01 Jun - Paraguay 2009 coverage wins award for Canadian paper

News Service
June 1, 2010

Paraguay 2009 coverage wins award for Canadian paper

Kitchener, Ontario (Canada) - Coverage of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Paraguay earned first-place honours for Canadian Mennonite at this year's Canadian Church Press (CCP) convention and awards banquet, held in Toronto in May. The assembly coverage won for “In-depth Treatment of a News Event: Magazine.” Canadian Mennonite is the national bi-weekly news magazine for Mennonite Church Canada.

The magazine featured work by editor/publisher Dick Benner with other colleagues from the
Meetinghouse group of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ church newspapers and magazines and MWC staff. Stories and photos were spread over three issues of Canadian Mennonite following Assembly 15.

The judge said: “The many different pieces, told from a range of points of view, have contributed to giving the reader the sense that he or she actually attended Paraguay 2009. The editorial content and the photos create a sense of excitement and energy without ‘cheerleading.’ The active language used in the content gives one the sense of a movement that is, well, moving.”

The paper also received several awards in other categories including a three-part series, “Reading the Bible for all its Worth,” by John H. Neufeld. Several other items were shortlisted by The Word Guild's Canadian Christian Writing Awards. The Word Guild is a growing national association of more than 350 Canadian writers and editors who are Christian.

Ferne Burkhardt
MWC News Editor

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Mennonite World Conference is a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.