Best News Story
Gold - Eternity -
‘Scott Morrison prays for Australia at Hillsong conference’ by Kylie Beach, 9 July 20
The report that provoked a media storm. Kylie Beach is alert to drama, mood, history and consequence. Her writing is smooth, brisk and precise. The reader is given the necessary context and background and the protagonists are allowed to speak for themselves. Excellent!
Silver - Touchstone
‘Wesley College, a place of special character’ by Ady Shannon, February 2019
An ordinary report about an historic school in Auckland is made memorable by the stories of two graduating students. Eneasi Vaka’uta and Sharon Tuipala are given the opportunity to move beyond the predictable and the obvious, and tow in a place in our hearts.
Bronze - Wesley Impact
Changing lives, one tax return at a time’ by Esther Pinn, Spring 2019
A simple but satisfying report about an initiative that gives students at the UNSW School of Taxation and Business Law the opportunity to help battlers lodge their tax returns and move towards financial independence. Pedestrian but perfect.
Best Feature – Single Author
Gold - War Cry (NZ, Fiji, Tonga & Samoa)
‘The Power of Forgiveness’ by Shar Dav
A well-researched, thought-provoking story of forgiveness motivated by faith. Originating from a dark event in New Zealand’s colonial past (Parihaka, 5 November 1881), the various threads of the story are carefully and sensitively woven together, to vividly illustrate the truth of the story-title itself. Very impressive also for context, depth, and source material. And what a stunning painting by Liam Barr on the cover-page promoting the story - Wow!
Silver AC Catalyst
‘Protection of Religious Freedoms’ by Monica Doumi
This comparatively lengthy feature gives the reader every reason to be very wary of societal trends in Australasia that are/may usurp our religious freedoms. It mostly displays the criteria required of this award category. It is comprehensive and convincing. Its concluding challenges leave the reader – and the churchecumenical - with a clear call to action.‘The Power of Forgiveness’ by Shar Davis
‘Multicultural Workers and Ministry’ by Tara Sing
The successful pieces in this category give their protagonists a voice. This is achieved by providing the necessary context and showing how actions complement words. To take back seat and allow our subjects to speak requires discipline, humility and confidence in our stories. Writers who do this should be celebrated and emulated.
The Gippsland Anglican
‘Lake Tyers’ History and Aboriginal Ministry Today’ by Jan Down
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Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html