Gold, silver and bronze for Adventist Media

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Brisbane, Queensland

Adventist Media team members received gold, silver and bronze awards for outstanding writing and design at this year’s Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards, held in Brisbane on Saturday night, August 29.

We couldn’t be more thankful to God for our team. Not only are they consummate professionals, but they are creative and insightful, dedicated and inspiring.

ARPA is a non-denominational Christian network for Australian and New Zealand publications.

Adventist Record public relations/editorial assistant Vania Chew was awarded gold in the “Best New Writer” category for her piece “Extraordinary Love.” In the piece, Vania tells the story of Pastor Laurie Evans and his son Duane. Judges described it as “a simply told but powerfully moving story.” 

Signs of the Times magazine received the silver award for design, which the judges describe as “bright”, “colour-filled” and “easy to read.” Lulu Lewis is the magazine’s principal designer.

“Signs is a professional publication that church members can be proud of,” states Melody Tan, associate editor of Signs. “It’s good to see Lulu’s hard work, dedication and creativity recognised.”

Record associate editor Jarrod Stackelroth won Bronze in the “Best News Story” category for his “White Ribbon Day” article, which was described as “well researched” and “appropriate for mainstream media.”

“It’s nice that this story was recognised by ARPA,” said Mr Stackelroth. “Domestic violence is a terrible thing and it’s great that the Adventist Church is taking a stand against it. This is my way to take that stand, by spreading the message.”

In addition to her gold ARPA award, in the same week Miss Chew was awarded first place in a Toastmasters area contest involving several clubs in Inner West Sydney for her outstanding public speaking. Both Miss Chew and Mr Stackelroth regularly speak at churches.

Signs editor Lee Dunstan says winning an ARPA award “is no mean feat, especially in the areas of news and features, in which competition is intense; some writers are high-ranking editors and writers of the county’s major newspapers.

“And likewise design, where church magazines and newspapers are now professionally produced. To gather three awards to Adventist Media is a credit to its staff.”

“We couldn’t be more thankful to God for our team [here at Adventist Media],” states Record editor James Standish. “Not only are they consummate professionals, but they are creative and insightful, dedicated and inspiring. We have an all-star team and I think it shows in every issue of Adventist Record, on InFocus and in Signs magazine.”