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2015 Press Awards

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.

By Observer Staff


National Magazine Awards

Short Feature Finalist:

Grim Reminders,” Pieta Woolley

Illustration Finalist:
With This Ring I Thee Divorce,” Jeannie Phan


Associated Church Press (United States and Canada)

Awards of Excellence

Best in Class (Denominational Magazine):
The United Church Observer, David Wilson, editor

Feature (Short Format):
With This Ring I Thee Divorce,” Anne Bokma

News Story:
Confronting the Sixties Scoop,” Anne Bokma

Theme Issue:
Final Decisions,” Christopher White, Trisha Elliott, Anne Bokma

Biographical Profile:
The Conversion of Michael Coren,” Jeff Mahoney

Personal Experience:

New York Moment,” Lorna Day

Letters to the Editor:
Patricia Clarke, editor

Illustration:
Elephants in the Room,” Alexandra Iorgu

Publication Website:

www.ucobserver.org, Kevin Spurgaitis


Awards of Merit

Professional Resource:
Final Decisions,” Christopher White, Trisha Elliott, Anne Bokma

Theological Reflection (Short Format):
A Wretch Like Me,” Trisha Elliott

Illustration:
With this Ring I Thee Divorce,” Jeannie Phan

Column:
Spiritual But Secular,” Anne Bokma


Honourable Mention

Feature (Short Format):
Bible Backlash,” Anne Bokma

News Story:
Confronting the Unbelievers,” Mike Milne

In-Depth Coverage:
Atheist Ministers, Observer staff

Seasonal article:
What is the Real Breath of a Man?” David Giuliano

Art Design/Graphics:
Why Kicking Carbon Makes Dollars and Sense,” Ross Woolford

Website Redesign:
www.ucobserver.org, Kevin Spurgaitis


Canadian Church Press Awards

First Place

Editorial:
Feeling Squeamish?” David Wilson

Biographical Profile:
The Unlikely Ascent of Kathleen Wynne,” John Barber

Table of Contents:
February 2015, Caley Moore

Feature Photo:
Forever Young,” Hugh Wesley

Front Cover:
“Beyond Ferguson,” Ross Woolford

Online and Integrated Media:
Observer Podcast, Episode 2, Kevin Spurgaitis


The A.C. Forrest Memorial Award:

Confronting the Sixties Scoop,” Anne Bokma


Second Place

News Story:
Confronting the Sixties Scoop,” Anne Bokma

In-Depth Treatment:
Atheist Ministers, Observer staff

Features:
Confronting the Sixties Scoop,” Anne Bokma

Column:
Spiritual But Secular,” Anne Bokma

Theological Reflection:
A Wretch Like Me,” Trisha Elliott

Interview:
Interview with Karen Armstrong, John Suk

Display Writing:
Amusing Grace,” Observer staff

Publication Website:
www.ucobserver.org, Kevin Spurgaitis

General Excellence, Website Design:
www.ucobserver.org, Kevin Spurgaitis

General Excellence, Magazine:
The United Church Observer, David Wilson, editor


Third Place

Department:
Quote Unquote,” Mardi Tindal, David Giuliano

Humour:
Amusing Grace,” Trisha Elliott

Feature Layout:
“Elephants in the Room,” Ross Woolford, Alexandra Iorgu

Edition Layout and Design:
February 2015, Ross Woolford

Blog:
The Short List,” Pieta Woolley



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