Christian Examiner wins major writing awards

EL CAJON, Calif. — The Christian Examiner has won two first-place awards from the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers for work published in 2007. The awards were presented May 8 during a national convention hosted by the Evangelical Press Association.

The  first-place awards, among nine overall from FCN, were garnered for Best Interview Article, for a story featuring Anglican Bishop Frank Lyons and his views on the American church's growing schism, and Best Personality Article, which profiled former San Diego Padres player Tim Flannery, a musician who now works as the third-base coach for the San Francisco Giants. Both articles were written by Lori Arnold.

In addition to the Christian Examiner, the Keener Communications Group, which publishes five West Coast editions, also brought home 10 additional awards from the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, which it also publishes.

That paper also earned two firsts, including Publication Design and General Article: Short. The Minnesota paper is designed by Bryan Malley and Mike Norman. The general article, by Nicole McKay, examined how pastors are using GodTube as a worldwide evangelism tool.

Each year, FCN recognizes the top Christian newspapers in the country. The newspaper association is an affiliate member of the EPA, which represents more than 400 Christian publications, including newspapers, magazines, devotionals and newsletters.

As part of its award program, the EPA honored the Minnesota Christian Chronicle on May 9, with two awards: a third place for Newspaper of the Year and a third place in Higher Goals General Article: Short category. More than 1,000 entries were submitted for the 2007 awards.

Lamar Keener, who co-publishes the papers with his wife, Theresa, is in the final year of his two-year term as EPA president.