Adventist Record won the gold award for Best Designed Website at this year’s Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards ceremony, held on the evening of August 26 in Auckland, New Zealand.
ARPA is a non-denominational Christian network for Australian and New Zealand publications.
Assistant editor Kent Kingston received the award on behalf of Record.
“It was really nice to receive this recognition from ARPA,” said Mr Kingston. “Our website looks really fresh and functional and it was a pleasant surprise to have that acknowledged by our peers.”
“I was very excited when I found out that we had been recognised in this way,” said Jarrod Stackelroth, editor of Adventist Record. “So many people contributed to making this website a reality and it was amazing to see our vision realised. I know the hard work that the team put in. This award is just the icing on the cake.”
The Adventist Record website was designed in October 2016 by web developer Alex Green. It was his first project for Adventist Media.
“The Record team and I looked at a few different sites for inspiration, but had to focus specifically on the needs of the Record readership,” said Mr Green. “One of our goals was to foster discussion within the readership community. We ended up implementing a commenting system which has served this purpose well.”
“It is nice to be honoured but it is only one award,” notes Mr Stackelroth.
“We want Adventist Record to continue to tell our stories, build our community and share our hope. A functional website makes that possible. If you don’t spend much time on our website, I encourage you to check it out. We try to update it daily and there is always something new, not all of which ends up in the magazine. At the same time, we now have plenty of interesting and inspiring stories stored there—why not have a browse?”