MWR wins seven awards from press association

May 8, 2015 by

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TORONTO — Mennonite World Review won seven awards, its second most ever, at the annual convention of Associated Church Press on May 1.

MWR received the second-place Award of Merit for newspaper front-page design for the Sept. 1, 2014, issue.

MWR received the second-place Award of Merit for newspaper front-page design for the Sept. 1, 2014, issue.

For the 13th year in a row, MWR won one of the top three awards for national or international newspapers. It received the second-place Award of Merit in the best-in-class competition.

MWR also won five awards for writing and one for design.

Assistant editor and web editor Kelli Yoder received the second-place Award of Merit for “Lancaster Revokes Minister’s Credentials,” the story of Chester Wenger, a 96-year-old retired pastor, who was disciplined by Lancaster Mennonite Conference for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. The category was news story in a newspaper or newsletter.

Columnist Sarah Kehrberg received the first-place Award of Excellence for “Cramer Avenue.” The category was column in a newspaper, news service, news­letter, website or blog.

Freelance writer Ben Goossen received the first-place Award of Excellence for “When Tradition Meets Culture: Immigrants from Former Soviet Union Challenge German Secularism.” The category was first-person account or personal experience, short format, in a newspaper or newsletter.

Freelance writer Dan Shenk received the third-place Honorable Mention for “Portrait of a ‘Sundown Town’: Coming to Terms with Racism in a Mennonite Community.” The category was in-depth coverage in a newspaper or newsletter.

Columnist Melanie Springer Mock received the third-place Honorable Mention in the critical review category for “A Work of Magical Realism,” a review of Jessica Penner’s novel Shaken in the Water.

MWR received the second-place Award of Merit for newspaper front-page design for the Sept. 1, 2014, issue (pictured).


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