|United Methodist journalists receive ACP honors|
Domingos Antonic lies dying of malaria at the
provincial hospital in Malanje, Angola. The photograph is among a
collection that earned United Methodist News Service photographer Mike
DuBose an Associated Church Press award.
By the Rev. Kathy Noble*
May 4, 2007 | CHICAGO (UMNS)
Writers, editors, photographers and publications with ties to The
United Methodist Church garnered 13 awards as the Associated Church
Press honored the "Best of the Christian Press" for 2006.
Awards were announced during the association's April 22-25 meeting in Chicago.
United Methodist NeXus, an independent weekly news publication
produced by the Boston Wesleyan Association, received an award of merit
in the Best of Class competition for independent Web sites or e-zines. NeXus,
edited by Cynthia B. Astle and S. Kathleen Palmer, also tied for
honorable mention for in-depth coverage by a newspaper, newsletter or
Vital Theology, an ecumenical newsletter edited by the Rev.
David Reid, received eight awards, including tying for honorable mention
in Best in Class for newsletters. Awards of excellence honored its
editorial courage, theological reflection and design, while awards of
merit went to a feature article and a news story. The ecumenical
newsletter also received two honorable mentions.
UM Connection, the news publication of the
Baltimore-Washington annual (regional) conference, received honorable
mention in Best in Class for regional newspapers. Melissa Lauber is the
An award of excellence to United Methodist News Service, based in
Nashville, Tenn., honored photography by Mike DuBose depicting the
ravages of malaria in Angola. UMNS writer Kathy Gilbert received an
award of merit for her feature story from Angola, "Malaria, Poverty Kill
Children in Angola."
The United Methodist Reporter, edited by Robin Russell, tied for honorable mention for an editorial in a newspaper.
As 120 editors, writers, designers and other communicators gathered
for three days of workshops, keynote addresses and worship, they heard
the Rev. Barbara Rossing say that their mission continues to be
Rossing, who teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, drew from her book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, in which she critiques the popular Left Behind series of novels.
"We really need for you to write the stories," Rossing said, "because
I have come to see from these novels that people are really shaped by
stories, by narrative."
The Christian press is in a special position to tell the story of
Jesus' healing power for mankind, she said, "not as a story of escape
from the earth, not as a story of people hiding out in bunkers, waiting
for the last battle, but rather as a story of renewal for our world.
A story whose heroes are rooted on the earth, breaking bread together,
preaching the Gospel … Tending the healing tree of life in our midst,"
Other plenary speakers for the 91st annual meeting included the Rev.
Barbara Brown Taylor, the Rev. Martin Marty and veteran journalist Don
Members elected Astle to a two-year term as vice-president. They
honored the Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of communications in the
Minnesota annual conference, for many years of service on the
association's board of directors and as its past president.
Associated Church Press is the oldest interdenominational religious
press association in North America. Nearly 200 publications, Web sites,
news services and individuals are members, representing a combined
circulation of several million.
*Noble is editor of Interpreter, a publication of United Methodist Communications and the official ministry magazine of The United Methodist Church.
News media contact: Kathy Noble, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
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