For the second year in a row, the Religion News Association’s national awards were presented virtually Thursday night due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bobby Ross Jr., The Christian Chronicle editor-in-chief, received third place for reporting in magazines and non-daily newspapers. Emma Green from Atlantic won first place, while John Beck of Magazine of the moment got second place.
“The judges commend Ross for writing with both authority and compassion,” said RNA Competition Chair Jeff Diamant.
Earlier, five Christian Chronicle journalists, including Ross, were named finalists for the 2021 RNA Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. The awards recognize the best journalism in secular and religious publications.
The other the Chronicle finalists:
â¢ Bobby Ross Jr., Cheryl Mann Bacon, Chellie Ison and Hamil Harris, for the Gerald A. Renner Award for Excellence in Religious Business Reporting. This team covered Faith’s response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis custody last year, producing a series of videos and stories.
â¢ Erik Tryggestad, for excellence in religious reporting in magazines and non-daily newspapers. Tryggestad’s stories ranged from the African ‘shark tank’ in Ghana to the difficulty black churches face in securing loans to Christian nursing homes during the ‘long and lonely shutdown’.
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