
The top honors were awarded for best website redesign and for best feature article on a website, news service or blog.
Judges cited the “outstanding redesign” of Faith & Leadership for its “effective and attractive design; well-integrated content; user friendliness; clear and sufficient instructions; quality of graphics, content, and writing; ease of finding information” as well as the “carryover of quality content and other assets to new design.”
Duke Web Services, part of the Office of Information Technology, was the developer of the redesigned site; the project manager was Jessamyn Rubio, Faith & Leadership’s interactive media manager.
The feature article Charleston entrepreneur is writing a new story for day laborers also won an Award of Excellence.
The judges noted that the story “boasts solid reporting, an attention-grabbing lead, unique slant on a familiar subject, and a well-executed idea. Further, it inspires thought and consideration of how similar projects might work in other settings.”
The story was written by freelancer Stephanie Hunt and edited by Faith & Leadership Associate Editor Bob Wells, with photographs by freelancer Leigh Webber.
The feature article Death and resurrection of an urban church won an Award of Merit; judges said it was “a fascinating look into one church’s transformative ministry, which the article hints can be employed by other churches.”
Mark R. Gornik won an Award of Merit for his first-person essay Jeremiah is for the ‘Birds’ — Remembering a friendship and ministry, which judges said was able to “evoke fond memories in readers. Everyone, everyone, has friendships like yours.”
The Faith & Leadership website also was given an Award of Merit for general excellence.
The ACP, founded in 1916, is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America. To learn more about the awards program, visit the ACP website or view a list of all the award winners.