Written by Daniel Hazard
United Church News has been recognized by Associated Church Press as one of the best national or international religion newspapers in North America.
At its award ceremony on April 22 in Dallas, Associated Church Press presented its top newspaper honors for 2007 to the Mennonite Weekly Review, followed by The Anglican Journal in Canada. United Church News and The Christian Chronicle tied for third place.
In comments about United Church News, the judges said, "The design takes risks and is fresh, current and urban. ...Center-spread features take on challenging issues of significance."
United Church News also received a second-place award for best personal first-person account for "The Porpoise-Driven Church" by the Rev. July Ruth Harley; a third-place award for best feature article for "New Jersey church installs solar electric, leads by example" by the Rev. J. Martin Bailey; and a third-place prize for best convention coverage for "Ayes on Hartford."
On April 3 in Washington, D.C., the interfaith Religion Communicators Council presented two second-place awards to the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, publisher-editor, for "Those people at that church: Talking across the great religion divide" (best feature story) and "Lord, create in my life and in my church a miracle" (best editorial). Last year, United Church News was named by RCC as its top pick for best religion newspaper.
With a circulation of 206,000, United Church News is the nation's largest denominational newspaper. In addition to Guess, staff members include Randy Varcho, design editor, and Connie Larkman, advertising manager.