CL receives two publication awards


Awards recognize redesign of magazine

The Christian Leader received two first place awards in the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) Awards Contest for publishing work done in 2010.

“Both of these awards recognize the creative work of CL designer Shelley Plett,” says CL editor Connie Faber. “It was a pleasure to work with Shelley in redesigning the Christian Leader and its very rewarding to see her gifts recognized at the national level. ”

The CL was awarded the first place Award of Excellence for Most Improved Publication, an open category that recognizes periodicals that underwent significant content and/or design changes during 2010.

“A significant overhaul because the changes aren’t merely cosmetic, which is often the case with redesigns” writes judge Dana Coester. “Rather, this represents an impressive editorial visual/verbal remaking…. An inspiration to see the before and after!”

Faber says, “This award affirms both the changes we made in the appearance of the CL and also in the editorial approach. Its good to know we’re following the work of the editors before us in producing a magazine that is recognized for its excellent journalism, writing and design.”

The CL also received a first place Higher Goals in Christian Journalism award in the Publication Redesign category. “Couldn’t find a thing I would change,” writes judge Cathleen Kohn. “This redesign shows a willingness to take chances in creating a completely new look—and it works! Clean, beautiful, effective.”

Both judges reviewed the Oct/Nov 2009 and Dec 2009/Jan. 2010 issues as well as the Oct/Nov 2010 and Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issues.

Awards were announced at the EPA annual convention held May 4-6 in Chicago. Ill. EPA is the world’s largest professional organization for the evangelical periodical publishing industry. Its members include some 300 denominational, devotional, mission, youth, campus, Christian ministry, organization, general and newspaper print and online periodicals.

“Both of our awards were in open categories and that means we competed against all EPA members, not just denominational publications,” says Faber.

Other 2010 winners included Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Club House, Sojourners, Christian Research Journal, Decision Magazine, Plugged In, MomSense, Answers Magazine and World Vision as well as two other Anabaptist publications—MB Herald, the publication of the Canadian MB Conference, and In Part, a Brethren in Christ publication.


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