Baptist Standard receives national recognition

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The Baptist Standard received eight awards during the recent national meetings of the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association.

The Associated Church Press bestowed seven of the awards in its Best of the Church Press competition.

Julie SorrelsJulie SorrelsMarketing Manager Julie Sorrels won the award of excellence in social media for her work on the Standard’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Editor Marv Knox won the James Solheim Award of Merit for Editorial Courage for “Kill the death penalty.”

Managing Editor Ken Camp won the award of merit for biographical profile in the reporting and writing division for “Taking Jesus seriously in East Texas.”

knoxMarv KnoxThe Standard won the award of merit for department in online media in the reporting and writing division for its “Right or Wrong?” ethics column. The pieces awarded were “Signing state marriage licenses” by Cynthia Holmes, “Emotional affairs” by Meredith Stone and “Protestant privilege” by Knox.

Sorrels, Knox and Development Coordinator Beth Campbell earned Best in Class recognition for marketing, receiving an honorable mention for their work on the Standard’s North Texas Giving Day public relations/marketing campaign.

campKen CampCamp received an honorable mention for in-depth coverage by a news service/website/blog for his reporting of Texas Baptist-related issues in the 84th Texas Legislative Session. Camp’s articles included “‘Sanctuary city’ ban could undermine trust, religious leaders assert,” “Baptists testify against school voucher proposals,” “House bills could provide meaningful payday lending reform,” “Same-sex marriage and clergy rights dominate discussion of House bill,” “CLC: Denial of benefits hampers ex-offenders’ re-entry into society,” and “Lawmakers approve pastor protection bill, fail to reform payday lending.”

Knox received an honorable mention for editorial or opinion piece of the news service/website/blog division for “‘National church’ is a bad idea for everybody.”

The Evangelical Press Association also presented Knox the third place award in its personality category for his obituary of Diana Garland, dean of Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.

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