Faith & Leadership has won the Award of Excellence in the Associated Christian Press Awards, one of five awards given to the site for work in 2014. The judges said the overall site, which won in the category of independent website, has “awesome content — posts are practical, inspirational, resourceful.”
They also noted that the “navigation menu is simple and intuitive; design is clean and modern; social media is well integrated. The format supports the mission of Faith & Leadership.”
Two individual pieces also won first-place awards. Jessamyn Rubio, Faith & Leadership’s interactive media manager, won an Award of Excellence for the informational graphic that was created for the story “More than a meal,” about the Nashville Food Project.
Jeffrey MacDonald, a freelance writer, was recognized with an Award of Excellence for “From funding loss to sustainability,” about the Amachi Pittsburgh ministry. The judges said, “This is a compelling story and the reader learns it has national breadth from the very beginning…The writer finishes up the story nicely with a catching closer and … a series of questions for the readers of the magazine.”
Pastor and writer Ken Evers-Hood received an Award of Merit for his series on how game theory can be applied to the church context. The judges wrote, “The concept is original, with a practical application. Even though this is a new idea, the language is accessible and the writing is clear.”
Alaina Kleinbeck also won an Award of Merit for her first-person reflection “The non-attending faithful.” The judges wrote that “The author clearly conveyed the difference between a regular religious service, and its lacks, and a meal with friends which includes worship, personal individual sharing, and food, and why she is also ‘one brunch away’ from leaving traditional worship services.”
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 2014 award winners.
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