Best Profile Story
‘A Short Biography of Robert Banks’ by Gordon Preece
This article intended “to bring honour to the prophet in his own country” and it succeeded in doing that. It was a short biography but one of the longer articles submitted for this category.
It gave an enthusiastic comprehensive view of a person of significance. It dealt with Robert Banks’s theological education, his career in academia, and his publications, showing how the subject’s radical biblical views pushed him to radical action. The article built a picture of Banks’s personality and behaviour; it showed how he related to his wife and children and to colleagues and students; it included the devastation of the death of Banks’s spouse and his joy at a second marriage.
The profile of his life was based on the writer’s own experience of Robert Banks but also quoted from other people. It certainly did show the basic humanity of the subject in a very warm appraisal.
The long article was divided very helpfully into three acts and an epilogue: 1. early academia, 2. independent scholar-practitioner, 3. Fuller Theological seminary professor, and then the time since the death of his first wife to the present. The structure, impeccable syntax and grammar made this article a joy to read and comprehend.
The Southern Cross
‘Called to find the face of Christ in the streets’ by Jenny Brinkwo
This article very nicely traces the life of Fr Steve Sinn SJ showing how his early call to faith as a child has motivated his whole life and ministry: ‘holding up before God the worries, the concerns and anxieties of all the people I know”.
The article tells of his ministry as a teacher, Director of Corpus Christ, (a place for homeless men), parish priest at Kings Cross, and now leader of The Bridge community for ex-prisoners. The author interweaves her factual information of his life and ministry with extensive quotes from the subject himself, so she really lets him tell his story of his relationships with the homeless, the outcast and unlovable and his firm beliefs which motivate and sustain him.
A worthy subject is given worthy treatment in this journalistic style piece of writing, and there reader certainly feels drawn to admiration of the subject.
‘Mum’s cottage is the place to be’ by Brooke Robinson
As a judge, I pondered several articles as possible Bronze award winners, but kept coming back to this very short profile because of the vivacity of the writing which recreated the atmosphere of the organization,
Mum’s Cottage. She outlines her experience at Mum’s cottage, the welcome she received, her introduction to the organisers and volunteers, some stories of particular people helped there, interwoven with an explanation of the purpose and actions of the establishment. She brings out her theme, that Mum’s Cottage is a place of welcome, with expertise.
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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 25 books, and enjoys writing. 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 Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html