Adventist Review Garners Seven
Associated Church Press Awards
 ‘Seeing the Sparrow Fall’ Wins Two ‘Excellence’ Awards

he moving story of an English professor’s journey to the funeral of a onetime student, “Seeing the Sparrow Fall,” won two Awards of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a trade group, part of the seven overall awards Adventist Review received May 8 at the ACP convention in Arlington, Virginia.

The story, written by Dixil Rodríguez and published in the November 19, 2009 issue, won the Award of Excellence for “Feature Article: Magazine, Long Format,” and for “Devotional/Inspirational [Article]: Long Format.”

Feature Article judge Linda Lawson, a freelance writer and retired communications director for Southern Baptist publishing house LifeWay Communications said the “telling” of Rodríguez’s story “lives up to the quality of the story itself. The writer builds the events in such a way that the reader knows what’s coming, but hopes to be wrong.”

Kathryn Palen, pastor of CentralBaptistChurch in Jamestown, Rhode Island, judged the Devotional/Inspirational Long Format category, and said this about Rodríguez’s piece: “This deeply moving and inspiring piece incorporates strong, descriptive writing with an honest and personal reflection about God’s care for all of creation. It also reflects the power that connections with others can have in life.”

CONVENTION GATHERING: Adventist Review associate editor Roy Adams, left, and online editor Carlos Medley, right, flank veteran National Public Radio correspondent Cokie Roberts, who was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Associated Church Press convention in Arlington, Virginia. Medley also served as convention committee chairman for the ACP event. [Photo: Steven Chavez/Adventist Review]

The June 25, 2009 special Adventist Review issue, “Good Health: More Than an Apple a Day,” coordinated by assistant editor Sandra Blackmer, received an Honorable Mention in the “Theme Issue, Section or Series: Magazine” category.

In other ACP awards, Bill Knott, editor and executive publisher, received an Honorable Mention for his April 9, 2009 editorial, “Good and Green.”  An illustration for the June 18, 2009 story on “Church Dropouts received an Award of Merit, with judge Robert Ayers, former art director for Organic Gardening magazine, saying “The lighter illustration approach to this important and heavier subject is working well. It’s very clear to the reader what the message is through this series of illustrations to the question of ‘Is There Any Hope?’” The illustration award was a tie with Sojourners magazine.

Stephen Chavez, Review managing editor, received an honorable mention in the “Biographical Profile” category for the April 16, 2009 profile of vocalist Del Delker titled, “I Know He Watches Me.” The award was given in a tie with Presbyterian Today magazine and Presbyterian News Service.

The Adventist Review’s website is now a three-time winner of the ACP’s Award of Merit for best publication website. Category judge Owen R. Youngman, Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy at the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University, who was the Chicago Tribune’s first interactive media director, was favorably impressed.

“This is a wonderful website that marries great design with good content and strong navigation,” Youngman said. “I read many stories with interest and applaud you for the diversity of content.”

“We’re naturally delighted that the excellence of our print and website operations and the professionalism of our editorial team have been recognized again by such a significant press group,” says Knott.  “But the most significant assessment of our work happens week after week throughout the year as hundreds of thousands—actually millions—of Seventh-day Adventists turn to Adventist Review and Adventist World to learn about their church, to be strengthened in their faith, and to build their skills in sharing the good news of Jesus’ soon coming.”

Ministry: International Journal for Pastors, which is published by the Ministerial Association of the General Conference, was awarded for “Best Magazine Cover” for the April 2009 issue, “Preaching Through a Storm.” According to Robert Ayers, who also judged this category, “This is a well-thought-out concept and a successful execution of the graphic. The logo color and treatment is working in concert with the overall mood of the image. The typography is all readable and in a pleasing arrangement.”

Also winning an Honorable Mention, for "Convention or Meeting Coverage: Magazine," was Ednor A.P. Davison, Atlantic Union Gleaner editor, for the September 2009 feature, "Atlantic Union Pastors and Teachers: Together in His Calling."

The ACP, founded in 1916, is “a community of communication professionals brought together,” according to its Web site, “by faithfulness to their craft and by a common task of reflecting, describing, and supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.” Nearly 200 publications, Web sites, news services, and individuals are ACP members.

Adventist Review, founded in 1849, has been the flagship journal of the Seventh-day Adventist movement, having commenced publication 14 years before the church was formally organized as the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Today, Adventist World, the international paper for the church, which appears in seven languages monthly, joins the Review in communicating news of the world church to its constituency. Adventist World reaches 8 million readers a month.

                                                                                                   -- Reported by Adventist Review staff. 


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