The Baptist Standard received eight awards from the Associated Church Press, including a best of class recognition for social media presence and four awards of excellence in reporting and writing.
In another national competition, the Baptist Standard staff collectively won an award of merit for overall excellence in the “denominational (digital) category from the Evangelical Press Association.
At the recent Best of the Church Press awards event in Chicago, Associated Church Press honored Julie Sorrels, marketing director for the Baptist Standard, with a best of class award of merit for the Standard’s presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Last year, the Baptist Standard recorded 2.5 million impressions across all social networks, including 1.7 million Facebook impressions.
Sorrels also shared with Texas Voices columnist Meredith Stone an award of excellence in the “social media: single posting category” for the Facebook posting of Stone’s article, “A female seminary professor’s response to John Piper.”
Stone also won a writing award of excellence in the “editorial or opinion piece: news service/website/blog” category for her Texas Baptist Voices article, “Why Paige Patterson’s comments on abuse are dangerous.”
Editor Eric Black received an honorable mention in the same category for his article, “Do we really want an impartial media?”
Three Texas Baptist Voices columnists collectedly won a writing award of excellence in the “department: online publications” category—Stone for “Why Paige Patterson’s comments on abuse are dangerous,” Zac Harrel for “Is football good?” and Jake Raabe for “Signs of the times: The problem with ‘In God We Trust.”
Three ministers shared an honorable mention award in that same category with Black for their contributions to the Baptists Preaching column—Mary Whitehurst for “God’s Got This,” Elmo Johnson for “Sent to Save” and Matt Snowden for “The Ox Principle.”
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Managing Editor Ken Camp received a reporting and writing award of excellence in the “in-depth coverage: news service/website/blog” category for his reporting on controversy surrounding Paige Patterson at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Guest writer Scott Floyd won a writing award of excellence in the “theme/issue/section or series: news service/website” category for his Falling Seed series, “Child sexual abuse and the church.”