CL receives award

Magazine receives 4th in Best of Class


The Christian Leader received an award in the Evangelical Press Association 2023 Best in Class contest. The magazine received fourth place in the 5,501 to 9,000 circulation category.

In the Best in Class contest, EPA member publications are grouped by circulation and are invited to enter one issue of their publication to be judged in six areas, including design, use and quality of images, strength of writing and titling and “overall editorial punch.”

“Informative and challenging content,” wrote one judge about the CL’s entry. “Keep up the good work.”

Up to five awards were made in each of 12 categories. Contest categories were determined by circulation ranges for print magazines, with a nearly even number of contestants in each category. Additional Best in Class categories accommodate newspapers based on format, plus categories for websites, based on organizational size.

For most magazines, contestants compete against a different group of magazines than in the Awards of Excellence contest where competition is divided by type of magazine.

Christian Leader has received an award in the Best in Class contest every year since it was introduced in 2020. Last year the magazine received first place preceded by third place in 2021 and fourth place in 2020.

“This spring the CL received an Award of Merit in the Awards of Excellence—Denominational category,” says editor Connie Faber. “This Award of Merit recognized the quality of our publication when judged alongside denominational magazines. Now, for the fourth year in a row, the CL has been recognized in Best of Class among our distribution category. This again affirms the work of our designer, writers and editors in putting together a magazine that U.S. Mennonite Brethren can be proud of. I so appreciate all who contribute to our magazine.”


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