Ramon Williams the doyen of Christian media has been honoured with many accolades In 2015 The Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) have honoured one of their Citation holders and greatly revered member, Mr Ramon Williams and an ARPA Guetenmberg Award winner in 1987, with a $1500 Youth Scholarship – aptly named: The Ramon Williams ARPA scholarship
This “youth award” had been a long time in coming and I had been doing the running on this for some time now.
Then New Zealand ARPA board member and Vice President Julie Belding wrote to me saying:
“You’ll be glad to know that the ARPA executive has taken your pleas to heart and we are taking concrete steps to attract younger people to ARPA. Under 30s in fact. We’re offering a $1500 conference scholarship to one young writer, and offering half-price registrations to the others who may be staff members or associate members.”
ARPA member from Christchurch, New Zealand CMS editor Sophia Sinclair wrote at the time (the current ARPA President):
“Well done for championing the cause of the younger generations. The cost of an ARPA conference is just overwhelming - and when I think of what I would get in return for such a financial outlay it's ridiculous.
“On one hand I see that the older members would have a lot to learn from younger members, but younger members would also have encouragement from older members too - if they reached out a bit more! Personally I think ARPA has a thing or two to learn from your style of mentoring and encouragement of generation y and z!”
Julie Belding said: “We might have done more, but it's a start”.
In my view, it is remarkable that the ARPA Executive actually moved in a practical way for such scholarships for younger people ay back in 2015. Well done ARPA. Moreover for honouring the distinguished Ramon Williams.
ARPA has awarded Ramon Williams its Gutenmberg, its meritious Citation Award and now the Youth Scholarshiop – for his astonishing years in Christian media.
ARPA press release
THE Australasian Religious Press Association, established in 1974, is pleased to announce a scholarship package named in honour of Ramon Williams. Ramon has been involved with ARPA since its foundation, and was awarded the Gutenberg Award in 1987 and an ARPA Citation For Outstanding Service To Christian Media in 2013. As the founder of Worldwide Photos Ltd, he has contributed in a variety of ways to the ministry of the Church in Australia, especially through the provision of photographic material, Christian stories and
Details Of The Scholarship
ARPA will provide one annual ARPA Conference package, including registration, accommodation and airfares up to the value of $1,500 for a younger delegate. The delegate will be under 30 years of age at the time of application and must be nominated or endorsed by a member publication or agency. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of an application in writing of no more than two pages outlining the reasons for and benefits the person will receive from attending an annual conference and any possible contribution to ARPA at the conference or after the event.
Applications will be judged by the ARPA President and the New Zealand and Australian Vice Presidents, and a recommendation provided to the ARPA executive for final decision. Applications close 15 May 2015.
The Ramon Williams ARPA scholarship
ARPA is pleased to announce a scholarship package named in honour of Ramon Williams. Ramon, as ARPA members will know, has been involved with ARPA since its existence, and was awarded the Gutenberg Award in 1987. He has contributed in a variety of ways to the Church in Australia, especially serving ARPA members through the provision of photographic material and press releases.
Ramon has been a source of great personal encouragement for many Christians in the media and it is hoped that this scholarship will be a source of encouragement for a younger member in their developing ministry.
A new direction
My concerns have been that the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) constitutionally is made up of Institutions (Religious / Denominational / Church / Mission Publishing) not individual members. The outcome is that older people attend ARPA as it is they who are editors and senior writers.
Something was needed to draw young people to the annual ARPA conference and this is the first of what I trust will be additional measures to attract young people. This year’s conference 2019 in Christchurch saw many new younger editors attending and ARPA’s premier award went to the young writer ministry ‘Press Service International’.
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